covid-19 Updates

BOCA GLADES has returned to virtual-only ministry as of SUNDAY, JUly 19th

Boca Glades Family, we’re here to let you know that after hours of prayer, conversation, and wisdom-seeking that we have returned to virtual-only ministry as of Sunday, July 19th.
English Gathering
(Spanish and Portuguese Translation Available)
Portuguese Gathering
(English Translation Available)

What has prompted this change?

We haven’t had an outbreak in our congregation but enough people in our faith family have the virus that we believe it is best that we revert back to a virtual only model. Additionally, we have heard from an abundance of church members this week who were planning on live-streaming only anyway, to play it safe in light of the surge of cases in our community.

What has shaped our decision? 

I know that this can feel a bit like whiplash but just know that after much prayer and consultation with community leaders, other churches in Palm Beach county, our church leadership, and medical professionals, we feel like this is the best decision for our congregation. As we’ve emphasized on Sunday mornings, here are the principles that inform the decisions we are making during this time:

-Loving our neighbors
-Listening to local leadership
-Learning best practices from other churches
-Flexibility
-Adaptability
-Agility

For the time being, we will be hosting only worship gatherings. 

In weeks to come, we plan to phase in mid-week activities and ministries and then eventually on-campus Sunday School classes and Small Groups. In the meantime, we encourage you to continue to meet virtually.
 
Additionally, kids’ ministry probably won’t return until we are fully open. We see too many safety risks involved in kids sharing toys, snacks, and young children continually trying to put things in their mouths. You are welcome to bring your children into our church-wide worship gatherings and we’ll be preparing some discipleship resources to help busy bodies to stay engaged. We are also asking for church members to show much grace toward noisy little ones and young families. Let’s keep in mind that Jesus rebuked the disciples for not allowing the little children to come near Him!
 
During quarantine, social media has become somewhat of a cesspool with individuals tearing one another down regarding the re-opening of things like beaches, businesses, schools, and the list goes on and on. Let’s just keep in mind that the world is watching us. And regarding the decision to re-open the church facilities, we are pleading for humility and for grace to abound. Even if you don’t agree with one another, let’s make sure we handle our disputes Biblically and not demonize one another. Let’s guard our witness because the world needs the hope of the Gospel as never before.