Dear Agape family,
Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
As you are likely aware, the governor of State New Jersey (Governor Phil Murphy) has begun the gradual process of reopening up the State due to the continuing downward trend in the COVID-19 cases. This first step of the governor’s plan includes the opening of non-essential retail, drive-through and drive-in events by tomorrow, May 17th, and limited access to beaches starting from May 22nd. While we do not know when churches will be allowed to meet inside the building in whatever shape, form, or capacity, we expect that this will be in a matter of weeks.
In light of this, we have set up a task force comprising of some of our key ministry leaders, ministers, trustees, medical professionals, and an attorney. I have begun to meet with this team to prepare for the reopening of AHOW whenever that may be. Our goal is to ensure the opening of the church happens in a manner that ensures the safety of every attendee and worker without jeopardizing the standing of the church while honoring the name of Jesus.
As you may be aware, the step toward opening is multifaceted, multilayered, and depends on a lot of information. I want to ask you to please pray for the Task Force as we meet that we will be guided by the Spirit of God and the wisdom of God as we sort through the many practical, logistical, medical, legal, and spiritual complexities of reopening a church in this environment.
Please look at the video which explains with a bit more context and information.
Pastor Jide Lawore
Lead Pastor, Agape House of Worship