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Good News delaying in-person services to Aug. 9

Rev. Brad Goode

Let’s get right to it. We are moving Sunday morning in-person worship gatherings back until Aug. 9.

Just like your family, every church is different. There are many factors that go into a decision like this. Within our facilities can we meet and distance safely? Do we have enough volunteers for kids programming? What do the local medical professionals recommend?

It forces us to ask the question, in light of who we are and what we know, what is the wise thing to do?

After lots of prayer and consulting with our COVID Re-Entry Task Force, Church Council, Conference Office and staff we have felt led in the direction of waiting.

You have heard me talk many times about how God often uses our short term negatives for long term positives. I am praying that this short term setback will be a set up for some great ministry ahead. Without taking too much time, I can assure you that while we have not been able to gather on Sunday mornings, the church is alive and well, doing so much good here in Santa Rosa Beach.

We are going to continue to worship online and while we don’t feel comfortable with large crowds on Sunday mornings just yet, we do feel comfortable with small crowds during the weekly recording of our Sunday Service. If you would like to join us on Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. we will have some limited availability during those worship times. If you would like to attend a small Wednesday Night Worship recording you can register at https://goodnewsumc.churchcenter.com/registrations. This registration will close once all slots are full.

If you feel comfortable we would also encourage you to invite some friends and gather in small groups in your home to watch the Sunday service together.

This is my first pandemic. Hopefully my last. But in this season of so much uncertainty, I am fully confident that Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever and that that our unchanging God is with us, for us, and in us during this time.

Stay strong church! I look forward to seeing you soon.

Rev. Brad Goode is the lead pastor at Good News United Methodist Church.