Mayor Laura McLean signed a health order that goes into effect Saturday (July 4th) at midnight stating that while in public, a face covering must be worn to cover the nose and mouth unless you can maintain a physical distance of at least six feet from other people. We will be observing this as a church gathering in Ada County. We will continue to gather in our church building by abiding by the health order. All other previous precautions and guidance will continue to be maintained.
This Sunday, May 17th we will begin meeting back in our building to worship together. Although things won’t be completely normal, it’s at least one step closer. Below is an explanation of how the City and State reopening plans and emergency orders affect us.
The City of Boise Public Health Emergency Order No. 20-05, Reopening Boise City: Stage 1 Section 4 states, “Public and private gatherings of individuals are prohibited, with the exception of household members or as provided by the Stay Healthy Order – Stage One.” Places of Worship fall into the “as provided by the Stay Healthy Order – Stage One” category.
This is the same as the States reopening plan. The State has given Places of Worship protocols to follow when reopening, those protocols can be found here. There are also Social Distancing and Sanitation Requirements in Section 3 of The City of Boise Public Health Emergency Order No. 20-05 that we will adhere to as much as reasonably possible. Those Social Distancing and Sanitation Requirements include, but are not limited to:
A. Individuals shall maintain at least six (6) feet minimum physical distancing from other individuals, whenever possible.
B. Individuals shall:
i. Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as frequently as possible or use hand sanitizer;
ii. Cover coughs or sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands);
iii. Regularly clean high- touch surfaces; not shake hands;
iv. Stay home if sick; and
v. Strongly consider the use of face coverings while in public.
Due to the requirements outlined in the order, we will be doing some things differently during our time together. Here are some of those changes:
Seating – We will have someone directing people where to sit during service. This will be done to try to adhere to the six feet distancing.
Nursery/Children’s Ministry – There will be no nursery or children’s ministry during service. Even though we will not have anyone serving in the nursery, the room will be open if parents need to use it during service.
If you are not yet comfortable coming to the church building during this season, we understand and we will miss you dearly. We hope to see you soon.
Hello Well Church Family,
The spread and threat of COVID-19 is on everyone’s minds right now. It is looking like it’s going to temporarily change the ways people live their lives, including the ways we gather as a church. This might be the first time we have faced something like this in our lifetime, but it is not the first time the church has faced a global pandemic. Whatever occurs in the coming months, the Lord is still with his church and promises to sustain her through this. Our God is our refuge! Our hope has never been in this world and it never will be. Our hope is in our great God – our refuge and strength (Ps. 46)
After much prayer and discussion and in an effort to love our neighbors and our church family well, here is how the Elders have determined to move forward at this time:
Church Gatherings and Events
We are suspending all official church gatherings, meetings, and events until April 23rd. This is the absolute last thing that we want to do. We recognize that Scripture very clearly commands us not to “neglect to meet together” (Hebrews 10:25). So to neglect to meet together would be sin. However, the Apostle’s meaning here is the willful neglecting or the willful forsaking of meeting together. We know this is what he means because those who are sick or dying or imprisoned are not sinning when they cannot meet with the saints. There is no law against necessity. We think it’s prudent to suspend our gatherings in order to help stop the spread of the virus and protect those most vulnerable.
Sunday Worship Service
Starting this Sunday we will be moving to an online service at 10:15 am. You can find the live stream on our website. A small group of us (God-willing) will provide the music and the message from God’s Word in order for all of us to benefit. Please stop what you are doing during that time and gather together with us. Even though this is far from ideal, we pray that God would use these strange days of His good Providence to make us long for and be grateful for the day when we will join together again as the city of the living God (Hebrews 12:22). Until then, may God increase our affections for one another that we could say with the Apostle Paul “I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you” (Romans 1:11). This will continue until the ban on large gatherings is lifted by our state and local officials.
Care and Serving
Jesus said in Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” This does not mean that God will necessarily meet the needs that we think we have. Nor does it mean that we will never be in want for physical necessities (we know there are Christians in persecuted countries this moment who are going without these things–PLEASE PRAY FOR THEM). What Matthew 6:33 means, is that God will add everything to our lives that we truly need to bring Him glory, AND that will work out for our highest and best and ultimate good (Romans 8:28).
Every member and regular attender has been assigned to an elder who will be calling you at least once a week to check in with you, pray with you and find out if you have any needs that you are unable to meet on your own. If you have needs, (financial or otherwise), please let us know so that we can care for you. Because we are not meeting in person it is even more crucial that during this time we stay connected in whatever other ways we can.
We encourage us all to consider these four vital disciplines as we walk through this season together:
Pray: Cast your cares on Him, because He cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)
Read: “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” (Matthew 4:4)
Meditate: “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (Philippians 4:8)
Love: “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:4)
The Elders of the Well Church