We will return to a single, unified morning worship on Sept. 6th at 10am. This will be accomplished by adding chairs to the sanctuary while maintaining modified social distancing in that room. We will replace rows that were formerly removed, reducing the amount of front-to-back spacing, while maintaining three center aisles and household groups of four to six chairs per unit. The result will be less capacity than we had before March, but enough capacity to accommodate all those who wish to attend on the Lord’s Day. The overflow room will remain in its current configuration so that those who prefer a full six feet of social distancing will have that option. We will continue to livestream the service for those who are unable to return to worship at this time.
We will resume using psalter-hymnals and regular (homemade) communion bread on Sept. 6th at 10am. The worship packet will be reduced to the morning worship order, prayer list, and missions updates. We will replace the psalter-hymnals and have use of the full collection once again. The Lord’s Supper elements will continue to be prepared in a sanitary way, placed in sealed containers while wearing masks and gloves, but the current “chicklet” bread will be replaced with our former, homemade bread, in both gluten-free and gluten-full varieties.
We will restart the Wednesday evening Bible study in-person on Sept. 16th at 6pm. We will invite all who are able to attend a live class on Wednesday evenings starting in mid-September which will also be livestreamed and recorded for later viewing by those who cannot attend.
We will restart the Sunday evening worship service on Oct. 4th at 5pm. It is easy to stay at home on Sunday evenings, and many of us have enjoyed sweet times of family worship and private devotions during the last few months. But we believe in the value and importance of morning and evening worship on the Lord’s Day, so starting on the first Sunday in October, we will resume Sunday evening worship services. We will continue to livestream the service for those who may be unable to return to worship at this time.
We will ask you to continue wearing a face covering as you enter and exit the church building, while visiting before and after the service with your brethren, when using the restroom, and when coming to the front to receive the bread and wine for communion. We understand this is uncomfortable and inconvenient and that not everyone agrees on the wisdom or effectiveness of this measure, but we are grateful for your participation and compliance as we continue to navigate this situation. You may continue to remove your face covering while at your seat during the worship services.
We will ask you to continue refraining from handshakes and hugs while in the church building. This is hard to do, and we hope this too will change before long. But while some still have concerns about infection and risks to their health, let’s be careful and respectful of their conscience and wellbeing.
Some may be wondering if the above modifications which reduce social distancing in the sanctuary violate any requirements for churches in Arizona. The answer is they do not. We are seeking to act in concert with civil authorities and recommended best practices insofar as it is reasonable. But the recommendation to maintain six feet of distance between members of separate households is: (1) difficult to maintain in a church setting, (2) impossible to strictly adhere to unless we are willing to remain in separate services, (3) already degrading as people spend more time visiting before and after worship, and (4) an arbitrary figure which varies from country to country and is not based on any hard, objective data. The above modifications maintain a degree of social distancing equal to or greater than standards used in other parts of the world.
What Is Reformation OPC?
Reformation Orthodox Presbyterian Church is a conservative, Reformed, confessional church meeting in Mesa, AZ. Our church was received as a particular congregation of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC) in October 2016 and is a member of the Presbytery of Southern California. We are Reformed in doctrine, liturgical in worship, and Presbyterian in governance.
Who Are We?
We are a generationally diverse group of young and old, single and married, couples and families, widows and widowers, mature believers and new converts. We come from a variety of backgrounds and many different religious traditions, but we are united by God’s work of grace in seeking us and bringing us to himself. We share a common faith in Jesus Christ, a common confession that we are sinners saved only by the grace of God who trust in Christ alone for our salvation, and a common commitment to hear, believe, and obey God’s Word, the Bible.
What Is the OPC?
The OPC was founded in 1936 when faithful ministers and elders objected to theological liberalism in the mainline Presbyterian Church. Since that time the OPC has been steadfastly committed to the authority of Scripture, to the purity of the gospel, and to the faithful ministry of the Word and sacraments. You can learn more about the Orthodox Presbyterian Church at opc.org.
Where We Meet
We meet for worship and Bible study at 11556 East University Dr. Apache Junction, AZ 85120
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Limited Worship Services Have Resumed
Sunday School: Suspended
Worship Service: 10:00AM, evening service resumes Oct. 4 at 5:00pm.