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Recently, Governor Inslee adjusted the Phase 3 requirements allowing churches of our size to hold services for up to 400 people or 50% capacity, whichever is smaller. In light of this development, we now have some viable options for coming back to church on Sunday mornings. While we don’t have a firm date for when Snohomish County will move into Phase 3, based on information of other counties in Washington, we hope it is in the next week or two.
In faith, we are tentatively planning on beginning in-person services again on July 19.
If, for any reason, we are not in Phase 3 by then, we will update you on our plans. Once we come back to church on Sunday mornings, for a period of time, we will also livestream our services online at 9:30AM on YouTube (also available any time after 9:30AM).
While we are excited about coming together again, we recognize our Sunday gatherings will not look the same as they did in January. We will need to adjust and be creative as we move forward. I’m asking you to be flexible, kind, and patient with us in this process.
Update from June 23, 2020:
Here are some details that are beginning to take shape. I’m sure there will be more as it gets closer (scroll down for the latest updates):
- Our service times will be the same: 8:00, 9:30,11,12:30.
- Our auditorium limit is 400 people per service. In addition, we will use the Student Center rally room off of the lobby for an additional 125 seats.
- In an effort to limit attendance to 525 people per service, pre-registration will be required. Registration will be open one week prior to services being held.
Last names A-L will be invited to attend every other Sunday beginning July 19 (August 2, August 16, etc.).
Last names M-Z will be invited to attend every other Sunday beginning July 26 (August 9, August 23, etc.).
- Initially we will not be offering separate ministry for nursery, children, or students. Families will attend together in the main services. Children and students must pre-register with their families.
- We will not have communion, baptisms, or coffee. These will be added in gradually.
- Weekly bulletins will be available online, on this website, on our app and via QR code once you’re in the building. (See Bulletin in the menu on the upper right corner of each web page.)
- Offering will be collected at the doors. We encourage you to continue online giving or sending checks via US mail.
- Rows will be spread out and social distancing will be practiced.
- Masks will be required to attend services (no exceptions).
- Lingering in the building before or after the services will not be allowed so that we can remain under the maximum allowable. Socializing outside with proper distancing will be at your discretion.
- We will encourage any currently exhibiting symptoms, coughing, or with pre-existing health concerns or who are currently feeling under the weather for any reason to please stay at home and watch the services online.
Updates June 30, 2020:
Tentative Phase 3 Opening of Sunday Church – July 19 (8:00am, 9:30am 11:00am, 12:30pm):
- If we are in Phase 3 by July 19, we will implement our re-open plans as we have shared with you.
- If at any time, it becomes clear that Snohomish County will not be in Phase 3 by July 19, the elders will determine our next course of action and immediately let you know of the new plans.
Live On-Line 9:30am Service:
- In addition to returning to church, we will live-stream the 9:30am service for all those who are unable, or uncomfortable coming back to the building for corporate worship. You will be able to watch it at 9:30am or any time after 9:30am.
Additional Logistics of Re-Opening:
- Entrance to the auditorium will only be from the lobby.
- Exit from auditorium will only be through the exterior doors leading to the parking lot where there will be a makeshift, coned-off, outdoor lobby for necessary “stuff.”
- All restrooms will have separate Enter and Exit doors – pay attention to the signs!
Update July 7, 2020
Take a few minutes to watch this video from Pastor Steve.
Plan to spend time in prayer over the next few days.