While we will continue to offer a live stream option for the foreseeable future (accessible through YouTube and Facebook Live), we are excited to be back to one worship gathering at 10:30 am each Sunday. We are implementing several precautionary measures to make this gathering as safe as possible for as many as possible: marked seating to enable social distancing, cleaning and sanitizing in between gatherings and other meetings, encouraging masks for everyone who attends, wellness questions at nursery and children's ministry check-in, and other precautions as we deem appropriate.
In keeping with state requirements, we ask that you wear a mask in the building until you are seated and socially distanced. We also ask that you wear a mask while singing. While we recognize that not everyone agrees on the usefulness of masks, we are asking everyone to wear a mask during this time in order to enable as many people as possible to participate in our gatherings. We will continue to monitor national, state, and local concerns and recommendations and will re-evaluate these mask expectations as soon as it seems wise to do so.
Here are a few other questions you may be asking:
What is available on Sunday mornings?
Connection Hour classes (9:15 am) have restarted for all ages and groups, including kids and youth. The worship gathering (10:30 am) is limited to 250 people in the auditorium with additional seating available via live stream in the gym. Nursery, 2s, and preschool classes are available during Connection Hour and the worship gathering.
What ministries are meeting, and which ones are still on hold?
We have restarted almost all of the ministries that were meeting prior to the shutdown. Some are operating at lower capacities, and most have had to adjust in some way to accomodate COVID-19 precautions.
Can I still come if I have cold symptoms?
If someone in your household has had a fever or cold/flu symptoms, please wait to attend (or to bring your kids to class) until everyone has been symptom-free for at least 24 hours.
Are children required to wear masks?
In compliance with the state mandate, we ask that older elementary kids (3rd-5th grade) wear a mask while moving throughout the building. Younger elementary kids (kindergarten-2nd grade) are encouraged to wear a mask as well. Preschool kids are not required to wear a mask. When in their classrooms, we will try space kids out so they can remove their masks as much as possible.
Will Midweek kids and youth ministries be offered this year?
Consistent with our schedule the past several years, we plan to restart Midweek kids and youth ministries the first week of October. This year, however, we will not be able to provide younger kids' clubs (Puggles, Cubbies, and Sparks). The only groups that will be meeting are for older kids (T&T), middle school (Gospel Academy), and high school (Gospel Life). Please see the Midweek schedule for details.
Are small groups meeting?
Yes, we have a wide range of community groups that are meeting in person, online, or some combination of the two. Staying connected to others during this season of "distancing" is absolutely vital. If you are interested in joining a community group, please contact the church office at email@example.com or 765-448-1620.
What options are currently available for giving to Kossuth?
Thank you for continuing to give so generously during this season! You can give online at any time. If you prefer to give in person, please place your gift in one of the blue offering boxes located in the back of the auditorium and at the welcome desk.
People have such different opinions about COVID-19 precautions, especially masks. With such polarizing viewpoints, how can we unite together as the body of Christ?
This situation is certainly prompting different opinions and reactions. We realize that means not everyone will agree with how we should respond as a church. We are certainly fallible and will likely look back on this and see ways we could have done it better. Our request: please be patient and gracious with those who see things differently than you do. It is easy for those who are more concerned about the virus to judge others for being too careless and those who are less concerned about the virus to look down on others for being too careful. We urge our church family to love and value each other more than we value our opinions. Please join us in seeking to “pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding” (Rom 14:19 ESV) and to “please [your] neighbor for his good, to build him up” (Rom 15:2 ESV).