On September 20 and going forward
As the Summer draws to a close, we’re excited for the upcoming season of ministry at Canyon Hills Community Church! We knew at some point the weather would change and we would have to make some adjustments to the way we gather on Sunday mornings. We wanted to share the changes that will take place to our worship services starting on Sunday, September 20:
Main Worship Services:
- New Service Times: 8:30am, 10:00am, 11:30am (Spanish translation at 10am)
- We will be moving back inside the main Auditorium
- Masks must be worn for the entire worship service
- We’re asking that you keep a safe distance from other families
- Enter the Auditorium only from the Lobby
- Exit the Auditorium only through the North doors (window side of the auditorium)
- We’re limiting attendance to no more than 50% of room capacity
- We will continue live-streaming the first two services, which can be watched anytime after. You can find the live-stream by CLICKING HERE
- Nursery/Preschool will be available for kids for 3yr and younger
- Childcare will only be offered during the first (8:30am) and last (11:30am) service
- You must Preregister for childcare
- Registration for childcare is only open Monday – Thursday
- You can register for childcare by CLICKING HERE
- Students (High School & Middle School) will now meet on Wednesday Nights
- You can find more info by clicking CLICKING HERE
- The student center will serve as overflow for main services on Sunday mornings (up to 50% capacity)
In addition to our plans for Sunday services, we also want to give our blessing to Life Groups meeting in person, if it can be done safely and responsibly. We understand some people or groups may still feel more comfortable meeting via Zoom, and that is fine too. As we move forward, we strongly encourage any who are high risk, those who are vulnerable due to age or health history (or who live with, or care for, someone in one of these groups), or any who are uncomfortable coming for any reason, to continue to participate online.
There is just something beautiful about worshiping IN the house of the Lord and we’re so excited to move back into the Auditorium to praise Him. We’re sincerely looking forward to the day we can all be back together again, but until that day, we’re going to do our best to worship our Lord in a way that is honoring to Him and safe for everyone.
Update for September 20th services
DEAR CANYON HILLS FAMILY:
These last six months of church life and ministry have stretched our faith and challenged our norms like never before. None of us could have predicted what church would look like going through a pandemic. And like many other churches in our state, we have taken seriously the biblical mandates to love our neighbor as ourselves (Mark 12:31), to consider others to be more important than ourselves (Philippians 2:3), and to submit to governing authorities (Romans 13:1). In doing so, we willingly made the following adjustments:
- 21 weeks of lock down with online services only
- No in-person classes, children’s, student, or young adult ministries
- No funerals, weddings, baptisms, hospital visitations
- All Life Groups, counseling, School of Discipleship classes done online
- No retreats, summer camps, trainings, or Global Encounter trips
Through it all, we have made every effort to comply with government guidelines and have understood the importance of these regulations during this time of uncertainty and threat to public health. We have no regrets in complying with these directives. As pastors and elders, we have taken our charge to shepherd and lead our congregation seriously, and have made every effort to honor God and his Word in the process.
As you know, over the last seven weeks, we have also taken advantage of the provision to meet “in person” through outdoor services in tents. It has been a joy to meet in person once again and to lift our prayers and praises together. We also knew that meeting outdoors would only be temporary, with fall weather just around the corner.
During this time, we have been encouraged by the reductions in the spread, hospitalizations, and deaths due to the virus. Snohomish County statistics are particularly encouraging and approaching numbers we believe provide justification for cautiously moving forward.
As we embark on the fall season, we feel the letter of the current guidelines restricts our ability to guide, guard, and grow our church family in the way Scripture commands (Acts 20:28, I Peter 5:2-3). Having said that, we are committed to following the spirit of the guidelines by opening up ministry while still practicing safety, the use of masks, and distancing. We desire to follow the spirit of the government guidelines to keep people physically safe while also following Scripture to meet the spiritual needs of our congregation and community.
We believe we can confidently carry out the spirit of these guidelines, while taking steps forward in fulfilling our scriptural mandate to gather (Hebrews 10:24-25) and to fulfill our biblical instructions to make more and better disciples of Jesus (Matthew 28:18-20). These steps will allow us to lovingly shepherd and care for our church family as well as those in our community who are hurting, needy, and fearful.
With this in mind, and in an effort to be wise as serpents and gentle (innocent) as doves (Matthew 10:16), the pastors and elders believe we can begin to take the following steps with gentleness and wisdom:
- Beginning Sunday, September 20, we will once again hold indoor services in our auditorium.
- We will plan to have three weekly services – 8:30am, 10am, 11:30am
- We will wear masks and practice social distancing and will limit our attendance at each service to no more than 50% of room capacity
- We will offer overflow in the Student Ministry Rally Room (also at no more than 50% of room capacity)
- We will begin nursery and pre-school ministry for children 3 years old and younger during the 8:30am and 11:30am services. This will allow time for sanitizing as well as help accommodate safer traffic flow in the hallways. Pre-registration will be required and government guidelines will be followed. We will slowly expand to include other ages.
- We will have clearly stated instructions for entrance and exit procedures as we are committed to keep everyone safe, protect the vulnerable and do everything we can to slow the spread of the virus.
- Services will continue to be posted online live each Sunday
Church, while we fully anticipate moving to Phase 3 of the government guidelines sometime soon, we understand our decision to allow up to 50% capacity now, in the auditorium, exceeds the current guidelines for religious/faith gatherings. We feel this decision is necessary to fulfill our biblical mandate to gather (Hebrews 10:24-25), to care for our people (Acts 20:28), and to be the salt and light of the gospel that we are called to be (Matthew 5:13-16). We believe that with wisdom and caution we will not violate the spirit of the current regulations and guidelines. Obviously, we will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments, if necessary.
