IN-PERSON GATHERINGS STARTING SEPTEMBER 12-13
We’re moving to the next phase of our reopening plan on the weekend of September 12-13 as we return to in-person gatherings.
During this phase of our reopening plan, we’ll offer three identical socially-distanced worship experiences at our Cape Campus and two at our Benton Campus. Pre-registration is required to attend these gatherings. The Reign Forest will not be open during this time.
Cape Campus: Saturdays @ 5:30pm and Sundays @ 9 & 11am
Benton Campus: Sundays @ 9 & 11am
What will the in-person gatherings look like?
During these modified worship gatherings, we’re taking every precaution according to guidance from the health department:
- Pre-registration is required to attend services. (This is a private, church-only event registration that will allow us to contact you in case we receive reports of a COVID-19 patient who attended the same service)
- We are limiting services to 300 individuals per gathering in Cape; 50 in Benton.
- We will practice social distancing.
- The Reign Forest will not be open. The North Wing Auditorium will be open for families who do not wish to take their children in the Worship Center. The Auditorium will also require reservations.
- Masks will be required the entire time you are in the building.
- The coffee bar will be closed.
- We encourage all giving to be done electronically but will have boxes by each of the main exits for those who wish to give in person.
- All attendees are asked to self-screen before attending.
- Anyone experiencing fever, cough, or other COVID-19 symptoms should not attend.
- Vulnerable populations should not attend.
Why do you require registration for the limited gatherings?
Pre-registration is required for two reasons: First, it allows us to limit the capacity of our worship center so that we can properly distance those that come to worship with us. We’ve decided to temporarily limit the capacity of our worship center by 50% until we can return to full gatherings, and we need to know in advance when we reach that limit. Second, pre-registering and using check-in allows us to contact attendees in the event that we learn of a COVID-19 case from someone else who attended the same day.
Please keep in mind that this is only a temporary measure until we can return to our normal, no-registration required worship experiences.
When will full gatherings and other activities resume?
Everything hinges on the health of our community and the CDC’s recommendations. We have to be more cautious about how we reopen due to the size of our gatherings, so we’re starting with socially-distanced gatherings in September, and hope to return to our full gatherings and normal weekly schedule as soon as possible.
Will regular activities look different when they return?
While we expect our in-person gatherings to feel the same once we fully reopen, like the rest of society, we expect that the way we interact with each other will look a little different for a while. We’re going to continue to modify the parts of worship that required physical contact before (such as passing the offering and receiving the bulletin), and we’re doing everything we can to keep our facilities clean and safe.