June 29, 2020 - Updated Policies and Procedures for Indoor Gatherings
"We were so thankful that Emmaus could gather yesterday. We also learned a lot from our time together. In light of what we have learned, new city ordinances, and insight from some of our members, we have developed a Covid Policies and Procedures document. Please take the time to read through it well. We want to do all that we can to help keep our people safe while also gathering for worship. If we will follow these steps, we will remove much chance of exposure." -Pastor Josh
POLICY DOCUMENT -- https://docs.google.com/document/d/1fxFOKyVc5gD330vlOk5Uu9Ux1M_GpnBqrlspIeYrIl8/edit?fbclid=IwAR08GODlMJ64EdxhGwVO4w2dYbwqquFfX3KyYw57hFBZSrprcDBjGaP6pzw
May 31, 2020 - A Synopsis of the Emmaus Outdoors Announcement
Emmaus is gathering outdoors for worship services on June 7 and June 21 at the Van Till Family Farm & Winery. On both Sundays, the services will be at 10:45am.
Here is what you need to know:
- Van Till is a 30-60 minute drive away from where most of our members live. Plan accordingly!
- Emmaus Kids will not be taking place.
- The sermon will still be posted on the website, YouTube, and Facebook that morning for those who choose to stay home!
- Remember, as Pastor Josh said: "Some of our members will want to hug you. Others will want to stand back from you. It may be awkward. Be awkward with kindness. :-) Seriously, 'EMBRACE (or don’t embrace) the awkwardness.' Ask, respect, and enjoy each other."
Here is what you need to bring:
- Lawn chairs and/or blankets to sit on
- Your own waters/coffee and sack lunches if you want to hang out after service
- A smart phone to be able to view song lyrics, scripture readings, and so on at emmauskc.com/liturgy
May 4, 2020 - An Update from Pastor Joshua on Re-Entry Plans
"Emmaus finds itself in an interesting situation. Missouri, Clay County, Platte County, North Kansas City, and Kansas City all have slightly different plans to reopen. Though we are in Clay County and North Kansas City, our elders have chosen throughout this pandemic to follow the lead of Mayor Lucas and Kansas City, MO for 2 reasons: First, we have members who are located all throughout the metro and this best unites us all together. Second, KCMO tends to carry the most weight and acceptance of the general public. In addition to these, Mayor Lucas has proven to be the most careful, which helps us remain conservative and avoid rushing reentry. Per KCMO's 10/10/10 reentry plan, we will continue to follow this lead. What does this mean?
- As of May 17 Community Groups will be free to meet in person. Groups must meet the 10/10/10 guidelines, as well as 6ft distancing. Groups can meet outdoors as an entire group as long as they follow the 6ft rule. Groups may also rotate men/women as long as they meet 10/10/10. By meeting as men one week and women the next, it enables one adult to stay home with children and avoid breaking social distancing for our kids.
- Sundays will continue to follow the same pattern we have; Family worship via Looking to Sunday and live-stream sermons.
We will follow this plan at least through the end of May or until Mayor Lucas changes his plan. If KCMO is still following this plan by June 1 and Clay County and NKC are opened more and not experiencing a surge of Covid, we will consider the option of meeting on Sundays in compliance with NKC and Clay County."
March 21, 2020 - An Explanation of Home Worship and Livestream Sermons from Pastor Josh
"While we are unable to gather, we thank God for technology that allows us to be edified by his Word. At Emmaus, we are not reproducing our worship gatherings in an online format. We do not consider what will happen on Sunday [the live-streamed sermon] a “Gathering of the saints”. At the same time, we believe that as you gather in your homes as families, God can and will speak to you as you worship, pray, and hear the Word of God taught.
We are making our sermons available to you via live-stream, not to reproduce our gatherings, but to encourage your hearts to look to Jesus, to comfort your souls from distress of these days, and to care for your needs. And we are live streaming these sermons to continue to glorify God through declaring the gospel to you and those who will watch.
We long for the day we will be gathered together again. We can taste the bread and wine upon our tongue from communion. We can pause our individual singing and take just a second to hear the voices of 350 others singing loudly to Jesus. We can look around and see smiles and tears, hands raised and heads bowed. We can hug and we can greet with affection and with joy. We long for that. Until then, we are thankful for this."
March 17, 2020 Update
Emmaus, as you may have already seen, the Mayor of Kansas City has taken the CDC recommendation from yesterday and forbid groups meeting larger than 10 individuals. This is a mandate for the next fifteen days. We have talked as pastors and believe it is wise for us to comply with this mandate. Therefore, since most of our Community Groups are larger than 10 people, we are asking that all our groups cancel for two weeks. We will remain meeting with our groups as normal after the 15-day mandate is over.
However, the pastors would strongly encourage you all to get creative with how you can meet and care for one another through online platforms. We would encourage, if at all possible, to meet at least once, using technology (a service like Zoom), while we take this break from Community Groups. Also, just as a reminder the pastors are gathering this Saturday to pray, process, and plan what the next few weeks will look like for us as a church. We ask for your prayers for this important meeting and the decisions we’ll be making.
As with each announcement, we want to remind you that we love you and are so thankful to be your pastors. You’ve loved one another well during this unique season and we’re grateful to walk through this unique season with this particular body of believers.
March 16, 2020 Update
Emmaus, first the pastors want to thank you for how you’ve responded thus far with the COVID-19 pandemic here in Kansas City. We’ve had many of you reach out to us, reach out to others, and simply practice Christian wisdom and charity in this unique season. Your pastors are proud of you and very thankful for you.
As you may have seen, the CDC has announced that they recommend any gathering over 50 people to be postponed for eight weeks. Moreover, the Mayor of Kansas City has banned any meetings of 50 people or more for the next eight weeks. This was hard news to hear for us as we are already longing to be back with you after just one week. At this time, we don’t have our finalized plan in place, but we wanted to update you with the next few steps. This upcoming Sunday, March 22nd, we will gather virtually as we did this past Sunday. You can follow the same process and tune in for our live stream at 10:45AM as Pastor Josh preaches the book of Daniel. As for the plan beyond March 22nd we ask that you pray for us as we are planning an extensive meeting to pray, process, and plan for what the next two months might look like for us as a Church. We are hoping to think of creative ways in which we can both follow the advice and regulations given to us from the medical and civil authorities while still maintaining faithfulness to one another in a Biblical sense.
As always, we pray that in the midst of this season of uncertainty that you and your family are pressing into Jesus. We pray that the Lord would use this global pandemic to maximize your joy in him as you treasure Jesus and cherish the gospel. We love you, Emmaus. As we said in our last update, we wouldn’t want to walk through this unique season with any other body than you all.
March 13, 2020 Update
It is with heavy hearts we announce that we are canceling gathering this Sunday, March 15th at Emmaus Church. The Sunday gathering is not something we take lightly and therefore this decision was not made lightly. After much prayer, discussion amongst the pastors, and listening to the medical and civil authorities, we believe it is wise for us to not gather together in either service this upcoming Sunday morning. While the Kansas City area has been blessed with few cases of COVID-19, we still believe this move is wise for the health of our people, in accord with love of neighbor, and in compliance with counsel from those with more knowledge about the situation than us.
Pastor Adam will still preach this Sunday as planned and we invite you to join us online at 10:45 AM (CST) via livestream as we marvel at our triune God through the book of Ezekiel.