As our state and country begin the process of reopening, our staff and church council are preparing a phased reopening plan that mirrors the strategy outlined by the government. We are in Phase 1 of this plan now and hope to progress to the other stages every few weeks in accordance with the guidance from the CDC.
When will in-person gatherings resume?
As soon as possible. While we expect our phased approach to open to line up with the phases that have been laid out by the government, everything hinges on the health of our community and the CDC’s recommendations. We have to be more cautious about how we reopen due to the size of our gatherings and vulnerable population, so we may open a little later than other local businesses and churches. We will advance through these phases as Franklin County meets the government’s benchmarks to continue reopening.
Will regular activities look different?
While we expect our in-person gatherings to feel the same when we reach Phase 4, like the rest of society, we expect that the way we interact with each other will look at little different for a while. We’re going to continue to modify the parts of our services that required physical contact before (such as passing offering plates and greeting each other with handshakes), we will discontinue food service for the time being, and we’re doing everything we can to keep our facilities clean and safe. Even if you see more face coverings (and a lot more hand sanitizer), when we gather together again in-person, we hope it will feel like coming home.
What about regular yearly events?
In the near term, some of our events will gather as an online-only event, and some will still meet in-person (but look a little different this year). Camps have been canceled, however, VBS (Very Best Summer) will take place online.
How can we gather together right now?
In-person gatherings may be on-hold for a little while longer, but St Luke Online has several great ways to gather digitally on a weekly basis. Many of our life groups are meeting online. We encourage you to connect on our St. Luke Community Facebook page.