Catalyst Christian Church will resume in-person Sunday morning services on June 14th at 10:30 am!
After much thought, prayer, meetings, etc the staff and elders have made the following decision about resuming normal Sunday morning worship. From the outset, we were firm in our belief that when we reopen, we wanted to reopen FULL. We wanted in-person services to be a step up from what was available online. We did not feel that meeting in person without singing, without children’s ministry, without communion, etc would be a step up.
Therefore, when we reopen on June 14th, we are reopening FULL. We will have children’s ministry, communion, singing, coffee, etc. We will resume Sunday morning services as we have always done them.
The reason behind this is that we believe that you are adults. You are fully capable of making the best decision for yourself as to what you are ready to do. As adults, we are responsible for our health and as Christians we are to love our neighbors, meaning while we are independent adults capable of taking care of ourselves, we still have a responsibility to our fellow human beings.
Therefore, we ask that when we reopen, the following commonsense precautions be followed:
1) If you are sick, stay home. If you feel bad, stay home.
2) Wash your hands.
3) Take your temperature. It is a good objective way of knowing if you are sick.
4) Parents, we will ask you when you drop off your children if you have taken your child’s temperature. We ask that you do that for the safety of other children in the children’s ministry area.
The rest is up to you.
If you want to wear a mask, wear a mask. If you don’t, don’t.
If you want to sit next to people, sit next to people. If you want to social distance, social distance.
If you want to shake hands, shake hands. If you don’t, don’t.
If you want to get coffee, get coffee. If you don’t, don’t.
If you want to attend, attend. If you don’t, no problem. We will be live-streaming our Sunday morning services online from now on, so you will be seeing the exact service online that you would be seeing in person.
Everyone, it’s time for YOU to make the decision as to what is best for you. Jessamine County is a low risk county for Covid-19. At the time of this writing, 6/2/2020, there have been a total of sixty-five cases. Forty-nine have fully recovered, no deaths, and sixteen are still active. In a county of roughly forty-five thousand people, .035% of Jessamine County people are infected, 99.965% of people in Jessamine County aren’t infected.
However, MOST IMPORTANTLY, and I mean this fully, MOST IMPORTANTLY is that we as a church must respect and love each other. We know that whatever decision we make, there will be people who disagree. Everyone has a different opinion about what we should do, and everyone is entitled to it.
What we must avoid is judging or condemning another’s decision as regarding what to do. There will be people who will be there on June 14th and there will be people who won’t. There will be people who feel completely safe coming to church and there will be people who won’t. Both decisions are perfectly okay. We all have to make the decision that we believe to be best for ourselves.
For the people who stay home- please refrain from judgment or comment on people who decide to meet in person. For the people who decide to meet in person- please refrain from judgment or comment on people who decide to stay home. Neither is a statement of your faith in Jesus Christ nor your commitment to our church. Everyone must do what is best for himself or herself. Love each other. We are all brothers and sisters in Christ. Let’s continue to act like it.
During this time of incredible tension and violence and fear, let the Church stand against that. Let us be different. Let us be unified, loving, grace-filled, steady, not panicked, not angry, not anxious, not fearful. We are opening our Sunday morning services not only to the people who call Catalyst home, but to a hurting, scared community in search of something real, permanent, and eternal.
God bless each and every one of you. I am very excited to resume Sunday morning services next Sunday. Be in prayer, be ready- it’s time!