We are living in unique times with unique challenges all around us. As the people of God we are called to follow God faithfully and love one another genuinely. Our mission as a church remains the same regardless of external circumstances, but operating as a large organization during this time is ever-changing, as we learn to tackle the fluctuations going on around us.
This past week, church leadership heard from members of our medical response team, made up of doctors and nurses who are a part of our church family, and who advise our leadership regarding our response to COVID. The team informed us that this past week the incidence of COVID in our community is now at “red level,” meaning it is rapidly spreading. Both of our local hospitals, and even those in Columbia, are filling up to capacity. Surgeries are being sent out of state, and all of this is consistent with the predicted peak that is happening right now in our community.
With those considerations in mind, we have decided to suspend large in-person worship gatherings for the next two weeks. The Elders and staff did not take this step lightly, but out of an abundance of caution, for the good of our community and our healthcare workers, feel that this is the appropriate course for the sake of our entire church family.
We will continue virtually through our online campus, and will continue hosting small gatherings and groups, following the safety guidelines already in place. Over the course of the next two weeks, we will re-evaluate our guidelines and will communicate any updates on December 1. Forgoing any setbacks, we plan to be back with in-person worship gatherings on Sunday, December 6.
We want to thank you for your prayers and commitment to caring for one another. We are focused on making the best decision for all concerned, and while we recognize that we have freedom in Christ, we are trying to ensure we are considering more than ourselves as we exercise that freedom.
If you have any questions, please connect with us. We would love to talk to you even more about this. Let us in all we do, in how we treat one another, how we respond to news like this, how we serve people who God puts in our path, reflect the character of Jesus. Let’s be “Jesus to all people.”
Capital City Elders and Staff
Greetings Church Family,
On behalf of the staff and leaders here at Capital City, it is a pleasure to talk to you today about some changes and additions happening here in a just a couple of weeks.
Beginning Sunday, September 6, our plans are to adjust in-person worship times. For the early birds, we will still have our 8:30 am service, but for the late bloomers, we will be moving our 11:30 service to start at 10:00 am.
Our 10 am slot will also see the return of both our City Kids children’s ministry and our City Students youth ministry.
We are asking families that plan to have children attend City Kids, either in the nursery or for children 2-years-old through 5th grade attending in the Kids Wing, to please pre-register a spot each week by emailing Kendy Goehringer at Kendy@capitalcitychristian.net. Our capacity is limited and children will be admitted on a first come, first served basis. Once capacity is full, we will encourage families to attend service either in the Worship Center or Room 201, which will be set aside specifically for families with children. To speed up the check-in process, we also ask all families with children to enter through the Kids Wing before heading upstairs. Children will not be required to wear masks while in the building.
City Students middle and high school classes will be held in rooms 101 and 102 on the classroom level.
In addition to bringing back kids and youth programming, another exciting come back will be singing. Based on the advice of our medical panel, we have been given the green light to encourage anyone wearing a mask to join us in singing during worship.
We are so excited to be expanding our campus activities, and look forward to seeing you on Sunday!
Capital City Staff and Elders
Greetings Church Family,
After much reflection and careful planning, Capital City is excited to welcome our church body back to in-person services on Sunday, June 21. Based on the survey sent out to our church family, we have instituted several policies to help everyone transition back to church in the safest way possible and we hope you will be able to join us for services at 8:30 and 11:30 am.
In an effort to abide by the safety recommendations offered by our church family medical professionals, there will be no children’s or nursery services at this time. We will also be suspending our café services, as well as changing up our distribution of communion and the collection of offerings. Entry into the worship center will take place through the central doors, while the side doors will be used to exit.
We ask that attendees be considerate of a six-foot social distancing recommendation, and as such ask that you refrain from handshakes, hugs and physical touching with anyone not in your immediate family. We also ask that you abstain from singing during this initial phase. It is advised that attendees’ temperatures be taken at the door and that masks be worn while in the building. Masks will be provided, but we encourage you bring your own if you have one.
We ask that those that wish to attend a worship service to please register prior to that service. Due to social distancing recommendations and the limitations of our building, we will be limited in the number of individuals that can be accommodated in the worship center. Registrations will be available online and through the Church Center App. If anyone needs assistance registering, please contact the office at 635-1322. Health related questions will be asked during the registration process.
We encourage those that do not yet feel comfortable, are feeling ill, and our at-risk members – those 65 and older, 2 years and younger, and those who are immune-compromised or have other health risks – to continue attending online. Capital City will be hosting live streams of the worship service at 8:30 am, 11:30 am and 4:00 pm on our website, Facebook page and YouTube channel. Children’s services will be live streamed at 10:00 am and 3:00 pm on the same platforms.
