It’s been over 200 days since we have been able to meet in our building. It’s also been over 200 days that we’ve committed to daily prayer for the families impacted by the disease of COVID-19, prayers for guidance on what to do next, and when God would call us to re-open our building.
As I said in May of this year, it would seem that we are slower than others to re-open. We wanted a firm path that God had for us so we stayed patient and continued in prayer. With the guidance of our leadership team, the church board, the elders, and through this faithful prayer, we have decided to open our doors to in-person worship starting on November 1st.
We will have two separate services to give more people a chance to attend as we adhere to the regulations from the state of Washington. These services will be held on Saturday evening at 6 pm and Sunday morning at 10 am. For our first day of re-opening we will only have one service on Sunday, November 1st, due to Halloween being the Saturday before.
Starting November 7th we will have our first Saturday evening service. We have committed to being in complete compliance with the regulations of our county, and with that church will look a little different. But we know that these changes won’t be permanent.
We are limited to the number of people that can be in our building. We will have a sign-up on our website and on our Facebook page so that families can reserve their spots for whichever service they decide to attend. We will also have measures in place to practice social distancing to keep this community as safe as possible.
Our church will be professionally sanitized before our Saturday service and once again before our Sunday service to ensure everything is clean and welcoming to our community. For those who feel uncomfortable attending service with others, we will still provide a live stream on our Facebook page and recordings will be available on our YouTube channel so that you can still attend church remotely from your home if needed. COVID-19 is something that we respect and we will continue monitoring changes as they happen.
The hardest scripture that I have had to process as the spiritual leader of this church has been “Be still and know that I am God.” There were many times that I wanted to rush back but I had to give it to the Lord. He has blessed this church in abundance during this time of church at home. I am incredibly grateful for Him and the way He has expanded our church. We have witnessed many people give their life to the Lord for the first time. He has now expanded our reach globally with members in Australia, England, Canada and all across the United States of America.
With that being said, it’s time to get back. He has given what we believe is a clear response and that is November 1st. It’s time to re-open our church doors.
We are so excited to get back to worshipping together and look forward to seeing the faces we’ve dearly missed. All of our information will be posted on our website: http://www.waitsburgchristianchurch.org and on our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/waitsburgchristianchurch
I want to personally thank all of you who have joined my wife and I in prayer, in support, and guidance. It will be an emotional day for us as we finally are able to join in the same space as one.
I love you all.
Matthew A Wyatt
Waitsburg Christian Church