"Let me begin by expressing the elders’ appreciation for your faithful attendance and support of our Parking Lot Worship Service. It has provided us a safe way to worship together for almost 7 months.
The elders continue to meet regularly to review our worship options. We evaluate whether it is currently an “acceptable risk” to worship in the building. Considerations include the level of new cases, the increased risk from holiday gatherings, and guidance from governmental and medical professionals. Experts point to churches as one of the top 5 places for the spread of the virus.
We do not feel it is an “acceptable risk” at this time to gather in the sanctuary for worship. We believe that the best choice is to remain in the parking lot for the foreseeable future. The elders will continue to meet regularly and evaluate options. The elders will provide the next update by February 14. The safety of our Kenwood family is our goal.
We understand that winter offers some challenges. If we have inclement weather on a Sunday such as extreme cold, heavy snow, or ice, we will send an email stating that we will only have online worship for that Sunday which has been our protocol since we began the Parking Lot Worship Service.
We know that other churches with different demographics have chosen other options:
- Some churches are online only.
- Some are worshipping in the Parking Lot or holding Drive-in Services like us.
- Some are meeting in their buildings.
- Some are not meeting at all.
No matter where we personally stand on the risks and issues of the virus we must remain united. The elders ask for your continued support and patience as we work to keep our congregation safe. We understand that this may not be optimal for everyone, but as a church family we need to protect and care for those at greatest risk.
Remember the words of Paul in Galatians 5:13 CEV, “My friends, you were chosen to be free. So don’t use your freedom as an excuse to do anything you want. Use it as an opportunity to serve each other with love.”
Thank you again for demonstrating your love for one another."