Due to the COVID-19 crisis, churches in North Carolina have not been able to hold in-person traditional worship services since mid-March.  We have worked hard through Holy Week to provide meaningful worship experiences through web streaming and video conferencing technology.

The Governor’s stay-at-home order ends on Friday, May 8.  Phase 1 will not be very different.  Some businesses will be able to operate, but meetings will still be limited to 10 people or less.  Phase 2 will allow churches gather in limited ways, but vulnerable individuals – those over 65 or with some underlying medical condition – will still be strongly encouraged to stay at home.  Phase 3 will open up more, with relaxation of restrictions of vulnerable persons – but they will still be encouraged to take precautions to stay safe and stay away from large gatherings.

What this means is that Trinity will be holding services by webcasting only through the rest of May.  After that, we will enter an undiscovered country where we will have to explore a new blend of traditional worship that uses technology to involve as much as possible the many members who must remain at home.  We’ve never done this before – in fact, no one has ever done this before.  Our Worship Committee is hard at work imagining a new form of “blended” worship – and exploring the technology that will make it possible.  Exactly how these services will work is still taking shape – but we hope it will include allowing some of our members who must remain at home to participate fully.  Possibilities include FM broadcast into our parking lot, “reverse Zoom” where members at home could bring live greetings to the physical gathered congregation.  Some gatherings may be more like a Laurel Ridge worship, others more like traditional worship.  We hope that all will be true worship experiences for everyone who wishes to participate.

When we are able to gather in person, we will take full protective measures as recommended by the CDC.  Please plan to wear a mask – if you don’t have one, we will supply one – and to observe social distancing.  High-touch surfaces will be disinfected before and after each gathering.  We will do our best to make sure that all precautions are taken.

Plans are underway to go ahead and hold Freedom School over the summer, though much will have to be modified to take required precautions.  As soon as it is feasible, we will allow our Puppet Ministry Team to get back together to practice, and then webcast their excellent program.

And please give serious thought and prayer to your financial support for our work.  The many important ministries of the Moravian Church need to continue, and need your support.  It’s easy to give online, just visit our website and click on the “DONATE” icon. Consider becoming a SUSTAINER by setting up weekly or monthly gifts.  Your regular giving is the basis on which we can continue our substantial ministry.

Please check our website and Facebook group regularly in the coming weeks, we will post the latest news and plans there.  Sstay in touch through phone, email, or text and let us know how you are doing – especially if you are in need of prayer or need assistance in some practical way.  Reach out to your neighbors, especially those who are vulnerable due to health issues, see if you can help them by making a trip to the grocery or pharmacy for them.

We hope you will stay home and stay safe during this Coronavrus crisis.