BRIGHTON, Colo.—Community Baptist Church is holding worship services outdoors this summer. Holding services outside “enables us to have our whole church family, not just up to 50 people, attend church services together while still honoring the law of the land set forth by our state.”
The first service, on June 7, “went fantastic,” says Pastor Joey Rhoads. “We are so glad that so many people were able to join us for our outdoor church service and praise our God while honoring our state’s instructions. We are blessed by all the hands that make church possible!”
The congregation meets for the services, called Church on the Grounds, in front of the church building. People arrive up to half an hour early to set up their lawn chairs, blankets, umbrellas, and canopies. Ushers show people where to sit so everyone will be able to see the pastor and worship leader and so individuals or family groups will be adequately spaced from one another.
“Keep in mind, we will be out front for all our community to see us interacting and worshiping,” Joey told his congregation. “We are asking that whether or not the guidelines put in place are something we enjoy, that we as a church body honor them to show our community that we love each other and them in the way we fellowship and worship. All of our staff and ministry leaders will set the example by doing our best to follow the instructions given to our church.”
In the event of inclement weather, the service will be livestreamed instead of held outdoors.
Regarding the outdoor service, Joey says, “There is no truly perfect way to check everyone’s expectation box, but we are moving forward prayerfully and according to the best wisdom and care we can and will be making adjustments as needed.”