After not being able to gather for seventy-seven days, we are grateful to God that RFC is resuming our Sunday morning service this Sunday, May 24th at 10:00. We know that because of medical concerns, some of you won’t be able to join us this week. While we will miss you we want you to know that we understand and respect your decision. In no way should you feel guilty about violating Hebrews 10:24-25 if you are staying home for medical reasons. To serve those who aren’t able to attend, we plan to offer a Livestream of the service on our Facebook page.
In this document, we aim to provide attendees with needed information and some serving opportunities as we navigate the weeks ahead together. We are grateful for our state officials and the helpful guidance provided for churches, which has proven useful as we consider how to best serve the RFC family. The following protocol pertains to Phase 1 gatherings at RFC. Adjustments will be made carefully as we go forward, so please pay close attention to all updates we publish.
We are aware 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 again bring 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:
RSVP for the service (link to sign up form)
Arrive early (recommended at least twenty minutes before the service to provide us with adequate time to seat everyone)
Read through this document
Stay home if you feel sick
Stay home if you or anyone in your household have run a fever in the last 14 days
Stay home if you are under quarantine restrictions for the virus
Stay home if you believe you are high-risk or do not feel safe to attend
Please take care of bathroom needs before coming to church. If you should need to use the restroom, we ask that you exit through the main doors and use the restroom off of the foyer at the main entrance. This is the only restroom that will be available.
As you come to the building enter through the main entrance to our worship hall facing Mount Auburn Street.
Entering the Building
As you come to the building wear a face covering or mask per the safety standards provided by the Governor:
All attendees and staff must wear face coverings or masks in accordance with COVID-19 Order No. 31 and the Department of Public Health’s Guidance while inside and while entering and exiting places of worship or otherwise participating in in-person services, except where a person is unable to wear a face covering or mask because of a medical or disabling condition.
For children between ages 2 and 5, the wearing of a face covering or mask is at the discretion of the child’s parent or guardian. Children under the age of 2 should not wear a face covering or mask.
A person who declines to wear a face covering or mask because of a medical or disabling condition shall not be required to produce documentation verifying the condition.
(In following with public presentation practices, speakers will not wear masks when they are on the platform)
As you come up to the building there will likely be some people already lined up. Use appropriate social distancing as you wait.
You will be greeted by a member of the greeting team who will confirm how many people are in your household and coordinate with the ushers to secure your seat.
When your seats are secured you will be directed by the ushers to your designated spot.
Once seated, remain in your spot.
We will not have printed bulletins.
Many areas of the building are closed. Do not enter the following areas:
The Missions Room
The Staff area
The entire lower level
During Phase 1, our worship service will be a modified format that differs from our typical Sunday Worship.
Our morning order of service will include the following: Announcements, Call to Worship, Singing (2 songs), Pastoral Prayer, Scripture Reading, Sermon, and Benediction.
We will not be taking the Lord’s Supper.
Masks or face coverings are required during our time of worship (according to the guidelines stated above).
Be sure to maintain appropriate social distancing while in the pews.
Children must remain with their parents.
The mother and infant room is available but limited to three moms at a time due to space restrictions.
We plan to stream the audio of the service outside onto the front lawn.
We plan to stream the service on Facebook Live on the RFC Page.
All children are encouraged to join us for worship. This is an excellent opportunity to train your children how to behave properly during a worship service. Rest assured that the elders and many of our church members know that training is a process. We support your decision to bring your children to worship! If your little one is noisy you may exit through the main doors of the worship hall and use the front steps to take a break.
Exiting the Building
At the conclusion of the service, the worship leader will read the benediction. The ushers will coordinate our dismissal.
Wait for your row to be dismissed.
We will exit out the main entrance of the church onto the front lawn area where you should feel free to visit with others. Do be sure to wear face coverings and maintain distance between you and those outside your household.
We are not able to offer coffee and refreshments at this time.
All children under the age of 12 must remain close to their parents
As we move into this time we have a number of needs as a church. If you are able to serve in any of these areas, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Cleaning (in the church building)
Technology (live streaming, audio, visual, website, etc)
Greeting and Ushering
Lawn and grounds
Other building items
As a church, these circumstances bring us a number of challenges. Things will be different and certainly not the way we want them to be right now. But, I’d encourage you to also see the opportunities. We have the chance to demonstrate that our identity is not primarily in ourselves and our own comfort but in God and his glory. This trial enables us to declare that he is worthy and it’s our privilege to make much of him. Brothers and sisters, remember that while we have not chosen these circumstances, God has. In his infinite wisdom, he has ordained this season for us to endure well. He’s permitted it for our good and his glory. So let us do so in such a way that we showcase to one another and a watching world that our Lord God is worthy of our praise, sacrifice, and service. He is and remains our treasure.