On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus to be a pandemic. That same week, Second Presbyterian Church made the decision to suspend in-person worship services and to limit access to the church building.
It has been quite a year.
The church has extended Christ’s love and care to those who have lost loved ones, and those who have been sick. We have sought to respond with compassion to the isolation and loneliness many have experienced in this time.
Along the way, we shifted a good deal of the church’s programmatic life to an online format. In youth group meetings and Sunday school classes, in worship and Bible study, in fellowship opportunities and through glorious music, we have made good on our pandemic slogan: “The building is closed, but the church is open.”
Thankfully, the finish line is in sight. On Sunday, June 6, Second Presbyterian Church will reopen for worship.
The Re-Opening the Church Task Force (Bolton Kirchner, Catherine Lowry, Craig Wilson, Eileen Ellis, Jane Miers, Kim Reynolds, Patty BatesAbraham, Steve Hancock) has been scrutinizing the most current scientific data, governmental regulations and guidelines, and best practices for churches. Our clear goal is to reopen Second Church in as safe and smart a manner as possible. The task force and church staff are putting the finishing touches on comprehensive safety procedures and protocols, and that document will be shared with you soon.
The June 6 reopening date is not set in stone. That is, if the numbers of COVID cases, hospitalizations, and deaths should rapidly increase, or if for some reason vaccines do not continue to be widely available, our target date/plans could change. But for now, we are aiming for June 6 as the day to return to the precious sacred space that is our church home at 600 Pleasant Valley Drive.
Pastor/Head of Staff