Across the history of the church, it has been necessary for the church to consider how and why it gathers. Persecution, at times, has led the church underground. We’ve heard stories of Christians in China baptizing in bathtubs, Christians in Africa halting services because of threats of violence against their villages, and much, much more.
At this moment, we face a unique crisis: a fast-spreading and still somewhat mysterious virus called the coronavirus. Health officials, both from the CDC, the Governor of Tennessee, and the President have discouraged large groups from meeting because of the risk of infection from the serious and deadly disease it spreads.
Due to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases, we are implementing some new guidelines to ensure your safety. We have prayed about these and feel like this is the best thing for us to do now.
MidWeek will resume September 29th. We will continue to have Bible study on Facebook Live each Wednesday at 6:00 pm. Thank you for your understanding during these uncertain times. We are trying to be safe and protect our church family.
First, all children ages 3 years old through high school will be required to wear masks at all indoor church events. All teachers and volunteers working in the preschool, children, and student areas will also be required to wear masks. Secondly, the 8:45am worship service will now require masks to be worn. The 11:00am services will be masks recommended. Both the Sanctuary and Encounter worship spaces are setup to allow for safe distancing. For those who are not comfortable attending in person, we will continue to offer online worship at 11:00am. Also, several Sunday School classes are doing Zoom. Please let us know if you have any questions about these online options.
We understand these new guidelines may be an inconvenience to you, but we are trying to protect our church family and guests. We will continue to monitor COVID-19 cases and keep you updated on any new developments.
Thanks for your understanding during these difficult times. It has been amazing to see all that God continues to do at Ridgedale during these trying times!
Ridgedale Ministerial Staff
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