Hello King’s Church. As you know, we are ardent in our conviction that in-person gatherings are essential and indispensable to a believer’s well-being (Acts 5:12, 1 Cor. 11:18; 14:23, Heb. 10:24-25). That being said, because of the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the Presidential Inauguration and the events of January 6th, we have decided to cancel our in-person service this Sunday, January 17th, 2021. Here are the contributing factors that led to this decision:
Our meeting location is in a ‘Green Zone’: We have a unique location gathering in close proximity to the White House (0.8 miles) and the U.S Capitol (0.7 miles). The newly formed Green Zone is a soft perimeter without full fencing where authorities may ask for identification or search for vehicles in order to enter.
Proximity of a Protest Site: We gather together as a church next door to the U.S. Navy Memorial area located between Pennsylvania Avenue & 8th Street NW. That same U.S. Navy Memorial area has been designated a First Amendment protest area starting on Sunday.
Continued Street and Public Transportation Closures: While many of us walk to service on Sunday, a good portion of you travel using rideshares or car. The city has already closed the majority of downtown streets for travel and parking. Additional fencing, security checkpoints, and metro closures are expected.
General safety: Although D.C. and the USG had taken extraordinary measures to ensure the safety of the city, it seems wise to exercise caution in this extremely unique turbulent national moment.
We will be livestreaming a short message on January 17th that you can find on the King’s Church YouTube Channel. Please be safe, use common sense, and choose to trust the Lord: “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control” (2 Timothy 1:7).