A word from Pastor John Croft
Dear Crosstown Fellowship Church Family,
Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior! If you have opened your weekly email from Crosstown Fellowship Church you would have read that we are opening up for public worship on May 17th. In accordance with the state and local officials we have clearance to do so as long as we practice the CDC guidelines for safe hygiene. As your pastor I am fully aware that there are some of us that are not ready to return and others of us that think we should have never closed. I have to weigh both and all the opinions in-between.
So, we are reopening with a measured approach.
In the state of Florida the government never officially closed churches. There were a couple stories in the news of churches that stayed open and even one pastor that was arrested but those stories were more a sensational news piece than a guide for church practices. We closed our doors in March because we believed it was the right thing to do under the guidance of local and state recommendations, not requirements. As we re-open we will always follow these same recommendations.
So, here is how we will proceed.
On May 17th we will allow persons to attend the 10:45 am worship service. NO LIFE GROUPS! YET!
[Please note that if you feel uncomfortable in attending in person either due to how you feel about it or due to extenuating circumstances we recommend that you remain at home and join us on Facebook live until you are ready]
For those who do attend we will be practicing the following.
NOTE: The building will be clean and sanitized for you when you arrive.
- There will be no restrictions to where and how you park in the parking lot. The same as at Walmart or Home Depot.
- Upon entering, the door will be held open for you by a greeter in a mask who will greet you with a smile(hidden) and a wave (not hidden).
- We are asking that no one exchange handshakes or make contact with others except within their own household.
- There will not be any bulletins or printed materials distributed.
- Hand sanitizer will be available but we also recommend bringing your own if possible.
- There will not be any coffee or snacks available.
- We ask that families (same household) seat together and maintain a 6 foot distance from the next person or group.
- Wearing a mask is optional but recommended. No judgement either way.
- Offering will be received in a basket at the sanctuary door and not picked up by ushers walking through the sanctuary.
- You can be assured that all precautions will be taken to ensure that we worship together safely.
These restrictions will remain in place until we receive guidance from the local and state officials. Adjustments will be made only in accordance with the State phase changes.
We are wanting to proceed while considering each one of you as brothers and sisters in Christ. Also we want those who are not of our faith or family to see that we are trustworthy and compassionate to others. Therefore, we want anyone coming to come under their own volition and to not feel any pressure to do so.
As Paul wrote to the church in Philipi, "Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others." Philippians 2:1-4
Make sure that in your freedom you do not judge or stomp on the feelings, opinions, or concerns of others. As we move forward always practice putting others before yourself. We will, in time, have the freedom to gather at full strength without restrictions, however, until then we must be wise, kind, and gracious to one another.
To those of you who choose to come and worship in our sanctuary on May 17th, we look forward to seeing you in person. To those of you who choose to remain at home until the right time for you, we look forward to you joining us on Facebook live. Whatever your decision we support you. Let us now be in a state of prayer that God will be glorified in all these things!
Shanda and I love each of you and we pray for you and your families! One day we will have the opportunity to get together and we will look back at how God brought us through it all. Have a blessed and God filled day!
In His Grip,
Pastor, Crosstown Fellowship Church