On-Campus Worship

On May 24, pastor Ken shared a few details about when and how we will return to worshiping together on campus.

Points to Ponder:

  1. We cannot yet have a full program of activities, so returning for community worship is our first step.
  2. Governmental guidelines allow 50% capacity with social distancing of at least 6 feet, so we anticipate up to 80-90 in the room for each service. While it may seem like a normal Sunday (in numbers), each of us needs to be willing to sit in the designated locations, so basically, you can’t expect to sit in our usual seat.
  3. On-campus Bible Study and Sunday School will not return on Sunday mornings, our focus on Sundays will be on community worship in a safe environment.
  4. Children’s programming and child care are not yet returning.
  5. Many older adults (especially those with health considerations) will choose NOT to return due to health risks, which is advised and respected.
  6. Midweek activities are not yet under consideration for returning.
  7. Many of the “normal” activities of a usual Sunday will not happen.
    1. Meaning, the greeter and usher teams will not be back on duty, so we all can keep our distance.
    2. Deacon responsibilities are shifting to welcoming those in attendance, guiding people to proper seating locations, and cleaning/disinfecting after each service.
    3. The offering plate will not be passed (to avoid touching anything that someone else has handled).
    4. There will not be printed bulletins (same reason, too many people handling them before you get one).
    5. Congregational singing may be a health concern (there are conflicting report, singing out loud may have a greater potential for airborne germs filling the room).
  8. Face masks will not be required but are encouraged. You may remove your mask while in your seat (like you would at a restaurant).

Two Worship Experiences on Campus:

Our Sunday morning worship will look similar to what we have experienced online yet somewhat abbreviated for the time allotment of 45 minutes.

The Sunday schedule will look like this:

  1. 9am worship in the sanctuary
  2. 10am cleaning and preparation
  3. 11am worship in the sanctuary

Due to room seating limitations, a simple RSVP system will be used to help spread us out between the two on-campus services. Click on the link to make your free RSVP for the service of your choice.

[ Reserve Your Spot at 9am or 11am ]

After you click the above link:

  1. Choose one of our two services.
  2. Click the big green “register” button.
  3. On the next page, the first thing you see is, “RSVP – no need to print your ticket” and a drop-down arrow (on the right side). Choose the number of people coming with you.
  4. Click the orange “register” button.
  5. On this page, give us your name and e-mail address, and “uncheck” the two blue boxes.
  6. Now click the orange “register” button to make your reservation.
  7. On the confirmation page, you will see a button at the bottom, “view tickets” if you want to see the events for which you have registered.
  8. The Online Streaming Service Will Continue at 11:00 am.

Some have said they will not come on campus so they don’t take the seat of someone else attending, but seriously, that is a non-issue.

The Online Service will Continue at 11:00

  1. Many people will not leave the house and will choose to continue worshiping at home (at kgbc.us/live).
  2. Several people who have been tuning in do not live in our area.
  3. Those who work on Sunday mornings are able to join us and worship at a different time.

What About Sunday School?

There are several considerations in returning to our small groups and classes:

  1. Classes will not meet in the building on Sunday mornings.
    1. Social distancing will not be possible in your classrooms.
    2. What about a class with a large room?
      1. To be fair, if all classes can’t meet in their rooms, then no classes should meet in their rooms.
      2. On a strategic level, the size of our rooms and the number of people involved on Sunday mornings will continue to limit the growth and launching of new small groups.
    3. Our Sunday focus will be on providing a quality worship service and keeping the area as safe as possible for those coming on campus.
    4. The 10am hour will be used for cleaning and preparing for the 11am service.
  2. Scott Chafee hosted all the adult teachers in a meeting on Thursday May 28, 7pm, to discuss classes and their meeting again.
    1. The meeting was in the sanctuary, to spread out in a clean environment.
    2. The meeting also included a Zoom connection, for those who chose to remain at home due to health concerns.
    3. We discussed how to continue to provide pastoral care to the sheep over whom we have been made a shepherd.
      1. What are you doing to care for your little flock?
      2. What you share may inspire another class to more effectively reach out.
      3. What needs have you discovered? What needs have been met through your class members?
      4. Are you meeting on Zoom, or some other format?
      5. How have you been fostering Christian community, prayer requests, pastoral care, and keeping up with each other? Who may be falling through the cracks?
    4. The Discipleship Leadership Team and your Sunday School Director have met to discuss and plan for the return of adult classes on campus.
      1. Each class will meet in one location (the fellowship hall), separated by days or hours.
        1. The room can then be kept keep clean and disinfected.
        2. The room will provide for appropriate social distancing.
      2. We have set up an online calendar of class times and building use.
        1. Koinonia Class – Sundays at 10am (the pavilion)
        2. Good News Class – Sundays at 6:30pm.
        3. Pure Desire – Mondays at 7:00pm.
        4. Tuesdays Ladies – Tuesdays at 6:45pm.
        5. Life Group – Wednesdays at 6:15pm.
        6. Spiritual Journey Class – Thursdays at 7:00pm.
      3. Several groups may continue to meet online.
        1. Bible Study Fellowship Class – Sundays at 9:45am.
        2. Tuesday Ladies – Tuesdays at 9:15am.
        3. Men of Steel – Wednesdays at 7am.
      4. Teachers were invited to poll their classes to determine the best time to meet on campus.
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