Updated Statement Regarding COVID-19 – May 7, 2020 – We are excited to share our plans to gather again at Johnston Chapel!


 


You have been greatly missed during this season of social distancing due to the coronavirus pandemic. Know that we love you more than words can express! The pastors and deacons have formulated a plan to begin gathering again in our facility on Sunday, May 17, according to the guidelines provided by Governor Jim Justice. We ask that everyone use discernment in attending our services, especially those of the higher risk population. We fully support the decision of any individual or family to avoid social gatherings at this time. We will continue to provide our services online in video format on our website, Facebook page, and YouTube channel. Audio format of our services will continue to be available on our website and on CD in the church office. In addition to these options, we will begin transmitting our services via radio on the station 93.5 FM. This transmission will extend to the boundaries of the church property and can be accessed on your vehicle’s radio.

For those who choose to attend services in our facility, we encourage you to avoid personal contact with people and do your best to maintain an appropriate distance of at least six feet. We ask that you practice good hygiene by washing your hands frequently. We also ask that you please put on a mask or face covering before entering the facility. We are taking every precaution possible to provide a clean and safe space for us to gather. If you are sick, please stay home!

With those precautions in mind, we will be offering two services beginning Sunday, May 17. The first service will be held at 8:30 a.m. This service is only for those who are 65 years and older and those who are part of the higher risk population. Those who provide care for the two groups just mentioned are also encouraged to attend this service. The first service will be a traditional style of worship. The second service will be held at 11:00 a.m. This service is open to all people and will be a contemporary style of worship. We will not be providing nursery, children’s church, or Kids Club at this time, but Pastor Jason will continue to make online lessons available. The reason for changing our schedule is to provide adequate time to sanitize surfaces in the auditorium and restrooms between services. All volunteers will be equipped with masks and gloves. Seating will be restricted to every other pew. The center of the pews will be marked to allow six feet of distance between family groups. Following these guidelines, the capacity of our auditorium is approximately 125-150 people. We will provide overflow in the Fellowship Hall with a live video feed of the service. Physical distancing guidelines will be followed in this location as well. At the conclusion of the service, we will dismiss family units pew by pew. We will have a central collection box available for offerings to the church.

Beginning Sunday, May 17, we will also offer one Bible Fellowship time at 9:45 a.m. during which all our Bible Fellowships will meet (with the exception of Children’s Bible Fellowships). We hope this is a convenient time for those attending either service. We have assigned rooms for each class large enough to practice physical distancing in family groups. Your Bible Fellowship leader will be in contact soon with information about your new location. Community Groups will also resume at the time. The GROW class will offered beginning Wednesday, May 20, at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium. All of the guidelines listed above will apply to this service as well. Wednesday night nursery, children’s ministry, and youth ministry will resume at a later date. Please watch for upcoming announcements.

We are thrilled to share this information with you. We have resumed normal office hours, so if you have any need, please call. “May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”

Pastor Dan Thyng