CORONAVIRUS PRECAUTIONS

 

Update January 26, 2021:
 
Dear Friends:

We are writing to you to inform you of our decision to resume in-person worship gatherings and the steps we will be taking to do so as responsibly as possible. 

First, know that the decision was bathed in prayer, Scripture, patience, humility, and discussion by the Board.  We’ve read about and had conversations with Rock members and other community ministry leaders about the very serious concerns about COVID-19 and its spread. We’ve also read about and had conversations with Rock members and other community ministry leaders about the very serious spiritual and emotional toll that the COVID-19 pandemic has taken. We’ve compared the risks and benefits of resuming in-person worship services and the risks and benefits of maintaining virtual worship services only.  In the end, the decision was made to resume in-person worship services THIS SUNDAY, JANUARY 31st but do so with a high commitment to following the best practices recommended by public health agencies.  
 

The following list has some review and also some new approaches. It is what we are asking of all of us and what we are committed to holding all of us accountable. 

Humility and grace towards all. There are a wide variety of opinions and convictions about these matters.  As followers of Jesus are called to honor one another’s conscience. This also means that we don’t look for “end arounds” for these guidelines, but receive them and abide by them as considering one another as more important than ourselves.

The only in person activity that is resuming is our Sunday Worship Service. We won’t be doing any in-person Rock Groups, Children’s Ministry, or any other small group type activity just yet.

For those of you who don’t feel comfortable yet coming to a public gathering we will still be live-streaming our worship services on our website and through Facebook.

We will not be checking temperatures at the door but we are asking you to pay very close attention to your health. If you or someone in your household has a fever or if you are not feeling well, please stay home.

We know that we all miss one another. Not everybody is comfortable with physical contact right now so even if you are, we’re asking that we all save the handshakes, hugs, and high fives for later.

We will have a table at the entrance with hand sanitizer. We are asking everyone to sanitize their hands as they enter the building.

We are asking that everyone wear a mask or face covering that completely covers their mouth and nose. We have masks available to you if you don’t have one yourself.

Do not congregate in the hallway. Instead, head straight into the sanctuary. Don’t stop in the hallway as our halls are not wide enough to practice appropriate distance.

Both the Rock Hall and Welcome Center are closed. We will not be providing any pre-service or post-service beverages or refreshments. You’re welcome to bring your own beverage from home.

Tithe envelopes and Connect Cards are only available on the back table. We will not be using paper bulletins and all announcements will be made from the platform.

We’ve removed every other row of chairs to allow for the recommended 6 feet of distance. We ask that you allow three (3) empty seats between households. The Ushers will be available to help you and will maintain this by placing “This Seat Not Available” signs on the three adjacent seats

Families with small children are welcome to come. They are welcome to sit with you in the sanctuary or families can use the two rooms we’ve set aside for you upstairs. Just know that parents need to stay with their children, do their best to maintain appropriate distance, and bring your own toys and snacks as we have removed all of those from the rooms.

After the service, the Ushers will dismiss people by rows. Please wait to be dismissed and then proceed out of the building. You can drop your tithes and offerings in the box on the way out. Please wait to socialize until you are out of the building.

Our fellowship time will be outside after the service. Feel free to hang out in the lawns and parking lot and socialize after the service. You might even consider bringing a lawn chair so you can get comfortable and visit. Dress for the weather and just be sure to maintain recommended social distance when you do.

Please reach out if you have any questions

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Dave
dave@rockcle.org
 
Pastor Michael
michael@rockcle.org
 
 
 
We are still live-streaming weekend worship services at facebook.com/therockcle or also at rockcle.org/live if you aren’t on Facebook.
 
Please pray for those affected by the coronavirus and allow the Lord to use you to share his light and love to your neighbors. To that end, if you are sick and need prayer or anything – we are here to help you. Please contact info@rockcle.org.