So, Where’s the Church?
By Rev. Dr. Bob Henley
Sometimes, even when you know what’s coming, it’s still a surprise. That was my experience, making a right hand turn onto Ocean Reef Drive at the four-way stop, and for the first time, seeing bare ground where the Chapel stood for almost fifty years. Embracing something new, always means letting something go. We all share treasured memories from the old Chapel. Yet there is such wonderful anticipation about building the new Chapel that will serve the congregations and the Club for decades to come.
That raises the question. “So, where’s the church?” Hopefully, most understand that the church is the people, and not the building. So, let me tell you where, and how, the church will be gathering while our new Chapel ‘home’ is under construction!
The Lobby of the Cultural Center
The worship life of the Catholic Congregation and the Protestant Congregation will take place in the lobby of the Cultural Center. We are grateful to John Hunt and the Board of the Cultural Center for providing a home for two of our congregations during construction. Because of the COVID-19 virus, there are certain restrictions that must be observed for the time being.
Masks Will be Required
Out of concern for one another, each congregation will require worship participants to wear masks while in the service. Hand sanitizer will also be available for your use. As we all understand, if you are feeling ill, please do not attend the service.
Seating Will be Limited and by Reservation
Because of social distancing requirements, we are limited to seating 82 people maximum, in the lobby for a service. This means that we must ask you to reserve your place ahead of time to participate in a service. Please consult the Chapel website at orcchapel.org for information on how to do so.
Mass will be celebrated at 12:30 p.m. starting Sunday, November 8.
Worship services will be offered at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., starting Sunday, November 1. The first service will have a traditional liturgy with our virtual choir, and the second, our contemporary service, will be a blending of both traditional and contemporary worship in song. The same sermon will be presented at both services.
The worship services will utilize the excellent video projection system in the Cultural Center. Bibles and hymnals will not be available for the Protestant services. The words of hymns, the readings, and the choral anthems will be presented on the overhead screen.
The Protestant Congregation will continue to present a Sunday Service Online. Beginning Sunday, November 1, the Sunday Service Online will air at 12:00 Noon. It can be viewed through the website, orcchapel.org. Our scheduled speaker will be featured each week, and will include music from each of the two services.
Our Men’s Study will begin meeting for the season on Thursday, December 3, in the Card & Games Room at the Tennis & Games Center. And again, both masks and social distancing will be required. The group meets at 8 a.m., and all men are invited to attend.
Check the Website
We look forward to this being a rich season of life and worship in the Chapel, despite all the necessary restrictions.
We do encourage you to consult the website, orcchapel.org, regularly for up-to-date information about the events taking place in the life of each of the four congregations that are part of our one Chapel family.