- Sunday: 9:00a, 11:00a, & 4:30p
In case you missed it, the CDC and the Governor Of Illinois announced some changes in policy going forward starting immediately. The Governor has named the changes “Bridge mode”, and it is meant to get the state closer to full capacity life as normal. In entering Bridge phase, capacities are increased. In addition, a huge announcement was added. All those that have been vaccinated no longer need to wear a mask in any social setting, and they have guided verbally that social distancing may be reduced to 3 foot distances. Individual businesses may choose otherwise, but it would no longer be a CDC or state guidance.
That said, Summit Point will be making changes as well. As of today, we will be making the following changes at the church.
We as elders have discussed where we are with staff and key leadership. Unfortunately, we now have had a total of 8 staff who tested positive and 13 who are quarantined because of exposure. That takes 2/3 of our staff out, and that does not consider the vast numbers in our body who are sick or quarantined. So we will be extending our pause to include another Sunday (11/22).
To summarize, we will now not be meeting in person for:
We are praying for so many who are sick and/or quarantined. May God protect, provide, and move. Please take care of yourself and your families. We will continue to prayerfully consider how to handle these circumstances wisely. In this season of disappointments, may we continue to worship our King!
We wanted to update you on the physical health of our church body. In the past two weeks, we have had many individuals out sick with some variety of illnesses, and some have tested positive for COVID-19. In addition, we then have many families who are in quarantine because of contact with the COVID-19 cases. This has taken a huge toll on our volunteers and has been making ministry a little more challenging these past few weeks. Then, this past week’s wave of sicknesses hit. We have had more volunteers need to pull back, and in addition, some of our staff has gotten sick.
At this time, we have four staff people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and some individuals that are then placed on quarantine as well. So, we have decided to take a step back for the next two weeks.
We will not be having the following ministries:
That gives us two Wednesdays and one Sunday off of public gatherings to allow for things to calm, for people to get healthy, and for people to be released from quarantine. We will also take that time to clean and disinfect the whole facility.
So, we are taking a step back for a moment. We plan to be back up and running with in-person ministries a week from Sunday. In the meantime, we look forward to joining you online livestream this weekend 11/15/20 at 9am, 11am, or 4:30pm. God bless, stay healthy, and keep worshipping our King!
We are excited to be bringing our in-person worship experiences back starting June 28! While there will be some limitations and registration will be required, we have a carefully thought out plan to keep everyone safe as we transition back to in-person services. For those unable to come or not yet ready to gather in a larger group setting, our online services will be continuing at 9:00a, 11:00a, and 4:30p.
For details on the plan, or to register for these in-person services, click HERE.
As an elder team, we have been waiting this week for clarity from the Illinois Department of Public Health about next steps after the Governor’s Executive Order expired at the end of Friday, May 29th. In the end, God provided clarity, at least in the moment. :)
This past Thursday, the Governor stated that the Illinois Department of Public Health was establishing guidelines for the churches in Illinois, not mandates. As long as that remains true, we have some freedom as elders to begin to make plans for re-opening.
So we now have a big job as elders. We long to:
Our battle cry at the outset of this journey back in March was as follows: “We will OBEY mandate. We will respectfully CONSIDER guidelines.” As the IDPH has established “guidelines” for the church, we are rightly considering those as we build our plan. That said, we want to let you know the basic plan we are putting in place. This is to help set your expectations as well as bring prayerful relief as we look forward.
June 1st-27th, 2020
June 28th - July 31st, 2020 (assuming no setbacks in Illinois metrics)
August 2020 (assuming no setbacks in Illinois metrics)
We love you and are excited to gather over the course of this summer. We hold loosely to these plans while we cling to our King. May our God be our one constant in these times of constant change. Let’s picture this journey as a crescendo of worship. Growing from family units, to friends, to groups, to large gatherings, to the full church on fire!
May God get all the glory!
What unique times we are in! I am elated that we can see some light at the end of the "stay-at-home tunnel.” We have had the President make a strong statement of his personal desire to see churches open again. He also stated that “churches are essential.” Amen to that! We all know how essential the amazing gathering of the body of Christ is. That said, the President’s desire is not automatically a national law. So, now we long to see that meted out. Until next weekend, Illinois allows churches to meet … but only in gatherings of 10.
So, what is Summit Point doing? We still remain under the Governor’s Executive Order until this next Saturday, May 30. As far as we can tell, there will be a law by the Illinois Legislature handing reopening responsibilities to the Illinois Department of Public Health. They will provide protocols, procedures, and even capacities that must be followed if a business or church is to open. We are waiting excitedly for those guidances this week. They are currently expected to be delivered by Friday, May 29.
OUR PLAN FOR NOW:
PLEASE BE PRAYING FOR:
Love you all. So excited to gather together again. Waiting patiently on the Lord in these final times of the “stay-at-home.” May God get all the glory!