Sager Creek Community Church,
When God led the elders’ decision to stop meeting in person on March 16th, there were many unknowns. None of us could have imagined still not meeting in person 10 weeks later. Yet the incredible truth remains that nothing has surprised God. While we have dealt with so many unknowns and uncertainties, God has been constant and true.
The elders met again last night seeking God’s guidance and wisdom on when and how church should reopen. At this time the elders feel clear direction on opening up Wednesday Night Bible Study next Wednesday, June 3rd. The Bible study will meet at 6:30 and will still be live streamed for those who do not wish to attend in person.
The governor of Arkansas has provided churches with guidelines not directives. He also made it very clear that he has no authority to mandate that churches do anything. With deciding to start meeting in person again the elders did want to clarify what precautions will and will not be taken.
-Hand sanitizer will be readily available at all doors and throughout the auditorium.
-People in the auditorium are encouraged to sit as far apart or as close as they are comfortable with. The auditorium chairs will not be moved, and we are unsure of how large a crowd will come.
-For those who want to wear a face mask they are free to do so. For those who do not want to wear a face mask they are also free to not wear one.
-The live stream feed from the auditorium will also be available in the choir room if overflow is needed to keep proper distancing.
-No childcare or nursery will be provided, but families who want to bring their kids are encouraged to feel free to do so.
-The elders want to be clear that this is not considered a safe environment according to the governors guidelines.
If anyone comes Wednesday night and for any reason feels uncomfortable or unsafe please feel free to go home and watch the live stream. We want to have a tremendous amount of grace for each other during this time. Everyone has responded and processed what is going on differently and we understand that. Our hope is that we will not pass judgment on each other. As believers our goal should be to have a spirit that Paul describes in 1 Corinthians 9:19-23:
“For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.”
Paul was willing to go to great lengths to share the truth of the gospel. Our heart should be the same and not let how each of us responds to Covid-19 be an issue that keeps us from worshiping God together.
At this time the elders do not have clear direction on when to reopen Sunday morning worship. The live stream will be continuing. One of the hopes in starting Wednesday Night Bible study is to use it as a barometer for the comfort level of the body. We also want to encourage small groups that are comfortable to begin meeting again.
We are excited to be able to have in person fellowship again. We would ask for you to pray that God would continue to guide our church body in following His direction. If you have any questions or concerns about this decision please contact an elder.
-Sager Creek Elders and Staff