Apr 8, 2021 |
Dear Cornerstone Family!
We continue to closely monitor updates from our national and local leaders as well as the CDC that will help us minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus. White House and health officials continue to urge everyone to practice safe distancing protocols to try to slow the spread of the Coronavirus.
Cornerstone Small Groups are now meeting in person, on Zoom and some that are doing both. For more information on groups visit our groups page.
As restrictions are being lifted, we want to urge you to continue to pray earnestly for one another, encourage one another and care for one another by checking in on each other weekly. We also want you to heed the guidelines set forth by health officials. This is one way we can help slow and hopefully stop this very contagious virus.
We also want to thank you for your faithfulness in giving. While we're not meeting physically, your generosity is a blessing to Cornerstone and our missionary staff serving around the world. To give online, please click here or on the link below. You can also give through the PUSHPAY app, (CornerstoneChurchCheshire) which you can get through App Store on your device.
Here are a few things to consider as well as expect when you return:
- Self Screen. If you or a member of your family is showing any symptoms such as fever (100.4 degrees or higher), cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, or has been in close contact (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more, with or without a mask) with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, or has traveled to a state for which you must quarantine, please participate online. Even mild symptoms can indicate the virus. If any of these apply to you, we urge you to quarantine for 10 days prior to coming to church.
- Make A Reservation. Prior to attending service you will need to make a reservation. Please remember to include the entire number of people in your family who will attend. Reservations will open on Mondays at 1:00pm.
- Arrive 10 Minutes Early. It is best to arrive 10 minutes early to make sure that you can "check in" and get to the sanctuary to enjoy the service.
- A Touch-less Experience. We will be doing everything we can to make this a touch-less experience from the doors to the offering to online bulletins and giving. Basically, you won't have to touch anything.
- Masks & Hand Sanitizer. All staff and volunteers will be wearing masks. We are asking everyone who attends to wear a mask. Masks should be worn at all times while inside the church building. If you have a mask, please bring it with you. Masks are available at the entrance if you need one. There will also be hand sanitizer stations available throughout the building and at the point of entrance.
- Limited Children's Ministries (Launch Pad). Our children's programming is open during 10:00 am and 11:30 am services. The children's programming will be limited in class size to accommodate physical distancing. Our nursery is open to children, ages 0 - 36 mos. The 3-5 and 6-12 year old classrooms are open as well. Parents will need to register their children through our online registration. Space is limited in the nursery, and in the 3 to 5 classroom, and the 6-12 classroom we will cluster children in families to accommodate a greater number of kids allowing for a safe distance between families.
- No Cafe or Hospitality. We also will delay the opening of the cafe and other hospitality ministries. That means no coffee available here at the church. Please take note of that. :-) The number of things that will be available will be limited to those that are essential.
- Entry & Exit Points. Entry and exit will take place through the main doors. One set (the doors on the right) will be used to enter, the other to exit. As you enter, you will find the check-in station inside the main doors. Once you are checked in, you may proceed to the sanctuary.
- A Shortened Service. You can expect a shortened service. Services will last between 55 - 65 minutes. This is so that we will have enough time between services to sanitize the main areas.
- Social Distancing. According to the CDC guidelines, we will be practicing physical distancing. This means maintaining a space of 6 feet from others. Chairs in the sanctuary will be set up to accommodate those protocols. Families will be able to sit together. Please remember to keep 3 chairs between you and the next person who is NOT a member of your household.
- Consider Hosting A Watch Party. Restrictions for social gatherings have changed to 10 people indoors and 25 outdoors. With the warmer weather and looser restrictions, please consider inviting friends from church to gather with you to worship together. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Pastor Rich at .
These are some of the things that you can expect when you attend a service at Cornerstone. We are asking that you be patient with us as we adjust to the changing guidelines. Changes are bound to occur and no one really knows what to expect as we transition from one stage to another. So once again, your patience and prayers are greatly appreciated.
If you are not comfortable attending at this point, we totally understand. You can continue to participate online each Sunday. You are a member of the Cornerstone family no matter where you choose to attend.
We are also asking that you show great patience and grace to one another. We are a diverse congregation with differing opinions about COVID-19. What we need is grace, patience, and godly wisdom as we move forward together. Thank you for that in advance!!
The Cornerstone Team.