Current In-Person Gathering Information

I know you are tired of reading about it, but it seems that COVID is here to stay, at least for the foreseeable future. So in response, I wanted to give everyone the current situation regarding gatherings--what's happening, not happening, etc.

First, let's talk about the dreaded mask conversation. As you know, the governor mandated masks be worn in public gatherings a couple weeks ago for our county. There was some debate about whether or not that applied to churches, but it seemed clear that it was his intention that masks be worn in all situations where 6 feet social distancing wasn't possible. This week, the governor issued a more detailed explanation of when masks are and are not mandated (read the executive order here). In this order, masks are not mandated during religious practice. So we will not mandate them for our services. That being said, the governor does ask that church goers wear masks at church. So, if you can wear a mask, I ask that you continue to do so. If you cannot wear a mask (for whatever reason), we will not require it. I would rather you attend church than miss out over this situation.

Second, we had just restarted the Lord's supper the week before new mandates were issued. For the time being, we have decided to discontinue the Lord's Supper. We do not have a specific plan in place yet for when and how we will restart communion. I ask that you be patient with us as we pray through these situations.

Third, we are still not having children's services. Our children are encouraged to participate in our weekly Zoom gatherings on Saturdays at 12 noon. During our in-person gathering, we will continue to provide coloring sheets that match the children's Bible study from Zoom and allow them to show off their artwork at the end of service.

Fourth, we are still live streaming both our Sunday morning and Wednesday evening Bible studies. Starting tonight, the live stream will be available in the church app directly as well as on Facebook and Youtube simultaneously. We hope this change will make it easier for people to find our live stream.

I want to take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation for The Square family. You guys have been faithful both in giving and in participation whether in-person or through live stream. I makes my heart glad to be part of a church that is constantly faithful, especially during times like these. I pray for you all regularly. And I look forward to the day we can go back to "normal," though we have never really found that word to be the most fitting for our church family. I love you guys.

Pastor Bryan
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