We ask that you please read this letter in full and pay special attention to the instructions given.
In a few short weeks, the mass gathering restrictions will lift and we will once again be able to gather in church. Praise the Lord! There is nothing we look forward to more than to sing, pray, and fellowship with our faith family. We have been apart longer than any of us would like. I know that we all long for a sense of normalcy, and because of this there may be a temptation to immediately pick things up where we left off. However, now is the time for us to continue to be wise and take every precaution to protect each other’s health and wellbeing. While the government restrictions may be lifted, there is no doubt that we will still be dealing with the reality of COVID-19 for the foreseeable future. It is a danger to our community that we need to continue taking seriously. Considering this, the Elders have decided to implement certain changes to our worship gathering to protect the general health of the congregation. To some these changes may feel jarring or even upsetting. We understand how you feel, and we want you to know that they are intended to be temporary. As the threat of the virus in our region lessens, our intention is to roll back these requirements and slowly return to our traditional practices. In the meantime, let’s look at every precaution we observe as an opportunity to love our neighbor, especially those who may be at a higher risk or immunocompromised. In doing this, we can embody the scripture that says, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” (Phil 2:3-4)
The following changes will be made to our Sunday service.
- There will be no Sunday school classes or morning fellowship time. Service will begin at1
- Everyone entering the church building will be required to wear a face mask that covers their nose and mouth at all times. If you do not have a mask, a limited supply of extra masks will be available.1 With the exception of June 7th and 14th where we will be having two services. If you are coming to the first service, please arrive between 7:45 am and 8am.
10:15am. Please plan on arriving at or around 10am.
- Communion will be observed once per month. The church will be provided with pre- sealed communion packages to take home with them and take communion as a family with guidance provided from Pastor Dave.
- No food or drink will be provided before the service.
- The nursery will not be available. Parents, please plan on having your children in thesanctuary with you.
- We will be blocking off every other row of chairs to increase social distancing. Extra seating will be made available in the fellowship hall where the worship will be simulcast.
- Church common areas and bathrooms will be sanitized before each church service. Here is what we are asking each attendee to take responsibility of to protect the healthof us all.
- While in church, please wear your mask at all times and make liberal use of the hand sanitizing and hand washing stations.
- We ask that families sit together in the sanctuary and try to leave 2-3 chairs distance between themselves and others.
- Please refrain from close physical greetings like handshakes and hugs.
- If you feel sick or have any of the symptoms commonly associated with COVID-19, please stay home. Common symptoms include cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, and loss of taste or smell.
- If you know you have been in contact recently with someone who is showing signs of COVID-19, please stay home for a minimum of 14 days to ensure you have not contracted the virus.
- If you test positive for COVID-19, please plan on staying out of church a minimum of 14 days.Reopening Plans
In-person church services will resume on June 7 . As you may know, the Governor of
Kansas has divided the reopening plan of our state into five phases. Each phase has a maximum
capacity of people that can be in any one place at one time. Because of this maximum attendance at those two services will be limited to 45 people each. To accommodate our church size, we will be holding two services on those two weekends. The first service will be at 8 am and the second will be at the usual time of 10:15 am. Please arrive to the service of your choice promptly. Once maximum capacity has been reached in the services, no one else will be admitted. On June 21st we will return to one service at the regular time of 10:15 am.
Please note, these plans are subject to change if the government speeds up or slows down the opening plan. The best way to stay on top of all current news for MCC is to either be on the prayer chain (you can email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added), check the Facebook page, or check the website (www.mulvanechristian.org). We encourage you to check these regularly to ensure you have the most up to date information.
Finally, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to any of the Elders of MCC. We are always here to listen to you and pray with you. Please continue to lift our church and its leaders up in prayer asking that the Lord would grant us wisdom and a heart that seeks to do all things in love. We look forward to being with you very soon.
The Elders of Mulvane Christian Church
David Carson David Vaughn Fred Cook Greg Alexander