Healthy at Church Updates

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This page is the homepage for all Healthy at Church updates from the staff and Healthy at Church Advisory Team.

UPDATE NOVEMBER 1, 2020: Suspension of In-Person Worship

Over the last few weeks, Kentucky has seen a sharp rise in positive COVID-19 cases, and Jefferson County is classified as a red county. In light of this information and out of an abundance of caution and love, the Healthy at Church team, MCC Board, and staff have decided to suspend in-person worship gathering until further notice. This is effective starting Sunday, November 8.

We will continue to gather weekly as a church for worship online at 11 AM. We know this is a difficult decision for many, but we believe it is the right one and is another way we live out the love of Christ in our community.

We look forward to the day when we can gather again in-person for worship, and we will stay up-to-date with the latest information from state and local health departments. In the meantime, we will continue to be the church, just as we have throughout this pandemic.

 

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UPDATE AUGUST 12, 2020: Forthcoming Re-Opening Plan & Proposal

The Healthy at Church Advisory Team along with MCC staff have been diligently planning toward a safe reopening of Middletown Christian Church with limited worship service(s) in the church sanctuary, while monitoring the planning and implementation of re-openings of sister churches. The ministers and staff have continued to use their energy toward development and enhancement of our online worship services, which we know will continue to be a great blessing to many who will not be able to or will not choose to return to worship for a while.
After many prayers, discussions, and meetings, the advisory team expects to release the re-opening plan and a projected date within the next 7-10 days.
In the meantime, we hope you will be praying for a safe re-opening and doing everything you can to maintain your own health and well-being to include COVID testing as appropriate for you and planning to get the seasonal influenza immunization, along with pneumonia vaccines as age appropriate.
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UPDATE AUGUST 5, 2020: Healthy at Church Survey Key Take-Aways

The MCC staff and Healthy at Church Advisory Team are appreciative of the overwhelming response to the Congregational Survey and the openness and candor of your comments. More than 90% of the 424 respondents provided answers/comments to every question on the survey. The answers represent the interests of more than 1350 individuals of all ages of our church family.

As one might expect, there were many comments about ensuring the health and safety of all of our church members and their extended families, but specifically families with children and of those members who are age 60 and older.  The majority of respondents are satisfied with the quality and accessibility of the online worship service while some offered suggestions for enhancing the worship experience.  Most say they hope the online service continues, even when MCC is able to open, as it offers the ability to view at the scheduled corporate church community time as well as accessing whenever the individual chooses to participate or view again. The recent surge in COVID-19 cases was identified by several as a cause for concern.  We know now that the Jefferson Co. School System and many private schools are going to open with on-line classes, so that may assist in quelling the uptick in cases.

The Healthy at Church Advisory Team and the MCC staff are continuing to work together as we look to the safety and timing of once again gathering in a smaller venue or holding a worship service in the church sanctuary.

 

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UPDATE JULY 22, 2020: From the Healthy at Church Advisory Team

Thank you so much for your participation and responses to the recent church-wide survey about returning to worship in the MCC sanctuary. The overall response almost surpassed that of the Senior Minister Survey a few months ago!

We appreciate the information that was provided, and we are currently analyzing and reviewing the data. As we have heard the past few days, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are ever-changing, as are the public health guidelines.

The Advisory Team and ministerial staff have been conscientiously and prayerfully addressing the needs and desires of our church members as we work toward a safe resumption of in-person worship in the future. While our plans are detailed, they are fluid.

In the meantime, we hope that you will plan to attend Drive-Through Worship this Sunday, July 26 at 5 PM-6 PM. This will be in addition to and different from our usual 10 AM online gathering for worship. We will all appreciate the opportunity to interact with our ministerial staff in prayer and communion, as well as wave and greet each other as we drive through the parking lot.

We hope you will utilize the opportunity to meet in groups of 10 or less on the church campus for your meetings, group gatherings, and even personal prayer, meditation, & Bible study while utilizing physical distancing and appropriate face masks.

As we move forward, we will attempt to provide weekly updates based on the information available from our continued assessment and implementation of planning toward more group gatherings, including worship.