UPDATED: July 22, 2020

Church Family,

    I want to say thank you so much for your continued faithful attendance to our church through our various options while we deal with this season of uncertainty.  As your staff continues to work and strategize for the Fall, we would like to update you on our plan for the regathering of our Bible Fellowship Groups in light of the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in Knox County.     

    Because of the recent spike in diagnosed cases, we are going to postpone resuming Bible Fellowship Groups until Sunday August 23rd.  We hate to delay again, but we also feel this is the most responsible decision we can make for everyone’s health and safety.  This date will allow us time to see how the children are doing in school, as well as giving us additional flexibility to change our plan if the numbers continue to increase.

    While we want to care for the health of the entire church body, we also know that we can not postpone gathering together indefinitely.  For this reason, beginning Sunday August 2nd, we will resume childcare during worship for ages Kindergarten and down.  Our church recently has purchased a Clorox 360 Disinfecting system to thoroughly sanitize all areas of physical contact on our campus.  Like many schools and day-cares across our state, both children and workers will have their temperature taken upon arrival with a digital non-contact thermometer, and anyone with a temperature of 100 or greater will be asked to worship with us via our livestream.  We are also requesting that our teachers wear masks during class so that our church can help our little ones with their transition to the special protocols they will have at school.

    We continue to invite you to join us for worship whether on our campus or through our livestream.  Many aspects of the current pandemic are not ideal, but your church staff and this wonderful church family are continuing to fulfill the mission of Jesus by spreading the gospel, and by choosing not to live in fear.  COVID-19 presents a very real challenge to the health of many, but we will not allow politics or the media to scare or divide us.  Instead, we will continue to trust in our Lord Jesus and exercise some sanctified common sense as we approach life differently.  So, if you worship online this Sunday, or if I see you in our service, remember the promise that Jesus gave to his disciples in John 16 where He says, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”  He has overcome the world friends, and we have nothing to fear.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Kirby