Sunday, September 27, 2020
Pastor Ben Panner will be preaching on James 3:1-4:12, "No More Quarreling," in the series, Just Do It.
This Sunday, we will offer the following opportunities to gather on the College Church campus:
Sanctuary (9:30 a.m.)
• Registration required (registration opens Tuesday at 12 p.m. CLICK HERE to register).
• Family friendly.
• Masks required.
Note: Walk-in visitors are always welcome at our services, no registration needed.
Guidelines for worship in the Sanctuary
Masks are required for everyone over the age of two, unless there is a medical reason not to. Your mask should cover your mouth and nose; it should remain in place throughout the service until you are back outside and away from others.
You are welcome to sit in a pew marked for the time of your service. You will see dots on the pew back. These dots are two feet apart, so three dots equal six feet. Make every effort to see four dots between you and other groups worshiping near you to assure safe distancing.
Commons Lot (11 a.m.)
• Everyone welcome.
• Bring chairs to sit in.
• Bring an umbrella for shade!
• Masks are required until you are in your place and when the service is over.
• If we get rained out of the Commons parking lot, we will move that service into the Sanctuary, but we will have limited seating and masks will need to be on. CLICK HERE to reserve your spot in the Sanctuary in case of a rain/storm situation for the 11:00 service.
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. They will be available via livestream at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. through our web page as well as Facebook and YouTube. We also encourage smaller groups to gather responsibly in homes to view the service together.
Kids' Harbor is back! Kindergarten, preschool and nursery open this week for the 9:30 service
CLICK HERE to reserve your spots—capacity is limited to 10 nursery and 20 kindergarten and preschool children.
There will be no evening service this week.
As the pastors and elders have wrestled with a timeline for our reopening, we have come up with these next steps.
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.
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 open. 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 Pastor Moody, 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 continue to stream our 9:30 worship service and rebroadcast it at 11:00. We are also providing in-person worship options at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. Social distancing and masks are required when inside church buildings. You can sign up to attend the live morning service in person here.
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.
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What about other ministries and programs?
You can also check out the COV-19 updates on various ministry webpages for details of their ministries. Men's Bible Study and Women's Bible Study are making plans for their fall studies..
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. 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. You may also email email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.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
- In our live services, offering plates will be available before and after the service as you enter or leave the Sanctuary. 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.-5 p.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