Thank you for staying engaged and for your continuing participation in our church family! Some of you have been watching online since March, while others have made their way back to in-person Sunday services since we started meeting outside in June. After much prayer, discussion, and consultation, the elders have decided that we will meet inside, in-person.
This is a new phase in our COVID-19 journey, and we want you to make an informed and faith-filled decision about coming to our indoor services. The information you need to evaluate what’s best for you when the service moves inside is below. By way of reminder, we will continue to live-stream the Sunday service at 10:00 a.m. on YouTube.
The elders and staff have carefully considered our members’ input and have tried to respect the range of perspectives and needs represented in our congregation. In addition, we are seeking to honor Governor Northam’s Executive Order 63. Here’s what the Sunday service looks like since we moved inside on November 1.
- Health – If you or a member of your family are sick or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the past two weeks, please stay home. If you attend a service in-person and later find out that you were sick, please contact SaraJane Strylowski.
- Registration – We are asking you to sign up here to let us know the number of people to expect in your seating group (see below). Please make sure that only one person in your household/seating group signs up! This doesn’t reserve you a specific seat, but does help us determine our occupancy levels. If needed, we will schedule a second service to ensure physical distancing. We are just asking you to let us know your general plans, so we can gauge estimated attendance. Please do not sign up more than once.
- Masks – Masks are required while in the building. Exceptions are for those age 4 and under, with health conditions, or with public roles while on stage. Masks can be removed to take the Lord’s Supper, and we have masks available near the entrance doors for those who need them.
- Distancing – Please allow for 6’ of distance between you and others as you enter and exit the building. We understand that different people have different preferences as we gather together inside, and we want to offer a way to help communicate those preferences. For those who care to signal their general preferences, and as a way to love one another, we will offer three different colors of optional wristbands as you enter. Again, these are optional, and intended to help us love and honor one another in this challenging time.
- Red: you prefer no contact while in the building – wave from afar.
- Yellow: physically distanced greetings preferred.
- Green: closer conversations are welcome.
- Seating – We are offering two seating zones in the Main Level and the Balconies, again with the goal of respecting different perspectives and needs related to COVID-19. When you register for the service, we ask you to indicate which kind of seating you prefer, or if you intend to watch online.
- Main Level – Seating will be in every other row. There will be three empty chairs between households.
- Balconies – Seating will be in every third row. There will be four empty chairs between households. Masks are required in the balconies, and those without masks because of age or a health condition are asked to serve those in the balconies by remaining on the Main Level.
- Households – Singles who are in relationship with other singles (“bubbles” or “quaranteams”) may consider themselves a household for the purpose of a Sunday service.
- Parent/Toddler Rooms – We have two rooms available on a first-come, first-served basis. One accommodates 8 people, and the other 12 people. Toys have been removed; please bring your own.
- Bathrooms – Bathrooms will be limited to three at a time. After washing your hands, please use a paper towel to open the door to the hallway, and dispose of it in the trash can next to the door.
- Children’s Ministry – We have no Children’s Ministry available at this time.
- Coffee – We will have no coffee service for the time being.
- If someone gets COVID – If we are notified that someone who has attended our service has contracted COVID-19, we will send an email to those who get our Saturday updates. If you haven’t been getting them, sign up here. (This will sign you up for the RGC Connect as well).
- Changes – We will continue to monitor plans based on current information, including statistics in Fairfax County.
These are our current plans – subject to change depending on how things go and the input we receive. If you see things that you think can be improved, please let us know! Each week we’ll evaluate to make sure we are continuing to provide as safe an environment as we can, while continuing to provide a place for God’s people to come together for worship and fellowship.