First Church of the Nazarene
Thursday, April 02, 2020
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First Church of the Nazarene

1600 Chester Blvd.

     Richmond, IN 47374


 Dear Friends and Family of Richmond First ,


As you know, we’re in a situation none of us have been in before and things are changing day by day. We are very aware of the COVID-19 virus concerns and we are continuing to collect information as it is made available. We deeply care about you and caring for your health is of the highest concern to us. So, we want you to know that we are seeking ways to make your worship experience at Richmond First a safe one. We have been tracking cancellations, advisories, government bulletins, and organizational statements of other organizations and we will continue to do so. At this time, we are opting to continue with our regularly scheduled services. We will have Sunday School at 9:30 am and Worship at 10:45 am this Sunday. We will continue to monitor the situation and let you know of any changes to our schedule.


We want to assure you that as a church, we will be taking certain precautions in order to keep you safe and calm any concerns you may have. We will continue to thoroughly clean the church and we have cleaned surfaces that are frequently touched. We do have hand sanitizer for your use before and after the service. When greeting others please consider a minimal amount of contact. If someone asks to refuse a handshake, please be gracious and not take it personally. Again, our desire is maintaining the safety and health of all that attend our church.


We hope to see you Sunday, but we certainly understand if you feel the need to stay home and would fully respect that decision. We want to remind you that if you opt to stay home our sermons are typically uploaded on Youtube the next day. If we do have a cancellation we will notify you by texts, phone calls and FB as quickly as possible. Until you see such communication, move forward assuming services are proceeding as usual. But, please, if you are ill, stay at home. God is not doing attendance checks this weekend, neither are we. Any gathering is meant to be a means of grace and help, not a requirement. And as always, if there is any way we can be of assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Psalm 18:2 says, “The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.” We will continue to encourage taking measures of safety, we will pray for health, safety, and an end to the spreading of this virus, but let’s not succumb to fear or worry. Let’s continue to be responsible, let’s take precautions, and let’s keep our faith and confidence in the God we serve! God’s blessings and continues prayers.


In Christ’s grip,

Pastor Dave