Towne South Reopening

Released May 18, 2020

    Since a federal judge approved a restraining order that will allow houses of worship all across North Carolina to reopen, you are probably wondering when Towne South will reopen. That’s a question that’s been on all of our minds for quite some time. All of us have desperately missed the fellowship we enjoy when we gather together. We’ve been chomping at the bit to be back together for months. However, as we consider when we will meet together again in person, a crucial passage of scripture comes to my mind: “Everything is permissible”—but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible”—but not everything is constructive. Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others. (1 Corinthians 10:23, 24) Just because we are permitted to meet together right away does not necessarily mean that it would be beneficial for us to begin meeting together immediately.

    There are several things we need to consider before we reopen. How many people can attend the worship service since we will be observing social distancing? Depending upon the answer to that question, how many services will we need to hold? What cleaning protocols need to be followed between the services? How much time do we need to have between the services in order to clean and disinfect? Do we have enough volunteers who are willing to serve in this way? If we do not have nursery or children’s classes how many people still plan to attend? Should face masks be mandatory or optional? In addition to that, we would like to talk with local health professions to get their input and assistance in developing a safe and wise approach to reopening. We need time to develop and communicate a detailed plan for reopening. With all of this in mind we have set a tentative date of Sunday, June 7th as our reopening date.

There are two things we need from you before we reopen.

1.We need for you to complete the following survey below so that we know how to better prepare and serve you when we reopen.

2. Most importantly, we need for you to have a spirit of cooperation and unity during this transition.The Bible says, “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:2, 3). No doubt there will be those of us who feel that a reopening date of June 7th is too late, that we should begin meeting right away. Others will feel that the June 7th date is too soon. Some will think social distancing and wearing masks is unnecessary, while others will think it should be mandatory. Regardless of the date we choose to begin meeting or the details of the plan we develop, what is essential is that we all do our best to maintain the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. The handling of this pandemic is causing division all over the world and in our own country. The media is divided. Expert opinions are divided. Politicians are divided. But what should we expect? That is the spirit of the age in which we live. But a spirit of division in not the Spirit of Christ and of his Church. As we proceed forward, may we all pray about and keep as our goal, “The unity of the Spirit through the bond of Peace.”

In His Service,

The Elders of Towne South

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