We are thrilled to announce the resumption of in person worship services at Cornerstone Church this Sunday, May 31 at 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00am (please note the new service times to allow for safety protocols). We will be operating under the safety practices and restrictions set forth by Douglas County Commissioners as part of the variance (from Governor Polis’ Executive Safer at Home order) that was approved by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (to view the complete variance click here).While we believe the gathering together is a critical part of our individual spiritual and personal development, at the same time we are committed to doing all we can to ensure the safety and well-being of all who attend Cornerstone. What this means is that “church” will look and feel different for the foreseeable future as we implement new practices and protocols. We know there are a myriad of questions as we head into this reopening phase. Please read the following very carefully for answers to frequently asked questions. Should I Attend?
• If you are in the “higher at risk for severe illness from Covid-19” category as defined by the CDC, we recommend staying home instead and watching our services online. We will be live streaming each of the three worship services at 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00am.
• If you are feeling sick or have any symptoms of Covid-19, stay at home and enjoy the online service.
• Please feel no pressure to attend. We would love to see you in person as long as you feel you are ready to come to church with the safety precautions that will be in place.What Safety Precautions will be in place?
• We will be utilizing designated one-way entry and exit doors.
• Seating will be limited at each of the three services for social distancing requirements.
• Family units will be seated together and will be spaced at least 6 feet from any other person.
• Masks/face coverings are required for entry into the building and recommended for duration of the worship service.
• Touch-less practices will be implemented including propped open doors, verbal only greetings and positioned offering boxes (no passing of plates).
• Hand sanitizing areas will be provided at entry and exit areas.
• Cleaning and disinfection of bathrooms and high-touch surfaces before and after each worship service.
• No coffee service or food (you may bring your own drinks into the service, please do not bring any food).Do I need to reserve a spot?
• To help evenly distribute attendance, you will need to RSVP in advance for the service time you would like to attend (walk-ups only allowed if space is available). Reserve your spot by clicking here where you can choose to attend the 8:00, 9:30 or 11:00am service.
• You will need to check in and confirm your reservation when you arrive on Sunday.Are there any classes or children/youth programs?
• At this point, we are only offering worship services. Families are encouraged to attend and sit together.
• For the near future we will not be offering caregiving, children’s programs, youth and adult classes on Sunday mornings.Do I need to wear a mask to attend church?
• Current city and county regulations require a mask to be worn to enter and exit the church. It is highly recommended for you to wear your mask for the duration of the service.Together in Christ,
Governor Polis announced “Safer-at-Home” guidelines that prohibits gatherings in both public and private spaces of more than 10 people.We will continue to send out a weekly newsletter and host Sunday mornings online. If you are aware of any specific needs of our members, please don't hesitate to email the office ([email protected]).
All events and activities scheduled in our facility from today through March 29 have been canceled. We believe this honors the recommendation of President Trump yesterday when he asked for there to be no group meetings larger than 10 people for the next two weeks.Church services will be streamed online for the next two Sundays (3/22 and 3/29) and all meetings at Cornerstone are suspended. The staff will be on a rotation at the office to receive mail, maintain operations and manage any emergencies. Pastor Mark and I were on a video conference call today with 85 Colorado Baptist pastors discussing best practices and brainstorming ideas for ministry during this period. We will get through this together!
We will continue to get you timely information and present opportunities for ministry via email and our website. If you are aware of any specific needs of our members, please don't hesitate to email the office ([email protected]). We are mobilizing our deacons, Sunday school classes, and several other volunteers to help.
As we navigate these uncertain and unprecedented times, join us as we continue to pray for our country and our church.
In careful consideration and discussion with our Leadership Council and security team, the measures advised by Governor Polis, and out of an extra abundance of caution regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) , we are canceling Sunday services (and classes) tomorrow, March 15, 2020. President Trump has also declared tomorrow as a National Day of Prayer. Let us ask for God's protection and strength during this time of uncertainty.
As you may have suspected by now, the leadership here at Cornerstone is closely monitoring all recommendations from both the Department of Public Health, the CDC, and even our own Colorado government officials in an effort to protect our congregation. I am taking a moment to offer some reassurances and key information that will allow you to feel confident in attending services and events at Cornerstone Church.
First, educate yourself.
Please review these websites for the most recent updates:
Second, take precautionary measures:
- “High-touch” surfaces can hold infectious germs for up to 3 hours so clean frequently
- Scrub hands often with soap, water and friction (min. 20 seconds)
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and discard immediately in a lined trash can and immediately wash hands with soap, water and with friction
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Stay home from school or work (and get medical care) at the onset of symptoms
- Avoid sharing personal household items, sharing drinks, etc.
Third, consider the facts.
According to the most recent information from the CDC, for most people, the immediate risk of being exposed to the virus is thought to be low. Current information on the virus suggests that 80-85% of people who contact the virus will experience mild symptoms that will not require treatment. Isolation for 14 days is still recommended even with mild symptoms to help stop the spread. However, to be on the safe side, we have implemented some additional practices that will enhance the overall health and safety of our congregation.
I realize these unique times can easily strike a chord of uneasiness, anxiety and fear, even for followers of Christ. Please remember that we know and serve a God who is in control. He invites us into His presence to experience His peace as we choose to walk in faith, not in fear.
Our staff, leadership teams, deacons and many others are praying God’s protection, provision and peace over our entire church family.You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Isaiah 26:3 Most sincerely in Christ, Pastor Anthony Pranno