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Central To Partially Reopen

Dear friends.

We have some good news! Sacramento Central will partially reopen starting Sabbath, June 6, 2020.

Following the guidelines produced by the California Department of Public Health, including those produced by the Northern California Conference, we plan to open gradually, beginning with a “worship service only” option on Sabbath and phasing in classroom Sabbath School programs and other meetings and programs that require room usage as is prudent and permitted over time.

In light of a three-week review to be conducted by the CA Dept. of Public Health, thus carrying with it the potential to either tighten, maintain, or loosen reopening restrictions, it seems prudent to reopen slowly and revisit our position after said review.

The following “worship service only” plan has been adopted. Please read carefully:
  • We will partially reopen with two Sabbath morning services (10:00 AM & 11:30 AM) providing a modified worship experience for 100 members per service (including all department personnel scheduled for the day).
  • Those wishing to attend MUST reserve their seat.
  • Reservations can be made right here up until Friday, June 5 @ Noon: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/107738508780
  • Reservations must be made for each family member.
  • Once the first service has been filled, the second service will open where reservations can be made.
  • We will continue to stream our services on the following platforms for those who wish to stay home or fail to secure a reservation: saccentral.org; Livestream.com/SacCentral; Facebook.com/SacramentoCentral; Youtube.com/TheCentralConnection
  • CSH will be streamed at 8:30 AM (no in-person offering available) as well as the first worship service at 10:00 AM. The second service at 11:30 AM will NOT be streamed.
  • Please note that seating will be arranged so as to allow for distancing measures. This will continue until restrictions have been lifted.
  • When arriving for church, please enter through the front foyer doors. There you will pass through a brief health screening, then stop off at the Hostess Desk before entering the sanctuary to confirm your reservation, and choose your seat.
  • The wearing of face masks is optional for attendees as well as department volunteers.
  • Greeters and ushers will be practicing distancing measures and are encouraged to keep hands sanitized. They, along with the safety officer, will wipe down surfaces before, in-between, during, and after services.
  • Please note that bulletins will not be handed out at the door but made available for pick up at the Hostess Desk for only those members who don't have access to a smart device where the bulletin can be viewed online (saccentral.org).
  • Deacons/Deaconesses will be assigned to keep the bathrooms sanitized every 15 minutes during and in-between each service.
  • Adult and children’s Sabbath School classes, as well as all other gatherings, will remain closed until further notice.
  • There will be no potlucks for the time being.
  • Prayer meeting will continue virtually until more restrictions are lifted. We meet on Tuesday nights @ 7:00 PM via Facebook Live & Zoom (weekly Zoom link provided in bulletin and social media platforms).
  • We encourage our senior members with underlying health conditions to carefully consider your participation in worship.
  • And please continue to practice a healthy lifestyle to build/boost your immunity.
We realize it's a lot to take in. We've lived with a number of changes over the past couple of months, so adding to those can feel either overwhelming or frustrating (unless you're one who enjoys or thrives on change and can't wait to see what's around the next bend!), especially when they come from your own church. During moments like these, however, we must ask the Lord to help us not to be mastered by the circumstances, but to instead be master of the circumstances by the grace of God.

While the changes we've recently endured aren't what we naturally long for, there is a change coming that we can't wait for--when Christ returns and eventually makes all things new. Talk about a change we can all look forward to!

Be of good cheers friend. Change is coming and coming real soon.

We look forward to seeing you this Sabbath, God willing.

Chris Buttery, Senior Pastor
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