Thank you so much for being part of the fellowship of Madison Christian Church. We have been through some trying times together, and the Lord has blessed us phenomenally throughout this period. We have been dealing with the Coronavirus since March of 2020. From the beginning, we have attempted to be both safe and sensitive as we have moved forward. Since we resumed in person worship services after a two month “pause” on June 7, 2020, our goal has been to make as many people as possible feel as comfortable as possible in our congregant worship setting.
The elders have met and pursuant to guidance by the CDC and the Governor of the state of Ohio, effective immediately, the wearing of masks and social distancing is optional at Madison Christian Church. On May 14, Governor DeWine said, “Ohio will be amending our remaining health orders to comply with the new CDC guidance, which says that those who have been vaccinated no longer need to wear masks, while those who have not been vaccinated should still wear a mask and socially distance.” In his May 13 speech, the Governor said, “Everyone can now control their own health. Everyone can now control their own destiny. Each Ohio citizen will make their own decisions about wearing a mask and social distancing — and when, for them, that’s appropriate.” We will follow this guidance at Madison Christian Church. Persons that continue to wear masks and seek social distance will be loved, respected, and not judged. Those who choose to put away their masks will likewise be loved, respected, and not judged. We will be making no attempt to police or enforce anything – each individual may do as they see fit.
The Fireside Room will remain open on Sunday mornings (not for refreshments and fellowship yet) for worship for those who wish to be away from crowds, wear their masks, and keep social distance. We fully recognize that there are those who may be immune suppressed, receiving chemotherapy, or have medical situations that dictate that they mask up – and again, those folks will be loved, respected, and not judged.
All tape will be removed from the seating in the Worship Center. Communion will remain “as is,” with trays being passed and a limited amount of communion set ups available at the tables in the lobby. We will resume having a printed program on Sunday, May 23, 2021. We will continue to set up the offering box in the Worship Center and will not pass an offering plate at this time. Ushers will be in place to help ease people through this transition back to a higher level of normalcy.
We are also resuming Home Communion delivery on a limited basis. If you wish to receive Home Communion and you are willing to have someone bring it to your home, please call Laura Sibbalds in the Church Office at 614.491.3232.
We have made every effort to provide a hybrid worship experience of the highest quality. That effort will continue as we offer our services online and in person at 10:30 on Sunday morning.
Thank you for being amazingly cooperative and gracious over the last 15 months. As we move forward to the next phase, we will do all we can to live out Ephesians 4:3, “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”