Dear Brothers and Sisters,
We are writing to tell you of the current plans for resuming services at our church building beginning on Sunday, May 31st. Please know that this plan is based on much prayer, research, and discussion and our sincere concern for your health and safety and for that of the community around us.
The Williamsburg area was inexplicably hit very hard, very early by this virus and as you know, that was also true within our congregation. We thank God that all of those affected are recovered or recovering. We want to do all we can to avoid a repeat of that circumstance, including possibly erring on the side of caution.
Therefore, based on the official guidance and recommendations specifically for churches as provided by the Virginia Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control, we will enact the procedures listed on the document linked above when we reopen for services on May 31, 2020. You can also find a link to the Virginia Health Department recommendations in that document.
It is recommended that those in households with persons considered at high risk or those who need to maintain distancing for whatever circumstance continue to participate via our streamed services from their homes for the time being.
We are fully aware that these procedures are neither optimal nor in keeping with our routines and “normal” comfort levels and acknowledge that these procedures will need to be modified as circumstances continue to evolve. We are also aware that these measures will be seen as too much by some, and as too little by others. None of us have experienced anything truly comparable in our lifetimes. We ask that you use this situation to glorify God by demonstrating patience, by practicing forbearance and by focusing your motivation on your love for our Father, His Son, and each other.
Following the broadcast of our service this Sunday, May 24th, you are invited to participate in a Zoom meeting with the elders, beginning at 10:45 am, where you may ask questions about the reopening procedures. You will receive an email with the Zoom meeting invitation with directions immediately following services. It is not necessary to have a computer or other electronic device to participate in that meeting. You may call in, using any telephone, or log in online using a computer, tablet, or smart phone. If you need advice or help on how to participate in that meeting, you may call Tom Neumann at 757.561.3382