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We've enjoyed a new sense of community as we worshiped outdoors at Oakwood this summer and fall, but it's time to move back inside. Below are answers to some frequently asked questions that will help give you a picture of what our indoor worship looks like.
How many people will be in the Worship Center?
We will continue following county guidelines, which currently recommend a maximum of 250 people physically-distanced in the Worship Center. Please plan to arrive early to church to find your seat.
How will seating be set up in the Worship Center?
We will have chairs set up in physically-distanced pods of 1, 2 and 3 chairs.
What if there are more than 3 people in my party? Can we sit together?
Yes, you can group together pods of chairs. Please maintain 6' of physical distance between other pods when arranging seats together.
What if there are more than 250 people?
We will have overflow seating available if there are more than 250 people each Sunday.
Will we need to reserve seats?
No, you do not need to reserve seats at this time.
What are the face covering requirements?
When we are indoors, we will comply with the Governor's mask mandate and will wear face coverings. Read our response to the mask mandate HERE.
Will there be children's programming?
Families with preschool- and elementary-aged children are invited to join our Family-Focused Venue each Sunday. Students are invited to worship with their families on Sunday mornings. Visit the Middle School Ministry website and the High School Ministry website for other programming specific to students. There will be no nursery offered at this time.
Can we still watch from home?
Absolutely! We will be live streaming one of the services on our Oakwood YouTube channeleach Sunday morning.
If you or anyone in your household is not feeling well, please stay home and join us online.
Rules. Mandates. Commands. Directives.
How do these words make you feel?
People have a lot of different opinions and responses to these words (or others like them)—especially in our world today.
God gave us rules from the beginning, in the Garden of Eden, because He loved us. He wanted a relationship with us, but He wanted it to be our choice. As you know, we didn’t respond well, and sin entered the world.
This week, the Israelites will reach Mt. Sinai on their wilderness travels—exactly two months after leaving Egypt. It’s here that God tells the Israelites that if they will obey Him and keep His covenant, they will be His own special treasure. God is even going to let the people hear Him talk to Moses! (Exodus 19:4-9)
As His special, treasured people, God is going to give them Ten Commandments to help them live lives that please Him. God wanted them to love Him with all their heart, soul, and strength. (Deuteronomy 6:5)
Would they be able to keep these commandments? No. Jesus is the only sinless person.
The Ten Commandments give us boundaries and the knowledge that we are sinful and unable to keep God’s laws on our own. We need Jesus to change our sinful hearts and give us the love we need to follow God’s commands. (Hebrews 8:6-12)
That’s what it all comes down to—our hearts. God doesn’t just want us to follow His commandments to check off a list or feel good about ourselves. God wants hearts that love and worship Him only. God wants hearts that follow His rules because we love Him!
Learning Packets (complete with materials listed above) can also be made available outside of the church office. Packets should be pre-ordered by 2 p.m on Thursday. They will be available for pick up Friday morning by 8 a.m. Click HERE to order your packet now!
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Our lesson this week challenges me to examine my own heart and my reason for following the rules. I want to love God with all my heart, soul, mind and strength, and because of His great love for me, I want to love others and follow God’s Word.
May we be people who are known for loving God and loving others!