COVID-Update

COVID-Update

We hope you are enjoying this beautiful beginning to the fall. As we are entering the fall with two services, expanding Park Kids to include the nursery at the 9:00 service, and beginning our next season of Community Groups and Youth Ministries, we thought it would be important to update you on our COVID-19 guidelines.  

What continues to guide us is our call to love our neighbors by reducing the spread of COVID-19 to the best of our ability.

As we have done throughout the pandemic, we are looking to follow the CDC’s and state’s recommendations.  

So with that in mind, here are our most up-to-date guidelines: 

Current State of Affairs: Sundays

Current State of Affairs: Sundays

For as long as we've been at 31 Park, we've always had two services (September-June). Since COVID struck in March of 2020, we've gone back and forth between an online video worship experience, one outdoor service, one indoor service, etc...but now that fall 2021 has come, we are going back to two services: 9:00 & 10:30. We are excited to make this move because we believe that God wants more and more people to hear the good news of Jesus, and more services means more empty seats...which means more opportunities for you to invite more and more people in...and we want you do to just that! In a COVID-world, we are faced with some new challenges that we have needed to adjust to:

Love in Action: Afghan Refugees

Love in Action: Afghan Refugees

Over the last week, many of you have reached out to us about how we might help and serve the refugees that are coming from Afghanistan to New Jersey.  It weighs heavy on all of our hearts, and we are so thankful for your compassion and willingness to put God’s love into action.

We are excited to announce that have two ways you can help today:

HABcore Moving Day Drive

HABcore Moving Day Drive

On Sunday June 27, you may have heard from Marta Joy Quinn, Senior Director at HabCore, about the wonderful work they are doing in and around Monmouth County by providing long-term housing to residents in need. We believe that providing housing - and thus stability, dignity, and hope - is close to the very heart of God. As part of our mission, we are asking the Park community to take part in a month-long "HABcore Moving Day Drive" that will help fulfill the organizational wish list for new residents.  Many of the HABcore families arrive at their new housing with only the clothes on their back, and the wish list helps ensure that every resident has their practical needs met from day one.

Sunday Services this Summer!

Sunday Services this Summer!

If you’ve seen the most recent update to New Jersey covid restrictions, then you know that as of this Friday, the mask mandate and the social-distancing mandate have been lifted for a number of venues, including churches.

Up until this point, the biggest barrier to moving indoors for Sunday worship has been kids. We simply haven’t had the space to responsibly provide Park Kids indoors while maintaining social distancing. But now the social distancing mandate has been lifted, which begs the question: What does this mean for Park?

Outdoor Services & Masks

Outdoor Services & Masks

It was great to see so many of you for yet another gorgeous Sunday morning of worship! It was especially fun to kick-off Park Kids for the first time since the pandemic hit. I want to give a big THANK YOU to all our staff and volunteers who are once again helping to create safe and fun environments where kids can learn to know and follow Jesus. The journey back to normalcy has been slow, which is why every single step forward is important.

Speaking of steps forward, the recent updates to the CDC and state guidelines are encouraging, and they also raise questions for Park’s own safety guidelines for worship. With this in mind, I’d like to share an update:

Park Kids Outdoors @ 312

Park Kids Outdoors @ 312

It is with great excitement and long-awaited anticipation that we will be opening the doors of Park Kids after being apart for 14 months! We are looking FORWARD - starting this Sunday! - when we will start host classes for 2 years old - 5th grade. Please read a brief description of what the morning will look like so you may choose the best option for your family at this time.

May Update

May Update

May we give you some important updates??? See what we did there? We hope you're having a great spring, enjoying the rain growing our flowers and trees, and taking a moment to soak up the sun on nicer days. We do want to make sure you check out the important updates in the video from Michael

March Update

March Update

Let's Get Together! We hope you're having a nice March so far...in like a lion, out like a lamb and all. We have some exciting in-person gatherings to let you know about in this month's video update, so make sure to watch the video above.

About re-opening…

About re-opening…

Dear Park Family and Friends, I have a vivid memory of one morning last March. I was eating breakfast at Americana Diner with my family and in-laws who were about to leave after a brief visit. The news anchors on the flatscreen TVs were consumed with the rapidly spreading coronavirus. I was consumed with the question of what this would mean for Park. That upcoming Sunday became our first Park@Home. Despite the adaptability and excellence with which our staff were able to pivot (special shoutout to Matt Agresti), after making the decision to move worship online, I remember thinking to myself, “I hope this doesn’t last more than a month.” And nearly one year later, here we are.