Dear SMC Family,
As you probably have heard, this week the commonwealth of Massachusetts started Phase 1 of opening up. This means that churches are now allowed to meet with certain precautions and restrictions in place. After looking at CDC and state guidelines, recommendations from the Southern New England Conference regarding in person gathering restrictions, and taking into consideration the opinions shared by you, our members, in the church reopening survey, the church board met (virtually) Tuesday evening to discuss what Stoneham Memorial Church should do.
The main questions the leadership team discussed were: Can we safely meet in person yet? Even though the law allows it, is it something we should do? What would in person gathering look like at this time? What precautions are needed for the building and our people?
Know that we are all eager to be able to meet in person again. However, we also put your safety ahead of this desire. After last night’s discussion the decision was voted to remain online streaming for our worship service and re-evaluate on June 2. This will give us some time to see the impact of Phase 1 reopening in our community. It also will provide time for cleaning and disinfecting of the church building and work towards putting the procedures in place that will be needed when we do gather (such as social distancing markings, ensuring we have enough cleaning and hand sanitizing products, and a disinfecting schedule/routine).
While this is not the news some of you wished to hear, we feel this option provides the most safety, while still giving encouraging connection. The online streaming and live zoom Sabbath Schools and Wednesday night Bible Study allows us to turn your home into a home church as well as show you the faces from your faith community continuing to lead. And if you are comfortable meeting with a small group in your home, you are free to do so. Study guides to go along with our Acts sermon series will be shared in our Friday emails.
Thank you for your understanding and all that you are doing to stay connected during this time of physical distancing. We know that many of you are reaching out via email, phone calls, social media, and greeting cards. Please continue to uplift and pray for one another. We are here for you, too.
Pastor Fredy & Pastor Kristy
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