Sunday, July 12, 2020

Pastor of Discipleship Josh Stringer will be preaching on Ephesians 2:11-22, Union with Christ, Unity with Each Other. We will be celebrating the Lord's Supper at home and in-person.

We are excited that in-person services are now a part of our Responsible Reopening initiative. On Sunday, July 12, we will offer the following opportunities to gather on the College Church campus: 

Commons Hall (9:30 a.m. only) 
• Family friendly
• 75 max capacity, socially distanced seating 
• Livestream
• Masks required to cover nose and mouth
• Congregational singing

Sanctuary (11 a.m. only)
• Family friendly 
• 100 max capacity, socially distanced seating 
• Masks required to cover nose and mouth
• Congregational singing

Seating is limited and registration is required. Registration opens Tuesday at 12 p.m. CLICK HERE to register. One registration per household. Guidelines for arrival, check in and participation are available here as well as on the registration form. We hope to add nursery and children's ministries in future phases, so a reminder, there will be no children's ministries for any ages.

If capacity is full before you can register or you choose to remain home, our online worship options will continue at both 9:30 and 11 a.m. We also encourage smaller groups to gather responsibly in homes to view the service together. 


Small Groups of ten or less can start meeting. Be in touch with your group leaders for specifics. Limited spaces at church will be available. Check with the church office during the week for details.

 

RESPONSIBLE REOPENING

Update from College Church Leadership May 29, 2020
 

Dear College Church Family,
As the pastors and elders have wrestled with a timeline for our reopening, we have come up with these next steps. 

Guiding Values 

Each of these decision points is formed by values and principles that guide us. What are those values?
God’s Glory. We are primarily concerned for the honor and glory of Jesus. To that end, we want to do what is best for the progress of the gospel and for the good of his church.
Church and Local Community. We are motivated by our higher authority—the Sovereign Lord Jesus—and his call for us to meet, while also recognizing his call for us to submit to human authorities where they are not colliding with his authority over us.
Health. We are motivated by health considerations. We know that we cannot ever have a thoroughly and completely virus-free zone at church, but a health team of medical doctors from College Church is advising us how to open in a responsible way. 

Next Steps

With these values in mind, we have landed at this point on the following next steps.
Small Groups. Small groups will need to use their own judgment, but our encouragement is that now it is appropriate for these small groups responsibly to gather. 
Church Office. The church offices are reopening on Monday. We continue to encourage staff to work from home when possible. The church staff will wear masks, practice social distancing and other health safety practices while in the office.
Letter to the Governor. Hundreds of pastors, including me, have signed a letter that has been delivered to the Governor of Illinois. The letter is a respectful and polite request for him to include representation from churches so that he can consider how the requirements impact church gatherings. For instance, very large spaces—like our Sanctuary—are different from a small office or store and need different safety requirements. We want you to know that we are actively advocating for what is best for the church and will continue to do so with politeness, reason and appropriate pressure as necessary.
Gathered Worship. We will continue to stream our worship services through June 14. We understand that this is not the intended reality of church, where God calls us to gather together. But we think that in this season the technical abilities that we have are allowing us to worship together virtually. We will continue this streaming experience for the next two weeks and then reevaluate.
We continue to ask us all to make every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace (Ephesians 4:3) and together focus on our core mission to proclaim the gospel. College Church family, by God’s grace, let’s continue to pray and act towards this end.
Senior Pastor Josh Moody
 

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College Church at Home: Get resources here. This page is being updated several times a week. Lots of new resources!

 

Coronavirus FAQs

Are we gathering for Sunday Services?

In lieu of meeting together in the sanctuary, we will be livestreaming our 9:30 and 11:00 morning services through June 14. As we move toward reopening, we want to be prudent and wise, taking into consideration the best medical advice available. We have a wide range of ages represented at College Church with varying ranges of vulnerability according CDC standards. This is an opportunity to humbly prefer the needs of others over our own (Philippians 2:2-4). 

Sunday Evening Service: This week's Sunday-night will not be meeting. Feel free to form virtual groups for prayer and worship and connect creatively online.

What about other ministries and programs?

Our church is moving online! Visit our College Church at Home webpage for resources and ministry connections. You can also check out the COV-19 updates on ministry areas for details of their virtual ministries. Men's Bible Study and Women's Bible Study are up and running.

Are Small Groups still meeting?

At this time, in keeping with the CDC, small groups can meet responsibly face to face. We encourage groups to find creative ways to meet and stay connected. The online option is still available for groups of more than ten. Check out our guide to hosting a group online. Please contact Pastor Josh Stringer with any concerns or questions.

Are our offices open?

The Church Office is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Most church staff are working from their homes. You may email info@college-church.org for information or call the office, (630) 668-0878.

What precautions are we taking in our facilities to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

Following the advice of medical professionals, we have reviewed our practices and are taking the following precautions:

  • Increase our standard practices of cleaning and sanitizing
  • Added hand sanitizer units on walls in the Sanctuary and Commons lobby in addition to those already in the classrooms
  • Sanitizing surfaces like door handles, stair rails and elevator buttons daily
  • When services resume, we are reviewing all efforts, including sanitizing the offering plates before and between services.
  • We continue to thoroughly clean and sanitize the children’s classrooms

How can I respond spiritually?

  • Pray –
    • Let us know how we can pray for you by emailing prayer@college-church.org.
    • Call in a prayer request. Our pastors and staff are available to pray with you.
  • Reach Out –
    • Keep in mind that many will be isolated during this time of social distancing. Loneliness will be a battle. Find creative ways to connect!
    • As your life slows down and schedules change, don’t waste the opportunity to serve your neighbor.
  • Proclaim the Gospel –
    • People are asking lots of spiritual questions. Be ready to respond with the message of hope in Jesus!

How can I give my offering?
We are grateful for your financial contributions to our ministries and missions

  • The easiest way is to give online at college-church.org/giving
  • Add College Church as a recipient on the bill pay feature with your bank.
  • To mail in a check, please send to: College Church, 332 E. Seminary Ave., Wheaton, IL 60187. You are also welcome to drop off your check at the Church Office, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5p.m.

 

Links to find out more:

Surgeon General advice to churches
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)
DuPage Health Department