SUNDAY WORSHIP AT 9:30AM
with CHILDREN'S PROGRAMING & INFANT CARE
BIBLE CLASS HOUR AT 11:00AM
with CHILD, YOUTH & ADULT CLASSES
PACIFIC CHURCH NETWORK
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WE ARE OPEN!
Dear ShoreLife Family,
We are open! This is what we have been anticipating and I know many of you are as excited as I am. Please read this whole document. The opening will not be normal and it will not be ideal, but we will open our doors. Reopening is going to be a process and so we are asking for your prayers for our (your) church body through this process. Please choose grace, mercy, and no judgment as we all go through this together.
There is nothing in Scripture that gives exact details on how to respond to a global pandemic or what protocol to follow. The guidelines provided for us by our governing authorities are not moral issues or spiritual issues, but they do come from our governing authority. What we do know is that Romans 13:1-7 and I Peter 2:13-17 call us to humble ourselves in obedience to governing authorities. I Peter 2:17 gives us a clear motivation for being in obedience: “Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.” We may not all agree with the guidelines being requested of us, but we can show respect, love, Godly fear, and honor by humbly (quietly and obediently) complying. If you struggle with my application of these passages of scripture, I would love to sit down and discuss them with you.
That being said, we will do everything in our power to abide by the California Department of Public Health’s guidance for places of worship (it is a fun read at 13 pages and I highly recommend it).
PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND:
That is hard for a pastor to type. We are asking all those in the high-risk categories to attend our virtual service at this time which we will live stream for the foreseeable future. We love you and care for you more than our government is capable of. We want you to stay safe and healthy. We are asking all those who are showing signs of sickness (cold, flu, COVID-19) to please stay home, rest up, get better. As good as a church service is, it is not worth the risk of spreading sickness.
We will NOT be taking your temperatures. The staff and key volunteers will be taking our own temperatures before you arrive. We request that you self-assess and do this at home.
We will have two Family Services Sunday at 8:30 AM and 11:00 AM. Both of these services will be live-streamed on our YouTube Channel. Both services will be identical and there will be seating in the Worship Center and at tables in the Fellowship Center where the service will broadcast on our new TV screens. This will allow us to keep within the guidelines of maximum occupancy and social distancing. We ask that you please sit with your family unit and keep a 6-foot distance from others. Please leave larger clumps of chairs for larger families.
This is our biggest limiting factor. The guidelines limit our attendance to 25% of capacity or 100 people, whichever is smaller. Our capacity is 400 so we are free to meet with 100 people. Our average attendance is about 160 and thus we are moving to 2 services. We have been told that this will be the restriction for 21 days and so we will plan on 3 weeks with this limitation. Our prayer is that we have enough early risers and late sleepers that this will police itself. Be aware that if we reach capacity (100 people) we will not be allowed to let more people in. Please realize how painful for us this will be.
SEATING & SOCIAL DISTANCING:
All seating will be designed for family units. Please adhere to that format. This means, if you are a couple or solo, please leave larger clumps for larger families. We will have the chairs set up for this purpose and we apologize for the inconvenience. Please practice social distancing. Following both services we are asking people to make their way outside onto the parking lot. It will be easier to social distance and with an outdoor breeze, it will make conversations safer. This is especially important after the first service as we will have a team of volunteers disinfecting all meeting areas, bathrooms, doors, and tables as we prepare for the second service.
Oh boy, I know this is a hot topic. I know there are doctors and videos on both sides of this equation. A worship service focused on Christ is not the time to make political statements or proclaim our constitutional freedoms. It is time to submit and honor Jesus Christ. This is modeled and taught to us by Jesus Christ, the Apostle Peter, and the Apostle Paul, all of whom lived during the tyranny of the Roman empire, and not one of them advocated defiance to it. We will be wearing masks. We will expect all those in attendance to wear masks throughout the morning. Those leading from upfront will not be wearing masks while leading but will be kept much further than 6 feet away. Since we will all be wearing masks there is no need to know who is for it and who is against it, therefore there is no judgment either way.
This is a very tough one because the government document is highly encouraging churches to refrain from singing (but it is not a mandate). The reason for this is that there were several outbreaks in churches early on during singing events. Part of worship is to sing to the Lord. We will be singing but we are asking that you exercise extreme caution, that you are not within 6 feet of others not in your family unit, and that you are not singing directly towards others.
Due to government restrictions, we will not be providing any food or drinks on Sunday mornings.
CHILDREN'S & YOUTH MINISTRIES:
Knowing that children are not capable of social distancing we will not be offering our Children’s Ministry program at this time. Since many of our adult programs depend on childcare for those who would like to attend, we will not be having our second-hour programming at this time. However, there will be activity packets for children much like we have during our special holiday services.
Here are some closing thoughts. As painful as it was for you to read through all that, please know it was much more painful to write it. Also know that your staff and elders spent many hours reading, researching, praying, discussing, disagreeing, and deciding how we can move forward. Opening up our doors and starting the process of regular gathering is that important to us. Other churches will be doing it differently. We are not other churches. Pray for all the churches as we navigate this very trying time and trust God in His promise from Matthew 16:18: “on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.”
I love you ShoreLife Family! I am so thankful to God for you all!
Andrew has been a part of ShoreLife Church since September of 2007. He and his wife, Gina (married in 1996), are blessed with their son, Jordan (born 2006), and their daughter, Sofie (born 2007).
Andrew came to ShoreLife with 17 years of ministry in the local church, a Drama degree from Biola University, and a Master’s degree from Talbot School of Theoloy. God first started Andrew on this journey with ShoreLife as the Associate Pastor. In 2012, The Pacific Church Network ordained Andrew, recognizing God’s call on his life for full time ministry and in March of 2014, the membership of SLC voted and welcomed Andrew as their new Lead Pastor.
It is Andrew’s joy and passion to communicate God’s Word and its application into our lives. He believes that it is the greatest story ever to be told.