Return to In-person Services Update
Here are some additional details about Dave’s video announcement above:
CLARITY For Making This Decision
Early on in the pandemic, we established three values that would guide our decisions:
- Mission: Helping people find their way back to God.
- Safety: We prioritize the well-being of our people and communities; it is the first way we can demonstrate love.
- Adaptability: God’s church is by design flexible and can thrive in any context.
We believe this decision is consistent with these values.
Quality of Celebration Service Experience
Following the CDC protocols for a celebration service will make it a less than desirable experience for a celebration service both for you and your friends that you want to invite.
Quality of Kids’ City
It is doubtful that we could have Kids’ City in our facilities anytime in the fall. Without Kids’ City, it also makes for a less than desirable celebration service experience for kids and families. We are hoping to learn best practices from our local schools so that can help us determine how to safely have an in-person Kids’ City in the future.
Small Percentage Attending
We have been in constant contact with churches both locally and around the country during this season. Most churches that are reopening facilities are seeing between 10%-30% of the previous average attendance. Our own church survey would indicate that we would fall within this percentage. Some churches have reopened and then had to close again. We need to focus the time and energy of our staff and volunteers in areas where we can make the greatest impact during this season.
This decision allows us to better prepare for the future. We anticipate we will be a church with three different ways we gather:
- Large gatherings in our facilities.
- Online at CommunityOnline.tv as individuals and with our families in our homes.
- “3C Communities” and Watch Parties where we live, work and play.
In the near future, people will experience COMMUNITY in all three ways and we want to be prepared for it.
What we CAN DO During This Season
We can continue to experience Community Online through watch parties. A Watch Party is a group of people who meet online or in-person to experience a service together. This is a great opportunity for small groups to get together and invite friends and neighbors to join! To learn more about hosting a watch party, click here.
“Love Where You Live” Events
We can gather in location-specific outdoor events for those who feel comfortable. We are planning to host outdoor “Love Where You Live” Events at our COMMUNITY locations in August and September. By being outdoors and following the CDC guidelines (wearing a mask and social distancing, etc), those that are comfortable can safely gather in an outdoor space.
We can continue to connect online or in-person in Small Groups. This summer we saw almost double the number of adults active in small groups compared to last Summer! In September we plan to launch even more small groups so watch for opportunities to connect this fall.
Students can connect in small groups. This fall Student Community (StuCo) will be launching new small groups because we know that students want and need to connect with one another. If you have a 6th through 12th grader that would like to get connected in a small group, get them signed up now at communitychristian.org/stuco. Small group space is limited, so sign up soon!
Kids can connect online in small groups. Kids’ City has been piloting online groups for kids and they are working! This fall we are hoping to accommodate 300-400 children online during the 9:15 and 10:30am Celebration Services. So, parents, if you would like your child (preschooler – 5th grade) get connected in a Kids’ City small group click here!
We can continue to serve our community! We have launched 13 Community Cares teams with more than 450 volunteers and we are hoping to expand Community Cares to serve our local schools this coming year.
And, of course, join us online for services this Sunday at 8am, 9:15am, 10:30am, 11:45am, 5pm or 6:15pm at communityonline.tv.