Many people are asking, “When are you going to open again?”
A couple weeks ago, we talked about a tentative open date of August 8/9. Responses to this ranged from “it’s too late,” “it’s just right,” and “it’s too soon.” As we do our best to lead with prayer and wisdom, we want to clarify how we came up with this date.
- We want to be responsible neighbors. Our mantra is “You Matter”—we don’t want to cause unnecessary anxiety or risk in our community.
- We want to create an experience that makes our guests comfortable. While we do need to abide by the rules/restrictions given by the governor for mass gatherings, we want to focus on serving people, not protocols, so we are choosing the “long game” over the “short game.”
- We’ve had conversations with other churches, who have opened with 10-15% capacity. Instead of opening in July (our least attended month), with our auditoriums only being 10-15% full, we would rather leverage our online platform while inviting our DreamTeam back to better prepare for our August 8/9 opening.
- When we do open, we want to create an environment that feels like CedarCreek. Everyone wants to get back to normal, but things will look and feel different when we open. We would rather wait a bit longer with the hope that some restrictions are lifted, so that when we open, you can experience more of the things you’ve missed (community, connection, personal touch, age-specific ministries for kids and students).
We will keep you updated as we work through this and ask that you continue to extend grace. We won’t get it perfect, but we are praying and navigating this the best we know how. In the meantime, let’s stay unified as a church—as Jesus says in John 13:35, “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
Remember, our buildings closed, but the church never did—we are more open than ever. The church is people, not a building, and it’s incredible to see how we are making a difference during this pandemic. Our mission is still to introduce people to Jesus, and God has brought incredible growth to our online services. People are watching church online who would never have stepped into our building otherwise!
In the past, the “front door experience” was our actual front doors—inviting someone to the physical campus for their first time. We know this will continue to happen, but we also know, in the future, many of the people who will walk through CedarCreek’s doors for the first time will have already experienced us online. We can maximize this impact we are making by all embracing this platform and extending invites for people to join us online.
All that said, physical gatherings are a vital part of church. We miss our gatherings, and we miss you. We are so thankful to be on the adventure with you, and look forward to seeing you soon!
Our CedarCreek Locations Are Closed
We want to do our part to slow down the spread of the coronavirus, so that our medical providers can effectively treat people in need. As a result, we are suspending all gatherings and events at our campuses until further notice.
This has been a tough decision, but we want to do our part to ensure the health and safety of our community. We’re thankful we are able to leverage technology to continue to meet together. We welcome you to join with thousands of viewers digitally at CedarCreek.tv/live.
We are following the recommendations and direction from the Ohio Department of Health and Governor DeWine’s office for how best to respond to the developing situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19). Therefore, our physical CedarCreek locations (Perrysburg, West Toledo, South Toledo, Whitehouse, Oregon, and Findlay Campuses) will remain closed until further notice.
Church is still happening even though our buildings are closed! In times like these, we are so grateful for our interactive online church experience. If you haven’t yet downloaded the free CedarCreek.tv app, we encourage you to do so! Church services happen every Saturday and Sunday, along with rebroadcasts during the week on the app and website.