Look here for the most recent information regarding changes at The Orchard as a result of COVID-19.
June 1 - Pray First
May 31 - Worship Service
May 30 - A Note from Pastor Scott
I was so grateful to hear the Governor’s announcement on Thursday and to read the helpful safety guidelines for reopening churches in Illinois provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)! We are now busy getting ready to welcome you back from this long hiatus away from in person worship services.
Since our capacity will be much lower than normal, look for an email from your pastor on Wednesday with a link to Save Your Seat in church for next weekend. We have changed our schedule, adding times and even days, so that we can serve everyone who wants to attend. And we will add more if necessary! Please do not attend unless you have saved your seat online. It is the only way we will be able to keep our attendance under the threshold.
It is also important for you to have a sense of your responsibility as a participant. So, there will be guidelines for you to read when you save your seat. For example, one guideline strongly encouraged by the IDPH and the CDC is to use face coverings. For those of us who do not think that masks are necessary, rather than debate the science, please simply consider the many of us who do think they are helpful, and wear a mask. Romans 15:2 is an important reminder in this regard, “Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, ‘The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.’” The application of that verse in our context seems clearly to be: Wear a mask even if you are convinced they don’t serve any health purpose at all. Because, by not wearing one, you may cause undue anxiety for the many who will be wearing them and think that they are vital to their safety.
I’m not sure there’s a better way to apply Pastor Colin’s current series on the Lord’s Prayer than to participate in this month’s Pray First. It is designed with Six Things to Ask of God in mind. Join us on Monday, June 1 at 6 p.m. You can watch (and pray) on the website, Facebook or YouTube.
Our service is available on the website, Vimeo, and YouTube. You can also watch it on Facebook at 10 a.m. on Sunday. Join us then, or at whatever time works best for you this weekend.
Preschool and Kindergarten // 1st-5th grade
Worship tools for kids:
Coloring pages: Ages 3+ | Ages 7+
Sermon Notes for Kids
Warmly in Christ,
May 29 - A Note from Jeff Rylander
I am very encouraged to share that the Church Board met last night and voted to reopen our Arlington Heights, Barrington, Itasca, Marengo, and Northfield locations on the weekend of June 6 and 7. We made this decision shortly after the Illinois Department of Public Health shared new and helpful safety guidelines for reopening churches in Illinois.
As we resume in person worship, we will begin by opening with a maximum capacity of 100 worshipers in each service at Arlington Heights, Barrington, and Northfield; Itasca and Marengo will open with a maximum of 50 each service. We are delaying the opening of our Chicago location at this time but look forward to sharing some news about what reopening will look like for this congregation in the days ahead.
We believe it is wise to take a phased approach as we meet once again. We will begin by limiting our gathering to the worship service only--Sunday school and nursery will not meet at this time. We also believe that it is the responsibility of all of us to gather safely. We love each other well as we look not only to our own interests but also to the interests of others. Tomorrow you will receive an email from Lead Pastor Scott Lothery that will include the guidelines that will allow us to meet and worship safely.
And while many of us will embrace the opportunity to meet in person once again, others will not yet be ready to do so. That is okay. We are happy to continue to provide our online worship service. We welcome each individual and family to return to in person worship when they are ready to do so.
May the Lord continue to guide us as we seek to honor Him in all we do.
For His Glory,
May 27 - Reopening Plans
We are hoping to be able to gather again for worship in the next few weeks. Please read this document to help you prepare for what that might look like.