At its core, the church has always been characterized as a people who gather, united by their shared love for Jesus. This continues to be true even as a pandemic has caused this "gathering" to take on many different forms throughout the world.

We love seeing the creative ways churches are finding to gather. Even with present limitations, followers of Jesus are still finding safe and creative ways to gather, that the good news might be proclaimed, and that people might be built up and empowered to live on mission for the blessing of their communities.

Here are a few glimpses we've seen in recent weeks of Orchard Group churches gathering and continuing to live on mission in creative ways:


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BIG NEWS⁣ ⁣ We've been exploring ways for us to host a safe, in-person gathering for people in our church community. Well, Wednesday we received approval for a park permit in Harlem, so we are moving quick to host an Outdoor Social this Sunday afternoon, August 30.⁣ ⁣ After 24 weeks since our last in-person Sunday service, we're hype about the chance to come together, even with a smaller than normal group of us. ⁣ ⁣ Here's how this will work:⁣ - BYO Everything (chairs, blankets, snacks, drinks)⁣ - Masks required⁣ - Spaces are limited, so we can ensure social distancing. (Registration required to receive Outdoor Social location.)⁣ -We're holding two, one-hour time slots (choose 4-5pm or 5:30-6:30pm), and registration is required to attend. Up to 50 people will be permitted at each time slot. ⁣ ⁣ Links to register are in your email! ⁣

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