Our church has been gathering for worship since June. We have no issues with social distancing during the service. We started children's church in September. We have been fortunate that we have not had to suspend services due to anyone contracting COVID-19. We had talked about starting Sunday school classes in November.
With a recent uptick in positive cases plus entering the flu season, the staff, deacons, and counsel held a meeting to decide whether or not to move forward. Some wanted to move forward, others were very apprehensive. After discussing it for over an hour, we voted to suspend Sunday school until at least January. Some were happy, others were not with the outcome.
Most churches are going through the same situations. Open or not? Zoom or live? Move forward or stand pat? What about the reaction from congregants?
It's a lose-lose situation. There was an article from Thom Ranier in The Christian Post that point out the one thing we must agree on. In the article, "6 COVID-19 Controversies In Churches Today", Ranier says this is the one thing we must focus on during this time... Grace. We need to extend grace to pastors and church leaders who have the difficult task of making these decisions. Grace also needs to be extended to those who may not feel comfortable returning to church activities.
We may not agree on decisions by leadership, but we should agree to extend grace- the same grace extended to us by God through Jesus!
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