July 9, 2020
News & Updates from Creekside Chapel
Sunday Worship and Other Gatherings

The time has come where we are ready to welcome you back to the church building on Sunday morning! Our tentative plan was to have a drive-in style service outside this Sunday, July 12, and then invite you in for Sunday, July 19. However, the weekend weather forecast is looking too unsettled for us to plan on having an outdoor service this Sunday, and so after much prayer and discussion we are going to be ready to host two worship services this Sunday morning, at 9:00 and 11:00, inside the sanctuary. Here's what we're doing and asking to make this as safe as possible for everyone who chooses to attend:

  • Please plan to arrive no more than 20 minutes before the service (either 8:40 or 10:40) and plan to go directly into the sanctuary upon arrival. This will help us with the flow of traffic between services and as we look to do some cleaning and sanitizing between services.

  • We're requiring masks for those in attendance, to be worn over your mouth and nose, any time you are: moving through the building, singing, or speaking with another individual outside of your household. We also have new masks available for you to take in case you happen to forget yours - we've all done it!

  • Please keep proper social distance between you and those who are not part of your household, avoiding handshakes and hugs with others.

  • We have hand sanitizer stations set up around the Fellowship Hall for your use as you wish to do so.

  • We have marked off the backs of the pews with colored tape so that you can visibly see your seating options for the service when you enter the sanctuary. Our ushers will help point out open spots as spaces fill up as well.

  • Communion elements will be available in your pew prior to your arrival. Offering envelopes or connection cards can be submitted in a designated space outside of the sanctuary before or after the service.

  • Our cafe is currently closed; our cafe tables, library area and Youth Center are prepared and reserved for overflow in case our sanctuary reaches full capacity.

  • Our nursery and children's ministry are not currently operating. Our current hope is to be able to offer them again in the fall during our 11:00 service.

We will always have the livestream option available, beginning at 9:00 am on Sunday, for those who choose to stay home at this time. We understand that every individual and family has many factors to take into consideration while prayerfully making wise decisions for themselves in regards to where to go in public and when. If there is any way that we can help you with that by having a conversation about your concerns or questions, please reach out to us and let us know.
Creekside Kids' VBS! - August 3-6, 2020
Registration is now open! Go to vbspro.events/p/creekside2020 to register your children today! The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, July 29.

We have simplified the evening and modified the program in ways that we believe will still give children opportunities to follow and learn about Jesus, but in a way that honors the guidelines we're being given to keep people safe.

Our plan is to host four nights of VBS, from August 3-6. Students will be invited to come for one of the four nights with children from their age group. This year VBS will be a livestreamed event, meaning that you and your family can watch and still participate from home on the nights that you can't be present.

If the health guidelines are dramatically relaxed between now and the end of July, that will give us freedom to have students come for more than one night and move around in larger groups. But even if they don't, we are confident that this will be a safe and worthwhile experience.

Thanks go to Jen Griffin, Christa Stein and Pamela Haag for helping to coordinate this ministry. If you have questions or would like to volunteer to help with planning, decorating or as a station or crew leader, please contact Jen Griffin ASAP (dolphin.jag@gmail.com).
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