Re-Opening for Worship Sunday, February 7, 2021

Good Shepherd Family,

The Elders and Pastoral Staff met last night to discuss and review the plan for worship. After prayerful consideration, we will re-open our campus this Sunday, February 7th, and worship together once again. In this first phase of re-opening, we will only offer one worship at 10 am. We hope to return to our regular Sunday worship schedule of having a Classic and Contemporary worship soon, possibly starting at the beginning of March. This determination will be made at our next Elder’s meeting, March 2nd. For now, we are excited at the prospect of worshipping together in-person. 

We are fully aware there are different perspectives on the danger this virus presents. We are also fully aware that worshiping online or in-person is a matter of choice.

Knowing some may choose to worship in-person when we re-open, we have been practicing sanitization of our Worship and Community Centers and will continue to do so. While we cannot guarantee a virus-free environment in any social gathering, we promise we are doing all we can to offer a safe place to physically gather in worship of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

For those who choose to remain online only, please know we support you in doing what is best for you and your family. We are incredibly thankful to have the capability to continue streaming our services live so we all can worship together. 

Now here are some of the details for on-campus worship:  

On-campus worship resumes: Sunday, February 7, 2021 @ 10am

Worship Style: Blended.

Who can attend? All who have no fever, cough, or are exhibiting any other Covid-19 related symptoms. 

Will there be social distancing? Yes. All chairs in Worship Center and tables in Community Center will be configured for this. All social gatherings need to take place outside, both before and after worship.

Face Coverings: When entering, exiting, or moving about the church during worship, a face mask is required. It is also recommended to wear a facemask when social distancing is not available. 

Sunday Mornings:  For sanitization purposes, we will focus on having worship only.

Communion: We will celebrate Holy Communion together on Ash Wednesday – February 17th @ 7 pm. As we get closer to this date, designated pick-up times will be sent out for those choosing to worship online to pick up their at home communion kit. All those choosing to worship in-person will receive these kits during worship.

d3 Wednesday’s: No decision has been made yet on when d3 Wednesday Nights will resume in-person. While the overall Covid-19 infection rate has started to drop within our county, our schools are reporting an uptick in the number of positive infections. We will continue to closely monitor this as we hope to start having d3 Wednesday Nights in-person soon. 

Children:

• Children’s messages will continue to be incorporated into our worship. Any parent who brings their child forward during the message will need to wear a mask when moving throughout the church.

• Children’s Sunday School resources will continue to be provided. If you are not receiving these emails and would like to, please email Seth Illich at sillich@gstx.org.

• Our Nursery will be open and available as a cry room for your convenience. Please note a nursery attendant will not be available during this initial phase of re-opening. For now, we ask that you stay with your child.

Also, be looking out for the next Kids Kount event in the coming months. These events are hosted by our Mother’s Day Out program and Kids Kount Children’s Ministry and will be communicated with you through our weekly happenings email. 

While we miss you and want you to feel comfortable in returning, if your health is at risk, please stay home for a while and join us for online worship. 

Thank you for your patience, your flexibility, and your support of this strategic re-opening of our campus for worship. Whether you choose to worship online or in-person, we can continue to look forward to worshiping our Savior each Sunday … together.

God bless us all as we continue to move forward to be the Church God is calling us to be for the people in our community. 

Be Blessed,

Pastor Steven