On June 28th, 2020 we will be reopening our doors for Sunday services.
Things will look and feel different, but different is not always bad! The outline below will get us started as we regather. With much uncertainty in this world, we can expect things to change again, but our God will stay the same through it all and in that we can be confident.
After prayer, getting your input from the survey and discussing many options, we made a plan for what we believe will help us gather safely.
Here’s what you can expect:
- Service times: 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM.
- *Same as before, but with limited seating capacity. We are able to hold 40 people per service.
- We ask that you sign up for a service in advance by visiting this link: https://reopen.church/r/T1mw4RG2
- Shortened service time: 45 minutes to 1 hour max, to allow time for sanitization and fresh air in between each service.
- Seating: Chairs are set up in groups of 3 to 4, with the recommended space between each group (6 feet).
- In general, those leading singing and speaking during the service will not be wearing a mask. This includes the praise team, announcements, speaker and communion talk. We have given extra distance from the stage area, to allow for this.
- Pre-recorded parts of the service: This will vary each week, depending on participants’ availability.
- Tithes and Offerings: You can continue to give online or by mail or place it in the box in the foyer.
- Communion: You can pick up a pre-filled juice and wafer cup at the start of service (we’ll have a table when you walk in). When it’s time for breaking of bread, simply peel back a layer for the wafer and then another layer for the juice.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Let us know if you can help greet and set up and restock communion cups at the start of services
No refreshments will be offered
We will be sanitizing the chairs with an odorless spray and wiping down door handles and any surfaces likely to be touched
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Let us know if you can help sanitize between services
Health and Safety Precautions :
Masks are required for all entering the building. If you don’t have one, ask us.
6 feet social distancing will be in effect throughout the building.
If you are feeling under the weather or have a fever, please stay home and join us online for services.
Sanitizing stations: We’ve ordered dispensers and sanitizer, however they will not arrive in time for our first couple services. Please bring your own to use as needed. Bathrooms will be stocked with soap!
Parking: No changes have been made. You can park in the lot and on the street as usual, being aware of others around you.
Audio Visual Aspects:
Services will still be recorded and posted on Facebook and YouTube each week.
New cameras will be mounted in the auditorium to record services live on a Sunday. Online services won’t look quite as structured as before, however, the AV team is working hard to continue providing quality video and sound.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Let us know if you are interested in being a part of the AV team helping with sound, video or slides
Children and Sunday School: We will not be offering children’s Sunday school or childcare at this time. Kids are welcome at our main service. We will have a children’s bulletin and crayons to help those with shorter attention spans.
Our plan is to resume Sunday school in the fall.
For the summer, check out our online VBS: Virtual Summerama!
What if I don’t sign up for a service? Can I just show up?
Sure…but you may not get a seat. Those signing up ahead of time will help keep our numbers at a manageable capacity for social distancing (in accordance with the state regulations) and will get priority. We will have a few extra spaces set up for walk-ins, but that number is extremely limited. So, pease sign up: https://reopen.church/r/T1mw4RG2
Will other ministries be meeting in person?
All other RBC ministries will remain online or on break for the summer. Individual ministry leaders will contact participants if an in person gathering has been approved by the elders. We hope to open most (if not all) in person gatherings in the fall.