The health and safety of people in our church and community are our highest priority. While Freshwater is implementing enhanced sanitizing procedures, there is a risk of COVID-19 exposure in any place where people are gathered. According to the CDC, senior citizens and those with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. Please keep this in mind when planning to attend any activity or gathering.



Hey Freshwater,

Let’s get this regatherin’ thing going again. Whatcha think? On June 21, we’re going to start regathering. The survey came back of who would come and who wouldn’t and it was basically a tie between staying home and coming to the campus. We did instant replay and those who would hold off coming won by just a hair. We heard in follow-up conversations that some of our people who said, “No” in the survey would be more inclined to come if services were held outdoors.

So, without going into all of the complexities, we believe it is time to regather and we’re going to do it OUTSIDE starting on Sunday, June 21, with re-evaluation for each subsequent week until we believe it is safe and feasible to move indoors. The service will start at 10 am with an abbreviated service, rain or shine. We’re going outside because we believe it will bring more options for people. The stage will be somewhere on the south side next to the parking lot and the grass. If you want to stay in your car, you will be able to listen to the service on your radio. If you want to bring your lawn chairs and spread out around the stage, feel free. Outside will obviously be more relaxed for young families. In our conversations we think this may be the most attractive option that could potentially gather the most people. Again, it will be rain or shine. 🙂 And we realize it rains a lot in N.E. Ohio and that may hurt our attendance, but we can’t be changing formats at the last minute. We will also be recording the service and posting it online later that day.

One of the things we wrestled with is that every decision brings good things and bad things. Regathering brings us back together. That’s really good. But some of what we would call normal will be impacted. First, our video/sound production will not be as good because it is outside and live, and there is no real editing we can do—we are constrained by the equipment, or lack thereof. But we are still committed to a video presence online. We also realize that due to the restraints below, a normal sense of community and fellowship here at Freshwater will be impacted. When compared to the choice of not meeting, we believe it is still worth it to gather even though it will look and feel a little different.

These are the guidelines we ask everyone to follow:

  • Everyone should maintain social distancing of six feet between households.
  • We recommend wearing a mask but it is not required.
  • Please limit the use of restrooms. The restrooms in the Foyer of the church will be open.

Here’s what we ask: Romans 14 calls us to respect each other, especially in areas where someone has convictions or struggles that we may not. If you’re at a point where you don’t want to wear a mask and want to hug everyone and are tired of all the social distancing – fantastic. But remember that half of the church is not where you are. As Paul wrote, please show restraint and honor the leadership’s guidelines even though it may “Chap your hide”.

-Pastor Scott



President Trump’s announcement that churches should reopen is encouraging to all of us! We are praying and preparing for regathering together in person. Our priority is the safety of those who will come into the church building and our entire community.

Sunday morning worship services will be streamed to Facebook at 8:45 and 10:30 am and on the website at at 8:45 am.

The service will also be posted to our Vimeo channel:
and streamed to our Youtube channel:

As a first step to regathering, we are opening up opportunities for our smaller groups. As of next week we will be opening up the campus to small groups of 10 or less during the week and encouraging our Community Groups to gather, if comfortable for participants and hosts, and in groups of  10 or less. There are guidelines below for on campus meetings and off campus activities pertaining to adults and children under their oversight (guidelines for off campus youth events led by the youth leadership is also included). Hand sanitizer will is available at points throughout the church. We recommend that the doors stay propped open. If you need to close the door due to subject matter, please sanitize your hands after entering the room.

Our hope is that the 10 or less restrictions will be lifted soon and we can adjust to a new number at that time. Next steps to regathering will be forthcoming as the leadership plans a path forward that is best for our church and surrounding communities.

Small Group On Campus Indoor Guidelines (subject to change as needed)
– Use of building MUST go through the office/pastoral staff for scheduling
– In accordance with CDC and State Gov. guidance (currently 10 or less, 6 feet of social distance)
– Plastic chairs only
– Available Rooms: 102 A and B, Main Foyer, and Bathrooms in Main Foyer
– Closed: Kitchen, 104, 101, Hub, Children’s wing, Family Bathrooms, and Worship Center
– No food
– Masks recommended
– Temperature taken onsite (IR thermometers will be provided at a future date for group leaders to administer. Take temp at home until then. If elevated, stay home).

Small Group Off Campus Indoor Guidelines for Organized Freshwater Gatherings (subject to change as needed)
– Host and leader required to clarify guidelines
– In accordance with CDC and State Gov. guidance (currently 10 or less, 6 feet of social distance)
– Masks are recommended (unless host requires)
– Adult activities: Temperature of adults and children under their care taken at home (if elevated, stay home)
– Youth Activities: Temperature taken onsite (IR thermometers will be provided at a future date for group leaders to administer. Take temp at home until then. If elevated, stay home).


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