After times of prayer and preparation, Life.Church celebrates its first face-to-face services after weeks of being closed. Life.Church in Oklahoma City has reopened its auditorium for weekend worship services.
Progressively, the Oklahoma City campus along with 21 other church locations from various sites; held meetings on Saturdays and Sundays after weeks of monitoring health guidelines and best practices for meeting safely.
In a statement to Faithwire, Bobby Gruenewald, founder of the YouVersion Bible application and pastor of Life.Church, described the body of believers as “an important place of refuge for those seeking peace, comfort and healing”.
This is such a great picture of the fruit that this season produces. This little girl was worshipping with her whole…
Gruenewald went on to say that he has “confidence” in the steps Life.Church has taken to create a safe environment for returning congregants.
“We are confident in our church’s ability to create a sanitary, non-contact environment that allows for physical detachment and exceeds government safety recommendations”; the pastor said.
“However, we encourage our attendees to make the best choice for their family as they consider attending a physical location or continuing to worship with us at Life.Church Online”.
Over the weekend, Craig Groeschel, founding pastor of the Oklahoma megachurch, preached on the importance of staying positive. The message was meant to call the faithful to be “unwaveringly optimistic about the future”; even in the midst of difficult times.
Stay Positive starts this weekend! Join Pastor @craiggroeschel to discover the hope you can have in Christ, the good news you need to hear, and how to stay optimistic even when bad news tries to dominate your daily life. pic.twitter.com/EuTT9rsKFe
— lifechurch (@lifechurch) May 9, 2020
“Optimism is not a denial of reality”; he said. “It is not blind faith!”.
Medidas preventivas en Life.Church
Life.Church has devised strategies to be able to carry out its services. In addition, members who wish to attend an in-person service at Life.Church must reserve a seat on the campus they plan to visit.
They must also answer the following questions:
- “Am I showing any flu-like symptoms?”
- “Have I had a fever of 100.4 or higher in the last 14 days?”
- “Have I had a prolonged exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19?”
- “Is there any medical reason why I don’t think I should be around others?”
Accordingly, if you answer “Yes” to any of these questions, the church strongly encourages you to attend church online. You also avoid traveling to a campus for a worship service.
Otherwise, in order to ensure proper social distancing, the church has reduced the number of people who can attend any service given at any of the 22 church locations.
It should be noted that the Life.Church congregation has not resumed its children’s component, Life.Kids.
Chris Beall, one of the church’s campus pastors, described the in-person services on Saturdays and Sundays as “super emotional”.
“We’re going to be making adjustments in the future, and this is a very fluid situation”; he explained in a video posted on Facebook on Monday, encouraging parishioners to check the church’s website for the latest information on worship services.
Publicado por Life.Church Oklahoma City en Martes, 12 de mayo de 2020
The reopening of the megachurch occurred the same week that Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) announced plans to begin the second phase of the state’s reopening on Friday. Stitt said Monday that 25,000 coronavirus tests were performed last week, representing a 50 percent increase in the number of tests administered the previous week.
The number of cases, he noted, remained stable. As of Wednesday, state health officials reported a total of 4,852 cases of coronavirus, and there were no new deaths.