RIVER OF LIFE CHURCH RE-OPENING PLAN
We are excited to start meeting in-person on June 14th. It’s been almost three months since we last met in our church building together, and we believe, with hours of prayer and planning, that it’s time for us to be together again. Along with our excitement, we feel and understand the great responsibility of re-opening in a safe and wise way.
We are in the process of finalizing our plan to re-open our building and we will be unveiling a complete plan this next week. But, with our announcement to reopen, we want to give you a basic idea of what church services will look like when we do start meeting on June 14th.
SICK OR AT RISK
First, if you are sick, have a fever, present any signs of cold, flu, or Covid-19 symptoms, or if you have been in contact with anyone who has Covid-19 in the past 14 days, please stay home. We want to take the rest of our church family into consideration when deciding whether it is best for us to attend church at this time. Also, if you are at risk because of your age or underlying health issues, we encourage you to stay home and join us online during this season.
We ask that while you are on church property that you abide by social distancing protocols as much as possible. We want to encourage you to remain six feet apart and limit physical contact. Our sanctuary is set up with six feet between each row and section of chairs, and we ask that two chairs be left between family units if more than one family sits in the same row.
We don’t want anyone to feel unneeded stress or anxiety because others are not following these protocols. So please, remember that we are a church family that wants to help everyone have a positive experience when they join us, and that our actions and speech impacts this.
We have set up our building so that you can come to church and have a nearly touchless experience. Front doors and sanctuary doors will be propped open so that you don’t have to touch any handles. Our café will not be open for coffee or other refreshments at this time. We will not be passing offering plates but will have a drop box in the rear of the sanctuary or, you can give online or by text. On communion Sundays, we will have the communion elements available for you to grab on your way in as to refrain from passing those trays as well.
CLEANING & SANITIZING
We will be doing thorough cleaning before Sunday morning and, on top of that, there will be cleaning and sanitizing again before and during services. Door handles and surfaces will be disinfected, bathrooms will be cleaned, and chairs will be sanitized before all services. There will be other cleaning happening not outlined here as well.
We will have both masks and hand sanitizer available. Sanitizer will be available at multiple prominent locations throughout the building. Masks are not required but are encouraged for those who would like to wear one. We are not going to judge one another for our decision to wear a mask or not. We are called to love and respect one other even if we disagree.
Thank you for being such an amazing church family!
We are excited to see you all when you decide the time is right for you to return.