Discover creative ways to encourage others and to motivate them toward acts of compassion, doing beautiful works as expressions of love. 25 This is not the time to pull away and neglect meeting together, as some have formed the habit of doing because we need each other! In fact, we should come together even more frequently, eager to encourage and urge each other onward as we anticipate that day dawning.
Hebrews 10:24-25 TPT
This Sunday we’re excited to try a new and creative way to meet for church service called a Fellowship Sunday.
What is a Fellowship Sunday?
Instead of a live stream message, “Fellowship Sunday” is an in-person communion service. You can meet in very small bubble groups, or even with just one other couple or a small group of friends.
Each of our sector leaders will prepare a communion message. Check back Sunday morning to find the podcast created for your location.
Make sure to meet in a backyard or an uncrowded park where you can safely social distance. Those who need to stay out of in-person fellowship can also join a communion service virtually.
Why are we doing a Fellowship Sunday?
Brothers, although we have been separated from you for a little while—in person but not in heart—we eagerly desire to see you again face to face.
1 Thessalonians 2:17 ISV
Fellowship is powerful, and months of social distancing takes a toll on our faith. We eagerly desire to see one another face-to-face to encourage each other’s faith and enjoy our relationships.
How do I do a Fellowship Sunday?
We understand that everyone has unique needs when it comes to social distancing. So a “Fellowship Sunday” can look different for each person or household. You can meet together with your bubble group, or with even just one other couple or a small group of singles.
If you are in a high-risk group for Covid-19, you can also join a service virtually.
How do we keep our service safe and healthy from Covid-19?
To protect everyone’s health, we’ve put together a guide for a safe Fellowship Sunday:
- Always know and adhere to the recommendations of your local public health department for outdoor religious gatherings.
- Meet only outdoors. Try a backyard or uncrowded park.
- Wear masks and require all attendees to wear masks at all times, except when taking communion.
- Maintain 6 feet of social distance between you and those who aren’t in your household
- Keep your gathering smaller than 20 people, including children (if possible, even smaller is better).
- Have everyone bring and frequently use hand sanitizer.
- Avoid the 3 C’s of “super-spreader events” – crowds in closed spaces (without ventilation) in close contact.
- Skip the singing. Try watching a “Freedom Flows” song together instead.
- Skip the refreshments. Eating meals together requires taking off masks for extended periods of time, which increases the risk of spreading coronavirus.
- Make a plan for communion – Have everyone bring their own communion supplies, or you can use prepackaged individual communion cups.
STAY HOME IF…
You should not attend a fellowship service if you don’t feel well, if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, if you are waiting for COVID-19 test results, or if you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
How often will we have a Fellowship Sunday?
Currently, we are planning to have Fellowship Sunday services every other week, beginning October 11th.
Our next live stream message will be October 18th.
What if I don’t have a group to join?
All of our podcast communion messages will be posted on our website, so you can pick one to listen to with your household.
We hope you enjoy this much-needed face time!