LIVE SERVICES PROTOCOL- A MESSAGE FROM PASTOR BOB
Hey everybody. Bob Kerrey here. I want to fill you in on our plan to regather at Moon Valley starting Sunday, October 25. I am looking forward to seeing you.
But first, let me assure you that if you are not quite ready to regather physically, we completely understand. In fact, if you are at high risk or immunocompromised or just not feeling well, we encourage you to stay home and experience our services and small groups online. We will continue to offer the same great online experiences we’ve been offering since the pandemic began.
If you think you might be ready to regather, here’s what you can expect on Sunday mornings starting on October 25.
We will offer two services at the usual times, 9:00AM and 10:30AM. Children’s programs will be offered at the 10:30AM service only.
Wearing a mask at all times within the building will be required for all those kindergarten age and above. If you forget your mask, we will be happy to supply you with one. If you would like to know about our rationale for wearing masks, you can check out a sermon I gave on that topic on our website dated September 13 titled “Mask vs. No Mask.”
In addition to wearing masks, you may notice some other changes we’ve made to be safe. Signs will be posted all around to highlight safety protocols. The café, MVPlay, and Prayer Room will be closed. We will not be printing service guides or sermon notes, but they will be available in advance on our website. Lobby furnishings will be minimal. Touchless hand sanitizer dispensers will be conspicuously and conveniently located throughout the building. Restrooms will be retrofitted with soap and towel dispensers that minimize touching. In the auditorium, chair rows will be spaced six feet apart and attendees will be asked to keep at least two empty chairs between parties. Auditorium attendance will be limited to about one-fourth of capacity. Doors will be kept open and air conditioning fans will left on to promote air circulation. All seating and flat surfaces will be disinfected between services. And we will ask all those attending to observe social distancing and avoid hugging and handshakes.
Once you’re seated in the auditorium, services will be pretty much the same as they were before the pandemic. The worship team will lead us in singing followed by a sermon. To enhance communication, those on stage who are singing or preaching will not be wearing a mask. But they will put on their masks when off stage.
We plan to serve communion during services about once a month, usually on the first Sunday of the month. When we do, individually sealed communion elements will be distributed by gloved servers to partakers who will remain seated.
As I mentioned earlier, the children’s Sunday-morning program will be offered at 10:30AM only. It will be following its own set of safety protocols which will be communicated to parents in advance and upon check-in.
Apart from Sunday morning services, there are a number of small-group opportunities available to you. These will be listed on our website.
Whether small groups meet online or in person or in some combination is up to the small group leaders. If a group does meet in person, there are safety protocols to be followed, including wearing masks and social distancing. Leaders will be apprised of these protocols.
We realize that the guidelines for small groups meeting in person may make it impossible for some groups that existed before the pandemic to meet in person in the same place they met before. As an alternative, groups may use the church facility. For example, the lobby would be a great place to meet as chairs and tables could be arranged to maintain social distancing, the garage door could be left open for ventilation, and hand sanitizer and masks are readily available.
Small groups that choose to meet in person and not follow the MVBC guidelines will not be Moon Valley-sponsored events.
I hope I am giving the impression that we’ve been careful and thoughtful in our planning. Some may be appreciative. Others may be thinking, “What a hassle!” I get it. But I encourage you to choose to think of it as: “What an opportunity!” An opportunity to demonstrate our loving concern for the wellbeing of our community, especially the vulnerable. And in that way, to bring the life of Jesus to our world.
See you soon.