The time has come! The gathering of the assembly is upon us, hallelujah! It’s been too long. Covid-19 has taken its toll, but the Lord still reigns and for that we are thankful. And this coming Sunday we will return to the Sanctuary to offer our praise and thanksgiving to the Lord who has been so faithful to us during this time of separation.
As already mentioned, there will be a few changes for us as we return to in-person worship at Asbury. Following is a policy adopted by the Church Board in keeping with the health guidelines that have been provided to us by the KDHE. This policy will be fluid and will be assessed periodically and modifications will take place as needed in the following months. And while no one likes limitations when it comes to worship and fellowship, we are seeking to err on the side of health and safety. So please adhere to the following as we come back together as a church family.
First of all, we want you to know that if you do not yet feel comfortable returning to the church facility, whatever the reason, please know that it is fine for you to remain at home until you feel more at ease in returning. We are not offended. You may still worship with us as we will continue to LiveStream our services, both the 8am Traditional Service and at the 10:30am Blended Service (Please note the change to the later service time). We do ask that if you are experiencing symptoms of any kind of sickness that you remain at home for your sake and the sake of the congregation.
When you arrive, please enter either the northeast or northwest entrance. All other doors will be locked and the A and B hallways will not be accessible. You will be greeted by someone who will welcome you by opening the doors. An usher will assist in directing you to your seat. Only every other pew will be used for now for social distancing purposes. Please move to the middle of the row so people do not have to step over you to be seated. Families may be seated next to each other but otherwise we will do our best to adhere to the 6’ social distancing guideline. Should there be greater numbers than social distancing allows in the Sanctuary, we will have the Gym available for “overflow”. But based on conversations with the congregation, we don’t really see that happening, yet we want to be prepared. When the service concludes, you will be ushered out of the Sanctuary and we ask that you not gather in large groups in the hallways. Sanitization will take place prior to and following each service, so please be sensitive to the time needed for that to take place, most specifically between services.
The Following will be the Guidelines When We Reopen:
Thank you for understanding the reasoning behind this policy. And while no policy is exhaustive in nature, this gives you a semblance of what we are attempting to do to assure you that we deeply desire to gather together again as the Asbury Church family, all the while being sensitive to the health and well-being of our congregation. And while there is always a risk to our health by virtue of our just getting out of bed in the morning, in light of the recent Covid-19 crisis our desire is to minimize any risk to you as you return to Asbury.
Just so you know, we have procedures in place should you happen to experience symptoms of the Coronavirus. If that is the case, immediately contact Mary Jo in the Church Office at 316-942-1491 and we will take the steps necessary to help you and us respond to the concern.
Again, thank you for your grace and your patience with me, the staff, and the leadership of the Church as we have navigated these unprecedented times. I am deeply indebted to all who have been part of this process to help us remain focused on the task at hand -- “The transformation of the whole person through the love and power of Jesus Christ.”
Can’t wait to see many of you in person on Sunday!