Dear Ingomar Family and Friends:
To say that the last few months have been surreal would be an understatement. Looking back at life in January, we would never have imagined what we have since experienced as a world, not to mention as a church. We continue to pray for a miraculous end to this disease and breakthroughs that will enable us to live the life that God intends for us.
This pandemic has challenged us to continue being the Church without in-person gatherings and we have responded by meeting and worshipping online. Through creative perseverance we have adapted and made exciting improvements in worship over the last few weeks. Our staff has worked tirelessly to bring our technology up to speed, enabling us to begin “Live-Streaming” our worship services on Sunday, June 7.
Returning to In-Person Worship
Now we face another challenge: How do we safely resume in-person worship while the pandemic is still with us? Our caring response has to be much more than simply unlocking the doors and inviting all to return to what had previously been our norm. We must consider the risks faced and the corresponding precautions we must take to enable the safest possible in-person worship experience.
Entering this new environment, our goal is to utilize the best knowledge available from our public health authorities to protect the safety of all.
As we continue to carefully plan and prepare, we are excited to announce that we are moving toward LIMITED In-Person Worship beginning June 21, 2020. We have limited seating capacities in both our sanctuary and contemporary worship spaces. Reservations will be expected for the foreseeable future to allow for Physical Distancing. If you are in a vulnerable population, we ask that you seriously give priority to your well-being, and instead opt for worshipping with us online.
What will it look like?
- 8:30 a.m. Traditional worship in the Sanctuary (Entrance 1) with Live-Streaming
- There will be NO Connect and Grow Hour. Children and Youth ministry will continue to gather virtually – for more information please contact our Children’s and Youth Directors.
- 11:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship in Fellowship Hall (Entrance 8) with Live-Streaming
- 11:00 a.m. Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary (Entrance 1) – In-Person Only
- There will be no nursery care or Kid’s Place available on Sundays – see below*
We have limited space available for all services. We are asking that you call the church office to reserve a space for you and your family or visit ingomarchurch.org to make your reservation. Reservations will be taken beginning Monday, June 15 at noon.
Masks will be required and Physical Distancing will be observed. You may not be able to sit in your regular locations due to spacing needs and design. Please do your part to help those serving on Sundays to keep you healthy. We will continue to receive our offering online or you may leave your offering in baskets provided. We will ask you to refrain from physical contact with other worshippers. It will feel different, but seeing each other and worshipping together is a first step in our return.
*Due to current health guidelines, we will not be able to offer childcare in our nursery or children’s ministry during worship. If you attend with small children, you will remain together as a family. We are working toward that care and ministry in the future.
We will expect everyone in worship to complete a Connect Card to ensure that we have open channels of communication in the event of a health concern.
We will clean and sanitize our spaces regularly and between our services.
Please do not plan to attend if you are experiencing any of the symptoms of COVID-19 which include fever, sore throat, dry cough, headache, loss of taste and smell, and respiratory symptoms.
- Continue to use good hygiene
- Wash your hands for 20 seconds or longer
- Use hand sanitizer regularly
- Wear a mask when out in public
Pastor David’s Last Weeks
You should have already received some information about Pastor David’s last weeks with us. We continue to celebrate his ministry among us and will have more information about a larger gathering in the late fall or early winter.
Pastor David will preach all services on June 21 and 28. He will be “live” at both the 8:30 Traditional and 11:00 Contemporary. Pastor David’s message will be shared virtually at the 11:00 Traditional worship service and Pastors Greg and Dennis will provide pastoral leadership. Please take this into consideration when making your reservations for worship. Space limitations may prevent movement to another service on Sunday morning.
The Staff Parish Relations Committee will recognize Pastor David at both Live-Streamed 8:30 Traditional and 11:00 Contemporary Services on Sunday, June 28
This is an ever-evolving situation and it will take weeks to know the impacts of loosening the restrictions across the state. We will continue to carefully monitor the situation, keeping you updated as things progress or change. We anticipate holding Outdoor Worship in July and August in our Grove to the right of the Sanctuary to allow for more spacing. While our outdoor chapel is a favorite among our members during the summer, space and physical distancing do not allow for adequate seating. We are looking forward to Bring-Your-Own-Chair and a lively service in God’s creation. We are still in discussion about what outdoor worship might look like in the event of rain.
For two millennia Christians have gathered, assured by the words of Jesus that “where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them” (Matthew 18:20). We did not anticipate the number of decisions that would have to be made to simply open our worship spaces to in-person gathering again. We want to thank you for your prayerful and financial support over the past months. These have been difficult times, but we have been confident in God’s provision through it all.
If you have any questions, please call the church office and we will do our best to provide answers.
In the Hope of Christ,
Greg Cox and David Streets