Revival Mode – Not Survival Mode
Statement from Lead Pastor Eric Danner
REOPENING FOR REVIVAL
Dear Church Family,
As our city, state, and country begin lifting some of the social distancing restrictions that have been put in place, we wanted to give you an update on our plan to resume in-person gatherings on our church campus.
Last week, Governor Kay Ivey announced that she would be easing the restrictions placed on places of worship which, in return, has paved the way for us to hold services, again, on-site.
Though I am declaring that MRAG is in “Revival Mode – Not Survival Mode”, we will do everything within our power to follow the guidelines that our authorities have put in place for our safety.
Dr. Scott Harris, Alabama state public health officer, stated, “We certainly want people to get back to their normal worship as soon as possible, but please work to make that as safe as possible.”
So, to be in full compliance with the Center for Disease Control’s recommendations for social distancing and hygiene, when they reopen, the Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives encourages houses of worship to…
Ensure at least 6-foot distancing between households
Encourage vulnerable populations (those 65 years and older, people with disabilities, people with serious respiratory or cardiovascular conditions, people who are immunocompromised, and others) to continue to stay at home
The Governor’s Office also recommends that…
• Preschool and children’s ministries not gather in-person until a later time. All children will sit with their parents in service. We ask that parents please do not allow their children to run or roam around the sanctuary. MRAG will be providing our kids with quiet activities to do at their seats as they listen to the service. We will also incorporate special “kid-friendly” aspects to the service in order to help the kids be engaged.
• Close personal contact that may be part of services, such as handshakes, hugging, etc, not take place. Please remember to maintain Social Distancing guidelines of 6 feet at all times with those, not in your Household.
• Everyone wears a face covering, if possible. This is encouraged, however, it is not mandated.
So, in the liberty recently provided to us by the Governor, Moffett Road Assembly of God’s leadership wants to both do our part to stop the spread of Covid-19 and also begin to take steps toward our local body of Christ gathering together in-person again as we believe scripture directs us to do so. Therefore, church leadership is prayerfully considering reopening the church building and resuming live, in-person worship services on Sunday, May 24th.
Moffett Road Assembly of God’s plan is the following:
• We will hold a “Non-Touching” family worship service at 10 AM in the Sanctuary on Sunday mornings, starting on Sunday, May 24th.
• We will continue to Livestream our services for those who choose to stay home.
• We will take the temperature of all staff and ministry volunteers upon their arrival.
• Plastic gloves and hand sanitizer will be available at the entrances and in the bathrooms.
• We will have our Sanctuary chairs in groups of six, spaced six feet apart in diameter from other groups of chairs. Please do not move any chairs, signs, or ropes in the sanctuary.
• We ask that worshippers go directly into the Sanctuary upon their arrival and sit with their household. The interior of the building (the hallways, lobbies, etc.) will remain closed. Bathrooms will be available for use. Please be mindful of social distancing while in restrooms.
• Door handles and bathrooms will be thoroughly sanitized before, during, and after each service.
• Tithe and Offering can be given:
Online at www.mrag1.com/give
Mailed to 6159 Moffett Rd.
Placed in one of the “drop boxes” in the hallway on your way out of service.
• Worshippers will be asked to go directly to their vehicles upon the dismissal of the service. We will dismiss those over 65 first and then we will dismiss the congregation by row. Unfortunately, we will not be able to have a fellowship time before or after service for the time being.
• Pastors Eric and Jackie will stand outside near the exit to wave and say “goodbye” to everyone as they leave.
All Sunday School classes, Life Groups, and Wednesday Night activities will continue to be on pause for the time being.
• Summer ministry events have been or will be adjusted appropriately. Our Pastoral Staff will soon communicate changes to things like summer kids programs, summer camps, and summer missions trips.
There really is no timetable for getting back to “normal,” but whenever church leadership believes it’s time to go back to our regular weekly schedule, it will be under the leadership of the Lord, with counsel from our Assembly of God District Leadership, governmental and health officials, and at the comfort level of our own church family. For now, we are only focused on what’s right in front of us, which is resuming some form of in-person worship services in the near future.
Please know that while all of this isn’t anyone’s first (or even second or third) choice, scripture shows us time and again how God takes things most would think are bad and uses it for our good and His glory! For example, thousands of people have been engaging with MRAG every Sunday online. And even though we’re physically apart, I would dare to say that our church family has in many ways never felt closer together spiritually and as a community! For many of us, myself included, this pandemic has pushed us to really and truly be salt and light in our homes and neighborhoods — to be ministers of the Good News of Jesus Christ to those on our block and across our backyards. To God be the glory!
The reopening plan will be regularly evaluated as we continue to receive more information in the coming weeks and we will be providing regular updates via email, our website, and social media.
Thank you for your continued prayers, faithful giving, and constant support and encouragement in these unusual days — and thank you in advance for your understanding as we navigate this season together. If you have any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In closing, we find comfort in knowing that Christ is in control. None of this has taken Heaven by surprise, and we know that He has a plan to prosper us and not harm us, a plan to give us hope and a future. Again, remember, we are in “Revival Mode – Not Survival Mode”!
Pastor Eric Danner