Our planned reopening was set to be August 9th. However, considering the current state of COVID-19 in our state and community, the staff and leadership team consider it prudent to wait just a little while longer. Here are our plans: On September 13th, we will reopen our doors at 9:15 am and 10:45 am on Sunday mornings for Worship and Groups. On September 16th, we will begin Wednesday evening activities for the new year, including Awana and choir rehearsal. Our team has made a commitment that, barring a precipitous worsening of the current situation, we will start back on these days. In the interim, we plan for the following phased reopening plan:
Sunday, August 9: Nursery/groups will be offered for for children ages 0 – 4 in the 9:00 am service only.
Wednesday, August 12: “Wednesday in the Word” at 6:30 pm in the Chapel for all adults. The event will continue to be livestreamed to Facebook.
Sunday, August 30: Sunday evening student small groups will meet at 5pm at host homes off-campus
Sunday, September 6 (Labor Day weekend): One service at 10am in the sanctuary celebrating the 115th anniversary of the First Baptist Church of Gray.
In the midst of all of this, we encourage you to do what you know to be right for yourself and your family. Masks are optional, but supported. If you are not comfortable coming back, then continue online and do not feel guilty about it. Do what makes you and your family feel safe. However, you will need to return at some point! Sundays in your pajamas will never replace worshipping with other Christ followers.
We are certainly aware that this letter will be received in a multitude of ways. What we ask for now is your continued support in every way, including attendance (live or online), prayer, and giving (we have done spectacularly well here). Planning with COVID-19 is like driving a car in an extremely dense fog. So, we trust God and do the best we can, knowing that He is in control and everything ultimately will be okay. We look forward to the New Day God has planned for us!