Beginning July 1, HOME is at 7:00 pm.
Dear Shepherd Family,
Each summer, it is a Shepherd tradition to host a worship service where we try new things, provide a midweek worship opportunity, and have fun as a church family. I’m excited to share that this service we call HOME is coming back Wednesday, June 3!
Of course, based on the latest guidance from our governor and what we feel is best for our community, HOME will look a bit different this year. First, it will be an outdoor service on the lawn at Shepherd. Second, we’ll ask those of you who attend in person to follow a few rules.
- Each service will be limited to 200 participants
- All attendees must wear a mask
- Household units must stay 6 feet apart
- No personal contact or passing items
- Bring your own lawn chair or blanket as no chairs will be set up
As I shared in a previous note, online worship is here to stay and HOME is no different. If you prefer to worship online, you can join the service each week at sov.online.church. And, if rain cancels our plans, we’ll still worship online at sov.online.church.
We’re excited that the latest orders from our governor allow for a limited return to in-person worship, but we remain cautious in our approach for Shepherd. We look forward to a time when we can worship in our building and in larger numbers, but do not feel that is wise in this moment. Our team continues to monitor the ever changing guidance from our government leaders and consider what is best for our community.
As we take this first step in gathering, I ask that you remain flexible, act with love, and demonstrate care. I look forward to worshipping with you this Sunday online and in person or online on June 3!
I don’t want to wear a mask. Can I still attend in person?
We understand there are varying opinions on the importance of masks, but for our community we ask that all who attend wear a mask while they are at the service. If you prefer not to wear a mask, please worship with us online at sov.online.church. Beginning July 1, please wear your mask as you enter and leave the service, but you may remove your mask while you are in your seating circle.
What happens if there are more than 200 people?
To comply with the governor’s order and accommodate needed worship staff and volunteers, we must strictly limit attendance to 200 people. If we reach 200 attendees, we will ask attendees to return for the second service or worship from inside their cars.
What if the weather is bad?
Watch sov.church for any information about cancelling the in-person worship. If weather does preclude us from worshipping outside, the service will be available at sov.online.church.
Is HOME the same service as the weekend?
No, HOME services feature a different message and songs from the Sunday service.
How will you manage social distancing and keep household units 6 feet apart?
Ushers will work with attendees to ensure they are spaced appropriately. For the safety and comfort of all, please cooperate with their instructions.