When Will We Be Back In The Sanctuary?
“When Will We Be Back In the Sanctuary?”
I am hearing this question from church members who understandably want some sense of when we will be coming back together to worship-in-person with one another. Please be fully confident that your Ministry Staff wants to be worshiping together with you in our beautiful sanctuary, as soon as is safely possible! Your church Ministry Staff and Executive Committee are devoting daily thought, prayer and conversation to this important question.
One outcome of these prayerful conversations is a Four-Phase “Re-Entry Plan,” which was included in The Friend newsletter a few weeks ago. We are attaching the Four-Phase Plan to The Friend again (and is available at the top of our website), hoping to get this information to all church members and friends. You will see that each Phase of the plan opens additional opportunities for us to come together in various ways, leading to a return to worshiping together in the Sanctuary in Phase Four. A team of church members is also being formed to help make preparations for our coming together again.
Our progression from one Phase to the next is dependent upon Tarrant County reporting a 14-day period of reduction in new daily Covid-19 cases. This parameter was put forth by the CDC and Federal Govt. toward the beginning of the Coronavirus spread in the US. We were excited and hopeful to see the daily average of new cases decline in Tarrant County from 91 the week of May 11th to 71 the week of May 18th. Disappointingly, the number increased to 84 the week of May 24 and 117 the week of May 31.
We continue to pray together that this virus begins to dissipate—for the health, well-being and peace of mind of all of our community, and especially for those of our family of faith who are most vulnerable/ susceptible to infection. In the meantime, the most recent 2-
week increase in new cases calls us to remain apart physically for now, even as we do all we can to feel united in spirit and in faithful worship.
As of June 8, other DFW-area congregations continuing to worship “online-only” include: Rush Creek Christian Church, Galileo Church, Northwest Christian Church and Welcome Table Christian Church of Arlington; Northway Christian Church of Dallas, University Christian Church and Ridglea Christian Church of Ft. Worth, the First Christian Churches of McKinney, Plano, and Duncanville, as well as Arlington’s First United Methodist, First Presbyterian, and First Baptist Churches.
So many Christians are raising fervent prayers for a new day, while taking precautions to protect those we love so dearly.
I want to personally thank John Thomas, Donna Vernon and Mike and Carol Neff-- volunteers who join with our ministers and paid support staff each week to bring an uplifting worship experience from our sanctuary to our homes. We are all so grateful for your deep commitment to and love for this congregation and the Lord we worship and serve together. And we are all committed to offering the quality of online worship made possible by visionary church members past and present-- even after we have safely returned to our sanctuary.
Yours in Christ, Don