In-person Reopening - Sunday, July 12
IN-PERSON SERVICES AT LAKESHORE
After being apart from each other for the past 14 Sundays, we’re excited to announce that we will resume holding in-person services at Lakeshore on Sunday, July 12. We’ve spent many weeks working on a plan and with all that it required with respect to people being prepared to serve on our ministry teams and products for disinfecting that are on order, we believe that this is the first date we would be ready and prepared to safely host people at church.
1. We will have a “walk before we run” approach to re-opening
Lakeshore Kids and Students as well as the Waves Café will not be open initially and will be evaluated on a weekly basis (see Mon. 6/8 email).
2. We understand both positions
We understand that many will be excited to return to church and others are more cautious about returning to church on July 12. We understand both positions and please know that we will be ready when you are, no pressure (see Mon. 6/15 email).
3. We have a plan that follows the CDC guidelines
We have a plan that follows the CDC guidelines to maximize your safety during the time you are at church. You can find it here. One key is that we are asking everyone to wear a mask when they arrive and when they move around church in any way. We understand that not everyone will agree with everything we do, but we hope you understand that we must error on the side of caution for both the safety of everyone (especially for those who are older, have medical conditions, or spend time with family and friends who are either of these) and for church liability reasons. We humbly ask that you show patience and kindness with this process (if you need to, see 1 Corinthians 13:4 ??) and understand that we must be as safe as we can because no one knows everything about this virus. Better safe than sorry (see Mon. 6/15 email).
4. We have four viewing venues for in-person services
We have four viewing venues for in-person services and will evaluate each one every week (see Mon. 6/22 email):
The Gym is for families with a young child or children to enjoy the service together. One table for each family!
The Auditorium is for adults and families with children who are old enough to take in the service without getting noisy or distracting during it. We removed half the seats to make social distancing easier. Seats are first-come, first-served.
Room 110 (just past the Atrium restrooms) is for those who want a small viewing area and easy in and out who may have special needs of one kind or another.
The Atrium is for the same people who have used it in the past with about 20 seats available on a first-come, first-served basis.
5. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before services
Starting July 12, to make things as smooth as possible, please arrive at least 15 minutes before services. This is all new for everyone and time will be your best friend if you arrive early.
Lakeshore Kids classes and events are suspended for the time being. We are providing links to Sunday services for Kids and other resources primarily through our Lakeshore Kids Facebook group page.
All Lakeshore Student services and events are suspended for the time being. We are now providing High School & Middle School students weekly messages online to help them stay connected with their faith.