Sunday Services and Small Groups Update – Phase 3
“I miss you” is probably the understatement of the year. When we arrived in Belgium in the summer of 2010, I never thought I would have to be isolated and not allowed to see people for more than 3 months. This is not what any pastor desires for the people he got called to serve. I love you and can’t wait to get back together with all of you again.
A special thank you to everyone who participated in the survey and sent us feedback. It gave us an overview of what you prefer at this stage as our nation moves to phase 3 of reopening.
The Security Council of 3/6/2020 has limited the reopening of Sunday services with the associated security measures. As we discussed this together with our leadership team, we realised these measures are strict. Because of the nature of the criteria it will be too challenging to organise our regular Sunday services. If you would like to see the prescribed regulations, you can follow this link.
Here is a short list of the most important points:
- Singing is not allowed.
- A facemask is compulsory when entering and exiting again.
- Social distancing of 1,5m to be maintained.
- No opportunity to drink coffee or chat before or after services.
- Leave the room and building immediately after the service.
- No access to toilets for church members.
Below is a list of 4 immediate decisions we had to make and would like you to be aware of:
- We will NOT restart our Sunday services at Sint-Jansvest. Even though we desire to restart worship services, we have a responsibility to maintain towards you and our leaders.
- We will continue to live-stream on Sunday mornings at 9:30 and 11:30 as well as the What’s Up Kids Club at 11:30.
- The Zoom call gathering, after the first service, will continue at 10:15 as well as the children’s Zoom call after the Kids Club livestream.
- Church life will continue through our Small Groups. The bubble of ten, as per government regulations, will apply for Small Groups. This means, besides the people living under the same roof, a maximum of ten different people can meet per week. Since this affects the private homes of our small group leaders, we suggest that you confirm with your small group leader the way forward for your group. We have also communicated these phase 3 guidelines to the Small Group leaders. To meet in Small Groups is a vital part of your spiritual growth, so we would like to encourage you to continue meeting with your small group, whether it is online or in person. If you are not in a small group yet, please click here to get connected.
History has proven over and over how God’s Kingdom flourishes during times of great trial. I’m certain it will be no different during this trial. We believe in a Great God and we believe great things are in store for those who believe. Let’s believe together for God’s Kingdom to expand in our beautiful nation. We aspire to fulfill the Great Commandment of love in all that we do.
This service is open to anyone but if you have children between the ages of 2,5 and 12 years, you should rather come to the family service at 11:30. Young families with children younger than 2,5 years are still welcome as they can play in our parents’ room while mom or dad follow everything in the main service through a live television link. Please note there will be no children’s ministry in this service.
During the family service the kids and teens have their own activities. The What’s Up Kids Club is geared for children between the ages of 2,5 to 12 years of age. These kids will meet upstairs for an hour packed with great fun and impartation while the parents stay downstairs. Our teenagers, aged 12 – 18 years of age, also meet during this time slot at the church venue. Due to safety regulations this service is limited to 80 adults as the overflow area is not available.
Go to François Laurentplein or Grote Huidevettershoek for parking. If there is no space, you can park underground at Gent-Zuid or Kouter.
Go to Gent-Zuid, Kouter or Duivelsteen.