We have witnessed the beauty of God’s people “being the church” rather than being satisfied with “doing church”. Over the past few months we have loved one another, served our community, growth in grace and truth, and risen to the challenge in unity.
Moving forward, our flexibility will continue to be tested and we will be reminded of God’s faithfulness and our dependence on Him. Thanks in advance for your prayers and support. We have been reminded of what matters most and will continue in our mission to carry hope to the world.
The Not So Perfect Plan
There is no perfect plan, and rest assured our plans will need to adjust moving forward. We will commit to balance courage with caution and maintain a unified focus on Christ, rather than allowing any seed for divisiveness.
In a continued commitment to move toward a full on-campus experience for our church family, the leadership of Calvary Baptist Church will:
- Continually monitor the on-going health crisis in our community with a commitment to be a good neighbor. (Mark 12:31).
- Continually monitor the recommended guidelines from our local, state and national officials to practice wise leadership. (Romans 13:1).
- Continually implement a multi-phase approach to in-person and on-campus engagement to foster community and church unity. (Hebrews 10:25).
- Sustainability: The church thrives on a healthy and vibrant volunteer base. Recent changes in systems and structure will require an increase in volunteers in order to sustain ministry. (Ephesians 4:12).
- Shared Resources: The shared space with our school ministry will impact our on-campus church activities in the foreseeable future. The ongoing sanitizations requirements for school may lead us to minimize mid-week activities on campus. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12).
- Content Delivery Platforms: We will be committed to offer in-person and online options for all ministry programs for the foreseeable future. For example, LifeGroups and classes will be both in-person and online. (1 Corinthians 9:22).
We have navigated a fluid situation that will require us to remain flexible and focused on our mission. While we pray this is never the case, we are aware that changes in our city and on our campus could require us to move back to exclusive online experiences. We will not make a decision based on data, but will closely monitor the following and its impact on our ability to safely and effectively minister on-campus:
- Local health department infection rates.
- On-campus exposure and outbreaks, especially in our school community.
- Response rate to volunteer requests and consistency of volunteer engagement.
- Exposure or infection of church pastors/staff.
Phase 4 Schedule
August 19 – Adult Mid-week classes begin online only.
August 26 – AWANA virtual semester begins.
August 30 – HUB in-person resumes on Sunday evenings in the worship center with social distancing.
September 6 – New Sunday Service schedule begins (see below).
Phase 4 Sunday Service Schedule:
The general overview and intent of this new schedule will accommodate on-campus LifeGroups, while maintaining social distancing standards, and begin on-campus programming that targets children, while maintaining a priority of safety. As we move forward in continued phases and add programs it may be necessary to make further adjustments to our schedule.
9:30 – 10:30: Worship Service in Worship Center, and LifeGroup Session
10:30-11:00 Sanitize and Transition
11:00-12:00: Worship Service in Worship Center, Kids Worship with parents included in Cafeteria, and LifeGroup Session