Hey, this is Pastor Brent, and this is your Ashworth Midweek Minute.
Well, this pandemic has been long and grueling, and many of you like me have missed meeting together on Sundays as a church. Our online experience has been great, our worship team has done an amazing job week after week, and I have loved the interviews we’ve been able to share with you recently.
But as good as that has been, it hasn’t replaced being together. As things continue to open back up around us, the staff and elders of the church have been discussing when and how we can and should start holding in person worship gatherings.
Well, I am thrilled to announce that we have a plan in place and some dates of importance for you. One caveat, this is subject to change if we see things take a turn around us and it becomes unwise for us to move forward.
So, on Sunday, June 28, we will hold one outdoor worship gathering on our lawn at 10 AM. We will follow the guidelines that have been put forth. We will keep singing to a minimum. We will have bathrooms available, but for emergencies only, so make sure you go before you show up. We will do our best to keep the service to no more than 50 minutes long.
Of course, we are encouraging social distancing and will have hand sanitizing stations and masks available.
For those that want to come but not be THAT close to others, we will have ten parking spots available where you could watch the service from your car. Watch the weekly email for a link to reserve one of these spots in the coming weeks.
Then on July 5, we will begin worshipping again in the building. We will move to our new normal schedule of Modern worship at 9 and 11 AM in the Worship Center and Classic worship at 10 AM in the chapel. Seating will be limited and require registration. And there will be no kids ministry offerings at this time.
Now we realize that some of you in vulnerable demographics might not be ready to come back, and that is perfectly okay. We will continue to stream our services online for you to enjoy from the safety and security of your home. And when you are ready to return, we will be here.
I want you all to know how much I appreciate each and every one of you. Your commitment to Jesus, one another, and our community has been noticed. You continue to be very generous to support the mission of the church, even if we haven’t been able to be here on Sundays.
I love you all, I love this church, and I am thankful I get the privilege of being your pastor. And that’s your Ashworth Midweek Minute.