Senior Pastor Josh Moody will be preaching on John 21:15-19, "Do You Love Me?" in the series, Believing and Living. Live services are in the Sanctuary at 8, 9:30, and 11:15. The 9:30 service registration opens at noon on Tuesday. CLICK HERE to register. Masks and social distancing required at 8 and 9:30. Our 11:15 service is now mask optional with no advance sign-up required.
All grades open this week for the 9:30 hour.
CLICK HERE to reserve your spots—capacity is limited so sign up now.
All high school students are welcome! Bring a friend and come have fun with us Sunday nights at 6:30 p.m. in the Commons gym. There will be fun games, time with friends, a devotional and worship.
As the pastors and elders have wrestled with a timeline for our reopening, we have come up with these next steps. Each of our 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—both physical and emotional. We know that we cannot ever have a thoroughly and completely virus-free zone at church, but we are working hard at maintaining an environment where congregants can gather safely.
What about Sunday worship services?
Our in-person services are held at 8:00, 9:30 and 11:15. We continue to stream our 9:30 worship service and rebroadcast it at 11:15. Distancing and masks are required when inside church buildings. Our 11:15 service is now mask optional. Anyone who is not comfortable in such an environment is encouraged to attend one of the earlier services or join one of the live-streamed services.
You can sign up to attend the live morning service at 9:30 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.
What precautions is College Church taking in its facilities to prevent the spread of COVID-19?
Following standard medical advice, we have reviewed our practices and are taking the following precautions:
Is College Church taking steps in case an infection occurs?
As we have responsibly reopened both our offices and buildings for worship services and ministry activities, guidelines have been established in the event of someone testing positive for COVID-19 which would include contact tracing. Notification would be made to those with potential exposure based on the CDC guidelines. Our elders and staff continue to be in prayer that God would protect College Church, its staff and congregants against this virus, and that there would be effective vaccines to prevent the occurrence and effective treatments for those impacted.
What about other ministries and programs?
Most all of our ministries are engaged in connecting and ministry. Check out the updates on various ministry webpages for details of specific ministries. Men's Bible Study and Women's Bible Study have been meeting with several different options during the fall and are planning more meetings for winter. Many smaller groups are deciding on their own whether or not to meet in person (masked and distanced at the church), or to meet via Zoom or another online meeting program.
Children’s Programs for ages birth-5th grade continue at 9:30 am with weekly reservations needed. Kids’ Harbor hopes to also offer nursery for birth-age 2 with limited spots at 11:15 am if enough volunteers step forward.
STARS Disability Ministries are continuing online.
How can I respond spiritually?
How can I give my offering?
We are grateful for your financial contributions to our ministries and missions.
What if I have other questions?
You are welcome to send any question to us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Church Office, Monday—Friday, 8 a.m.—5 p.m.
Has College Church expressed concerns 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. We take to heart the guidelines the governor established and strive to work on concert with him rather than in opposition to him.
What if I know someone who needs help because of COVID-19?
We have established a special fund to help people facing pandemic-related needs. People can apply for help here.
What if I want to help people in need?
We have established a special webpage for folks who want to help. Fill out the form here.