covid-19 update

More Space for Continued Distance

All the tape has been removed from the pews in our worship center. As the coronavirus numbers decrease and our weekly attendance figures increase, the seating restrictions have become more of a hindrance than a help. There is a need for more space so we can continue safe social distancing. The added room now gives everyone more options for making their own best distancing decisions.

 

This is not a lifting of our COVID-19 restrictions, it is a modification; we’re not flipping a switch from pandemic conditions to post-pandemic normal, we are in a hopeful transition.

 

The Central shepherds still request that we wear masks inside the building, that we maintain six feet of distance when possible, and that we wash our hands frequently. They thank you for your continued patience and grace as we prayerfully and carefully lead the Central family.

We are no longer requiring the wearing of face coverings and masks inside the Central buildings, as of March 21. However, the elders strongly still recommend the wearing of masks in order to protect others, especially the most vulnerable who may be in attendance.  Please consider others as well as yourself.  With the numbers of coronavirus cases in sharp decline and the hospital capacities to near normal levels, this is the right time to join our city's leaders and public health officials in now recommending rather than requiring the use of masks. This includes worship assemblies, Bible classes, and all other gatherings on the Central church campus.

 

The COVID Committee and our shepherds are continuing to carefully monitor the local and regional health developments and we are still strongly encouraging the use of masks, social distancing, and frequent hand-washing. But, with so many in our area receiving the vaccine and our city downgrading the alert level to Yellow, the COVID committee recommended to the shepherds that a change is warranted given the available information and trends, especially locally. This, of course, can change and the shepherds pledge to keep the safety of this flock uppermost in their recommendations.  The elders are grateful for your continued patience and grace as we attempt to prayerfully lead the Central family.

MEETING TOGETHER AT CENTRAL

 

Worship: Our worship service continues on Sunday mornings, both in-person and online. For all kids (nursery through 5th grade), we are offering children's programming during worship, from 10:15-11:30am.

Wednesday Night Class: Our Wednesday night schedule is fluid right now. Pay attention to our communication channels to see if there are any events planned. On a weekly basis, the student ministry will have either indoor or outdoor activities on Wednesday evenings. There are no children's ministry events or classes on Wednesdays at this time.

Sunday Morning Bible Class: Bible classes resume on March 28. Be making plans to join us then.

WHAT TO EXPECT RIGHT NOW

  • Masks are recommended while inside the church building. (We'll provide masks for those without.)

  • Please maintain proper social distancing.

  • Restrooms and elevators are open, but please observe social distancing in these spaces.

  • Communion is available in individually packaged kits. Be sure to pick up yours at the door on your way in.

  • Half the pews are open for seating.

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OTHER REMINDERS

  • No coffee / donuts / snacks served by the church

  • No children's ministry classes on Wednesdays

  • The offering will be collected in boxes inside the worship center, or you can give digitally.

  • Bulletins will be provided in the designated pews as well as on our app.

  • Water fountains are taped off.

  • Find hand sanitation stations near each door.

If you are in any of the at-risk categories, it's still a good idea to stay home and participate in our worship assembly online. But if you're not hindered by health concerns, feel free to join us on Sunday. There's something noble and transformational in worshiping God, even when it's not easy --- maybe especially when it's not easy. Lifting a strained note of praise to the Lord through a mask can be faithful and formational.