Given a recent increase in infection rates throughout Seminole County, we have suspended all in-person worship and ministry gatherings until further notice. 

Likewise, our church office will be open by appointment only. 

The Comeback: Together Again

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For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus.

Philippians 1:8 ESV

Or, to put it another way,

For God is my witness, how deeply I miss all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.

Philippians 1:8 Holman Christian Standard Bible

Or, one final way,

He knows how much I love and miss you these days. Sometimes I think I feel as strongly about you as Christ does.

Philippians 1:8 The Message

I think you get the idea; we miss you, and we know you miss one another! We are so eager to assemble together to more vibrantly demonstrate that we are the church! We have never stopped being the church, but we all value and cherish the privilege and commandment to gather together.

Metro Life Church will return to our Sunday morning meetings in our facility on Sunday, June 7th, and it cannot come fast enough! For some that date may seem too soon; for others it may seem too distant. And that date may seem right to others. We realize, like everything else during this COVID-19 crisis, there are no shortage of opinions. We understand. So, how have we determined our “Welcome Back” Sunday?

First, we have surveyed approximately 80 members of our Metro Life family, and the “middle” of the responses was early June. That is important to us, because while a church can open its doors (contrary to how it is sometimes conveyed, the government in Florida is not preventing us from meeting), it does not mean its members are going to feel ready to return. In fact, the churches we are speaking with that have held Sunday services are reporting the same thing to us, which is that the vast majority of families are staying home. They feel it’s “too soon.”

 

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We understand that any Sunday may feel “too soon” to some so long as the virus is circulating. But we also know we cannot wait or even expect the virus to be completely eradicated before we return. However, we do believe one way we can demonstrate our love and care to our church family is to give a little more time for the trends and data to provide greater peace of mind to a greater number of people. We respect anyone who chooses to stay at home for a longer period of time just as much as we respect those eager to return on the first Sunday in June.

Second, June 7 gives us time to complete the internal changes necessary to continue to provide a streaming service without that hindering our gathered meeting. In the next several days a whole lot of technical things that I don’t understand will be completed, and then they will all need tested. Throughout this time of online services, we’ve had a makeshift “studio” at the front of our auditorium. That has all transitioned to our upstairs lighting room and the wiring will soon be completed to get all those wires out of sight! This has been an unexpected blessing during this season. We are seeing many new people join us on Sunday mornings through our lives stream. It is here to stay.

Finally, June 7 ensures we have the time for training and final preparations to return to assembling together. While our building has been completely sanitized already, there are a number of details large and small are being addressed. We recently had a meeting with a number of members who will be on the front line of ensuring a welcoming and safe environment for our return.

Friends, I cannot express how eager we are to gather together. Our hope is June 7 is a date that allows for the maximum number of people to gather as we can accommodate with all the protocols for care in place. June 7 will be here before we know it, and we want to rejoice on that day. As we take steps to get back to our Sunday gatherings, we will focus first on our gathering in the auditorium. There will be no child care or Truth Quest until a later date to be determined. Children will worship with their families.

So, this is our part in preparing. Now, what is yours?

  • Upon arrival plan to find your seats to provide space for others coming through the lobby. Masks are optional.
  • Please read and follow the directions of the signs posted throughout the facility.
  • Please take extended conversations outside after the service.
  • Please ensure the supervision of your children in the facility.
  • Please follow the social distancing guidelines to express care to others.
    • Places of assembly have been asked to provide 6 feet of space and capping attendance at 50% of building capacity.

I end where I began.

For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus.

Philippians 1:8 ESV

We will see you in person very soon. Thank you for your patience, support, generosity and your many expressions of gratitude in these days!

 

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