Your Part In Onsite Restart
At the heart of one of Paul’s most popular analogies of the Church as a body, is the idea that every part has a part to play in the healthy functioning of the body. The eye can’t say to the hand, “I’m more important than you,” nor can the nose say to the ear, “I’m needed more than you are,” or vice versa. Even the most delicate, unseen, sensitive parts of the body are vital and often more valuable than some of the more visible parts.
As we gear up to go back onsite the weekend of May 30-31, we all have a part to play in this restart.
- For those who plan to join us in-person the most important thing you can do right now is let us know which service you plan to attend. You can do this very quickly and conveniently by clicking here if you plan on attending the Apopka campus or click here if you plan on attending the Lake County Campus. This is an attendance tracking tool that gives us an idea of how many to expect at each gathering at both campuses. This is NOT a seat reservation. This is just part of wise preparation. We have three areas where people can gather to worship onsite: the Worship Center, Adventureland Theater and the Student Center at both campuses. Each space is set up at 50% capacity to respect the current recommendations from state and local authorities. Having an idea in advance of how many we are preparing to host is a really big help in creating the best onsite experience we can offer under the present conditions. So please let us know what campus you’ll be attending, how many are planning to come with you and what service you’ll be at.
- For those who would like to serve in any some way with our onsite restart, we would love for you to join us this Sunday morning, May 24, at 10AM at either our Apopka or Lake County campus as we review the best practices and safest protocol for reopening our buildings for worship. This is not a worship gathering; it’s a training time. Our weekend worship is offered online at our regularly scheduled times and I urge you to connect with one of those worship gatherings this weekend as you have been. It would be easy for one to think that the less capacity you have and the less people you expect that you wouldn’t need as many people to serve….and one would be wrong. Have you been out to a restaurant since they have reopened in-person dining? They actually have more staff than they used to have to host less customers. The efforts required to provide a more sanitized and safe environment is greater and demands more resources to pull it off well. Same for onsite worship gatherings going forward. Even though some areas of our ministry aren’t immediately being restarted in our Phase 1 reopening, it doesn’t mean there’s less that needs to be done. If you have a heart to serve, trust me, there is part you can play.
- For those who plan to serve by staying home because you’re just not ready or able to come right now, you can continue to connect with our online campus and please pray. Pray for people to come onsite with confidence and not fear. Pray for those serving onsite to welcome warmly and engage enthusiastically. Pray for people who don’t have a relationship with Jesus to start one. Pray for the music to be inspiring and the message to be encouraging. Pray for others who are worshipping online from so many different places; pray that they move from just viewers to doers in Kingdom living. Pray that Journey can be a model of how to take the needed and wise steps into a new normal, whatever that may look like.
- Finally, for all of us who love Journey and the larger Body of Christ, pray for us to make the most of this unique and historic opportunity. None of us have ever seen anything like this in our lifetime. It has been a dramatic and traumatic disruption of life as we knew it and we will live with the unsettling aftershocks of this great global upheaval for the rest of our lives. People are desperately seeking some sort of certainty. And yet, there is something God wants us to have even more than certainty: it’s the power of discovery. There are new things we are discovering about ourselves, others, and God during these disruptive days. I think that’s kind of the point.See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.(Isaiah 43:19) Let’s lean into every new thing that comes from the Lord in this wild season of restarting onsite or streaming online into vast areas of need…because whether we’re onsite or online, we’re always on mission.
Always loving the on-mission Journey,