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by Clay Smith on July 02, 2020

Your Session and staff teams continue to pray and plan for reopening the church. As the St. Louis area begins to gradually reopen, we are watching the situation – including local health statistics – closely. We all want to be back at church together, but we also want to ensure that we do not unintentionally make things worse by moving too fast. We are considering a range of different ideas for reopening, and are praying for the Lord to give us abundant wisdom together.

The Biblical standards that will guide us in making decisions are four-fold. First, we will be subject to our governing authorities (Rom. 13:1-7; 1 Tim. 2:1-4; Titus 3:1-5). Second, we will seek to love each other and our neighbors as Christ has loved us, so that we might “shine as lights” in this world (John 13:35, 15:12; Gal. 6:10; Phil. 2:15). Third, we will seek to honor the most vulnerable among us who are also most to be honored (1 Cor. 12:22-23a; Rom. 12:10). Fourth, these are unprecedented times without a “playbook” and we need wisdom in a special way right now. We will pray unceasingly for wisdom, that the Lord would make us abundantly wise in considering what is most appropriate for our local church context in these times of uncertainty (James 1:5).

Please pray for us as we continue to discern what is best for our church family! Your Session will be meeting on Monday, June 15th to discuss what a first phase of reopening might look like, and we will be sharing our plans with you shortly thereafter.

Lastly – thank you to all who participated in our recent reopening survey. The results are tallied and we will be sharing those with soon.

If you have questions about reopening, we would love to answer them!

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