We understand that returning as a church body under these recommendations is disappointing to many, but as we try to safeguard the most vulnerable members of our church family, we feel these measures are necessary. We will continue to monitor information as it develops and will make changes accordingly. We know that God is in control of all things, and we will continue trusting in Him and what His Word tells us.
With Sincere Thanks,
Capital City Staff and Elders
We are looking forward to the time when we can meet together again as a body of believers to praise God and enjoy fellowship together. After much discussion and prayer, and after consulting with health care providers and leaders of other churches, we will continue offering worship services online only until Phase I of the Missouri Governor’s Show Me Strong Recovery Plan is completed at the end of May. The recovery plan will be reevaluated for effectiveness at that time. Between now and then, we will continue monitoring the situation to reevaluate when Capital City will be able to open our doors for worship. Much depends upon what occurs over the next month before we determine when and how it will be safe enough to meet together as a church body.
We understand there will be disappointment with this decision. We are asking our church family to recognize we are working to develop the best plan possible for the safety of every member at Capital City. We ask for your prayers and patience. We also ask you to continue doing your part keeping the church family together by joining together in small family groups in homes with your neighbors, families and friends or individually online until we are able to commune together again.
We realize some churches in our area have already reopened, and we think that is great, for them. However, please understand a church of our size, with the abilities and limitations of our facilities has many obstacles to overcome to ensure we make our return as effectively and safely as possible, even if it means that we do so later than some of our neighbor churches. We also want to watch the trends over the month of May so that we can determine whether things are continuing to progress in the right direction in our community.
We will be meeting regularly and reevaluating every step of our plan as new developments arise. We ask that you pray for us as we try to steer our church through this unprecedented time. Know that we are praying for you as well, and are excited for the day when we can meet with you in person again. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help you during this time.
Capital City Staff and Elders
Dear Capital City Christian Church Members,
The leadership and staff at Capital City have been keeping a careful watch on the ever-changing dynamic of the COVID-19 pandemic. After consideration of steps being taken on the local, state and national level, we have decided to extend the suspension of activities on the Capital City campus throughout the remainder of April.
This was an especially tough decision to make, particularly in regards to the Easter season, but we feel that this is the most prudent course of action in order to care for the health and wellness of our most vulnerable members, our community, as well as to help our first responders and healthcare workers remain fit and ready to assist.
We trust in God for His protection and deliverance. We live in an amazing time in history. A time where the Lord has blessed us with innovative minds capable of researching and finding cures and treatments for viruses like COVID-19. He has blessed us with dedicated leaders that have worked tirelessly to mitigate and slow the spread of this new virus, and to support those in our communities hardest hit by economics. We live in a time where electronic capabilities enable us to work, attend school, and worship together from the safety of our homes.
We are blessed to live in the greatest nation on earth. A nation with the finest medical advances, the finest and most stable food supply, and as believers in Jesus we have the everlasting promise that God “has delivered us from such deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us.” 2 Corinthians 1:10.
We understand the inability to gather each week, particularly on Easter Sunday, is disappointing to many, but for all the reasons mentioned above, we feel these measures are what He is asking of His church. While we won’t be meeting physically, Capital City will continue to hold Sunday services online. If you need help accessing the online services, please call the church office at (573) 635-1322 and we will assist you in connecting to one of our video platforms.
Capital City has accepted the challenge of trying to be Jesus to all people. In that effort, we have a response team of volunteers that will be ready to step in and help anyone that needs assistance. We also challenge every member to continue to reach out to other members to prevent anyone from feeling isolated or alone. If you or anyone you know needs help running errands, getting groceries, etc., please call the church office at (573) 635-1322 and we will relay your needs and deliver help. Please note you may be asked to leave a message, but rest assured we are checking our messages routinely and you will receive a call back.
We know that God is in control in all things, and we continue trusting in Him and what His Word tells us. We will continue to monitor information as it develops and will communicate any additional changes in a timely fashion. Thank you for your understanding and patience.
Capital City Christian Elders & Staff
Dear Capital City
Christian Church Members,
We have done our best
to make our church building as safe and healthy as possible. However, after
announcements from the President of the United States and the Governor of
Missouri, both declaring a state of emergency, the leadership at Capital City
has agreed that the most prudent course of action was to not cancel our
Sunday services, but to move them online.
In light of
recommendations by the Center of Disease Control, Capital City
Christian will be making some temporary changes on Sunday mornings in an
effort to maintain the health of our church family.
We are excited to be back in person on December 13th. Join us at 8:30am, or 10:00am. Children’s programming and nursery are provided at the 10:00am service.
We will continue with our safety measures of social distancing and mask wearing. We also have a team after each service cleaning our building. We are excited to be gathering back together in-person and hope to see you this week!