Covid numbers are rising very rapidly in Stark county.
We will worship outside for as long as the weather allows because it is a much, much safer option.
We will continue to worship inside on the first Sunday of each month and when the weather does not cooperate, acknowledging that will probably be inside more often as the fall progresses.
Masks are required for worship in the building as our children are not yet able to be vaccinated and because we are finding that even those vaccinated can contract and pass on the virus in some cases.
If the sanctuary is too crowded for your comfort, the service can also be viewed in Garnes Hall with space for much more social distancing.
As the case numbers rise, the chances of contracting the virus, even with these precautions, do as well.
If you have not been vaccinated, please do!
If you are immune compromised, or at high risk in any way, please consider taking advantage of our online worship service found on Facebook and the website.
Our caution in the midst of covid is how we love our neighbor!
In the early days of the Covid-19 shut down, we developed a phased re-opening plan. Currently we are in:
Phase 3 for worship—we gather in-person at 10AM Sundays and live stream our worship service, as well. We meet in the pavilion most Sundays for the summer. Worship is in the sanctuary wearing masks on the first Sunday of the month for July, August and September. We hope to move back inside for worship as the summer moves into fall.
Phase 3 for small group meetings—welcome back! Call the office to schedule a space. Small groups may decide whether to mask or not.
Don't loose heart - it's tough to have been without the things we have taken for granted like gathering together for worship, singing, hugging, and talking to each other. Many of those habits will remain limited, but we are cautiously returning to a new normal. We have successfully updated the sanctuary and our outdoor worship space with the necessary lighting, projection and streaming capabilities to enable us to provide both quality on-line worship and worship in-person with whatever safety protocols are necessary.
There is a silver lining to the cloud of Covid-19. We have a blessed opportunity to reinvent ourselves, to be relevant and inclusive, to build relationships that were nearly unimaginable a short time ago. We will come out of this stronger in our faith and in our relationships with one another and with our community as long as we stay focused on that which is truly important to being the Church: sharing God’s amazing love with one another and boldly moving beyond the walls of our building to share God’s love. Members of St. Jacob’s, perhaps you were born for such a time as this… Esther 4:14