We are worshiping inside again!!!!!
It is with great excitement that we can announce we are moving back into our beautiful indoor sanctuary on Sunday, September 27th! The in-person service will go back to the normal start time of 9:45 am with a simultaneous live stream. This means we can all join together at the same time as we are built together into the dwelling place of God whether you are able to participate in person or via the live stream.
If you are not in a high-risk category we encourage you to come and worship in person, if you are in a high-risk category we want you to know we are with you and so glad you are participating with us via the live stream. In either case please reach out and let the church know how we can pray for you and support you.
"So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit." Eph 2:19-22
We will continue to weigh the goal of maximizing our worship service while at the same time protecting the safety of our congregation. We believe that indoor in-person worship services provide the best form of worship and it is our priority to make this form of worship available as long as the risk level remains at an acceptable level. There are many opinions regarding what is an acceptable risk level however we continue to differ this assessment to the state as long as the state does not prohibit worship on a regular basis in a form that does not significantly diminish our capacity to worship as a church.
We will continue to use all the tools we have to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 for those who join us in person whether we are worshipping indoors or outdoors including infrared temperature checks at the church entrance (follow the signs), social distancing every other pew, wearing face masks throughout the service (facemasks are especially important indoors), surface cleaning before service, open doors for added ventilation and hand sanitizers. If you feel ill before service please let us know so we can pray for you, take care of yourself at home, and be sure to join us via the live stream.
Bible studies are available in both video conferencing and in-person outdoor formats.
The Watchmen men's study meets every Saturday morning at 7:00 am via Google Meet.
Awaken AM women's group meets on Tuesday mornings outdoors and the Awaken PM women's group meets on Wednesday night via zoom. Send your request for further information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special events will be held outdoors as we are able in accordance with California COVID guidelines.
Please read and be prepared to follow this guidance prior to attending services. We recognize that some or all of this guidance may seem burdensome. We believe this is an opportunity for us to serve one another by putting the safety of our brothers and sisters in Christ above our own comfort and personal preferences. In this way, we will indeed continue to fulfill our mission to seek the Lord as we serve one another by helping to keep each other safer!
Should my family and I attend in-person services?
If you are in a high-risk category and feel uncomfortable about in-person gatherings at this time and choose to remain at home, we support your decision and encourage you to continue to join us via our live-streamed service.
If you or a family member has shown any symptoms such as a frequent cough, fever, difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, recent loss of taste or smell, or if you or someone you live with has been diagnosed with COVID-19, we ask that you stay home and do not attend the in-person services until you have been symptom-free for a minimum of two weeks. Please notify the church elders if you or a loved one has become ill so we can pray for you and minister to you and your family during this difficult season.
Be aware we may only seat 25% of our sanctuary capacity. If you are young and healthy we invite you to sit in the balcony to accommodate as many as possible. We will offer additional services if and when it appears that we may exceed this number.
How should I prepare for attending the in-person services?
We strongly recommend bringing cloth or other types of face masks with you to the service. A limited number of face masks will be available at the church if needed. This may be the most self-sacrificing and helpful way you can serve your brothers and sisters in Christ.
Be prepared to maintain social distancing of 6ft or more. This will be tough for us all; we will have to get used to waves and air hugs for a while.
Bring your children and be prepared to keep them with you throughout the service as there will be no children’s ministry or nursery available. We look forward to being together as a family and the preaching pastors are happy to have an enthusiastic shout of praise from our youngest brethren ;).
Be prepared and allow extra time for screening at the side entrance to the church building. The screening will include taking your temperature with an infrared thermometer. We recommend you check your temperature before leaving your home.
3. What should my family and I do during service in order to protect my brothers and sisters in Christ?
We highly recommend wearing your face mask throughout the service.
Maintain 6ft of social distance from the time you exit your car until you return to your car. Pay careful attention to areas like close hallways and paths where it may be difficult to maintain distance; do not linger in these areas. Avoid the areas that we normally tend to congregate; clear paths to the pews, restrooms, and exits will be marked out.
Be patient with those screening you as you enter the building. They will be working hard to protect you and the congregation as you enter the service.
Avoid touching surfaces wherever possible. You will find hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the sanctuary; we encourage you to use them liberally and frequently.
In order to maintain social distancing in the pews, every other pew will be closed. Also, we are limiting the pews to one per family of 3 or more. If you are a family of 2 or less you may share a pew with a family of 2 or less. Please sit at opposite ends of the shared pew. If you are first to enter the pew sit as close as possible to the wall, if you are second to enter sit as close as possible to the aisle. An usher will be available to direct you.
4. What should my family and I do when service is over?
Exit immediately following the service toward the south quad and enjoy a time of fellowship in the outdoor quad area.
Continue to reach out to one another throughout the week via phone, text, Slack, drive-by shout outs, etc. as we seek to love God and to love our neighbors as ourselves by serving one another and sharing the gospel!
5. What other steps is Renaissance Christian Church taking to ensure safety?
We will thoroughly clean the church facilities between every service.
We will supply hand sanitizer and other materials in all bathrooms. Use them liberally.
We recommend avoiding touching surfaces wherever possible.
We will provide gloves and paper hygiene products for use when operating doors, sinks, and toilets.
We recommend washing hands for a minimum of 20 seconds after using restrooms.
We will discourage congregating in the bathroom or halls while waiting for the toilet. Please maintain a distance of at least 6ft while waiting.