Latest UPDATE for our plan to re-gather.

Impact Church Family,
Let me begin by saying THANK YOU. Thank you for sticking with us through this crazy time. In years past, living in Wilmington has meant there would be hurricanes to deal with that would occasionally disrupt gathering. Up to February, we couldn't imagine anything worse than being out of our building due to storm damage for 8 weeks. However, its been months without in-person gathering, and so I want to say thank you for hanging in there with us.

THANK YOU for worshiping with us online, THANK YOU for serving here at church and in our city, THANK YOU for finding ways to gather with your life group and friends to encourage one another with a smile and the Word of God, and THANK YOU for giving faithfully to the mission of being a church that takes the Gospel to our city.

As you may have noticed, this past weekend our worship team met in person to record the service live on Sunday morning. For the last few months, we have been recording the worship team earlier in the week and the sermon on Fridays. Our technical team would then edit the service together to broadcast on Facebook LIVE on Sunday mornings. We are so thankful for the technology and talents of our team to pull this off every week.

You also probably heard me mention at the beginning of the message that we are working on the plan to "learn to re-gather". This letter is intended to help bring some clarity and details to what I meant by that. The eldership team believes it is now time to take steps to re-gather for worship in person. However, it is still our desire to proceed in a safe and thoughtful manner. The idea of re-gathering is going to take some time and there is a lot of learning that we need to do.
How do we make the environment safe?
What is the best flow for traffic in the building?
What is the safest capacity for the room as we gather?
Are there things we used to do that we cannot do at this time?
What are the best ways to clean before, during, and after services?
What are the best ways to communicate all these new methods to our church family?

As you can imagine, we take very seriously the responsibility to care for everyone that walks through these doors.  

We know that not everyone will be ready to re-gather, and we completely understand and appreciate how you feel. We will continue to provide online service access as our primary means by which we gather for worship. As time passes and we are able to introduce more families safely into in-person worship we will do so. We also realize that we are aiming at a moving target. As the situation in our city changes, we will adapt with it. This may slow down or speed up our plans but, we are sensitive to safety first. Please be patient with us as we "learn to re-gather."

The following is our current plan to begin to "learn to re-gather" in person on Sunday mornings. On August 9th we will launch our first service back in our building. This will be a "closed service" to allow us to train a small group of our volunteers on how to best re-gather for worship in person. For clarity, the worship service will be broadcast LIVE on our media outlets (Facebook and Impact Church App) for everyone to worship along with us. We are inviting key volunteers to attend in person to help us troubleshoot the issues that may arise that we couldn't foresee. Please understand that this is NOT an elite opportunity for special people to attend worship. We are training volunteers and learning how to best re-gather in small increments of people. All of our "in-person gatherings" will be reservation events and invitation only until we can safely reach capacity. At the point in which we meet capacity, the plan will be to add services so that more can attend safely. Also note, that at this time we are not able to provide Nursery or Impact Kids ministry. We encourage each family to continue to access the resources for our kids on our website.

This is a step in the right direction to re-gathering, however we must move incrementally and intentionally with everyone's safety in mind. Thank you again for your patience. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to one of our elders/pastors for help. We love you and can't wait to be with you again soon.

Pastor Daniel

Please understand, we are not responding out of fear or panic. Currently, the best way for us to serve our community and provide a safe environment for you and your family is to adhere to the direction of our local leaders. Like with all struggles and adversities we face in this life, God is not surprised nor is He overwhelmed by COVID-19. We will not respond in fear, but in faith that the Lord is on His throne and will guide us through this time.

“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” 

Isaiah 26:3