We continue to strive toward the goal of maximizing our worship service while at the same time protecting the health and safety of our congregation. We believe that indoor in-person worship services provide the best form of worship and it is our priority to make this form of worship available as long as the risk level remains at an acceptable level.
As more and more people are vaccinated and infection rates continue to decline we are gradually relaxing our COVID policy in a way that continues to meet our goals for Sunday services. We are committed to seeking the Lord in worship and fellowship together in person while carefully managing the risk and staying within the scriptural boundaries of obeying the authorities.
Until further notice we will no longer require;
1. The wearing of masks.
2. Temperature checks at the welcome table.
We will continue to use all the tools we have to mitigate the remaining risk of COVID-19 for those who join us in person including social distancing every other pew, surface cleaning before service, open doors for added ventilation, and hand sanitizers. If you feel ill before service please let us know so we can pray for you, take care of yourself at home, and be sure to join us via the live stream.
We ask that we all continue to be patient and charitable with one another, even as our church family has been this past year. If you are in a high risk category and / or have not been vaccinated we recommend that you discuss your personal risk factors with your doctor or other health professional. We are happy to make any accommodations we can to help you stay safer as we enjoy worshiping our Lord together.
“Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Philippians 2:4).
Bible studies are available in both video conferencing and in-person outdoor formats.
The Watchmen men's study meets every Saturday morning at 7:00 AM via Google Meet.
Awaken AM women's group meets on Tuesday mornings outdoors and the Awaken PM women's group meets on Wednesday night via Zoom. Send your request for further information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special events will be held outdoors as we are able in accordance with California COVID guidelines.
If you or a family member has shown any symptoms such as a frequent cough, fever, difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, recent loss of taste or smell, or if you or someone you live with has been diagnosed with COVID-19, we ask that you stay home and do not attend the in-person services until you have been symptom-free for a minimum of 10 days. Please notify the church elders if you or a loved one has become ill so we can pray for you and minister to you and your family during this difficult season.
Be prepared to maintain social distancing of 6ft or more. This continues to be tough for us all; hang in there with waves, fist bumps and air hugs for a while.
Maintain 6ft of social distance wherever possible indoors. Pay careful attention to areas like close hallways and paths where it may be difficult to maintain distance; do not linger in these areas. Avoid the indoor areas that we normally tend to congregate.
Avoid touching surfaces wherever possible. You will find hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the sanctuary; we encourage you to use them liberally and frequently.
In order to maintain social distancing in the pews, every other pew will be closed. Also, we are limiting the pews to one per family of 3 or more. If you are a family of 2 or less you may share a pew with a family of 2 or less. Please sit at opposite ends of the shared pew. If you are first to enter the pew sit as close as possible to the wall, if you are second to enter sit as close as possible to the aisle. An usher will be available to direct you.
Exit immediately following the service toward the south quad and enjoy a time of fellowship in the outdoor quad area.
Continue to fellowship via small groups now meeting weekly. See all groups available.
We will thoroughly clean the church facilities before every service.
We will supply hand sanitizer and other materials in all bathrooms. Use them liberally.
We recommend avoiding touching surfaces wherever possible.
We will provide gloves and paper hygiene products for use when operating doors, sinks, and toilets.
We recommend washing hands for a minimum of 20 seconds after using restrooms.
We will discourage congregating in the bathroom or halls while waiting for the toilet. Please maintain a distance of at least 6ft while waiting.