Pastoral Updates on Services

I rejoiced when they said to me, “Let us go up to the house of the Lord.” Ps. 122:1

Dear church family,

We are very excited about reopening both our Abingdon and White Marsh campuses this coming Sunday! We can relate to the elation of the psalmist as he made his way to the temple to worship the Lord along with all of God’s people. We are looking forward to being together again after almost three months of Zoom meetings and Facebook services! This is a wonderful opportunity for us to begin to get back toward things being more normal. 

We will be gathering for the purpose of being together to worship and hear the faithful preaching of the Word but it will look a little different than what we are accustomed to.  How we gather will continue to be guided by wisdom in light of the pandemic that continues in our midst. We will need to proceed in a way that is safe, healthy and joy-filled. Here are some things that we have put together to help give you a picture of what to expect this Sunday morning. 

The purpose of our time together

• Sing together 
• Sit under the preached Word together
• Unfortunately NOT socializing- Socializing will need to take place outdoors

Who should consider waiting until later to attend?

• Anyone who is particularly at risk due to age, health, or both
• Anyone who is sick
• Anyone who has been in proximity to someone who has been infected with the virus
• A live stream of the 11:00am White Marsh Campus service will be available on Facebook for those who can’t attend in person

The Service

• Singing 
• Preaching
• 60 minute long service (instead of 90 min.)
• no 5 minute break
• no announcements
• no offering collection (continue to give online or by mail 11620 Crossroads Cir. Suite L Middle River, MD 21220)

Social Distancing

• Seating
• households sit together
• no more that two households per row with at least three empty chairs between households
• every other row will be closed
• 6 feet of distance between one another 
• no handshakes, hugging, fist bumps, or elbow bumps
• keep minimal bathroom occupancy
• Masks worn at all times while in building
• worship team and preacher will not have masks on while on stage

Kids

• are welcome in the service
• must remain with parents at all times
• Grace Kids (children’s ministry) will be closed
• Feel free to bring coloring books, etc. 
• Don’t worry if it’s a little noisy during the sermon.  They’re kids, they can be noisy sometimes and that’s okay.
• Lobby will be available for parents with crying children (keep social distancing in mind)

We hope that we have covered most of your questions. Should you have any questions after reading through these notes, please do not hesitate to contact us.  As a reminder, we will be meeting at our regular times: 10 am in Abingdon and 11 am in White Marsh. Some of you may not be ready to get together in a public setting, and we totally understand.  Keep joining us online for the live stream of the 11:00am White Marsh Campus service! 

Also, thank you for all of the prayers for us as we have evaluated and planned over the past month for the proper timing to open in the right way at the right time. We hold each of you in our prayers and are looking forward to gathering face to face (or mask to mask). May our Lord continue to fill you with hope and faith as you draw close to Him. 

Your pastors,

Jimmy, Mark and Jim