ARC will hold a trial in-person worship service on Sunday, August 23.
Please keep in mind the following protocols, which are vitally important as we seek to protect the health and safety of all—especially the most vulnerable among us. Watch the YouTube video at left for a visual tour through the church.
- Doors will be unlocked and held open at 9:15 a.m. to prevent pre-service conversations in the facility. Please do not try to enter the facility before the doors are opened for you.
- Sanitization stations will be provided, and all who attend will be expected to sanitize their hands immediately upon entering.
- Masks will be required to be worn throughout the building for all adults, high school youth, middle school youth, and upper elementary school students. It is up to parents of young children as to whether their children wear masks in the building. (The CDC does not recommend that children under age 2 wear masks.) Please wear your own. Disposable masks will be provided for those who do not have masks. Please keep your mask on your face the entire time you are in the facility. If you use a disposable mask, please wear it out the doors and dispose of it once you arrive home. Do not remove your mask and dispose of it or leave it anywhere at church.
- Seating will be clearly marked to ensure spatial distancing. Families who live together may sit together. Additionally, those who are friends who are sharing the same “contamination circle” may sit together. Those who do not live together or are not a part of the same contamination circle should maintain spatial distancing.
- No physical touching—no hugs, no handshakes, no fist bumps, and no elbow bumps. No exceptions. Please do not ask your neighbor for permission to do so either, as it may put your at-risk neighbor in a difficult position, feeling the pressure to say “yes” when that at-risk neighbor should say “no.”
- Instrumental music will be included. There may also be a vocalist in the very back of the balcony. But there will be no congregational singing. The science is clear that it simply is not safe to engage in congregational singing at this time.
- The upper-level restrooms will be available for emergency use only. The lower-level restrooms are closed. Please use the restroom before coming to worship. The service will be shorter, with a target length of about 45 minutes.
- There will be no bulletins or sharing of items. We are not yet ready to share the sacrament of communion.
- The congregation will be dismissed by row and will be asked to leave the facility immediately. If you wish to talk with your neighbor, please do so outside the facility.
- The 9:30 a.m. Sunday worship service will continue to be livestreamed via Facebook Live, and will also be broadcast on local cable access television stations on Sunday and Saturday evenings.
- The nursery will remain closed, and there will be no children's, youth, or adult discipleship programming.
After the trial service, the ARC Facilities Reopening Planning Team will evaluate and adjust. It is important to acknowledge that the initial service is a stand-alone event taking place on a trial basis. If there is a spike in coronavirus infections in our county or there are other complications at the trial service, it is possible that in-person worship for future Sundays will be suspended and we will focus to virtual worship only.