I hope this letter finds you not only surviving but thriving with the Lord’s help.  I am excited about finally getting the opportunity to be able to worship together back in our own building.  I am so thankful for your faithfulness and participation in our online services.  God has been faithful and gracious to us during this season.

Now that Governor Inslee has begun allowing the reopening of churches, with restrictions, we will adapt and implement the plan that our Re-Entry Task Force has been working on.  With that in mind, I want to encourage you to return to campus when you and your family feel comfortable.  We began offering our services online during this time and we will continue to livestream our services on Facebook and then upload it also to YouTube.  If you are considered to be at higher risk, we strongly urge you to continue to worship with us online and not attend in person.  I hope that you will not only watch and worship with us, but participate in online conversations and Bible Studies (like Zoom) in our community.  If you are not feeling well or are showing any symptoms of sickness, I strongly implore you to worship with us online as well.

Let me remind you of Paul’s word in Philippians 2 encouraging us to have the same mindset of Christ.  Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.  Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interest but each of you to the interests of the others.  While everyone’s posture and practices with this pandemic have been different, we want to approach this new phase with humility seeking to show Christ-centered love and respect to one another.  With this compassion and respect in mind, we will be taking several precautions to help ensure the safety and peace of those who attend in person.

Precautions Taken:

  • We will be keeping a space between every other row.  Families can sit together, but keep a space between families to encourage social distancing.

  • Masks are now required to be worn due to Governor Inslee's new mandate. We will have disposable masks available.

  • We will have an individual to take temperatures to make sure no one has a fever (temple scan) that might affect the health of others.

  • We have shampooed the carpets, wiped down with disinfectant all the wood surfaces and vacuumed all areas. All toys have been disinfected and will be recleaned before use by another child.

  • We have a sanitation station with hand sanitizer and extra face masks if needed.

  • We have a disinfect spray bottle to spray on the toilet seat after use.

  • The drinking fountain is not in use, but we do have water bottles in the lobby.

  • Exterior doors and interior doors have been wiped down and we will have door greeters with gloves to assist you or you can get some gloves from the sanitation station.

  • We will have Children’s Ministry and they will be in smaller groups to help with social distancing.  Parents, if you can, sunscreen your children. They will be outside part of the time. Individual craft supply bags have been made for each child.

  • There will be no coffee or refreshments in the fellowship hall. 

  • We will not be having an in-service meet and greet time.

  • We have picked up all the pew Bibles, Hymns, and pens from the sanctuary.  There will be no worship bulletins.

  • We will have a giving box to bring your tithe and offerings to.  Envelopes will be by the box with clean envelopes and pens.  A greeter with gloves will be glad to hand you these items.

Throughout history, God’s church has actually flourished in difficult circumstances.  While the world is often full of panic and fear, the people of God have offered unexplainable peace and hope in trying times.  I know that our God is at work in these days and hope that you will seek to draw closer to Him.  With God’s help, we don’t want to just survive, but instead thrive.

Sincerely,

Pastor Chuck Perry

Cheney Church of the Nazarene

338 Betz Rd, Cheney, WA

509.235.6261

cheneynaz@gmail.com