July 16th- A favorite author of mine reminded me that church isn’t limited by a building. As a matter of fact, Jesus said in John that “the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father…But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth.” Our worship isn’t limited to a building- quite the opposite!
We again are having to shut down the building, but we don’t shut down our worship. We move our Sunday services back to an online format until we are able to gather again.
Watch below on Pastor Scott’s heart and vision during this time:
Here are the details of the challenge Pastor Scott gave us in the video:
COVID WEEKLY CHALLENGE: This challenge helps us put in to practice 3 important things scripture regular encourages us to do as believers: pray for our community and leadership, live a life of thankfulness, and serve others in love.
Here is what we challenge you do to each week:
1. Prayer walk around your neighborhood
2. Find a neighbor or friend to connect with and encourage
3. Find an opportunity to serve someone in need.
4. Find one thing you are grateful for each week and share it with someone
5. Pray for your leaders- Governor Newsom, President Trump, Local Leadership
GROCERY CARD GIVING DRIVE: Donate $25 gift cards to give to families in need of groceries in this season.
LET US LIVE WITH COMPASSION AND THE HEART OF JESUS IN THIS SEASON.
REOPENING ON HOLD
July 1st – Jesus, in Matthew 5, said that our purpose was to bring salt and light to this earth. This is our moment for such a command to be obeyed and fulfilled through the Spirit of God. The message of God’s love for us is not hindered by less of us in the room, wearing masks and other guidelines put forth by the CDC.
God draws us individually to be forgiven, restored, and redeemed. He brings us together to experience community and worship as one voice. He commissions us to go and be disciple makers, salt and light. As we come back together may we also go out in the power of the Spirit in a new a emboldened way. Let it be our prayer that the Solano County feels the impact of the church doors reopening, and may they come to know Jesus as Lord and Savior.
Sanctuary Church exists so that people can come to know and follow Jesus. This drives what we do and why we do it.
Starting the first week in June, we will begin to reopen. As with many of the decisions that have taken place these last few weeks, it comes with a varied number of opinions and concerns. Based on the guidelines set forth by the CDC, discussion among our advisory committee, the advice of our denomination’s leadership and the leading of the Holy Spirit, we have set forth the following guidelines:
We will plan to reopen our main service on June 7th with guidelines in place. Most likely, everyone will find a regulation that they are not excited about. That is okay. We ask you to put aside personal preference and opinion for the great unity and witness of the church.
The first couple of weeks may be bumpy. We may have technical issues, run in to unxpected hiccups, and feel different, but that is okay! We ask for your patience and for your help. If you are willing and able to serve in some capicity, let us know by emailng Olga at email@example.com.
We will begin small groups onsite the 2nd week in June following the first Sunday. Like other guidelines, there will be regulations in place. We will continue our online options for our Wednesday Night Bible Study.
Staring June 1st, we will reopen our offices. With a small staff, implementing guidelines will be simple.
We will do all that we can to comply with local government restrictions and recommendations. Thankfully, Solano County and our City officials are leading the way in opening up the city on a manageable timeline, compared to many California counties.
We will continue to offer online services and online bible studies. Our online service and online bible studies will continue as part of the ministry of Sanctuary Church.
We will not judge or speak out against any other churches or individuals who are moving ahead or behind our timelines. Every pastor, along with their leadership team, must do what they believe is best for their community and where the Lord is leading them.
We will not provide Kids Ministry at this time. Like many churches, we will encourage children to stay with their families. We will provide activities they can do at their seats. We will also create “family rooms” that will be places for families to take their children if needed.
We are creating a cleaning team that will prepare the church for reopening. We invite you to be a part of that team! Let us know if you can help. This ensures we start off on the right foot and provides a clean facility in conjunction with guidelines.
Guidelines For Those Who Join Us At the Church on Sundays:
Things to Know:
Why are These Guidelines in Place?
Reasons You Should Continue Worshiping at Home: