As you know, Shepherd of the Valley reserved space in Kleiner Park for evening worship services on August 2nd, 16th, and 30th. We made the decision to reserve the space in early July, when our county was first coming out of COVID-19 restrictions. Our plan was to reserve early and assess the situation as the time approached.
August is almost here, and Ada County is still in a state of flux. COVID remains prevalent, gatherings are restricted, masks are required in public. Though we always planned to follow safety guidelines if and when we gathered, neither we nor the Park Bureau feel that meeting in person would be safe at this time. After consultation with the parks, we have obtained a full refund for our August reservations. We will not be meeting in person during August.
If the COVID situation improves, we will likely try outdoor worship again in September. Until that point, we will dedicate August to expanding our online video offerings. We will continue to meet virtually via Zoom for Bible Studies and discussion groups.
For those asking, we have discussed parking-lot services as a possible way to get together without risking virus transmission, but we’ve found that keeping apart in that kind of situation is near impossible. We end up choosing between unsatisfying separation or unsafe contact. For now, we’re avoiding that dilemma altogether and limiting ourselves to remote services.
We continue to pray for the members of Shepherd of the Valley who have tested positive for COVID-19 and for all across the world who are suffering because of the virus.
We also ask your continued support during this time. Your prayers, participation, and donations matter. We’ll continue to keep you apprised of our progress. As always, find us at myboisechurch.org or on Facebook @SOVBoise.