After communicating with city leaders and other Lincoln area churches, Sower Church opened its doors again on Sunday, June 21st, with a two-service format to accommodate social distancing for our facility’s seating capacity.
Our first service begins at 9 am, and our second service starts at 10:30 am every Sunday. Our production team will continue to produce live streams and videos of our services. Our weekly livestream airs at 10:30 AM on YouTube and Facebook Live.
We will adhere to the following guidelines, until further notice:
- Masks (cloth masks/face coverings) will be required to enter the building for everyone 5-years-old and older for both our 9 AM and 10:30 AM services. At the 9 AM service, masks are required for duration of the service. At the 10:30 AM service, since seating is 6 feet apart, individuals may remove their masks once they’re at their seats, but they must put them back on when they move throughout the building.
- Seating arrangements will meet physical distancing guidelines. Seating will be arranged by families, household/roommates, and individuals, with at least 6 feet between groups.
- Ushers will direct you and your family upon arrival and dismiss you as well when the service is over.
- Due to the new two service format, there will be shorter worship sets and sermons. We will clean and sanitize our facilities in between services.
- There will be no Sunday school for the first phase of reopening. We will have activity packets for children at their seats to entertain them during the service.
- Nursery rooms are open for use for each service, with one room reserved just for 9 AM and a second one available for 10:30 AM. Parents are responsible for their own childcare.
- Live video feeds will be available in our multi-purpose room and extended lobby area for families as well. Video feed will also play in the nursery.
- No gathering will be allowed in the lobby or in the main room. We ask that you talk outside, maintaining a distance.
- We will not be able to serve coffee or doughnuts.
- Please stay home when you are feeling sick (fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, muscle pain, chills), or if you have been exposed to a lab-confirmed case of COVID-19; exercise discernment.
We realize that for some, these measures may seem unnecessary. Others will think we aren’t doing enough. Most of us will experience a transition time that feels dishearteningly long. Wherever you are at with it all, Christ has the resources you need to find peace and patience for this time.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. -John 14:27
Though our church has entered a new normal, we are excited to gather and see all of you again each week. However, no one should feel obligated to attend Sunday services if they do not feel comfortable doing so. We want everyone to take the precautions they feel are necessary for themselves and their family.
Continue to pray for our world and community, specifically for those who are directly impacted by this virus. We are very thankful that our great source of peace and hope is Jesus Christ.
Should you have any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.