A Statement on Reopening Plans
EDIT: We will begin having services in the building on July 5th! We will continue offering online services as well so there will be a way for everyone to keep gathering at the level they’re comfortable at. More information is forthcoming!
Real Life Family,
With a number of new announcements this week from our governor and the president, we have received a few questions about when we’re going to start having services in the building again, and we aren’t the only church facing those questions.
As a leadership team, we desire to lead and respond with wisdom, love, and faith. Not every church in every community is prepared to safely reopen immediately, and given how hard-hit our state and county have been (with new cases afflicting Clark County this very weekend), we seek to respond to our ever-changing environment in a way that relies on informed decision-making and safe practices for the good of our local community. Real Life Church is working closely with our District as we and other area churches diligently work on formulating reopening plans. It’s not a question of how soon we can open but how soon can we open safely.
In this continually changing situation, we want to remain flexible and responsive in order to best represent Christ and to serve one another in love. There are several factors to consider as we formulate our plan to reopen our doors, such as:
- information from the health department about the behavior of COVID-19 and how it’s currently affecting our community
- the state’s plan for reopening in phases and the schedule for that process
- the CDC Interim Guidance for Communities of Faith, newly released guidelines for reopening churches to follow
We are worshiping in our homes for the time being in order to keep people safe, out of a heart of love for the people we share God’s planet with. While this time of separation has been challenging for all of us, we have approached these hardships as ways of showing love for every member of our community.
We want to thank you for being patient and flexible during this time. We want to give you a big virtual hug every time you come to worship with us online on Sundays. The church is not just a building – it’s the people, and the people of Real Life Church have always been people capable of great generosity and self-sacrifice. We can’t wait to come together and worship in person again when it can be done safely and with care for all of God’s people.
We will continue to keep you updated as we walk this road together.
“So speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you’ll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind. I know you’re already doing this; just keep on doing it.”1 Thessalonians 5:11 (Message)