From the Shorter Catechism:
Q. 1. What is the chief end of man?
A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.
To That End: We Resumed In-Person Worship, May 31, 2020. Now, we will kickoff a full schedule beginning October 4th. Please see the special announcement at the end of the online bulletin of 9-20-2020.
WORSHIP SERVICE TIME AND LOCATION
- Service time:
- 9 AM Tailgate Service in Parking Lot
- 10:45-11:45 A.M, starting May 31, 2020 and ending October 4th with the start of our full schedule. Look for the nes schedule in the special announcement mentioned above. Services will be 45-60 minutes in duration.
- Fellowship Hall: Individuals and couples at low risk & families with children
- Sanctuary: Seasoned Saints and those at high risk due to underlying health conditions
- Fellowship Hall: For low risk persons (under 60 with no underlying conditions), and children
- There is a TV Monitor for a live stream view of the service from sanctuary
- Family groups and families with children will be seated at tables. Chairs positioned for social distancing will be provided for individuals and couples. Individuals from the same household can sit together without distancing. These family groups, couples, and individuals are encouraged to follow social distancing guidelines at all times out of respect to others.
- Hymnals & Bulletins will be placed on a table for individuals to take when they enter the Hall.
- Doors will be propped open to limit physical contact with the handles.
- Temperature of the building will be regulated prior to the service to eliminate the fan noise.
- An oﬀering box will be placed at the entrance for individuals to place their oﬀering.
- Families with children are encouraged to enter the building shortly before the beginning of the service and go to a table and be seated in order to minimize the potential for children to disregard protocols. Bringing books or coloring books for children is encouraged.
- When entering the Hall ﬁll up the seating farthest from the entrance ﬁrst. When exiting allow those closest to the entrance to leave ﬁrst. Try to maintain distancing during these times.
- Sanctuary: For persons more at risk due to age or underlying medical condition
- Family groups and couples may sit together, but otherwise social distancing will be maintained for seating. An Usher will be available to help with suitable seating locations.
- As applicable 1a, 1c, 1d, 1f, and 1h, from above will apply for the sanctuary.
- At Home: For persons who are more at risk, or more comfortable remaining at home
- A live stream video will be available on the church website. A recorded version will also be available shortly after the conclusion of the service on the Online Worship, Video and Audio page.
- Restroom use will be limited to one person at a time, or parent with child
- The kitchen will be closed. No food or drinks will be prepared or distributed.
- The playground is closed.
PRESCHOOL AND CHILDREN
- The Nursery is closed. We will consider re-opening at a later date or when public schools re-open.
- Children’s Sunday School is suspended pending the same
- Adult Sunday School is suspended. We will consider meeting another day of the week or via Zoom.
- People are asked to refrain from hugging or shaking hands.
- Maintain 6 ft. physical distancing to the greatest extent possible.
- You are encouraged to check your temperature before you leave your house. If you have a fever or are sick do not attend the worship service.
- If you know have been exposed to someone with COVID, please stay at home until an appropriate self quarantine period has passed.
- Hand sanitizer and masks will be provided (if available). Individuals are encouraged to bring their own from home. The use of a mask is optional and up to individual preference.
- If you have underlying health conditions that are known to raise the risk of, or from contracting COVID, please consider staying home until we are certain the virus has ended.
Westminster Confession, Chapter XX.
Of Christian Liberty, and Liberty of Conscience.
I. The liberty which Christ hath purchased for believers under the Gospel consists in their freedom from the guilt of sin, and condemning wrath of God, the curse of the moral law;(a) and, in their being delivered from this present evil world, bondage to Satan, and dominion of sin;(b) from the evil of afflictions, the sting of death, the victory of the grace, and everlasting damnation;(c) as also, in their free access to God,(d) and their yielding obedience unto Him, not out of slavish fear, but a child-like love and willing mind.(e) All which were common also to believers under the law.(f) But, under the new testament, the liberty of Christians is further enlarged, in their freedom from the yoke of the ceremonial law, to which the Jewish Church was subjected;(g) and in greater boldness of access to the throne of grace,(h) and in fuller communications of the free Spirit of God, than believers under the law did ordinarily partake of.(i)
(a) Tit. 2:14; I Thess. 1:10; Gal. 3:13.
(b) Gal. 1:4; Col. 1:13; Acts 26:18; Rom. 6:14.
(c) Rom. 8:28; Ps. 119:71; I Cor. 15:54, 55, 56, 57; Rom. 8:1.
(d) Rom. 5:1, 2.
(e) Rom. 8:14, 15; I John 4:18.
(f) Gal. 3:9, 14.
(g) Gal. 4:1, 2, 3, 6, 7; Gal. 5:1; Acts 15:10, 11.
(h) Heb. 4:14, 16; Heb. 10:19, 20, 21, 22.
(i) John 7:38, 39; II Cor. 3:13, 17, 18.
II. God alone is Lord of the conscience,(k) and hath left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men, which are in any thing contrary to His Word; or beside it, if matters of faith or worship.(l) So that, to believe such doctrines, or to obey such commands, out of conscience,(m) is to betray true liberty of conscience: and the requiring of an implicit faith, and an absolute and blind obedience is to destroy liberty of conscience, and reason also.(n)
(k) Jam. 4:12; Rom. 14:4.
(l) Acts 4:19; Acts 5:29; I Cor. 7:23; Matt. 23:8, 9, 10; II Cor. 1:24; Matt. 15:9.
(m) Col. 2:20, 22, 23; Gal. 1:10; Gal. 2:4, 5; Gal. 5:1.
(n) Rom. 10:17; Rom. 14:23; Isa. 8:20; Acts 17:11; John 4:22; Hos. 5:11; Rev. 13:12, 16, 17; Jer. 8:9.
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IV. And because the powers which God hath ordained, and the liberty which Christ hath purchased, are not intended by God to destroy, but mutually to uphold and preserve one another; they who, upon pretense of Christian liberty, shall oppose any lawful power, or the lawful exercise of it, whether it be civil or ecclesiastical, resist the ordinance of God.(p) And, for their publishing of such opinions, or maintaining of such practices, as are contrary to the light of nature, or to the known principles of Christianity, whether concerning faith, worship, or conversation; or, to the power of godliness; or, such erroneous opinions or practices, as either in their own nature, or in the manner of publishing or maintaining them, are destructive to the external peace and order which Christ hath established in the Church, they may lawfully be called to account, and proceeded against by the censures of the Church,(q) and by the power of the civil magistrate.(r)
(p) Matt. 12:25; I Pet. 2:13, 14, 16; Rom. 13:1 to 8; Heb. 13:17.
(q) Rom. 1:32 with I Cor. 5:1, 5, 11, 13; II John ver. 10, 11, and II Thess. 3:14, and I Tim. 6:3, 4, 5, and Tit. 1:10, 11, 13, and Tit. 3:10 with Matt. 18:15, 16, 17; I Tim. 1:19, 20; Rev. 2:2, 14, 15, 20; Rev. 3:9.
(r) Deut. 13:6 to 12; Rom. 13:3, 4 with II John ver. 10, 11; Ezra 7:23, 25, 26, 27, 28; Rev. 17:12, 16, 17; Neh. 13:15, 17, 21, 22, 25, 30; II Kings 23:5, 6, 9, 20, 21; II Chron. 34:33; II Chron. 15:12, 13, 16; Dan. 3:29; I Tim. 2:2; Isa. 49:23; Zech. 13:2, 3.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,…”
We are grateful for all the Constitutional rights that we enjoy, but we believe that our right to assemble and worship (among others) ultimately come from God, and that no just government should infringe on those God-given rights.