“I rejoiced with those who said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord.’” Psalm 122:1
Dear Hope Church Family,
We are all thankful for the significant reductions in deaths, hospitalizations, and cases of COVID-19. These trends, along with increasing vaccinations, mean that our life together as a church can be more like it used to be—more together. While the pandemic is not over, our Sundays can begin to reflect the spirit of joyful worship and community that has suffered over the last year.
Although the church is not bound by the CDC or the NCDHHS, we have chosen to use their guidance as a compass throughout the health crisis and continue to do so now. Most restrictions for masking, distancing, and capacity have been lifted for vaccinated people. It is recommended that unvaccinated people continue to take precautions. We understand that young children and some others are not able to be vaccinated, and we want to consider them in our regathering.
What does this mean for Hope?
Worship with or without masks
Indoor worshippers will not be required to wear masks. Some worshippers will continue to wear masks for various reasons. All people are welcome to worship.
Individuals and families will make their decisions about precautions in worship. We will not be asking for your vaccination status.
Nursery and children’s ministry
For right now, we will continue with our outdoor childcare on Sunday morning, with plans to offer limited childcare at our indoor services beginning June 27th. Due to the increased temperatures and the low risk of outdoor transmission, volunteers are no longer required to wear a mask on the playground.
For the remainder of the summer, we will continue with both indoor and outdoor worship services. In light of the warmer weather, we plan to switch the order of services on June 20th, with our outdoor service beginning at 9:00am, and our indoor service beginning at 11:00am. Our goal is to be indoors for worship this fall, with some outdoor events.
We will continue the livestream as a supplement more than a substitute for in-person worship. This will continue to be a vital point of connection for those who are ill, traveling, or otherwise unable to join our Sunday worship in person.
What will all of this look like? We do not know, but we are excited to see God at work, as we already have. The Apostle Paul says, “(If I have) all knowledge … but do not have love, I am nothing” (1 Corinthians 13:2). Even if we did know everything, we would still be called to love. After all, Christ’s church is a “one another” community.
Consider more important than yourselves.
Confess your faults to.
Live in harmony with.
Be patient with.
Be devoted to.
We give thanks for the endless supply of “one another” grace that God has provided us this last year, and we trust that he will continue to provide in the days ahead. Thank you for your cooperation, prayer, and support.
Glory to God!
The Session of Hope Presbyterian Church