Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. -- Isaiah 43:18–19, ESV
May 12, 2020
Dear Quail Springs Church Family,
You may not remember what happened in the spring of 2016 or 2018, but you’ll probably never forget what has happened during the spring of 2020! The COVID-19 pandemic and the social distancing guidelines that have accompanied it have changed almost everything about our daily lives, and the changes are still not over. That can be discouraging. Like you, I’m ready for things to return back to something approaching normal, even though I recognize that each step takes wisdom, caution, and patience. In the midst of it all, God reminds us that He leads us through the wilderness into the new things He has for us.
Quail Springs has sought to provide meaningful ministry and worship opportunities for our congregation throughout this time of uncertainty. In the last several weeks especially, your pastoral staff and I have been praying for God’s direction and preparing for the reopening of our campus for Sunday worship services. Today, I am thankful to share our upcoming Sunday morning plans with you:
- We will continue online Sunday worship services and online Connect Groups on May 17 and May 24.
- We plan to relaunch on-campus Sunday worship services on May 31.
- We will continue providing online Sunday worship services following the relaunch of on-campus worship.
- Until further notice, Connect Groups will continue to meet online only.
In order to assure plenty of space for social distancing, we are limiting the available seating in our chapel and worship center and also increasing the number of Sunday morning services. The on-campus Sunday morning worship schedule will be as follows:
- Traditional worship in the chapel at 8:15 and 10:45 AM
- Contemporary worship in the worship center at 9:30 and 11:15 AM
All worship services will be for the entire family, with no childcare provided at the beginning of the relaunch. Due to limited seating and to make sure you have a place to sit when you arrive, we will provide a way for you to reserve seats online or by phone for your desired service. To give time for cleaning and sanitizing the worship center and chapel between services, each service will last a little less than one hour.
As we get closer to May 31, I will send you full details about what to expect when we relaunch. Our staff team is working to ensure that when we come back together for worship on campus, everything is in place for you, your family, and the guests you invite to have a safe, positive, and worshipful experience. We encourage everyone who is considered part of a vulnerable population or who is not yet comfortable coming to an on-campus service to continue worshiping with us online.
Before I close, I want to take a moment to commend you for honoring Jesus Christ through your giving, attendance, and ongoing ministry. Many churches have experienced financial shortfalls as they have suspended in-person worship services. I am thankful to God that has not been the case at Quail Springs. You have been wonderfully faithful in giving through electronic means as well as through the mail. Our online attendance has also been very strong. An average of 2,129 devices each week are streaming our online worship services. That number of devices represents an even higher number of actual viewers. Finally, your church has provided 5,283 meals to 1,792 families during this time, plus groceries and utility assistance for others. I’m grateful to God to be the pastor of such a compassionate, generous, and faithful church!
Thank you for praying for our staff, our church, and my family. I look forward to the day when I see you face to face, but until then, count on my prayers for you and your family.
P.S. This Sunday I am beginning a new series of messages entitled “Promises that Never Break.” We’re going to see how God always keeps His promises to us. There is a companion booklet I have written called Promises that Never Break: Ten Encouraging Words from God. I wrote it specifically to offer hope to people going through hard times and to present the saving message of Jesus. I pray it will be an encouragement to you, and that you’ll share a copy with someone. Just contact my office at if you’d like a copy (or copies).