Last Updated 5-9-20 (9:30 AM)
Dear Church Family,
After much discussion and prayerful consideration, your Elder Board has decided to schedule our reopening for June 7th. We will gradually transition to streaming our services from the building in mid-May and then reopen for in-person services on June 7th.
We know this may be disappointing to many, but we feel that this is what enables our staff to navigate the transition in a safe way and as smoothly as possible. We can't wait to connect with you when we begin to meet in person again.
Our Elder Board will be sending out a video soon with some spiritual encouragements for these days, but we wanted you to know what to expect for this Sunday.
Thank you and we love you so much,
The Elder Board of Central Christian Church
Here's the latest info for our services.
Main Service 9 AM
There are four ways to join our services: Church Online, Facebook, our Website, and Calling in with your phone. You can watch the service anytime starting at 9 AM. Links to these options can be found here: https://centralseymour.org/watch
Our video link and activity worksheets for Kids Church can be found at http://kids.centralseymour.org Just prep the videos ahead of time and get the kids set up with the video when the sermon starts.
Remember to prep your communion before the service. We have made some communion elements available to you so that you can continue to take communion. Stop by the church when it works for you and take several prepackaged communion servings for each person in your family from our bin outside the daycare entrance. Please use hand sanitizer before opening the bin. These communion elements will last for 6-8 months without refrigeration, but you can refrigerate them too. Otherwise you can use any juice and bread.
You can give by mailing in a check to 1434 W 2nd St, Seymour, IN 47274 or by giving online at http://give.centralseymour.org You can give by credit card or bank account. We recommend the bank account option since the transaction fees are lower for us there.
See you Sunday!
Email from 3-18-2020
In order to best care for our congregation during this time of health concerns, CCC is observing the recommendations of the newest information available about the Coronavirus. According to those recommendations, our group attendance numbers must be below 10 persons. For this reason the following practices are in place:
Sunday Morning Services:
We will not have services at the church building until further notice. All church members are encouraged to watch our services live online on Facebook. Here is a link to our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CentralSeymour/ Here’s a link for viewing past services on our website: https://centralseymour.org/watch
The Church Staff:
Our church staff is now working off-site, but we will still be able to answer the phones during business hours (9 AM – 4 PM). Phone, email, and Facebook are the best ways to stay in touch. Please leave a message. We will be checking our messages every weekday.
We are in need of the following volunteers with our transition to online services:
- Prayer Partners
- We have an amazing opportunity to bring people to Christ with our new online church service each Sunday. We need your help! We are needing people to answer the phones after the Sunday service to pray with people and to encourage them in their faith-walk with Christ. We would like to have 16 volunteers who will serve one Sunday a month. Each Sunday, there will be 4 volunteers assigned to answer the phones. We will train you to talk and pray with people who call in. Please sign up to serve here: https://centralseymour.org/sign-up
- Online Welcome Team
- We also need people to be on Facebook watching the livestream of our church service who will respond to people watching online. We want to be able to thank people for being with us online and answer any questions someone might have. We would like to have 16 volunteers who each serve once a month. Each week there will be 4 volunteers to public and private message guests online. This is another great way to develop relationships online! Sign up to serve here: https://centralseymour.org/sign-up
- Zoom Meeting Volunteers
- We are in need of volunteers to host Zoom meetings. You will open the zoom meeting and help people learn how to connect through an online video chat session. We need volunteers who are able to serve after the Sunday morning service and who can serve as a Zoom host for different Connection Groups. Sign up to serve here: https://centralseymour.org/sign-up
During this season of Church Online, we will be sending out videos for your kids to watch and for you to discuss as a family. We’ll provide more recommendations about how you can help your kids to grow spiritually soon.
We have a pre-paid subscription to RightNow Media, that is FREE for you. It allows you to experience the world’s largest customizable library of biblical resources for everyone in your family. There are bible studies for all ages and even movies for children! If you have kids, we will be encouraging you to use some of their videos to help your kids grow in their faith at home. We will also be using them as we have been for our Connection Groups. Here is the link to create a profile and be able to watch those videos we send you: https://www.rightnowmedia.org/account/invite/CentralChristianChurchSeymour
The Wednesday night youth group will begin meeting again on April 1st via Zoom meeting. Stay tuned via Remind for when the youth group will be meeting. Go to https://www.remind.com/join/fd8224. Enter a phone number or an email address to get updates about the youth ministry.
Connection Groups and other meetings at the building:
Talk to your connection Group Leader for information about when and how your group will meet. Currently, no connection groups are permitted to meet at the building.
The Church Lobby:
The church lobby will not be open to the public. It is best to call the office to let us know if you are planning to come into the building.
Members who have keys:
If you come and unlock the church doors please be certain to RELOCK the doors after you come in.
The following will be discontinued until further notice:
The Bus Ministry, Community Connections Meals, Funeral Dinner Meals, Senior Day Out, Choir, Home Communion for Shut Ins, Loyal Devoir, Hoosier Christian Village visits, Covered Bridge Bible Study, SOAR, Bell Choir, and the Prayer Shawl ministry.
The following will continue at the direction of their ministry leader:
Signing Choir, Praise Team, Connection Groups, Various Ministry Teams/Committees. The church is still caring for those in need of financial assistance but most of that contact will be by phone.
The following ministries have not been decided yet:
The Haiti missions trip and the youth missions trip have not been decided yet.
Thank you for doing your part! As always, please remember that all of these changes are for the well-being of all concerned. In your time at home, you can take comfort in knowing our church body is staying together in prayer and in Spirit even though we are not gathering together face-to-face. As members of the body of Christ, we not only need to care for our own families, but we need to set a great example of calmness and patience as we deal with trying times. We are blessed to be a blessing. Remember that the Lord ALWAYS turns evil to good and this will ultimately be for His glory.
Your Virus-free Church Office