July 28 Update: At last week’s Session meeting, we decided to adjust our current worship gathering policy. Until now, we have strongly recommended and requested the wearing of masks during worship. We did not want to bind your conscience. We recognize, though, that a number of our members—for reasons of health conditions or conviction—have not been able to attend in our current arrangement.
To welcome as many as possible for Lord’s Day worship, we will continue to have two services: 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. However, starting this Sunday, August 2, we will not assign parishes to a particular service. Our new policy requires masks at the 8:30 a.m. service. We will continue to request, but not require masks at the 11:00 a.m. service. We invite Redeemer members to gather at the service that suits them best. We will continue livestreaming the 11:00 a.m. service.
The new policy represents our desire to serve the congregation’s broad spectrum of conscience convictions about worshiping during a pandemic. Romans 14 is a vital text for our decision. There Paul tells us how the church can have unity when consciences are divided on issues. He offers two summary thoughts:
- “Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister” (Rom. 14:13).
- “Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification” (Rom. 14:19).
We encourage you to remember that many members are uncomfortable about gathering if masks are not required. Others are concerned about worshiping with such a requirement. We want every family to be able to join us for worship. Thus, we trust the new adjustment allows room for different consciences and affords all with a chance to receive the means of grace.
Let your parish leaders know if you have any questions. We hope to see many of you this Lord’s Day!
June 21, 2020 Update: Redeemer has regathered for Lord's Day worship with two services: 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Due to expected attendance and the ongoing wisdom of social distancing that limits our capacity, we need a second service to accommodate the congregation. We also need adequate time between services to clean the building—hence a temporarily revised service schedule.
— Info to Know —
What follows is a lot of information. Please read through it carefully as you prepare to worship God and love others on the Lord’s Day. Our elders, deacons, staff members, and volunteers will be ready to serve you throughout each service. If you have any additional questions, don’t hesitate to contact your Parish leaders.
- Because of ongoing concerns over COVID-19, we know some of you may find it wise not to attend gathered worship. We will miss you but are thankful that you can still participate via livestream on Redeemer’s YouTube channel.
- We will livestream only the 11:00 a.m. service.
Loving Our Neighbors
- At-Risk Individuals: The Governor’s Office currently states, “‘At-risk’ people are those over 65 years of age, especially those with chronic lung disease; moderate to severe asthma; chronic heart disease, severe obesity; diabetes; chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis; liver disease; or weakened immune system.” Please use prudence when considering whether or not to gather for worship.
- Gloves: Those who pass out bulletins will wear gloves, as will those elders serving communion.
- Handwashing: Please make liberal use of the hand sanitizer provided throughout the building. Also, please wash your hands for at least twenty seconds after using the restroom.
- Cleaning: We have hired a specialized cleaning service to sanitize the building between services.
- Service Assignments: Parish assignments will rotate as follows:
- No Childcare: We will not have the nursery or kids' worship available.
- Entrance and Exit: Only the south entrance will be open. The doors will open fifteen minutes before worship begins.
- In the Sanctuary: We have removed half of the sanctuary chairs to allow for recommended social distancing. Four open chairs (6.75 ft) should separate households on a given row.
- Ushers: Ushers will help seat to maintain distancing. The households that arrive first will be seated closest to the front. Any family attending with young children will be seated near the back. You will likely not be able to sit in your ideal location—we thank you in advance for understanding!
- Dismissal: Following the benediction, the deacons will dismiss the congregation by sections to avoid crowding in the narthex.
Please know the adjusted structure is but for a season. We pray that, sooner than later, we again worship God with one voice at 10:30 a.m. on the Lord’s Day. Until that time, let us continue to “give thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Eph. 5:20).