**As of June 27th, Church Services are ONLINE ONLY Until Further Notice**
A Note from Coker’s Re-Open In-Person Task Force on Updates from July 1st….
Hello friends, after meeting this week, we have decided to remain in online-only worship through the duration of July. This will allow time for us to build a matrix to better anticipate the ebbs and flows of this virus, this will also allow time for some innovation and collaboration for online offerings in the fall and beyond. The Re-Open Task force is made up of Lay Leaders and Staff including: Meredith Chacon, Attorney & Coker Leadership Council Chair; Dr. Kevin Helmrick, Coker Finance Committee Member; Walt Wilson, Coker Safety Committee; Scott Matkin, Finance Committee Chair; Rev Adam Knight, Sr Pastor; Rev Damon Relder, Associate Pastor; Rev David Blanco, Associate Pastor; Dr. Mark Humphrey, Director of Music & Worship Arts; Becky Kirbo, Director of Finance & Adminsitration; David Barnes, Director of Facilities; Colton Willis, Director of Family Ministries; Cheryl Kendall, Director of Family Outreach; Gail Hatcher, Director of Adult Ministries; and Jenn Clauser, Director of Communications. Some of the members have put together an organic Zoom video to try and further explain our thinking. The video was shot on July 1st, since then masks have become required in all public places (both indoors and outdoors)- so if you happen to be on the Coker campus, please observe all 3 best practices of: wearing a mask, limiting indoor congregating, and remaining 6′ apart. Stick with us friends, and we’ll see you in worship online. Questions can be directed to Communications@coker.org.
Updates to this page were made: at 4 PM – July 2, 2020
WORSHIP & SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES Our online services are live-streamed at 9:30 & 11 AM (Coker En Español at 11 AM). As of June 27th, Church services are back to online only until further notice. To read more details CLICK HERE
Sunday School Classes are meeting via Zoom, please contact your Sunday School leader for details on accessing the Zoom log-in, notes, or conversations online.
COKER FAMILY MINISTRIES Coker Family Ministries for Youth and Children remain primarily online. Coker Kids is offering Summer Bags (contact Wendy.Pearson@coker.org for details). Vacation Bible School is postponed until 2021. Submerge 2020 and AO Sports camp have also been cancelled. Youth happenings will continue online and will resume to in-person when safe to do so (Contact Marlie.Riojas for details). Our ministers are available via phone, text and Facetime if you need to talk.
MISSION OUTREACH & COKER HEALTH & WELLNESS CENTER Coker’s health and wellness center continues to offer food services on Thursdays. The clothing closet is not currently open, and we are not able to take donations of plastic bags. We have increased sanitation and cleaning. We have also increased sanitation procedures for clients and volunteers so that we can continue distributing these much needed items. Clients are still using a drive-thru system to receive their food. Donations are still being accepted and all of our clients are very thankful for being able to receive much needed items. We are accepting monetary donations for school supplies for our backpack give-away (you can visit Coker.org/donate to give online). Note: The Pastor’s Benevolence Fund Meetings continue as well. CLICK HERE TO Contact Pastor David Regarding Mission & Serving
PRAYER & PASTORAL CARE Our Pastors are available to meet in-person with social distancing and masks in place. They are also available talk on the phone or facetime. If you are in need of prayer or Pastoral Care, please contact Barbara Keeper. Specify if you need to be added to the prayer list or if you need to talk with a Pastor. These times are anxious and sensitive and while we put our full faith and trust in Jesus, we are happy to join you in prayer where needed. CLICK HERE to Contact Barbara Keeper
COVID-19 BEST PRACTICES
Our Top Three best practices are as follows: 1. Wear a Mask (as of July 2nd, masks are required indoors & outdoors in public places, in counties where the COVID numbers exceed 20 cases). 2. Keep a social distance of 6′ or more from one another 3. Limit indoor congregating (this includes limiting time and/or capacity, booking in larger spaces, etc).
While things can feel uncertain, know that God is in control. Our goal around monitoring in-person gatherings is to keep everyone safe. The Task Force will continue to meet every two weeks to evaluate and make adjustments as needed. Some additional best practices are: -Follow Credible News Sources, a few are listed below. An individual’s opinions, bias research, and social media page may not be as credible as going to the sources directly (Like the NIH, World Health Organization, Etc.) -Stay home if you or someone in your home is sick (until fever free for 24 hours). -Wash your hands often, use hand sanitizer. -Pray. Pray for each other, our city, health care professionals, and those who are sick or at risk. -Praise. Thank God for the provisions He has already put in place.