When we gather again
Dear Friends of Green Trails,
It seems appropriate to take a moment to write a few words about how the practices of our church family may change in the future. I hasten to say that these are just my personal reflections. As you no doubt realize by now, these are unique and uncertain times. No matter how carefully we plan, some of what we plan will need to be altered in real time.
* We will follow the requirements set by the City of Chesterfield and St. Louis County for
* Greeters will probably wear masks and gloves.
* Those leading worship will practice social distancing.
* Initially, there will only be five or six people leading worship.
* Communion practices will offer more distance and less contact.
* The time of greeting will be eliminated.
* Even though we are not meeting, the church is still being cleaned.
* All door handles and hard surfaces will be sanitized.
* Hand sanitizers will be available throughout the building.
* Offering stations will be established instead of passing the plate.
* Air purifiers are being used throughout the building.
It is probable that we will begin by gathering just for worship. As time passes, Sunday School will be implemented. Of course, you will need to make your own decision about attending worship. It is likely that the worship service will continue to be recorded and will be available online.
To get ready for Sunday’s worship, meditate on the following Scripture:
Acts 3:1-10 The Message (MSG)
3 1-5 One day at three o’clock in the afternoon, Peter and John were on their way into the Temple for prayer meeting. At the same time there was a man crippled from birth being carried up. Every day he was set down at the Temple gate, the one named Beautiful, to beg from those going into the Temple. When he saw Peter and John about to enter the Temple, he asked for a handout. Peter, with John at his side, looked him straight in the eye and said, “Look here.” He looked up, expecting to get something from them.
6-8 Peter said, “I don’t have a nickel to my name, but what I do have, I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk!” He grabbed him by the right hand and pulled him up. In an instant his feet and ankles became firm. He jumped to his feet and walked.
8-10 The man went into the Temple with them, walking back and forth, dancing and praising God. Everybody there saw him walking around and praising God. They recognized him as the one who sat begging at the Temple’s Gate Beautiful and rubbed their eyes, astonished, scarcely believing what they were seeing.
Your true friend,