An Update from the Pastors regarding COVID-19
SGC Friends and Family,
We hope and pray that your soul is doing well in the midst of such unusual times. The Lord is good and is fully able to work powerfully in our day for His glory and our good.
For this Sunday we decided to simply live stream the service and to not gather in person. This allows us to sing although not in person.
You are already aware that last week, our Governor issued guidelines for churches to not sing indoors in order to help slow the spread of COVID-19. We have been seeking from the Lord what would be the best response for us as a church given these strange circumstances. Do we continue to meet without singing? Or do we sing regardless of the guidelines? Or even return to live-streaming the services without physically gathering?
Our aim is to respond and make decisions first and foremost by Scripture, which instructs us to be subject to those in authority and also that singing is an integral part of our corporate worship. We also recognize that there will be times when we are called to obey God rather than men. We have been seeking God’s wisdom in how to apply these biblical principles.
Given the particular circumstances that we find ourselves in, we feel that our best course of action would be to look for an outdoor venue for us to meet.
If God provides an outdoor location for us, then meeting outside will accomplish several things.
- We would help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.
- We would clearly fulfill the scriptures that call us to be subject to the governing authorities as well as our call to sing as part of our corporate worship.
- More of us could potentially gather. The limitations on how many of us can gather does not apply as long as we continue to follow the safety protocols (like hand sanitizing, facemasks and social distancing).
- We can experience together this means of God’s grace, singing praise.
We are currently working at finding a suitable outdoor location. Please pray for God’s provision. Due to the summer heat, meeting in an evening seems the better option than Sunday morning so we are asking for your flexibility with our meeting time.
We would also want you to know that we continue to prayerfully consider whether or not singing together inside should be done regardless of the restrictions. Even as we continue to evaluate things weekly, we will definitely reevaluate our strategy again mid-August. Please pray for restrictions to lift and/or clarity from the Lord as to how we are to proceed.
As pastors, our desire is for each of your soul’s greatest health and we realize how much gathering, singing, praying, the Lord’s Supper, and hearing God’s word corporately has an effect on this. Our hearts break because of the limitations we are encountering but we trust the Lord will meet us and by God’s grace, provide a way for us to meet all together again very soon.
Ron, Lynn, Bill