We pray that this letter reaches you and your family in good health and wellbeing.
After much prayer and conversation, your consistory has determined that it is time to come back together to worship in person. We are overjoyed to gather together once again.
However, there are numerous guidelines that we must follow in order to do this safely and in the best interest of all of our brothers and sisters in Christ.
For the near future, we will be worshipping outside only. The sanctuary will remain closed. The narthex will be open for the use of the restrooms only.
We ask that you bring your own seating, your own mask, your own Bible, and your love of Christ! We will continue to send the worship bulletin via email, and request that you bring that with you as well, either on your phone or printing it at home. Please maintain a safe distance of at least six feet at all times and refrain from physical contact. We are, after all, connected through the Holy Spirit, and that has to do for now!
Please stay home if you are not feeling well, have a fever, or have come into contact with somebody who has tested positive for the virus.
Tent shade will be available, so please do not worry about baking in the sun.
We understand that some of you may not feel that gathering in person is right for you yet. That’s fine. We intend to maintain our streaming of worship on Facebook and Instagram in addition to the outdoor service.
In the event of rain, we will be reverting to online worship only because we believe that this is the safest course of action for all.
Presently it is not advisable to hold worship indoors. Our decision comes after much discussion, prayer, and review of all of the ever evolving information on practicing optimistic caution. We pray that you understand that we want the entire congregation to avoid the risks involved in returning to church within the sanctuary.
We respectfully request that you follow these guidelines. We are doing everything that we can to minimize the inadvertent spread or exposure to the virus and maintain safe practices. We cannot do this alone, and thank you in advance for your cooperation.
We covet your prayers as the consistory continues to discern the best way forward in this rapidly changing situation.
Grace and peace in Christ,
Your pastor and consistory of Johnstown Reformed Church.