As of May 31, 2020
As you have probably heard, our local authorities have declared Western New York to enter into Phase 1 of re-opening as of noon on Tuesday, May 19th . Further, after I completed the original draft of this letter, even more has taken place on a national level, and again locally. As a church, the tension we’ve felt as we’ve been apart has been great, and we as a church are longing and planning to move forward to gather again in the near future. We as elders approach this matter with great care, looking not to each of our own personal opinions (nor anyone else’s) but to our love for our brothers and sisters at Renewal, through the lens of God’s Word, the Spirit’s leading, and up-to-date information on the virus in our area. We ask that as you consider our plans, you, too, would consider the cares and needs of the body of Christ of whom we are all a part in order that love would rule our hearts in this situation.
Unfortunately, it we cannot put an exact date on regathering, and it will take time before our gatherings look the same as they did before the lock-down. While the situation continues to be fluid and ever-changing, we write the plans stated below in pencil (figuratively) to give hope that we are not just ever-wandering in the desert but that we are taking steps to re-gathering soon. As has been the case throughout this entire season, the details of these plans are subject to change based on new developments and we will keep you updated as we go along.
For some of you, any date in the near future is too soon for your comfort. We expect that there will be some who are not ready to come into the building at the beginning, and we want you to know we understand and that’s okay. We will still have an online platform on Sunday mornings for those who are staying home sick and those not quite ready to join us at first.
For others, we're not opening soon enough. We want you also to know that we understand and we are longing with you for this date to approach quickly. Until then, we are asking that those who are comfortable to begin inviting other church members and attenders into their homes or backyards on Sunday mornings to join together in our online worship. Groups of 10 people are currently allowed under all guidelines.
Regathering at any point, whether sooner or later, will be uncomfortable for many at first, whether it’s feeling unsafe for your own health or uneasy with all of these precautions when all we want to do is hug one another. Remember that we are not called to live in comfort, but to walk in wisdom and love. Please pray for the leaders of the church and for each other as we seek to do so.
Pastor Dan Davis
Our facilities are not in use, but the Church isn't limited within four walls! We will continue to be the Church to serve and care for one another spiritually, physically, and emotionally. We have begun collecting a benevolence offering for those needing financial assistance. Don't hesitate to email Pastor Dan with any immediate needs you may have.