Vineyard Springbrook Update on In-Person Worship

Phased Re-Opening Plan

Hello, Vineyard Springbrook!

I wanted to give you an update on our plans for reopening our church in the coming weeks.  Our staff has been working with the administration of Alcoa Middle School and the Alcoa City School system to create a phased approach to in-person gatherings.  I know that within our congregation our thoughts and practices on this are all across the spectrum. Some might be chomping at the bit to get back into regular service–and some of you we may not see until there’s a vaccine.  This is OK!! I want you to hear me say this:  people of great hope and great faith can fall on different ends of this spectrum.

Our online gathering plan:

At least for the rest of the summer (June & July), you will find our services online at 10:00 am. This will continue to be our predominant service time throughout the summer.  We love seeing and interacting with you on the chat or via text during the service!

Our in-person gathering plan:

***Important Update Regarding In-Person Services***

After consulting with medical professionals we love and trust, and a rise of COVID cases in our county and our own context, we have made the decision to cancel our ice cream social this week and not open up for service on July 12. We are actively praying and seeking wisdom on the right time for us to be together all in the same place–and are so very excited to do that!! 

We don’t believe in acting out of fear.  However, we do believe in acting from a place of honor and wisdom, and we are actively looking ahead and praying for our next steps with those things in mind.  We miss you, we love you, and we will see you online for now and in person before we know it! 

As always, you can find almost any information you need (announcements, kids videos, giving) on Also, please follow our social media for all kinds of updates and information! Facebook and Instagram.

We love you all and can’t wait to be together again.  Please know that we have been asking the Holy Spirit to fill us with wisdom, kindness, and courage as we make decisions on how best to begin to re-emerge from the quarantine and find our rhythms as a church.  I truly mean this–if you have any questions or thoughts or concerns-or ways we can help or pray for you!- please feel free to email me.   I’m grateful for each of you and miss you very much. 

Thank you for showing up in so many ways as the church for the last few months.  Thank you for giving so generously–to both our church and to the community.  I know that there will be a new normal moving forward, but I am just so glad and grateful to go with you.

May the peace of Christ rule in your hearts and minds today!

Lindsay Mizell
Venue Pastor

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