Northern Campuses "welcome Home" Service
From Lead Pastor, Paul Robie
Before I say anything else, I want to let you all know how much we as a staff miss gathering with you all on Sunday mornings. This season has not been easy, and over these past four months we have been constantly evaluating when we can start meeting again on Sunday mornings.
Almost daily, we check the current statistics for our area and regularly watch updates from Governor Herbert. As we monitor our situation, I want to make it clear that we are evaluating information from the CDC, Governor Herbert, and also the state epidemiologist.
While processing all of this information, we think it is our responsibility as a church to monitor the physical, mental, and spiritual health of our congregants. This is not an easy task, and we almost daily have discussions as a staff about the correct path moving forward.
We also recognize that no matter what decision we make, some people will tell us that we opened too late, and some will say that we opened too early. Even within our staff we have differing opinions on what the right timing is. We accept and understand this tension, and are willing to make decisions in that gap.
With all of this being said, we do think that after 4 months that is time to start some form of physical gatherings on Sunday mornings. We are closely watching the daily count of cases, but in light of our congregants’ emotional, spiritual, and relational health, we believe that we need to have a “Welcome Home” outdoor service at our Draper, South Jordan, and Lehi campuses on July 12th at 9am. With this, we are not committing to any plan beyond a "Welcome Home" service on July 12th, but we will communicate decisions to you via email once we have them.
Above all things, please understand this: we are constantly holding in tension everyone’s physical, mental, and spiritual health during this time. We understand that there will be many people who are at risk who will want to continue to enjoy SMCC Online for the foreseeable future -- that’s ok, and we want that for you. We also understand that there are many people out there who need an opportunity to worship God in community -- and we want to open physical gatherings again for you. In the end, we ask that every person make the decision for themselves as to what is safe for them and their family.
Please keep an eye out for future emails detailing more specifics about services in the future. And as always, please be visiting our website for the most up to date information.
Thank you for trusting us in this difficult time,
-- Pastor Paul
Lead Pastor of SMCC