Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the Rock Eternal – Isaiah 26:4

COTR Reopening Detailed Letter

“Let us not give up meeting together…” Hebrews 10:25

Dear Church Family:

Your elders and pastors have met and by unanimous consent we are excited to inform all of you that The Rock will be opening for public worship starting Sunday May 31, 2020

The next two Sundays [5/17 and 5/24] you can still join us by going to cotr.net and clicking on the “live streaming” prompt on our website. 

There are a number of things we need to clarify. This virus, not unlike all other viruses, is active and can still be transmitted person to person. Therefore, there is no pressure in feeling obligated to come to church at this time. 

We believe this is a decision between you, your family, and the Holy Spirit. 

A number of you might be more susceptible to this virus due to pre-existing conditions. Those who are should take any and all precautions your health-care providers are giving you. Whatever decision you make will be respected.

There will be a number of practical changes we are making from our former way of gathering together…                            [for a specified time].

  1. Until further notice, we will be discouraging physical contact, i.e. hugging, handshaking, etc. unless it is among your own family members. 
  2. We will be observing the distance of six feet between each other protocol. 
  3. We will not be offering nursery services at this time. You are welcome to bring your infant into the sanctuary with you or watch the service via the TV monitor in the foyer.
  4. We are planning to have Junior Church with social-distancing guidelines, but then again it is not mandatory your child attends.
  5. We will be utilizing one entrance. [all exits remain accessible] – That entrance will be the East doors opening to the rear parking lot.
  6. Upon entering the building your temperature will be taken with a non-contact thermometer. If your temp is deemed acceptable, you will proceed either to the hospitality area where there will be masks and gloves made available, or to the sanctuary if you have decided not to wear them. They will not be mandatory.   [Note: if your temperature is above an acceptable level you will be asked to refrain from coming in]. 
  7. Before entering the sanctuary, we are asking each person to use the hand sanitizer located by the sanctuary doors. 
  8. Ushers will then assist worshipers to their seats seeing that the six-foot rule is followed. 
  9. There will be no bulletins until further notice, and we are also working on a safe and acceptable way to share communion.  

Please be patient and understanding as we attempt to balance the freedom we have to worship, along with common sense and wisdom.  We are open to any and all suggestions or Godly advice you might have which will assure our well-being as well as allow us the liberty to worship respectfully our God and Savior. 

Obviously, we will not be able to facilitate a church full of worshippers… therefore it is possible some of you might be turned away from entering the sanctuary. This is the last thing we want to see happen – so we are working on a solution where people might be able to gather outside for worship as well. 

This is brand new to all of us; and as with all brand-new experiences, there are always some “bugs” to work out. However, we trust in a God who holds the universe together, so a couple of bugs should be nothing for Him.

We are not “going public” with our open worship as of yet, we would like to give all of our members the first opportunity to join with their brothers and sisters in celebrating the goodness of our LORD.

“I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.” Psalm 27:13 

We are so proud to stand with you in service to our God. 

Your Pastors and Elders