Updated May 5, 2020

Re-Opening Plans

A special thanks to each member of our church family for your prayers over the last few weeks.  While we are all new to this and do not have all the right answers, we are trusting in the Lord and asking Him for guidance and direction.  We appreciate your flexibility as further changes may become necessary.  Remember that there are likely differing opinions within our church body about the current health situation.  If you are still uncomfortable with attending services in person, or you are concerned about your health, we understand and respect your decision to stay home.  We ask that you respect and love one another and treat each other as a Christian brother or sister should. The ultimate goal is to be able to assemble together as a whole church family as soon as it is safe.

Going forward, we feel that we can begin to open services with the following modified schedule.
  • We will begin holding  simplified in-person services beginning May 10th following our normal service schedule.  (Sunday 10:00 a.m., 6:00 p.m., Wednesday 7:00 p.m.)
    • The main auditorium is set up to accommodate social distancing guidelines.  The fellowship hall will be available for overflow seating if necessary.
    • There will be no separate Junior Church meeting during this time.  Please have your children sit with you during the regular worship services.
    • Nurseries will be closed until further notice. These will be open for mothers or families with small children if necessary.  There will be no nursery workers.
  • We will continue to Livestream our services for those choosing to participate at home. You can access each service on our website under the "Sermons" tab.  All services will be archived for sharing with friends and relatives at the same web address
  • For now, there will be no in-person or Livestream event for Sunday School.  We will let everyone know when this starts up again.

We are asking all church members to take the following safety precautions:
  • Please enter buildings using the front doors only.  Designated ushers will open doors for you.
  • Offering plates will not be passed.  Please use offering box located in the auditorium foyer. We offer online giving through the website.
  • Please bring your own hand sanitizer. The Church has limited resources until we are able to access additional product.  When in the Church building, frequent handwashing is advised.
  • Feel free to bring and use your own PPE (personal protective equipment) if you choose.
  • If you are not feeling well, or have cold or flu-like symptoms, please utilize the livestream services only.

The following ministries activities are currently on hold.  Stay tuned for announcements about them:
  • Buses will not run for now for the safety of the drivers and passengers.
  • Adult choir and Junior choir practice has been postponed.
  • Regularly scheduled Saturday outreach will be postponed until further notice. We still want to be a good testimony and witness in our community. Please continue to give out tracts and witness to those you come in contact with. People are hungry for fellowship and may be more open than ever to the message of the Gospel. Anyone can live stream our services!
  • Cornerstone Clubs will meet in-person again in the fall.  

Remember:
The Lord is still at work! Stay encouraged. Stay Engaged. Please help us by keeping all of this before the Lord in prayer and asking Him for direction and guidance.
 
If you have difficulties with the live stream, call the church office at (602)867-2700.

We plan to send emails as necessary to encourage our congregation, convey vital information, as well as pass on some requests for prayer. Please feel free to email me at [email protected] or call the church office if you have questions. We have a great God and the current crisis means we have an opportunity to make His glory shine through our response. Let’s honor Him and help each other. We will come out stronger on the other side.

For God’s glory,
Pastor John Roy
Cornerstone Baptist Church

Philippians 4:9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.