May 21- Pastor Tim Email

Woodland Family!  
 
During this challenging time, God continues to work through Woodland’s Ministries! Here is an update on our upcoming activities.
 
WORSHIP THIS WEEK
Once again, we will be gathering through PHASE ONE WORSHIP ON CAMPUS and ONLINE WORSHIP this weekend, May 24th, at 9:00 and 10:55 am. As a reminder, we have set specific guidelines for attending on campus that are consistent with governmental regulations of strict social distancing. You can find these at www.gowoodland.com. They are located within the Covid-19 Update. You will notice the narrow focus of what is being provided to ensure distancing. This includes the absence of programs for preschool, children and students.
 
MODIFIED PHASE ONE WORSHIP BEGINNING ON JUNE 7th
Our staff has been hard at work in preparation for upcoming worship experiences. In thinking of ways to provide safe worship and expand on our current structure before Phase 2, we have developed a modified Phase One plan for our current method of doing ministry. In this plan, we have made adjustments in order to maintain proper social distancing while allowing families to attend worship and sit together. Below are the guidelines that will begin on June 7th.
 
  • The Gateway Center (worship center) will be set up in complete rows. However, every other row will be removed to maintain a six feet distancing between you and those sitting in front of you. You may sit together with family members. We ask you to leave three seats empty between you (or your family unit) and those sitting next to you to maintain distancing.  
  • We will dismiss those attending by section allowing us to control crowding. The doors in the rear of the Gateway Center, as well as the doors along the sides adjacent to the drive, will be open during dismissal. 
  • The offering will be received by utilizing buckets at the entrance/exit ways to the worship area. We encourage you to also continue using online giving which can be accessed through gowoodland.com, woodlandlive.com or through the Woodland App. 
  • The lobby area WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE for gathering (standing and talking with others). The outside area on the patio in front of the Gateway Center will be set up as a place to gather. This provides much more room to be able to maintain social distancing. 
  • We will have hand sanitizing stations located at each entrance for your use.
  • All doors will be left open to avoid the need of touching of handles.
  • Wearing masks will not be a requirement, however, they will be provided for your use if you choose. 
  • Adult Community Groups will begin meeting on campus again. We will be placing groups in rooms that safely accommodate the number of participants as we maintain proper social distancing. This means that some groups may be asked to relocate to another area during this phase. 
  • Children may sit with you in the Gateway Center for worship. 
 
If we are in Phase 2 by June 7th (which we expect), we will adjust the following from above with all other guidelines remaining the same.
 
  • Gathering in groups of 10 or fewer will be allowed in the Gateway Lobby while social distancing from other groups. However, we will continue to encourage gathering outside in front of the Gateway Lobby. 
  • At the dismissal of the service, we ask that you take special precaution to remain six feet from those who are around you. We will no longer dismiss by sections (unless crowding becomes an issue). We will continue to open the Gateway Center doors adjacent to the driveway for ease of exiting. 
  • The taking of temperatures of preschoolers and children will not be a requirement unless specified by government regulations. 
  • Children’s, Preschool and Student Ministries will begin, with our taking special precautions to maintain distancing while in both large group and small group settings. This will be done through seating arrangements and limiting the number of attenders in each small group room. The Treehouse playground will not be available for usage. 
  • The temperatures of preschoolers and children will be taken before entering the ministry areas.
  • Be on the lookout for specific information on preschool and children policies from your Family Ministry Team.
 
These guidelines are subject to change due to regulations established by the government. We encourage you to make sure you follow CDC recommendations if you are in a high-risk group.

In other news...

VIRTUAL (ONLINE) BAPTISM
Yes, you heard that right! WHEN: Tuesday, June 2nd. WHERE: Your house (or someone else’s who has a pool). TIME: 7:00 pm.
 
There are many of you who have not been baptized and we want to provide a way for you to be obedient to Christ in this way. Being baptized is the first instruction of obedience for us as believers. By doing so, we communicate to God and others our belief in the death and resurrection of Jesus. Our obeying him in this way is an outward sign that he is our Lord and a sign to those who are not believers that he desires a personal relationship with them. It’s an action that reassures us of the decision that we made to give our lives to Christ. Wouldn’t it be awesome if you finally decided to obey God in this way?
 
There are also those of you who would like to be baptized again as a sign of your continued commitment to following Christ as Lord. Although this is not a requirement in our faith, it can be a time of renewed commitment to follow him and share his love with others.
 
How will it work? We ask that you find a fellow believer who is willing to baptize you. There is no requirement in scripture that those who baptize others must be a pastor. In fact, Jesus gave instructions to the disciples to go into the world baptizing in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19). We are all disciples of Christ who have the responsibility to share his love to those we know.
 
I will be a part of the baptism by leading from Woodland’s campus at our baptismal area. I will be officiating over the baptisms by sharing the words of commitment which I state for others when they are physically present. I will give instructions as to when to do the actual baptism in the midst of my statements of commitment. This will all be done live online at woodlandlive.com via ZOOM. All baptisms will take place at the same time as multiple believers reveal their commitments before God together.
 
We need to know who will be baptized so we can send you the ZOOM link. Please fill out the form located at https://gowoodland.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/374/responses/new. We know that many don’t have a pool. We will make arrangements for you with someone who does. They’ll be friendly (because we all are) and observe proper social distancing to make sure you’re safe. Just check the area on the form that says “Do you need access to a pool.” If you are willing to volunteer the use of your pool for those who desire to be baptized, please send an email to melanie@gowoodland.com and let her know. Just an idea…. this is a great time to have a family gathering to join you in the celebration.
 
This is a time to reach others in unique ways who need God’s love. Be sure to have open eyes to see those who are hurting who need our support. Thank you for serving and making a difference!!!!
 
Pastor Tim  
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