Here you can find all our documents, handouts, songs, and more for this Sunday! These resources are once again available in print format at the church on Sunday mornings, or if you prefer, you can print them out or download them to your phone to have for worship!
Sunday, August 8
Sunday Morning Update
We have Sunday morning Bible study groups for all ages at 9:00 AM. Our worship service is at 10:30 AM. Face masks are now optional for all ages.
Sunday Morning Children's Ministry
We have children's Sunday School for all ages (groupings may be different right now than prior to the pandemic). We are screening all children and all childcare volunteers with a touchless thermometer when they enter the class. [NOTE to parents of toddlers and those who may volunteer in the toddler room. We recognize that it is nearly impossible to "require" social distancing in a toddler room. These children WILL get close to one another. Please see the comments below about why we're introducing children's ministry if we already know that it will be hard to keep them apart.]
Sonshine Kids worship has returned. This ministry is available for children in grades kindergarten through fifth grade (see here). These children will come to the main worship service, and they remain in that service until they are dismissed to Sonshine Kids worship (usually after the pastoral prayer). During Sonshine Kids worship, adult volunteers take the children to the chapel to sing with them and to teach an age-appropriate lesson to the children. Parents should report to the chapel immediately after the worship service to pick up their children from the chapel (children are NOT released on their own). If parents would prefer for their children to remain in the main worship service with them, that decision will be honored. Whenever we have a month with five Sundays, there is no Sonshine Kids worship on the fifth Sunday. This gives our volunteers a needed rest and it helps train the children how to sit through the main worship service.
We also have infant and toddler care available during the worship service. Again, if parents would prefer for their children to remain in the main worship service with them, that decision will be honored.
Weekday Growth Groups
Why Children's Ministry at This Time?
The public gathering of the people of God is important! We're commanded in Scripture not to forsake our gathering together (see Hebrews 10:25). We think this is important for children and for adults. Through our safety protocols, we don't believe we're putting any children at any unnecessary risk through our children's ministry. In fact, throughout the time of the pandemic, we have no record of COVID transmission among our children and youth. If you want to talk with me about the safety protocols we have in place, I'd be happy to discuss these measures with you.