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The One You've Been Waiting For

Dear Church Family,

This is it!  It’s the announcement we’ve all been waiting for: The Regathering Plan.

Before I get to the specifics, though, let me again thank all of you for your thoughts, suggestions, and input that you have offered, both in support of meeting together in person, and in how we can do that in ways that more people will be comfortable with, in order to allow the most people to return to in-person worshiping as possible.  The current plan is necessarily a compromise, meaning we know it’s not exactly like anyone is likely to want it to be.  We have taken these measures in consultation with medical experts, and after seeking the Lord in much prayer and the reading of His Word.  While this plan is not perfect, we hope to improve on it as time goes on, and I invite your feedback as we seek to do so.

So, what is the current plan?  Here are the main points:

  1. Starting next Sunday, June 21, and for the remainder of the summer, we will continue to stream our services via Zoom, but we will also gather for in-person worship, for those who are able and comfortable attending, outside, at the Optimist pavilion in Grove City’s Memorial Park.  
  2. Services, both online and in-person, will start at 10:00 AM, as usual, and we will keep them shorter, for now.  That means we won’t be resuming weekly communion just yet, though we are talking about ways to incorporate the sacraments into our services again before the end of the summer, Lord willing.  It also means I’m going to do my absolute best to actually stick to shorter sermons consistently during this time.  (A sign of true love coming from a preacher.)
  3. Shorter services are important for a number of reasons, not the least of which being that we will not have facilities for child-care during this time (nursery or YWIT), and the available restroom facilities are…well…let’s just say we should do our best to leave them unused except in cases of emergency.  On the positive side, even though we will not have child-care, there will be plenty of space for children who need to move.  We would ask that you supervise your children yourselves during this time, but please don’t feel guilty for having young children who like to move.  We are glad to have them in the service; they are part of the church, too.  We should all, especially children, use the restroom before we come, though.
  4. We ask that everyone please maintain some distance as we meet together again, refrain from handshakes, etc.  Even if you are comfortable with the risk to yourself, not everyone will be, and we can still love one another by not putting others at a level of risk they are not comfortable with.  Different people have different needs and will need to respond accordingly with different levels of precaution.  Obviously families can sit together, and if you and another family want to make a mutual agreement to “social distance together,” during this season, like a buddy system, that would be a great way to experience a little more unity without unduly putting others at risk.  
  5. Since we are meeting outdoors, we are not going to require masks be worn, but you are absolutely welcome to wear them, and since we don’t know about everyone’s needs, no one will judge you either way or make a negative comment about anyone wearing or not wearing a mask.
  6. One of the benefits of meeting in the Optimist pavilion is that it is the farthest away from the center of the park, so we shouldn’t be too disturbed by other gatherings.  However, there is no paved path directly to the pavilion from the parking lot.  You will have to trudge through the grass a little bit if you join us in-person.  Please plan your footwear accordingly.  If you are someone prone to be bothered by insects, it may also be wise to bring some bug-spray, just in case.
  7. Along that note, while the pavilions have public picnic tables, you may want to bring more comfortable seating for yourself or something to place on top of the tables and benches to avoid potentially contaminated surfaces.  We can easily move the tables to accommodate different types of seating that you bring.  
  8. For the time being, since we will still be streaming, I will continue to send out a digital copy of the bulletin ahead of Sundays, but we will only provide a limited number of physical copies for unexpected guests joining us.  Please bring either your digital copy, or enough self-printed copies for yourself, your family, and any guests you personally invite.  
  9. For those who continue to worship with us via Zoom, we want you to know that you are still part of the service.  It will probably be more difficult to control the audio when we are outside, and without the consistent wifi we have in the office, I’m not sure what the experience will be like at first, but if the current plan doesn’t work well enough for you, we will find something that does, because you are still an important part of our family.

I realize that this will take more effort for all of us to achieve the goal of meeting together in-person, and knowing that, each of these decisions were not made lightly by the session.  As the summer progresses, we hope to be able to ease up some of these restrictions and to add back some missing elements of our service, but as we’ve all come to realize more clearly over this time, the future is not certain.  For the time being, this is the way we could resume meeting in-person as soon as possible.  

If you have any questions or concerns about anything mentioned or not mentioned in this plan, please don’t hesitate to let me know.  I want to hear them.  If you want to let me know whether you expect to join us in-person next Sunday or to continue Zooming for the time being, I’d love to hear that, too.  Either way, I look forward to seeing you this coming Sunday on Zoom, and next Sunday either on Zoom or in person.


Pastor Jonathan, on behalf of the session of CPC

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