A Letter from the Reopening Committee
Dear CCC Family,
We are so excited to begin meeting in person once again! Never in a million years would we have imagined all that has transpired since March. Mere weeks after our first meeting in our new building, we were faced with the difficult decision to close our physical doors as a part of the effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.
And yet, we are so grateful for the way God has led us during this unusual season. Pastor Jim has given many poignant, powerful sermons. Volunteers worked tirelessly to develop the capability to record and stream these messages, to process your financial contributions, to develop an online newsletter to keep us all connected, and so much more. The church doors may have been closed, but Claremont Community Church has, and continues to be, alive and thriving.
As we take this opportunity to gather, we are also mindful of our responsibility to protect the vulnerable in our community. Moving forward, the choices we make will be our witness to the waiting world, and we are committed to doing our part to show compassion and care to the medically fragile, elderly, and others at higher risk of contracting this pernicious disease.
We also acknowledge the spiritual need for fellowship and communal worship, especially in the face of difficult and uncertain times. The need to gather and connect with church family is real. While we have sought to provide opportunities to connect and grow during our physical closure, nothing can replace the value of gathering together in person.
To that end, we have formed a reopening committee comprised of our staff and Advisory Board members. This team has worked diligently to develop a way forward as we enter this first phase of reopening. Yes, it will look different for a while, but we are confident that we can weather this storm together and come out stronger for it, all the while pursuing faithful and compassionate ways forward as restrictions continue to loosen.
Understandably, there are a variety of opinions related to reopening and we appreciate your grace and flexibility as we navigate these uncharted waters. The measures we are implementing have been carefully and thoughtfully developed in accordance with guidance from our denomination, the Church of the Nazarene. They have set forth stringent requirements to reopen and we appreciate your cooperation as we implement the plan we have submitted to them.
Thank you for your continued dedication to your church family at CCC. We can’t wait to see you so very soon! If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or use the form found on the contact page of our website..
With love and grace,
Claremont Community Church Reopening Committee