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“The purpose of the members of Clairmont Presbyterian Church is to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior
and make Him known to others through faithful worship, study, fellowship, stewardship and service.”
Moving Forward Together 2021
Plans for Returning to In-Person Worship
As our country begins moving out of the pandemic and into reopening across the nation, the Session and I want you to know that we as a congregation are actively doing the same. More specifically, we are actively moving toward a return to in-person worship. To that end, I am writing to update you on our worship plans.
Our goal is to return to in-person worship in some form by early to mid-May. By “in some form,” we mean we might begin by resuming the two-worship-service schedule we had last summer and fall, with one in-person outdoor service on Azalea Village lawn and one Facebook Live worship service. Ultimately, of course, our goal is to return to in-person worship in our sanctuary as soon as possible.
In order to return to in-person worship in our sanctuary, we believe three criteria are important:
A consistent downward trend in COVID-19 cases in the metro Atlanta area. We are monitoring those numbers, as well as consulting CDC guidelines closely.
A strategy for following recommended safety protocols. As those called to shepherd our Clairmont family, our worship together is important. The health and care of each worshipper are also important.
The enhancement of our technological and audio-visual resources in the sanctuary. We are grateful that Christ has allowed us to reach many new people through our livestreamed services. We also recognize that some people might not yet be comfortable returning to in-person worship. We want to continue to reach out both to our in-person and virtual congregation. To that end, we have invested in and are working on implementing the necessary technology to ensure that, whether you are joining us in our sanctuary or online, it will be a meaningful experience of worshipping our Triune God.
Between now and mid-May: In order to give our staff and volunteers time to prepare for in-person worship in accordance with the above criteria, we will continue our prerecorded worship through the end of April/early May (10:30 am announcements and prayer via Facebook Live, followed by the posting of the link to our prerecorded worship service.) We will keep you updated on our plans and timeline for our return to in-person worship.
A word of thanks and prayer: On behalf of the Session and as your interim senior pastor and head of staff, I want to thank our Buildings and Grounds Team, Worship Team, social media and A/V volunteers, music teams, and staff for working so creatively and tirelessly this past year to allow us to worship virtually and to plan for new ways to worship together in person. Please continue to pray for these teams and for our Session as we discern Jesus’ next steps for us.
It has been quite a year. Yet God has been faithful, and God will continue to be faithful. We thank God for His provision and grace, and we look forward to the bright future God has in store for us.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or to one of our elders.
The Reverend Dr. Nicole Lock
Interim Senior Pastor
We want to keep you updated on the Clairmont Session’s discussions regarding gathering for worship on campus. We place a high value on worshiping together as well as on the health and safety of our church family and community, and we are holding both of those priorities together. With that in mind we've decided to have a worship service each Sunday at 10:30am LIVE on Facebook. There will be 10 minutes live for Welcome, Announcements, and prayers of the people followed by a
pre-recorded service. Thank you for your faithfulness, your patience and your trust during this season.