May 20th, 2021
Dear Christ Church Family,
We are writing with joyful news. Starting May 30th, we go masks optional in all our services. For some of you, this is a finally! And for others, this may still be a concern. As we understand the situation, those who are vaccinated are free to be maskless. Those who are not, are free to make their own decisions on the issue.
Starting June 6th, we will go back to normal Sunday morning schedules. Worship will be at 8:30 and 11:00, children’s church will begin before sermon. Foundation Hour will restart at 10:00. The adults will meet in the Youth House for the summer (as is our tradition) and the youth will begin summer walk through the bible in the Multi-Purpose Room.
We are very thankful to be at a stage where we can return to more normal church functions and want to thank you all for bearing with us as we sought the Lord for how best to navigate the past year. The elders are asking that regardless of your position on pandemic safety, that we would respect the decisions of all our attenders as brothers and sisters in Christ.
We look forward to seeing you all on the Lawn as we hear testimonies of praise this Sunday and see many more of you as we begin the summer.
The Elders of Christ Church
March 25th, 2021
We are just over a year out from the start of Covid. In Illinois, vaccinations are going out and our numbers in town are very low. We are thankful for that and because of that we are looking to change our policies with regard to how we do worship and building use going forward. These will begin starting with Easter (if indoor). Below are the bullet points. We look forward to seeing more of you as we continue to move toward normal church functions.
The Sanctuary will be set up as it normally was, but we will cap our size at 80. Masks will still be required due to closer proximity.
The nursery will be open.
NO MORE SIGNUPS!!!! Yay!
The Multi-Purpose room will no longer be used (except in cases we need overflow room).
The Youth House will remain a “masks optional” zone.
Services will remain online as well, at least, until we return to normal functions.
As it looks like things are getting better, we continue to look at all the information and seek to reopen wisely. We expect to see the number of vaccination rise in the coming months and that will impact how we continue the reopen. As those occur, we will continue to communicate those.
If we look further out, beginning June 6th, we will begin our Foundation Hour again. Services will return to their normal time slots of 8:30 and 11:00 then.
We’ll say more about that as we get closer, but we want to provide hope as we move forward!
May 19th, 2020
As we look to reopen in the coming weeks, the session has approved this outline as for how we will look to grow our current ministries as we seek our trajectory toward normal. As confessional Reformed people, we will continue to follow the desires of our civil magistrate as long as we are allowed to continue rightly worshipping our Lord and will seek to meet the needs of our congregation throughout.
While gatherings of 10 people or fewer allowed – we are currently allowed this
While gatherings of 50 people or fewer allowed
May 15th, 2020
Members and Friends of Christ Church, PCA,
Greetings in Christ! We continue to pray that you are all well. We are continuing our current plan for Covid19 closure through May 31st in accordance with the State authorities. That said, we are making plans for what services will look like as we move into Phase 3 (Lord willing in June) and Phase 4 (Lord willing in June!). We hope to post some info on that soon, but until then, know that this policy remains in place. We love and miss you all!
First, we want you to be aware that we are seeking to protect the health of our congregation as well as our larger community. Here are a few of the ways we hope to do this:
-Starting, Sunday, March 15th through May 31st, we are cancelling all building use except for staff and relevant meeting of less than 10. Staff will continue to self-quarantine, if needed.
-We will be starting online Sunday Morning worship services through the closure on May 31st. These will stream at 10:00 am and are found on YouTube. Please subscribe. We will also be posting links on the Website, Facebook, and through the connection.
-We will also be doing mid-week updates as on opportunity to continue to connect and provide a sense of normalcy during these abnormal days. Let us know if you have questions you would like addressed in this times.
-We will work earnestly to disinfect all our surfaces to limit virus exposure of those who use the building.
-KGroups, since they are small groups and meet in homes, are left up to the leadership of the KGroups as to cancellation or meeting. If leaders have questions, please contact Pastor Tim.
-Any changes to this throughout the crisis will be amended and sent out on Thursdays and placed on the Website, through Facebook, and sent out on the connection and prayer lines.
-Here’s how you can help:
If you become aware of part of our community that is sick with Covid-19, please contact Pastor Tim so we can reach out to them.
Be in prayer overall. That we would continue to be the church to each other and those outside the church during this time where are aren’t physically connected.
Keep Informed: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
We continue to trust in a loving and good Father who will take care of his people, the Son, who continues to intercede for us, and the Spirit who still unites us to Christ and each other even when we worship on YouTube.
Christ Church Session