Calvary Baptist family and friends,
The last several weeks have been challenging as we have worked to stay connected as a church family during the COVID-19 pandemic. Being physically apart from one another is difficult, and I miss seeing you all on a weekly basis! As other churches across Missouri begin reopening their doors as part of the state’s recovery guidelines that took effect May 3, our leadership team has met and discussed what is best for our church.
After prayer and discussion, I’m excited to announce that we plan to reopen Calvary Baptist Church for services on May 31. If it is determined that our reopening date needs to change, we will adjust and inform you. I think I speak for everyone when I say I’m so excited to start worshiping with you all again!
However, to keep our members and guests safe and healthy, several guidelines will be implemented. First, gatherings will be limited to Sunday morning worship services only and will be a bit shorter than usual. We ask that rather than lingering inside after services, we fellowship outside instead. Sunday School, children’s nursery, and other small group activities will not be resuming at this time.
It’s also important that we maintain social distancing while gathering by staying six feet apart and avoiding hugs and handshakes. Families, of course, can still sit and interact together as usual. While we feel it won’t be necessary to usher members and visitors to their seats, we will assign a few members to opening doors for those arriving to reduce exposure to high-touch areas.
Additionally, hand sanitizer will be available near the main church entrance and is encouraged. While wearing masks is a personal decision, we do ask that if you are experiencing fever or have been advised to self-isolate due to other symptoms, testing, or exposure, please refrain from attending before completing the 14-day or longer quarantine period.
I know that this is a hard time for all of us. While maintaining these guidelines isn’t something we’re used to doing as a church family, I feel it’s important to follow them the best that we can so we can continue worshiping together in the future. And remember, God is still in control! Our Lord and His church, throughout history, have endured many trials together – including sickness. Through the empowering of the Holy Spirit, we will get through this together.
I can’t express how ready I am to see your faces and join you in worshiping together again soon. Despite challenges, Christ is still worthy of our praise and obedience. The sacrifice He made for each of us should still drive us to seek Him. In all circumstances, we can feel His peace and presence. I’m so excited to join you again in experiencing His love as a church body.
I love you all and look forward to seeing you soon!
Pastor Justin Rich