One Step at a Time
The leadership of Cornerstone has been working diligently to determine when and how to reopen safely. We have been reviewing local, state and national guidelines regularly and will continue to do so as we move toward a new normal.
Following those guidelines and observing the local conditions, we hope to resume live worship experiences on Sunday, July 19. Please keep in mind that this date could change based on the conditions we experience at that time.
Guidelines for Reopening
The Cornerstone leadership offers the following guidelines for reopening:
- We want to encourage any of you who are age 60+, have serious underlying health conditions, or who are not comfortable with being in a public setting at this time to remain home for your safety. We love you and long for the time when we can all socialize together. We will continue to provide online worship every Sunday through YouTube. The same sermon will be preached online and during our live worship service.
- To meet effective social distancing guidelines, each of our two services will be limited to 70-80 people. Online pre-registration will be required each week, and we will share those instructions with you in a couple of weeks. The services will be exactly the same and will blend traditional and modern elements. Service times will be determined as we move closer to reopening.
- Due to inherent close contact with numerous infants and children, we will not offer nursery or childcare at this time.
- For your safety, we will maintain six-foot social distancing and ask all who attend services to wear a mask. We know that this is a highly debated practice across the country and we know that other churches may not ask you to wear a mask. We have purchased enough masks to provide for those who come without one. We believe we must do everything possible to care for our neighbor and, most importantly, for the vulnerable who may attend our services when we open. God’s church has always been called to care for the vulnerable and to sacrifice for others, just as Jesus sacrificed himself for us. He became vulnerable to save the vulnerable. I am asking you to not allow a mask to cause division among us. By wearing masks, we are helping limit the spread of the virus. It is an act of love, not an act of fear or faithlessness. It is good common sense in a time of pandemic. Let us be known for our love for one another.
- We encourage you to make use of hand sanitizers available throughout the open areas of the building.
- Sit with your own household and maintain social distancing (three empty seats between households).
- If you are sick or have a temperature, please remain at home.
- Lastly, demonstrate patience (maybe that should be first!).
We will continue cleaning and sanitizing our facility to the highest possible standards. This will include re-sanitizing surfaces and high-contact areas between services. Our volunteers will open all doors for you, minimizing contact. We will limit traffic flow to one entrance and limit access to other areas of the building. The basement will remain closed. We plan to manage arrivals and dismissals to allow for appropriate social distancing and for cleaning.
At this time, our staff will continue to work remotely and our Connect Groups will continue to meet online via Zoom.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Can I still send mail to Cornerstone?
A: Yes, mail is being held at the post office and picked up once a week. Processing checks sent through the mail during this time has been significantly hindered, so we are encouraging online giving.
Q. How can I give my tithes and offerings during this time?
A. Please note that if you mail a check to Cornerstone, there will be a significant delay in processing and depositing your check. We are encouraging online contributions. If you still prefer mail, please send your checks to Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, 13300 Kenneth Road, Leawood, KS 66209.
Q: Is the staff still working now that the office is closed?
A: Yes. All staff are currently working remotely (from home) and can still be reached via their Cornerstone email addresses and work phone numbers, just as if they were physically in the office.
Q: Is the church building available for groups to use?
A: No. To limit the spread of the coronavirus, all activities in the church building have been suspended.
A Call to Prayer
We are calling on all of our Cornerstone family to join us in prayer each day from 3:00 to 3:30 p.m. We have all experienced upheaval in some way or kind. Our daily routines are now very different. Now is the time to add prayer into your new pattern of life.
The New City Catechism taught us that prayer is pouring out our hearts to God in praise, petition, confession of sin, and thanksgiving. In our time of trouble, let us run to God. Let’s pour out our hearts together each day at 3:00 p.m.
Use the following resource to guide you in your prayers. Click the button below to download a copy that you can print out and put in your Bible or post on your fridge for daily access.
We will continue to add information to this page as it becomes available and encourage you to check back frequently for updates.
Thank you for being a community that loves God, loves people, serves others, and serves our city and beyond!