We are back indoors for our Sunday services at 9 and 10:45 am.
We believe God is not surprised by this season and He wants to take this opportunity to align us for continued growth. This is the approach we have taken for all of the ministries at CLF. Formats, structures, schedules, and even temporary measures will all be different than what we’re used to. Through some necessary adjustments - some beyond our control - innovation and creative ways of reaching, discipling, and equipping have emerged. We will be announcing and rolling out some of the more exciting opportunities in the coming weeks.
For now, here are some of the logistical adjustments you can expect as we prepare to meet back inside.
- We are abiding by the current state mandate that masks are to be worn inside any building. All volunteers and staff will be wearing masks unless speaking or singing on the platform.
- Every other row in the auditorium has been removed to allow 6 feet of space between rows. We ask that you sit in the group you came with and allow 2 seats in between you and another family or individual.
- Services will be “touchless.” Ushers and greeters will welcome and help find seats but will not hand you a program or pass anything out to you. All information normally found in a program will be on the projection screens and on the website.
- If you have transitioned to giving online, we encourage you to continue to do so. We will also provide an offering box and envelopes at a table near the exit by the sound booth for those who prefer that method.
- A volunteer cleaning crew will be sanitizing all surfaces, chairs, handles, and bathrooms in between services to take extra effort to provide a clean and hospitable environment.
- Coffee will not be served at this time. This might be the biggest devastation of all! (Jokes...Just keeping it light). It’s okay to bring your own coffee in with a lid.
As we continue to gather, worship, and serve together, we are asking for you to engage in this journey with us with all grace, patience, love, and expectation you can give. We are going to do our best to obey God above all else, obey our governing authorities with anything that does not violate Biblical mandates, serve each other, and love our community well. This means we may need to lay down our preferences, comforts, and norms for a season. While transitioning back into the building, things will feel very different at first. Wearing masks, social distancing, seating arrangements, etc. will feel very weird in a space where we are used to hugging shaking hands, and singing without something on our face! It’s going to be okay. We can still worship God. We can still preach the gospel. We can still invite our friends and neighbors into a spiritual community where they can be welcomed with love and shown hospitality.
Let us be reminded and encouraged to live as the apostle Paul in I Corinthians 9:
“Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.”