What We All Need Now
Dear Spry Family,
I hope you are doing well. I really miss seeing you all! We are close to resuming in-person worship (see details below). Meanwhile, we'll continue with our online worship only. We have a great service planned for this Sunday. In the church calendar, this Sunday--the Sunday after Pentecost--is Trinity Sunday. Our focus as a church should always be on God, of course, and this particular Sunday comes at a time when, with all that's going on in our nation and world today, it's especially important for us to be attentive to the One who reveals himself to us as God, the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God is for us--God is for you!
During uncertain times, we can be certain there's one thing we all need. That's what we'll be emphasizing during our worship this Sunday. I hope you'll join us. I think you'll find it to be uplifting and encouraging, a breath of fresh air for the soul. This is good news of hope that we all need.
Resuming In-Person Gatherings and Worship
Here's an update on plans for resuming in-person gatherings and worship. We have a team monitoring COVID-19 updates from our local city, county, and state governments, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, medical professionals, and local health departments. I'm also in ongoing conversations with other pastors and community leaders about plans for moving forward. I'd like to thank our staff and church leaders for their thoughtful engagement with these important matters. After a process of gathering information, careful consideration, discussions, and prayer, our church leadership has determined a plan that consists of two parts.
- In-person gatherings of groups 25 or under can resume effective June 8th provided that they are in keeping with our return policy (see attached). Any group within our church or affiliated with our church that would like to resume in-person gatherings should have the group leader complete the attached form and notify the church office to confirm scheduling availability prior to holding an in-person gathering.
- At this time, we plan to resume in-person worship on June 21st and all other activities can resume on June 21st at the discretion of the leader or leaders of those activities. When we resume in-person worship, we will once again offer our 9am traditional service and the 9:45am and 11am contemporary services. Sunday School for all ages and the children's programs, including the nursery, will resume at a later date. We will be implementing major changes to ensure safe social distancing and increased sanitation procedures.
We are putting together a Cleaning Team to wipe down certain areas in between services, such as doorknobs, counters, and chairs, and we need help. If you'd like to volunteer for the Cleaning Team, please contact the church office (office@SpryChurch.com / 717-741-1429). Instructions and supplies, including gloves to ensure personal safety, will be provided.
Once we resume in-person worship, we will encourage masks to be worn and ask people to stay home if you are ill. We want to do what we can to help keep everyone safe and well. We want to be guided by love for our neighbors as Jesus commands. On the subject of masks, we would like to have additional masks on hand in case people forget to wear a mask and would like one. We would greatly appreciate any masks you are willing to donate (whether homemade or purchased). Please drop them off at the church office during office hours (M-F 9am to noon) or in any of the bins by the door next to lot 2 at your convenience. Thank you.
Online worship will continue every week, and the audio recording of each week's service will continue to be available over the phone (by calling this toll-free number, 1-833-831-8193, you can listen at any time to the most recent service--please share this number if you know someone without internet connection who would like to listen to our worship services). So, you can worship with us either online or in person starting June 21st. We encourage you to make the decision that you believe is best for you or your family.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate these times. It's such a privilege to serve the Lord together with you all in our Spry Church family!
Finally, attached is the report from the Strategy Team's May 24 meeting with updates on the plans for multisite ministry.
See you in worship (online!) this weekend!