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In-Home and On-Site Worship Venues

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As part of our Steps to Regathering in Person following the coronavirus quarantine, we want to share more details with you about in-home and on-site venues. 

In-Home Worship Venues

Thank you to those of you who are hosting in-home venues! Some of you are worshiping with your families and others are gathering with friends or neighbors. We are so grateful for all of you! We encourage others to consider hosting an in-home venue as an opportunity to invite family, neighbors or friends to join you and get their fingerprints on God's Word. Here are some things to know about in-home venues:

  • Invite whoever and however many people you feel comfortable hosting in your home. (It's OK to think small.)
  • Watch the Online Worship Experience on our YouTube channel on Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. or some other time during the week that works best for your schedules.
  • Consider discussing what you heard following the experience using the Discovery Questions found on page 2 of the Online Bulletin each week.
  • For more information about hosting in-home venues, watch this video.
  • Questions? Contact Marcus Constantine or Sarah Hayden.
On-Site Worship Venues

Starting on June 7, 2020, we're offering five on-site venues to take in our Worship Experience. Each room will have both streamed and live elements, including a live message. To follow county guidelines for group sizes, you'll need to reserve your seat(s). Click here for registration information and links to register.

Here are some things to know once you register:

  • You'll receive information on which parking lot to use.
  • You'll receive instructions on which color door to enter and exit based on the venue you choose. (As you arrive, we'll have the facility color coded and you'll be able to tell which door to enter.)
  • One of the five venues - the Orange Venue - will be a family-focused venue, designed for families with preschool and elementary aged children.
  • The other four venues will welcome any and all, including families with children and students.
  • One of those remaining four venues - the Purple Venue - will require masks for added safety for those interested in it.
  • Each venue will have some uniqueness, but all will include the same key elements.
  • If your reservation plans change, please contact the church office by Friday so we can offer those seats to others. 

If you are sick, even at the last minute, please stay home for the protection of others. 

 Here are some things to know once you get to Oakwood

  • All venues open at 9 a.m. and the worship service starts at 9:30 a.m. There will be one service.
  • The Purple Venue is the only venue that requires wearing a mask. You can wear a mask in the other venues but it is not required there.
  • All spaces within the facility will have been sanitized and we will have hand sanitizer stocked for your use. 
  • While inside Oakwood, we ask that you maintain physical distancing with anyone who is not in your residence. You are welcome to sit with your family group.
  • Restrooms will be available, but please practice physical distancing in all Oakwood indoor spaces.
  • We will not be handing out paper bulletins, passing offering bags, or conducting the Lord's Supper. The connection card, online bulletin and sermon notes can be found on our homepage.
  • We will not be opening any Sunday morning children’s or student programs. Families are invited to worship together.
  • We will not be opening the self-service drink stations, but you are welcome to bring your own drink.
  • We'll ask you to exit the building as soon as the service concludes.
  • Feel free to connect with friends afterward in the parking lot or on Oakwood's outdoor grounds.

As we open up the church facility to more groups, let's give grace to one another, including  our staff and volunteers as we navigate this situation together. As brothers and sisters, we humbly ask that we uphold respect and honor, preferring one another above ourselves (Romans 12:10).

Is it better to worship in-home or on-site?

We will continue offering our Online Worship Experience to help create meaningful in-home venues and discussions with your family and neighbors. Remember, the Church is not a building; the Church is you, people and families who love God and share His love with each other and the world! 

We're delighted that some of us will gather on-site beginning June 7! We're equally delighted that some of us will continue gathering in homes! 

Together, let's celebrate how worship is rising and disciples are being multiplied for our Lord from homes and on-site venues across Lake Country!

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Gary Weaver May 30, 2020 10:53am

I pray things get back to normal. I don't like this at all.

Sarah Duwe Jun 2, 2020 1:21pm

Gary, we are praying, as well. Please don't hesitate to email us at info@oakwoodnow.org if you need anything. - The Oakwood Team

Marcus Constantine Jun 2, 2020 7:07pm

Hi Gary, thank you for sharing your thoughts and for praying with us. We're trusting Jesus to lead us as we gather in ways that protect those who may be most vulnerable and help support our community partners. Please keep on praying with us. We appreciate you!

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