April 29, 2021

Southridge Baptist Church,

As we continue to try to make wise and prudent decisions relating to how we respond to Covid-19, we have been having a really good “problem” at our Sunday morning worship gathering. As Covid-19 becomes less of a controlling reality in our lives, many in our congregation have returned to in-person, corporate worship and visitors are becoming more frequent. Praise God!

As this has started to happen, some members, attenders, and visitors coming to worship at Southridge have struggled finding a ‘seating pod’ that works for them and their size of family. Additionally, many in our congregation have already had Covid-19 or have been vaccinated and, in wisdom, are comfortable with no longer observing social distancing measures.

Considering all of this, The Covid-19 Task Force and I wanted to use this letter to inform you of a seating change that will be implemented this Sunday, May 2, 2021. In order to fit more chairs in our sanctuary, the two center sections of chairs will be pushed back together, the way that they were before Covid-19. This means that rows will be close together, the center aisle will not be as wide, and people will not be able to socially distance themselves if they choose to sit in the two center sections.

Additionally, we will not be making any changes to the socially distant ‘seating pods’ on either side of the Worship Center. To those wishing to still observe social distancing measures, we will do our best to ensure that these pods are socially distanced. In this email we have included a picture of what the gym will look like beginning this Sunday.

As we make this change, we want to encourage each and every one of you to worship how your conscience tells you. If you are okay with being close in proximity to other believers during worship and you are no longer desiring to observe social distancing, please sit in the middle sections. If you are continuing to remain cautious we encourage you to sit socially distanced in one of the seating pods. As a church we affirm and support either decision that a church member may make.

Above all, as some of you are ready to cast aside social distancing measures and others are still desiring to observe them, let everything we do as a church be done in the spirit of love and Christ-centered unity. May God be glorified in how we continue to love one another!

In Christ,

Taylor Whitmore and the Covid-19 Task Force