In addition to our plans for Sunday services, we also want to give our blessing to Life Groups meeting in person, if it can be done safely and responsibly. We understand some people or groups may still feel more comfortable meeting via Zoom, and that is fine too.
As we move forward, we strongly encourage any who are high risk, those who are vulnerable due to age or health history (or who live with, or care for, someone in one of these groups), or any who are uncomfortable coming for any reason, to continue to participate online.
Through all of this we want to thank you for your continued faithfulness in attending (both online and in person), giving, and serving. You are an amazing church family. We will be giving you more details in the next week or so. Please be watching for more information.
With the love, wisdom, peace, and unity that comes from God,
The Elders and Pastors
PS: Remember, our new service times start Sunday, September 20. We will still have our two outdoor services at 9:30am and 11am Sunday, September 13.
Update August 13, 2020
While restrictions on church gatherings have been tightened up this week by our governor, we’ll be ready for you on Sunday! The new guidelines limit any one venue/room to 200 people or 25 percent of capacity, whichever is less. We are grateful to have a church facility that allows us to create several meeting venues on our campus within these new restrictions.
TWO BIG OUTDOOR TENTS!
We’ve arranged to have two separate “live” outdoor venues in our parking lot that will provide plenty of shade and seating for 200 people each!
We will also have several indoor ‘streaming” venues, including our auditorium (200 people), student rally room (70 people), our elementary and middle school chapels (50 people each).
EAST STEPS TO FOLLOW FOR OUR IN-PERSON SERVICES THIS WEEK:
- You DO NOT need to bring any chairs to sit in. We’ll have them here for you. This will help us maintain no more than 200 people at each venue.
- Services will still be at 9:30 and 11am, both “live’ at the church and “online” for those who still want to view from home.
- Our parking team will be here to greet you. Feel free to park in our normal lots, as well as the lot across the street to the north, or the Park and Ride.
- Masks will still be required, and everyone will still be asked to keep a safe distance from other worshippers not in your household.
- Once the outdoor venues hit their 200-person capacity, we’ll use our auditorium for overflow for the next 200 people, and, if needed, we’ll use some of our other larger rooms in the building for additional overflow. Don’t worry, we’ll have plenty of TV monitors and friendly greeters to point you in the right direction.
Flexibility seems to be the name of the game and we want to thank you for your patience as we all work together to make our church experiences the best it can be. Let’s all be praying that the Lord does amazing things in church this Sunday.
See you there!
Update July 21, 2020:
A few more details about this Sunday’s first outdoor services.
Take a few minutes to listen to Pastor Dave’s update:
The lastest news:
To help you prepare for coming back and to know what to expect when you come, here are just a few details:
- Night of Worship and Sunday worship services will be held in our EAST PARKING LOT behind the church building. That’s the parking lot by our main entrance where we have hosted our summer concerts in the past.
- Wear a mask as they will be required for the entire service.
- Bring a lawn chair or something to sit in. If you bring a short lawn chair, we want to encourage you sit closer to the stage and those with standard height chairs to sit a little farther back. If you choose to stand, we want to ask you to do that behind others who are sitting. We will be encouraging everyone to spread out and keep a respectable distance from others who are attending.
- There will be no pre-registration for the outdoor services, but, to even out the number of people at each service, we are going to ask that, if, in the past, you normally attended church at 8am or 9:30am, that you attend the outdoor service at 9:30am. Or, if in the past, you normally attended the 11am service or 12:30pm service, we are going to ask you to attend the outdoor service at 11am.
- If you are sick or otherwise at risk, we want to encourage you to stay at home and watch the service online. You can watch either service live on YouTube or any time after 9:30.
- If, for any reason, it rains, the service will be filmed indoors live at 9:30am with no audience and posted online. The call to cancel the in-person services because of rain will be made by Saturday at noon and will be posted on our website.
- For these outdoor services, there will be no special programs for children or youth, no printed bulletins, no coffee, no communion, but don’t worry, there will be lots of great worship and good preaching.
- There will also be no offering passed. Everyone will be encouraged to give online, through our app, or through the mail like you have been doing these last few months.
- Finally, restrooms will be available for use off the main lobby of the building but, otherwise, we are going to ask everyone to stay out of the building.
Spanish translation is available at the 9:30 Service. It will be available online after 11am service.
Update July 14, 2020:
We have a big announcement about coming back to church.
Take a few minutes to listen to Pastor Steve’s update:
We were hoping to be in Phase 3 by this point, but as you are aware, that did not happen like we hoped for. So, in order to still meet in-person for church services, but also abide by government safety guidelines, we have outlined the following:
Starting Sunday, July 26, 2020:
- We are going to have outdoor services, at the church, in a setting similar to our Summer Concerts.
- We’re going to have an outdoor stage, sound system, and projection for sermon slides and song lyrics.
- We will have simple, acoustic-style worship.
- We will have live preaching.
- We will have 9:30am and 11:00am services (Live-streaming both on the Canyon Hills YouTube Channel).
- Nursery, preschool, elementary, kids, MSM, and HSM will not be available until we can all meet safely in the building together.
What we’re asking from you:
- If you’re feeling sick or under- the-weather, please stay home.
- If you’re vulnerable or at higher risk, please stay home.
- Wear a mask for the entire service.