COVID-19 Response; last modified May 28, 2020
Onsite Public Worship to Begin June 7; Online Worship Will Continue
Our Leadership Team made the decision this week, after surveying the congregation, to offer an onsite opportunity for worship in addtion to the online streaming, which will continue.
While we will post more detailed information in the next few days, here is a summary:
We will practice social distancing in our Sanctuary, which means we can hold about 1/3 capacity in attendance. We believe we can accommodate all those who will come back in the beginning, but we will have our Fellowship Hall prepared for overflow in case there are more. We will ask for masks to be worn only while entering and exiting (and we will provide disposable masks, though you may bring your own); masks can be removed, if desired, once you are seated in our Sanctuary. While we will have music led by our worship leaders, we will not have congregational singing in the begining. Most in our survey indicated they were comfortable with this decision, even if it was not their personal preference.
There will no childcare or onsite Life Groups meeting for now.
We will make adjustments as we go along in keeping with wise judgment. We appreciate your patience. All of us have different levels of comfort, and we are trying to be wise as we begin to worship together again, giving "preference to one another in honor" as Scripture instructs.
All along, we have asked that you use your own good judgment, and we respect your choices. While just over half of the surveys returned indicated they would return at the first opportunity, 25% said it would be at least several weeks, and others said it might be quite a while or they just were not sure.
For now, all other in-person events at our church building are cancelled until otherwise notified.
Fortunately, there are other ways that we can interact with each other and minister to one another in the meantime.
Sunday Morning Worship Will Continue to Stream LIVE on YouTube
There will be no Life Group meetings on Sundays at our building. Life Group leaders and members are encouraged to reach out to one another in whatever ways are available.
We will stream our Sunday Morning 11 a.m. Worship on YouTube.
To watch it on your computer is fairly simple.
- Click HERE to go to our church channel.
- A few minutes before 11, we will go "live," so one of the videos listed should say, "LIVE." (You may need to refresh the screen if you get on before we go "live.")
- Click or double click on the LIVE video to watch it.
If something doesn't work as expected, click on the "Live Streaming" Menu item above for more information.
Wednesday Midweek Worship Remains Online
For our Wednesday night service of Bible study and prayer, we are using an online meeting tool called Zoom. This tool lets everyone share prayer requests just as if we were in the same room together. You can use either your computer or your smart phone, but you will need to take a few minutes to set it up, though it is as simple for most people as you could hope for.
(Of course, there will be no TeamKID or choir or other meetings at our facility.)
Call Us if You Need Ministry or Assistance
During this time when we are asked to remain separate, you may feel that you cannot reach out to others. But you can! We are your church, and we are here for you. Whether it is me, deacons, Life Group leaders or members, or others, we are available for you in this crisis for your needs.
Call us! Here are some numbers you can try:
- Church office: (904) 829-3476
- Pastor's answering machine at home: 904-827-7644 (Leave a message!)
- Hopefully, you may know the number of your deacon, who will be glad to help you in whatever way possible
- Call your Life Group leader
- Email me or a staff member by clicking on "About ACBC" and then "Our Staff" from the Menu above
Recheck this page for updates.
If you cannot get by the building, you have the option of giving your tithes and offerings online while we cannot meet. You can access that by clicking "Online Giving" from the Menu above.
Let's keep each other in prayer!