Updated April 23, 2021
The end is in sight! Here are a few reminders about where we are and where we're going.
WHERE WE ARE
Remember 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 together brings 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
It is important that we maintain physical distancing while seated. Family units sit together. Please give two chairs space to your right and to your left to ensure physical distancing. We offer overflow seating in several classrooms throughout the building.
In response to Gov. Scott's executive order strengthening masking requirements and updated directives from the state of Vermont (see here), masks are required during worship. This does not apply to children under the age of two, nor does it apply to those who aren't able to wear a mask for health or behavioral reasons. Please note that you are free to remove your mask during the sermon.
The service is also streamed into the two Foundations classrooms, and in those rooms, we ask that folks wear masks throughout the service. If you'd like to make use of this option, please ask a greeter to direct you.
Childcare for newborns through kindergarten is back! Please note the following updated wellness policy. Children must be symptom-free without medication for 24 hours before entering the classroom. Current COVID-19 symptoms include the following: cough, fever (100.4), shortness of breath, chills, fatigue, muscle pain or body aches, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, vomiting or diarrhea.
*NOTE* We want to be practical while being cautious. We understand that children have allergies, get the common cold, and can have the sniffles for a variety of reasons. You know your child best. If your child just has the sniffles but is well otherwise, you can bring them. Use your best judgement in determining your child's wellness to be in class.
The mother and infant room is available but limited to three moms at a time due to space restrictions.
If you prefer, you're welcome to keep your children with you in the worship service.
WHERE WE'RE GOING
As vaccines roll out and Governor Scott continues turning the spigot one turn at a time aiming at essential normalcy by July 4th, RGC's leadership is following suit. Here's the scoop.
- On July 4th and in accordance with the governor's timetable, masks and distancing will no longer be required. We will continue to offer overflow seating in rooms throuhout the building. We will discontinue the livestream at this time.
- In the fall we plan to return to our normal Sunday morning schedule. Foundations classes for kids and Core Seminars for adults from 9:30-10:15. Corporate worship from 10:30-noon.
Obviously, these things are subject to change if the governor's plan changes. Our ultimate goal is to return to normalcy with reasonable standards of satefy and we are intent to care for both the body and the soul of RGC'ers.
Grateful to be your pastor!