A New Opportunity started June 24, 2020 for limited, safe, and socially distanced worship services.
Please feel free to Worship With Us - Wednesdays
We are currently undergoing a renovation of our Worship Center. Other improvements will follow. As a result. Pastor Steve will be recording his Sunday Message at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays in our Fellowship Hall for those who would like to attend a live service. Given space limitations, there will be no live music.
Shenandoah is taking steps to ensure your safety and the safety of those who attend our Church. Because of the rise of COVID cases in our area and the increase in the percentage of tests returning positive, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings has issued a masks-required order for all Orange County residents and visitors in public spaces, effective June 20, 2020.
To Learn more about our preparations for your safety read on:
We are committed to following and supporting our local authorities as they face this crisis and resist further shutdowns. Yet, hundreds of millions of Christians over two thousand years have faced adversity in their pursuit of gathering together, and we won’t let a mask requirement be something that stops us from doing so. To accommodate the mandate requirements, Shenandoah will have disposable masks on hand if you need one and we encourage you to wear your masks while entering the facilities until you reach your seats for the Service time. Then put your mask back on when you leave your seats until you exit the Church.
Kids ages 12 and under are exempt from the order because they will be in a “childcare” setting. Pastor Steve is exempt from mask wearing while on platform only, as he is working in a position “where use of a face covering will not be compatible with the duties of the profession.” We have and will continue to social distance front rows from where Pastor Steve will be speaking. Staff and greeters will use masks until seated as well.
We will continue to broadcast Pastor Steve's messages each week on Sundays at 9 a.m. You can find these messages by clicking on the Message above. If you are a high-risk or vulnerable individual, we strongly encourage you to worship at home online.
THIS WILL NOT LAST FOREVER. WE CAN DO THIS AND NOT FORSAKE GOD'S WARNING FROM HEBREWS 10:25 " ... not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching".
There are many things we don’t know and a few things that medical professionals and officials do know about viruses. For people who are uniquely at risk, this virus is of even greater concern.
Whether in your home or at your office or at our Church, clean air and surfaces are going to be vital components of a common sense plan for protection against any virus. Because viruses can’t be treated with antibiotics, it’s every health expert’s goal that people would utilize best practices to avoid contracting COVID-19 in the first place. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends common sense hygiene practices, like washing your hands and avoiding physical contact. We want to do more where we can. Hygiene can even extend to the air you breathe. That’s why respiratory hygiene has become a topic of discussion during the spread of this virus.
At Shenandoah, we are in the process of upgrading our air conditioning to include ionizer systems. Ionization is a process that blankets an entire room addressing viruses both in the air and on surfaces. We will be installing 5 ionizers to cover our sanctuary and nursery areas in the hope that we will create a safer environment for you and your family.
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Worship Set Up for Wednesdays at 6 PM