We want to update you regarding the state of our re-gathering plans in light of the latest information flowing from the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC).
As I’ve shared a few weeks ago, here are the 3 navigating points that are guiding us right now as we consider how to go about re-opening KEC.
1. We don’t give up on meeting together. Hebrews 10:24-25 says: “ 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25not 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.” Where possible, we want to work towards gathering together in person as a church, as that is clearly the priority of the Scriptures. If we are able to achieve the purpose of continually building each other up as an in-person gathering, we should do so, even if the experience is abnormal and somewhat awkward.
2. We wait for one another. 1 Corinthians 11:33 says: “ 33 So then, my brothers and sisters, when you gather to eat, you should all eat together.” We want to physically gather, but we also want to make sure we can do it, as much as possible, as an entire church family. We don’t want to deliberately leave anyone behind. So that means we want to put into place protocols and structures (such as the appropriate cameras for livestreaming in the church hall) to ensure everyone can still connect in one way or another. We long to gather, but we want to be patient and wait for one another.
3. We keep encouraging one another. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 says: “ 11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” We want to ensure that everything is done so that the church can continually grow in maturity. Even now, we try to do whatever we can in service of that aim. In addition, we want to try our best to ensure when we do gather together, we can somehow still achieve this, even if in a limited way due to current restrictions.
What we’re currently doing
1. We will be having a Church Council Meeting soon, so that the elders and deacons can discuss how we can best follow the state government’s latest S.O.P (effective 20th June), without losing sight of the navigating points as detailed above.
2. We are currently seeking to procure the appropriate equipment for livestreaming in the church hall. A proposal has already been submitted. We anticipate this will take several weeks, as the equipment might have to come from West Malaysia. Setting it up will also take some time.
3. KEC Bahasa Malaysia and KEC English are keeping each other updated on their respective plans to ensure there is co-ordination. KEC Bahasa Malaysia do not anticipate returning to in-person gatherings anytime soon for the moment.
Our general approach
In light of
• how the S.O.Ps are continually being refined by the government,
• the fact that those with young children and chronic illnesses are either unable or discouraged to come
• the fact that not everyone is comfortable yet to gather in person
• the possibility of another spike in Covid-19 cases
• the amount of organisation required in terms of marking out seating positions, getting ready a registration and sanitisation team etc.
it seems as if a slow and steady approach is still the best.
We want to encourage everyone to continue giving each other the benefit of the doubt, knowing that people might have different opinions and convictions regarding what is right for them in this current situation. We want to leave space for different people to live in light of their different ideas.
In the meantime, we continue to recommend that our church members keep connecting with one another, not least over online platforms like Zoom or Webex. Our online services will continue in roughly the same format as they have over the last few months, and do stay tuned for announcements of webinars happening over July and August designed to help you keep growing as a disciple of Christ.
Above all, may we continue to prayerfully persevere and keep walking with Christ during these challenging times, trusting that He is in control, and He will work out his sovereign purposes for our good and for His glory.
Warm regards in Christ,
(on behalf of the eldership)