Greetings, Vineyard Marysville!
We have in-person worship services! We’re thankful we can be together in this way, and at the same time, we want to do everything we can to protect the health and safety of our church family and the community of Marysville. We will continue to live stream to reach those who cannot attend or do not feel safe to attend in person. The last thing we want is for anyone to feel pressured to attend in person if they do not feel safe or comfortable.
Here’s our current plan: We are having two services, one at 9:00 AM and the second at 10:45 AM. The 9:00 AM service is our Mandatory Mask service. Please wear your masks during the entire service. This is the service that will be livestreamed on our church’s YouTube channel. The 10:45 service is our Restaurant-Style Service. For this service, please wear your masks until you’re seated safely within your family units. All other guidelines stated in this letter pertain to both services.
Sunday services will look a bit different as we do our best to honor physical distancing guidelines. The goal is to protect the health of those who attend and the health of our surrounding community. The following continue to be our guidelines:
- If you are or anyone in your household has been sick, please stay at home and tune into our 9:00 YouTube livestream.
- The general rules of physical distancing are to keep 6 feet of separation between people/households and to make the Sunday morning experience as contactless as possible.
- We now have the rows of chairs spread out approximately 6 feet apart in the sanctuary. We plan to keep 3 empty chairs between each family and household. This will limit the capacity of our auditorium. We plan to have additional seating in the foyer as needed.
- We will greet each one enthusiastically but from a distance – without hugs or handshakes.
- We will continue to encourage online giving for both those who attend in person and online. However, we will have a collection basket in the foyer for those who prefer to give in person.
- We will not pass out paper bulletins. Church announcements will continue to be made available online and distributed to the church email list. Please contact us if you’re not on this email list and you want to be included: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- We will not have self-serve coffee. So by all means, bring your own coffee.
- We will continue to serve communion on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month. For communion, we’re now providing single serve communion packs, so multiple people do not come into contact with the same surfaces.
- Kingdom Kids ministry is up and running second service only (activity packets are still available for children who stay in the sanctuary). Please sign your child in at the beginning of service (while maintaining social distance); they will worship in the sanctuary and then go downstairs to the children’s area. Masks are not required. If you have any questions, please contact Brittney Planck.
- The nursery, while not manned through June, will still be available for nursing moms and parents with young children. We will sanitize everything thoroughly before and after every service.
- The building will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized prior to Sunday morning. We will also have church volunteers clean after each service, sanitizing bathrooms and other critical areas. Additionally, we’re having the entire building thoroughly cleaned and sanitized every Friday by a cleaning service. Contact Erin Wallace, our church admin, if you have any questions about what measures we’re taking and what products we’re using.
Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns about the following guidelines. We realize that some people will feel like we’re too cautious and moving too slowly, while others will feel like we’re moving too quickly and not taking enough precautions. We want you to know that a lot of discussion and prayer went into this letter. It will continue to be evaluated on a week by week basis. We’re trying our best to balance the importance of gathering for worship with concern for public health. Let’s work to honor each other in our differing views and continue to pray for our leaders, church family and community.
We love you,
Conrad & Vicki Esh,
Vineyard Marysville pastors