When quarantine started, we made a commitment to follow the government's safety guidelines and to keep preaching the gospel. After we closed the doors to the church building, we started broadcasting our worship services online. Our ministries either took a break or found a way to operate online. We did some midweek Bible studies and church history lessons on Facebook. We maintained a healthy prayer ministry, our food pantry, and we kept in touch with our local schools. During that time we found that God used our activity online to open some new opportunities and start some new relationships.
The Governor has started to allow churches in New Mexico to meet (with restrictions), so we have reopened our church building on Sunday mornings, and we will be following all the current restrictions from the CDC and the State of New Mexico.
That means, for now...
- Our seating capacity is at 25%, so we've added a worship service. We now have two services: 9AM and 10:30AM.
- The rows have been adjusted for social distancing.
- Masks are required.
- We have installed hand sanitizers.
- We are discouraging hugs and handshakes.
- We have giving stations so we don't have to pass the offering around.
- We won't have congregational singing.
- On Sunday morning there is no children's ministry or youth ministry, so if you bring your kids to church (and you should!) they'll be sitting with you.
- Beyond the worship service, our ministries are still in "quarantine mode."
For those who are uncomfortable coming to the building at this point, we will be live-streaming our 10:30 church service every Sunday to our Facebook page and here, under the "Sermons" tab on our website.