Lead Pastor Update

Friday, August 7, 2020

North Way Family,

I am excited to share news about our next step toward regathering together for weekend worship services.  Gathering together is an important value and priority for our church.  I believe with my whole heart that an in-person worship presence is vital for both our spiritual well-being and the well-being of our entire community.

These last few weeks, we took time to debrief and learn from our regathering efforts in June/July.  We recognize that we are 1 church in 7 different communities, and that across all of North Way there are varying degrees of readiness to return.  So, rather than begin to regather in all locations, we are going to start at 1 location and grow from there as needed.  This allows us to concentrate volunteer and staff efforts, to continue an excellent online service, and proceed wisely as we, along with schools, communities, and life in general, take steps to return to normal functioning over time.  Here is the plan:

  • Wexford Campus – Beginning Sunday, August 16th at 10 am, we are inviting all campuses to our Wexford location for an in-person worship gathering, with Kids Ministry open for birth through 5th grade.  Staff from each location will be present to help everyone feel at home.
    • Registration is requested given that this service will be open for all campuses to attend.  This will help ensure that we have the volunteers and space in our Kids Ministry to serve families well and also help determine if overflow spaces will be needed.  This information will not be shared in any way and links will be open the week before services begin.
    • Based on CDC guidelines, face coverings (masks) are required when social or physical distancing is not feasible.  Masks are strongly encouraged when singing.  Staff and volunteers will continue to wear a mask while serving.
    • Safety and cleaning protocols (touch free, wiping surfaces, socially distant seating, etc.) will be in place to ensure a clean and healthy environment is provided for everyone present.
  • Sewickley Valley Next – Currently our plan is to open a 10am Sunday service at our Sewickley Valley campus beginning August 30th.  This campus, along with Wexford, provides large venues that accommodate the most people with social distancing as well as a central location that can serve all of North Way. Future campus location openings will be determined as attendance grows.

 

Please hear this again.  Gathering together is important, valued and necessary.  While we adjust our plans along the way, our goal remains the same; we continue to work toward gathering together in person at every North Way location.  We will not grow weary in doing what we believe and know to be good (Galatians 6).

I promise to keep communicating should this plan need to adjust or change.  See you this weekend online as we wrap up our study of the gospel of John.

North Way Christian Community
12121 Perry Highway
Wexford, PA 15090
724.935.6800

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