Join us in-person, beginning June 7
It is with gratefulness to our sovereign God that we announce our plans to begin in-person corporate worship again. As we all come back together in this "new normal", let us consider two important bible verses that give us bearings in these difficult times.
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21
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. Philippians 2:3-4
Both of these verses teach us the mind and heart of Christ to bring glory to our great God and to serve others by creating a welcoming, safe environment for worship. If you are unable or uncomfortable for joining us again in-person, please know that we will continue our worship live stream indefinitely. You can find our service every Sunday morning on our YouTube Channel. As we seek to live these verses out, below are some of the practical steps that will enable all of us to worship in the weeks and months ahead.
General Safety Precautions
- We are still encouraging people at high risk for COVID-19 to refrain from coming to in-person worship. We want no one to feel excluded. We only want to make our services as safe for everyone as possible.
- Please maintain the appropriate social distancing during this time in order to protect others. Substitute a hand-shake or a hug with a friendly wave and a smile.
- The Safety Team has ensured that all parts of worship will be possible in a touchless way. (e.g., doors will be propped open, bulletins will be laid on pews, offering plates will be at the doors).
- We will have hand sanitizer stations set up at all entries/exits, and we encourage everyone to wash their hands with care.
- We are strongly encouraging the wearing of masks for the foreseeable future. If you are not able to bring one from home, we will have some available for you at the door (thanks to our folks who made them!). Please bring them back for future services--they are washable.
- We also encourage everyone to refrain from extended conversations beyond a loving greeting. If you would like to catch up, please do so outside where it is safer for all.
Parking & Entry/Exit
- There will only be 2 points of entry for worship
- We encourage everyone who is able to use the double doors immediately behind the entrance to our sanctuary (orange arrow on the right).
- However, and especially in the event of rain, we will also have the door by our fellowship hall open, under the overhang (orange arrow at the bottom).
- Please arrive early so that we can make sure everyone gets safely into the building (we will open the doors at 10:30).
- There will be members of our Safety Team stationed throughout the parking lot to help people find the right entry.
- Of course, if for any reason you need closer access to the door, we will help anyone who needs this assistance.
- We will dismiss from the worship service by sections of the sanctuary in order to facilitate everyone getting out quickly and safely.
- We hope that you will join us every Lord's Day for public worship. If you are not able to be physically present, you can see our YouTube live stream embedded on the right (or below).
- In order to help facilitate our worship, you can find the upcoming week's bulletin HERE (updated by Friday morning each week).
- During worship, you will notice a slightly altered order of service. Please bear with us as we adapt to the changes needed to ensure everyone's safety.
- Two of the most obvious changes will be: less singing and a touchless offering. Singing while wearing a mask can be tiring. As such, we will limit the length of our songs. We are also placing the offering plates at the doors as you enter the sanctuary. Please feel free to leave your offering as you enter or as you exit.
- There will be no children's church or nursery provided at least for the first few weeks to ensure the safety of our families and our volunteers. However, we would love and welcome all families to join us by worshiping together as whole families.
- There will be no bibles or hymnals in the pews. Song lyrics will be printed in the bulletins, and we encourage everyone to bring their own copy of God's Word with them.
- Finally, the Session is working on a plan for celebrating communion as soon as we safely can. We will announce those plans when we can.
We know that these are challenging times and all of these safety measures are cumbersome and will be a bit forced and awkward. However, let us use this as an opportunity to lay aside our own preferences and seek to bless one another by serving other people's best interests. None of these decisions were made lightly, and I can sincerely say that none of them were made to alienate or isolate anyone. The Session at Fayetteville ARP has been much in prayer over the last few months. And they have wrestled with how to honor the Lord and be a blessing to all. May God continue to guide us and give us His strength as we weather this storm and the testing of our faith. I hope this song will be an encouragement to us all as we work together to come unto the one who is worthy of all blessing and honor and glory!