Join us for our first Sunday back inside on October 18! Plan to stick around after the 10:30 am service for Food Truck lunch! You can find all the details you need about our re-gathering plan below.
We'll be providing kid's programming during the 9 am service for kids ages nursery through 5th grade. Kids will get their temperature checked when they check in for class, classrooms will be regularly sanitized, and our teachers will be wearing face masks.
Student programming will be available during the 10:30 am service in Room 228. Students will wear masks in common areas and physical distancing will be encouraged.
- If you are not checking children into kid's ministry, please use the lobby entrance and reserve the Family Entrance for families with children.
- Please wear masks while moving around in common areas (lobby, halls, restrooms).
- Overflow seating will be available in Room 228 at 9 am and in Room 220 at 10:30 am where the live stream can be viewed.
1. Maintain A Balanced Approach:
While we must treat the COVID-19 threat seriously, we must strive to keep a balance between the physical threat of COVID-19 and the spiritual and emotional toll it has upon people. We would be foolish to completely disregard the threat of Covid-19, but we would be equally foolish to disregard the spiritual and emotional impact it is having. On the one hand we should not live in fear of COVID-19, rather we should trust in God’s sovereign protection. On the other hand, we should not be foolish and unwise in completely ignoring the threat. One of the lessons of the Book of Ecclesiastes is that the wise person avoids extremes (Eccl. 7:16-18). Certainly, this is an appropriate principle in this case as well. Differences of opinion lead to further polarization of viewpoints. Our task is to avoid the extremes and seek a balanced approach.
2. Remain Flexible:
The same way the Apostle Paul was flexible in his approach to ministry with the gentiles and Jews (1 Cor. 9:19-23) we must be flexible as well. The threat of COVID-19 is fluid and constantly changing therefore we need to be ready and willing to modify and change our protective methods and procedures as the situation changes. This will involve decreasing constraints at times as well and going back to more restrictive procedures as circumstances change. It will be fluid and we need to be willing to adapt accordingly in the future.
3. Our Focus Is Mitigating The Spiritual & Physical Threats:
In some ways the physical and spiritual impact are mutually exclusive. The more restrictive we become in mitigating the physical threat of COVID-19, the greater the potential for a negative impact it can have on the spiritual wellbeing of the church and vice versa. We cannot completely eliminate the threat of COVID-19 to our physical health, nor can we completely eliminate the threat of social distancing to the spiritual health of our congregation. We must be governed by wisdom rather than fear (Ps. 91:5-9), but we must also be cautious in the face of danger (Proverbs 14:16).
4. Our Purpose Is The Spiritual Well- Being of the Church:
As the pressure and anxiety of COVID-19 continues to wear upon people we need to recognize that it is even more critical that we focus upon the spiritual wellbeing of others. “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another" Hebrews 10:24-25. With all that is going on, the fellowship and communion of the church is even more critical.
5. Unity Must Be Maintained:
Jesus prayed that we that we would be One as He and the father are one (John 17:22). While there are a variety of strongly held viewpoints regarding the threat and proper response to COVID-19, we cannot allow our personal opinions to override the biblical mandate to maintain the unity of the church. We cannot allow Satan to use the various and contradictory opinions to divide us.
6. Be Humble In Opinion & Recognize The Complexity of the Situation:
The biggest challenge we face is both the lack of consensus among experts regarding the proper response to COVID-19 and the lack of consensus among national church leaders and pastors regarding the proper spiritual response. This further adds not only to the confusion but also division within churches. This is why we need to be prayerful in our focus, humble in our opinions, and willing to submit to the overall consensus of the church board for what is the best response for our church in our specific setting.
7. Each Person Must Determine The Best Course of Action For Them:
Nearly every church setting is different as are nearly every individuals situations. We should not condemn or reject people who take a different stance on this topic.
1. What is the date we will regather?
Sunday, October 18th. Service times will be at 9 am and 10:30 am.
2. What precautions and programming will be provided for kids?
Nursery - 5th grade will be available at the 9 am service. Middle School and High School programming will be provided at the 10:30 am service. We will be taking temperatures the kids enter their prospective classrooms. We ask that those over the age of 11 wear a mask in all common spaces, but the mask is optional once seated and physically distanced from others. CLICK HERE FOR KID'S MINISTRY FAQ
3. Will the café be open?
The café will not be open until further notice. Feel free to BYOC (Bring Your Own Coffee). We will schedule food trucks periodically.
4. What will be the seating arrangement in the worship center?
- We are decreasing the amount of seats in the worship center in order to spread the rows further a part to accommodate 6ft. of spacing. A household can sit together, but we are asking everyone not in the same household to practice the physical distancing of 6 ft.
- As you enter the worship center choose an appropriate place to sit based on the number of people attending (i.e. you or you and family members). This will allow us to maximize our seating capacity while observing physical distancing.
- If your child is attending in the worship center with you and becomes disruptive, please quietly exit the auditorium and feel free to continue the service from the front lobby or Overflow Room if space is available, while maintaining safe distancing recommendations. The Overflow Room and Lobby areas will allow for space for your child(ren) and for you to continue to view the service.
5. Are you requiring reservations for a seat?
We are not requiring reservations at this point.
6. Are masks required?
- In accordance with the guidelines given to us by local officials we are asking that you wear your mask in all common spaces throughout the building (restrooms, halls, lobby, stairwells, etc.).
- Wearing mask is encouraged, but not required once you are in your seat maintaining 6ft. of distance from others in the worship center and other meeting spaces.
This will apply to all classrooms and middle/high school meetings spaces as well.
- Children 11 years of age and under are not required to wear masks.
- All volunteers and staff will be wearing masks in common spaces and as they serve. Those on stage will not be required to wear masks, but will be physically distanced.
7. Will offering be taken and communion provided?
Yes! We will not be passing plates or bags for offering and communion. We will give you a self-serve communion as you enter. We will encourage you to give your offering at the designated boxes provided in the worship center.
8. Where should I enter and exit?
- If you have a child to check in we would like you to enter the family entrance and exit through this same entrance.
- All other adults and teens should enter through the main entrance at the front of our building and exit through this entrance as well.
9. Will there be singing?
Yes! We believe it is important for the church to gather to worship which will include singing.
10. Are there overflow options available?
Yes! We will be making rooms and lobby available for families who cannot be the worship center due to capacity and/or risk. The rooms will be limited in capacity depending on the size.
11. What types of sanitization and disinfecting is the church utilizing to minimize the spread of sickness?
- We have increased the quality of the air filters being used in our building
- We have installed 40 air filters throughout our building (classrooms, worship center, halls, lobby, etc.) with 20 more to be added in the coming weeks
- We are cleaning & sterilizing our building 6 days a week (wiping down doors, handles, rails, etc.)
- We are using a non-chemical disinfectant that works atomically drawing the virus' microbes to it and then destroying them. Once applied works for 90 days, but will be re-applied throughout our building every 45 days.
- We will sanitize surfaces, restrooms, doors, etc. throughout the service.
12. Who should worship online?
We encourage those 70 years and older as well as those with compromised immune systems to worship online.
If you have any of the following symptoms this week, please worship online:
- Fever over 100.4
- Cough or sore throat
- Shortness of breath
- Contact with anyone having COVID-19 in the last 14 days
13. What happens when I arrive?
- As you arrive, please consider others when exiting your vehicle to maintain the physical distancing.
- If possible give the car next to you a space of distance.
- Arrive early to be prepared to serve, but please set a good example of honoring protocols as you are serving those in the church.
- We encourage you to limit hanging out in the lobby to visit as you arrive and exit.