After not being able to gather for ten weeks, we are grateful to God to begin worshiping together this Sunday, May 31st at 9:00 and 10:30. We know that because of medical concerns, some of you won’t be able to join us this week. While we will miss you, we want you to know that we understand and respect your decision. Do not feel guilty because you are not violating Hebrews 10:24-25 if you are staying home for medical reasons. For those who aren’t able to attend, we will offer a live-stream of our 10:30 service on our Facebook page.
In this document, we aim to provide attendees with needed information as we navigate the weeks ahead together. What follows relates to our first phase of re-gathering. This information will change in the coming weeks so please pay close attention to updates and emails we publish.
We are aware that while we are all facing challenges related to COVID-19 we are doing so in different ways. There are varying challenges, convictions, and concerns. As a church, we must be careful to consider the interests of others as more important than ourselves (Philippians 2:3). The pandemic and the implications for meeting again bring us an opportunity to deploy the particularly beautiful Christian virtue of love. We can do this by not coming to church when we are sick, forbearing amid differing convictions, and even embracing restrictions for the sake of the good of others.
As you consider coming this Sunday, please love one another by doing the following:
- Stay home if you feel sick
- Stay home if you are under quarantine restrictions for the virus
- Stay home if you believe you are high-risk or do not feel safe to attend
- As difficult as this may be for some, we ask that you refrain from hugging or shaking hands
RSVP for service
Given the directive from Gov. Scott to not exceed 25% of our capacity, you must RSVP for either the 9:00 or the 10:30 service. (Click on the link to RSVP). Once one service fills up, the link will close down and you will be directed to the link for the other service. For the remainder of the first phase of re-gathering, continue to attend the service that you sign up for.
We will sit on every other row. When you enter the worship center, you will find printed bulletins placed on the seats of every other row. Feel free to sit anywhere there is a printed bulletin. Family units sit together. Please give two chairs space to your right and to your left to ensure social distancing.
During our first phase of re-gathering, our worship service will be a modified format that differs from our typical Sunday Worship. The service will last one hour +/- a few minutes.
Our morning order of service will include the following: Announcements, Call to Worship, Singing (2 songs), Pastoral Prayer and/or Congregational Sharing & Prayer, Scripture Reading, Sermon, Closing Song, and Benediction.
We will not be taking the Lord’s Supper.
Children must remain with their parents.
The mother and infant room is available but limited to two moms at a time due to space restrictions.
As an additional measure to ensure the service doesn’t overflow from a capacity standpoint, we will have speakers set up in the area behind the kitchen so that the service can be enjoyed from outside. If you prefer to sit outside as opposed to inside, you are free to do so. This of course, is weather permitting. We will have folding chairs available. You are also free to bring your own.
We plan to stream the 10:30 service on Facebook Live on the RGC Page.
All children are encouraged to join us for worship. This is an excellent opportunity to train your children how to behave properly during a worship service. Rest assured that the elders and many of our church members know that training is a process. We support your decision to bring your children to worship!
Masks are encouraged but not required.
We will not serve coffee and the water fountain will be closed. Water bottles will be available.
Parts of the building will be closed – do not enter the Foundations rooms, Kingdom Sprouts room, Kingdom Tots room, or Kingdom Kids room.
Exiting the Building
At the conclusion of the service, please exit the building immediately, but you should feel free to visit with others outside. Children under the age of 12 must remain close to their parents outside.
As we move into this time, we have a number of needs as a church. If you are able to serve in any of these areas, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Cleaning (in the church building)
Greeting and Ushering
Set up and tear down
As a church, these circumstances bring us a number of challenges. Things are different and not the way we’d like them to be. But, I’d encourage you to also see the opportunities. We have the chance to demonstrate that our identity is not primarily in ourselves and our own comfort but in God and his glory. We have the chance to demonstrate that our joy and peace is not primarily in ourselves and our own comfort but in God and his glory. This trial enables us to declare that God is worthy and it’s our privilege to make much of him. Redeeming Grace, remember that while we have not chosen these circumstances, God has. In his infinite wisdom, he has ordained this season for us to endure well. He’s permitted it for our good and his glory. So let us do so in such a way that we showcase to one another and our watching community that our Lord God is worthy of our praise, sacrifice, and service. He is our treasure.
Grateful to be your pastor and looking forward to Sunday!