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Outdoor Worship Plans - Covid-19

Calvary Church

Calvary Family,

We’re happy to announce that this Sunday, June 14, we will begin hosting outdoor worship services at 9:00am and 10:30am. We will also continue providing online options for those who choose not to gather in-person due to the ongoing risk of COVID-19. 

Calvary is committed to minimizing the spread of COVID-19. Working within the spirit of state and local guidelines, we hope to gather for worship in a way that is both hospitable and safe. We ask you to help with this by adhering to the following guidelines:

 

  • If you are displaying any symptoms relating to COVID-19 (fever, cough, etc.), please stay home and worship with us online.
  • If you are particularly vulnerable to complications resulting from COVID-19, please stay home and worship with us online.
  • In order to balance attendance at gatherings and to allow for proper social distancing, we’re asking you to RSVP each week at your preferred service. Sign up will open each Wednesday via an Eventbrite link that will be provided via our website, email, and social media. RSVP-ing in advance helps prepare more affectively for Sunday services.
  • In the event of inclement weather, we will cancel in-person gatherings and provide livestream only. Cancellations will be communicated via our website, email, and social media. We ask you to be gracious as we try to respond to forecasts and unpredictable weather. 
  • General parking will be in the south parking lot. Parking in the north lot will be reserved for handicapped parking and for those who wish to worship inside their vehicles. 
  • Masks are welcome but not required. We ask that you respect those with differing opinions and that you wear a mask if/when you are unable to maintain a distance of six feet or more.
  • We invite you to bring lawn chairs, picnic blankets, etc. to sit on and any items you might want for shade. Hats are welcome. 
  • Sit only with your household at a distance of at least six feet from other households. Please avoid all physical contact with others.
  • Song lyrics will be sent out weekly via email. You will need to print these lyrics in advance or be prepared to view them on your mobile device. We will not have video projection or printed materials.
  • Offerings will be collected in a drop box. We encourage you to continue giving online or by mail if possible. Online giving is preferred.
  • Nursery and childcare will not be provided. We will do our best to make our services casual and family-friendly. 
  • We invite you to bring your own coffee and refreshments and we encourage you to bring water; especially as the temperatures increase throughout the summer.
  • Our buildings will be closed. Restrooms will be available for emergency use only. Restroom and exterior building doors will be propped open in order to minimize contact. Hand sanitizer will also be available. 

We realize that the above list of guidelines may sound rigid and formal, and to some extent they are, but we believe these measures will help us be both hospitable and safe in gathering for worship. We ask for your patience and understanding as we implement this plan, and we ask you to be prepared for potential changes in the future be. We will continue to adapt our plans as needed. 

Future communication will be primarily electronic through email, our website, and social media. If you have not already done so, this would be a great time to join our email list or follow us on social media. You can sign up for weekly emails at calvaryholland.com/bulletin, and you can find us on Facebook and Instagram by searching for “Calvary Holland”.

If you have any questions about worship at Calvary in this coming season, please contact us at worship@calvaryholland.com. We look forward to gathering together in worship both in-person and online. We are excited to serve together in increasing ways (stay tuned for communication about missional opportunities), and most of all, we long for the day when COVID-19 is behind us. Let’s continue to call on God to bring an end to this virus, to protect the lives of those affected by it, both physically and financially, and to be at work both in and through us, for the glory of Christ and for the sake of the world.

 

Grace and peace,

Pastor J.D. Punch, Ph.D.

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