We are celebrating the 39th anniversary of Cypress Meadows Community Church, and we are here for our tribe and the world – today, tomorrow, and the day after that…and after that.
The question on everyone’s mind right now is when will we re-open for public services. And that question is on our minds because we have such love for each other in our hearts. There is an emotional connectivity that feels like it only sufficiently ignites when we are in the same space with those we are doing life with. And right now it feels like something precious is missing and being denied us, so there is an urgency to reassemble. Yet as one of our elders said, when there is pressure and perceived urgency…it presents itself as an opportunity to get quiet and curious. Then ask questions like: “What is this all about and am I making the best decisions for the right reasons? What is the wise and loving thing to do?”
One of our core values is inclusivity and so at this time we will not reopen and then have to pre-ticket entrance and thus deny some people access because of limited seating due to maintaining a six foot distance.
At this time, we will not reopen knowing the very dynamics will discourage families with small children from attending for lack of childcare and discourage attendance of those with compromised immune systems or those in the age demographic most vulnerable to the lethal impact of COVID-19. These people are a part of our tribe. Those we love, care about and do life with.
We realize other churches may see things differently and that is fine. We must do what is right for our tribe, our culture and our values.
Our elders will continue to pray, listen to voices of expertise, and make decisions based on wisdom and love. The matter will be reassessed on July 1 and with transparency and expediency provide an update.
We know the heart of Cypress and we all long for the same thing…for us all to be in the same space again. Until then we will continue to hold services online only. If it works for you and you can safely do so according to CDC guidelines and state recommendations, you may consider gathering with a few others in a home or back patio and be a part of the Sunday online service together.
We are Cypress – a tribe of faith, hope and love. And we are not going anywhere. We will be together again in the same space.
The Cypress Elders