Dear Movement Church,
Here is the latest update! Unfortunately, we will not be having in person service on July 12th. We were unable to meet the cutoff time with the city regarding construction. However, we are happy to announce our latest ReUnion plans – with the disclaimer that these are our plans as of today Saturday, July 11. The coronavirus landscape changes fast, so we are closely watching as all of this unfolds and holding it all loosely. We will release a follow-up on Monday with more information.
We are delaying our re-opening for several reasons:
• We still have a few open permits with the city and a great deal of construction work that needs to be completed before we can fully occupy the space. This will give us time to get it all done.
• Based on our survey and the experience of other churches, only 30-50% of you are ready to return immediately, so we will continue to offer an excellent online experience now, and once in-person worship gatherings begin.
• We want to make sure that when we all gather, it feels like family.
We will continue to follow our guiding principles – loving our neighbors, listening to local, state, and national leadership, and learning from other churches. This is our plan as of today:
• We’re going to spend the next several weeks preparing our building to open for the 1st time. This includes at construction and finish repair work
• We will host our first in-person gathering September 6th for Movement Family and Friends Only
• We’re going to professionally clean and thoroughly sanitize.
• We’re installing hand sanitizing stations and determining the best ways to physically distance.
• We’re planning to open with programming for kids from Kinder through Grade 5.
All of this is going to require having enough people who are willing to help make it happen, which is why our initial gathering in September will be for Movement Friends and Family only as we prepare for our larger Family Reunion and 5-year Celebration. We want to make sure we’re ready for our community.
We are designed to gather face to face and the Bible commands us to do so. The Bible says, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near” (Hebrews 10:24-25).
These are challenging days and we need each other. Until we can gather as the church in our new home, let’s continue to be the church in our community.
We love you and can’t wait to see your faces very soon!