We are currently holding our weekly worship service outdoors. Here are some things you need to know:
Time and Location
Services begin at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday morning on the front of the church property. Those who may wish to stay out of the seating area are welcome to stay in or near their vehicles.
What to Expect
Our outdoor service are a little bit shorter than normal, but very similar in content/structure (singing, praying, reading of Scripture, and preaching). One primary difference is that we provide lyrics digitally at https://christscovenant.org/worship rather than projecting them. So you may want to consider printing lyrics off at home before you come.
Though we began with face coverings being a requirement in the seating area, they are now optional. We do ask, however, that everyone still practice social distancing–remaining six feet apart from those not in your household.
Each Sunday that we are able to do our outdoor service, we are also going to livestream the service on the projectors in the auditorium. If you do come inside to worship, you’ll be required to wear a face covering and will be asked to socially distance from others.
When you arrive, you’ll be directed as to where to park. As you can see on the map below, the first few rows will be blocked off for seating, with an additional area reserved for those who are remaining in or near their vehicles. Most vehicles will be parked in the back few rows, with a space in between each car.
Bathrooms will be available inside. If you need to use them, please enter and exit the building from the east side door. Make sure that children are accompanied by a parent and that social distancing guidelines are followed (i.e. not over-crowded).
Those Who (Should) Stay Home
Though we ideally would love to have everyone with us, anyone who has been sick or experienced symptoms (such as cough, sore throat, headache, fever, chills, body aches, etc.) within the last two weeks should plan to stay at home, along with others from their household. Others may choose not to attend initially as we navigate this unusual crisis, and should not feel condemned for doing so. In order to serve those at home, we are going to live-stream our services at http://facebook.com/christscovenant (you do not need to have a Facebook account to view this).
In the event of inclement weather, we may need to cancel our in-person service. If that is the case, we’ll share that on social media and on our website. We would then livestream a service on our church’s Facebook page at http://facebook.com/ChristsCovenant
Those With Young Children
We know these outdoor services will be particularly challenging for you! Our church is full of children who usually love to worship, learn, and play together. But in this season, we are asking you to keep your children with you at all times. We will do our best to plan our services in a way that is engaging for them, but we’d also encourage you to plan proactively as well. Maybe you could bring papers and crayons, or you could purposefully sit in an area where you can easily get up and walk around if they get squirmy. We’d encourage you to talk with your children in advance about what will be different (people wearing masks; not being allowed to play with other kids), but also why you are excited to join together again for worship. Each Sunday, we’ll provide supplemental activity ideas for you, which you could use before or after the service at home. You can find those at at https://christscovenant.org/worship