Yes. We are currently meeting in a temporary worship space in our gym, with rows spaced 6 feet apart. We ask our families/households to sit together, and leave 4 seats (6 feet) between the next. Masks are not required but are encouraged. Hand sanitizer and masks are available at both entrances and we are dismissing by rows at the end of worship to minimize congestion. (See below for our full COVID plan).
Our service lasts between 60 and 75 minutes. It has some liturgical aspects, which means there will be some responsive readings and prayers, such as a call to worship, prayer of confession, and the Lord's Prayer. Liturgy provides a way for the congregation to participate in the service, provides a sense of unity, and also is a way for us to deepen our engagement with the text and theme. Our pastors usually wear robes and stoles, and the music is a blend that reflects the mix of preferences of our congregation. We sing a blend of contemporary, southern gospel, and classic hymns, played on piano, guitar, bass guitar with light percussion.
Currently we are worshipping in our gym to allow for social distancing. You can enter either through the Main Entrance under the carport, or through the glass Fellowship Hall doors. There will be a friendly face there to welcome you and point you in the right direction.
We're not a formal church, so no need for ties! Dress in what feels both comfortable and appropriate for worshipping God.
Our kids stay in worship for the whole service. We believe that worship is the most important thing that we do together, and we believe it should be done as the whole church family. Learning the worship of the church, and how they can participate, is an important way in which we shape and form the faith of our children.For children in grades 5 and under, we have worship bags with tools for them to engage with the service, and we have a children's moment that they are invited to participate in.
Kids make noise, we welcome it noise as a joyful sound. While there is a nursery available should a parent choose to use it, you don't need to worry about your kids being perfect little angels.
We usually celebrate Communion on the first Sunday of each month. We use grape juice instead of wine and we do have gluten-free bread. The congregation comes to the front to receive the bread and juice from the pastors ane elders. We practice an open table, which means you don't have to be a member of our church or a Cumberland Presbyterian to receive Communion. We welcome everyone who trusts in the grace of Jesus and wants to be his disciple is welcome to receive Communion. If you don't wish to receive Communion, just stay in your seat, or come forward and just ask for a blessing.
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