August 28, 2020
In this update, we would like to share with you Central’s facility-related plans for fall 2020.
We are excited to announce that Central will offer an outdoor, in-person Sunday morning service every other week in September and October. The services will occur on September 13, September 27, October 11, and October 25. More information about these outdoor services—including registration information and safety protocol—will be provided over the coming days. Most importantly, we will continue producing weekly online worship services even during weeks in which we hold an in-person worship service.
We are offering this in-person worship option alongside our online worship option in response to your feedback and the encouraging response to our outdoor worship and prayer event earlier this month. The recent church re-opening survey revealed that many people are eager to return to live worship services. However, the survey also showed that many other people are not ready to attend in-person events, especially if they are held indoors. We hope providing an in-person, outdoor worship service while maintaining the online worship service option better meets the needs of the entire church body while not overburdening our worship, teaching and volunteer teams.
Because of continuing challenges and restrictions due to COVID-19 and our wanting to provide a safe environment for our church body, we will still limit the use of our indoor facilities this fall. We will, however, continue to be creative in using our outdoor campus and online presence to host events that create meaningful in-person connection and community. We will not be able to offer our Wednesday night children’s ministry program indoors this fall; however, we hope to provide several impactful and engaging outdoor events for our children. Most Life Groups will remain online; a few groups will be meeting in-person. Our student ministry will offer programs outdoors as much as possible, and will use appropriate social distancing measures when in the building. Online programming will remain an important part of our ministry this fall and going forward.
We continue to assess our facility use plans and reopening strategy based on guidance from state and local leaders, scientific information, and the needs our church body. We ask that you pray for wisdom and discernment as we continue to navigate through this difficult season.
We are so grateful for your patience, as well as for your continued prayer and financial support for Central’s ministry. We also ask that you pray for our staff, ministry leaders and teams, many volunteers, and our entire church body as we continue to move His church forward in our local community and world during this unprecedented time.
We serve a great God!
Overseeing Elders Board