thursday, May 28, 2020 Update
wednesday, May 27, 2020 Update
TUESDAY, May 26, 2020 Update
FRIDAY, May 22, 2020 Update
THURSDAY, May 21, 2020 Update
tuesday, May 19, 2020 Update
MONDAY, May 18, 2020 Update
THURSDAY, May 14, 2020 Update
WEDNESDAY, May 13, 2020 Update
TUESDAY, May 12, 2020 Update
Monday, May 11, 2020 Update
- Reopening Sunday, May 17th. Worship only.
- Additional ministries… student, children, Connection Groups/Sunday School groups, choir/orchestra, etc. will be gradually reengaged as social distancing and safety protocols lessen.
- Service Times 8:00; 11:00 and 4:00 PM if needed (Schedule designed to allow for professional cleaning and disinfecting between services)
- Doors will open 30 minutes in advance of each service.
- Everyone will use one of two entries: Main Worship Center and Welcome Center. (other entries will be locked)
- FM radio transmission will be active on campus during Sunday Worship for those who wish to remain in their vehicle.
- Livestreaming will also continue each Sunday.
- Worship will follow current format until social distancing restrictions are further eased. We will eventually return to our previous worship style distinctives… when we can gather with less crowd restrictions.
- In order to maintain appropriate social distancing, each worship will be limited to approximately 390 people along with 100 people in the fellowship hall. This number will be based on reservations and combinations of individuals registered.
- Members will be asked to make reservations online or by call-in beginning on Tuesday morning May 12th at 9:00 AM for each specific worship hour… one reservation per household. Reservation will apply to each worship hour until each is full and will be repeated each week until further notice.
- Accommodations for preschool through 3 year olds will be available by reservation at the time worship reservations are made. 4 year olds and up will worship in the sanctuary with their families.
- Families that live in the same household and arrive in the same vehicle may sit together but should maintain appropriate social distance from others.
- The space of 3 seats between differing families or individuals will be required to maintain appropriate social distancing.
- Offering baskets will be placed at all sanctuary exit doors, no offering baskets will be passed during the service.
- Worship folders will be placed on tables in the main foyer for individuals to pick-up.
- Greeters and Ushers will be asked to wear mask/gloves to open exterior worship center and welcome center doors. Auditorium doors will be open until services begin.
- Pastor will offer a detailed invitation using worship folder tab and/or texting. But, for the foreseeable future, no “come forward” invitation will be offered.
- The coffee bar will not be currently operative.
- Barriers and restrictive tape will be used to section off areas of our campus from public access.
- Any members experiencing COVID-19 like symptoms are asked to remain at home.
- No current facilities use will be allowed by individuals or church associated groups until a later date when deemed safe and restrictions are eased.
THREE THINGS LEADERSHIP AND MEMBERS CAN DO:
- PRAY… I, along with our staff, covet and need your prayers to lead us through this unprecedented moment in American Church life. We have sensed them and continue to rely upon them. Thank you.
- PRACTICE PATIENCE… Do not allow the enemy of our souls to create discord and frustration. These days do and will require an unusual amount of Spirit-filled patience. I can assure you that our staff is meeting regularly, praying faithfully and looking for the safest and best way to help our entire congregation regather. Please resist the temptation to criticize and complain at any inconvenience you may experience. We know that these are not normal days and under the leadership of God, with common sense, we will do our very best to move our RBC family forward.
- PARTICIPATE… Come back. Continue to give generously. And if called upon, be willing to step up and do whatever is required. This is going to be a process that may take much longer than any of us wants and it may require each of us to do things that we’ve not done in the past. I have told our staff from the beginning, all of us must do more than our “job description”, we must do what needs to be done regardless. They’ve been fantastic, and so have you.
Thank you for all that you have done to encourage, lift up and communicate your desire to return to this beautiful house of God… I have missed seeing your faces and experiencing the joy of personal fellowship. BUT SUNDAY IS COMING!!!! And remember, God is always trying to take us someplace new. I Love Being Your Pastor!
For God’s Glory Alone,