Update on Return to Building
Earlier this summer we informed you that, along with the other ministries of The Collegiate Church, the earliest we expected to return to our building for Worship and programs would be in September. Now that September is here, it is clear that conditions are such that it's not possible to bring the congregation back to the buildings for in-person gatherings. We have been seeking guidance from our denominations, local, state and federal governments, and from organizations who are in a similar situation to us with respect to building use. Based on this, we have determined with our colleagues in The Collegiate Church that the congregation will not return to our buildings until at least January, 2021. At that point we will again re-evaluate whether it is safe for us to return.
We know this is disappointing news and we all long to be together again. However, we are keeping the safety of our community at the fore, and we are monitoring the limitations within which we will need to operate once we are able to return. Once it is safe to gather and we are able to have sufficient capacity for our ministries, then we will be able to return to our building.
We are blessed with an incredible staff who make it possible, not only to do virtual ministry, but to expand what we can do. We are blessed with a congregation who readily volunteered to be caring callers and work on the Care Line so we can provide critical support during the pandemic. We are blessed with the financial support our community has provided so we can be a beacon of healing and hope in a broken world. We will get through this together, and together we will do ministry in bigger and bolder ways.