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by: Hilary Downs

06/17/2020

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With the arrival of the coronavirus this Spring, our lives and our life together as a church have changed dramatically. Our group meetings have been cancelled, our building is locked, and worship is now something you participate in online. We so very much miss our church family gathered as we used to gather.

As Chaffee County begins to open, you may be wondering, "When do we get to go back to church?"

The quick answer is: 1) We don't know yet, and 2) It's complicated.

As the session met for their monthly meeting on May 26th the decision was made that we will not attempt any kind of in-person worship service until at least July. Session will re-visit the question at their meeting on June 23.

We are beginning to plan how we'll open the building when we do open--and that will include masks, social distancing, and regular cleaning and sanitizing of the building. And the question still remains, if we're only allowed 50 people, how do we determine who comes and when? When we do come back together, it just isn't going to look like it used to, at least not for quite some time. If you have questions about the complexities of re-opening, please reach out to us.

What we do know is that God is good and we are still the church, whether the building is open or closed, whether we are gathering online in our homes or in person. The work of the church continues, even if in new ways, as we seek to know God more fully, live as Christ's disciples, and serve our world.

Grace and peace to you,

With the arrival of the coronavirus this Spring, our lives and our life together as a church have changed dramatically. Our group meetings have been cancelled, our building is locked, and worship is now something you participate in online. We so very much miss our church family gathered as we used to gather.

As Chaffee County begins to open, you may be wondering, "When do we get to go back to church?"

The quick answer is: 1) We don't know yet, and 2) It's complicated.

As the session met for their monthly meeting on May 26th the decision was made that we will not attempt any kind of in-person worship service until at least July. Session will re-visit the question at their meeting on June 23.

We are beginning to plan how we'll open the building when we do open--and that will include masks, social distancing, and regular cleaning and sanitizing of the building. And the question still remains, if we're only allowed 50 people, how do we determine who comes and when? When we do come back together, it just isn't going to look like it used to, at least not for quite some time. If you have questions about the complexities of re-opening, please reach out to us.

What we do know is that God is good and we are still the church, whether the building is open or closed, whether we are gathering online in our homes or in person. The work of the church continues, even if in new ways, as we seek to know God more fully, live as Christ's disciples, and serve our world.

Grace and peace to you,

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