The Kirk O’ The Valley Church had our first in-person outside worship service on September 27, 2020. While this may have looked very different from our past worship services, it was a wonderful experience for all!
My Experience Attending Open Air Worship Today by Lynn Bassler, Sunday September 27
Most of us in the Kirk community have not seen each other face to face (or mask to mask) for six months! This morning that changed: the Kirk held an in person, open air service. For those who attended, it was a special, sweet reunion.
Thanks to the enlightened thinking and scrupulous planning of the Worship Committee and the Reopening Task Force, I worshipped with my masked Kirk brothers and sisters in person this morning. The first steps were logistical: Covid-19 protocols like handing over a signed consent form, having nurse Pat Getsen take my temperature and ask the requisite questions about symptoms; next, I was in the school play yard under a canopy shading lunch tables. Rob Jolly showed me the array of bench seats with decals on them marking sitting spots six feet apart. Family members, not needing to socially distance, could occupy one seat, so Bob and I took our places.
We faced east, where the praise team had set up well apart from each other under the spread of an elm tree. Leanne Skipper opened the service with a joyful welcome, announcements and the Call to Worship. The music sounded wonderful: Mark Bailey, guitar and vocals, Eric Cloud, keyboard and Rob Jolly drumming on a wooden box. One would not guess they hadn’t been playing together all this time.
Mark Bailey was also our lay leader. His message, “Let’s Get Together” was inspired by Hebrews 10: 24-25: And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching. In summary, God wants us to get together and enjoy shared worship and in turn inspire and encourage each other in Christian love and service.
Until we are given the green light to attend worship in the sanctuary, perhaps in the near future, the outdoor services will continue to offer us the option to come together and worship in real time and the online services will continue to be posted on the Kirk website.
Until we can again worship in the sanctuary, Pastor Len Tiso will continue to provide the on-line services.
Pastor Len Tiso conducting our virtual worship service from his home.
Mark Bailey and Eric Cloud record worship music individually from their homes.
Members and visitors can view the entire worship service weekly from this website either from the home page or the archived services can be found under the Worship Tab – Sermons.