May 24, 2020
Over the past few weeks our team has diligently prayed, planned and listened to our body as we consider steps towards reopening. After much discussion, we are rolling out a 3-Phase reopening strategy that will begin in June.
Starting June 7 we will begin PHASE 1 which is a groups-centered approach.
Our first step as a church is to invite those of you who are comfortable to host a ‘watch party’ in your home with 1 or 2 other families that you know. We understand that many of you are not ready to be in a crowd yet, so all of our services will continue to stream online; but for those who are ready, we want to invite you to consider hosting a watch party. This is a great opportunity for our LifeGroups, men’s and women’s groups or friends and family to begin taking steps towards meeting again in small, safe numbers.
PHASE 2 will begin in July, with on-campus worship as families with safety measures, new cleaning standards and following any current social distancing protocols which we expect to be easier to navigate in our spaces.
PHASE 3 will begin in August, where we hope to resume all ministries, including children’s and student ministries, as we are able.
It is our heart to ensure that your first experience back for worship on our campus is an powerful and safe one, and we believe this approach allows us to better ensure our worship experience together again will be a great one.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
When will Northeast reopen for Sunday Worship?
Our first phase of reopening will begin with any willing families hosting watch parties in their homes starting on June 7th.
Worship services on our campus will resume in Phase 2 during the month of July. This will not include any adult classes, children’s or student ministry. If a change to this strategy is necessary, we will communicate in advance through social media, email, and an update on this page.
Will online worship continue to be offered?
YES! We realize that not everyone will be ready to meet with another family or gathering in person when our campus re-opens in July. We continue to encourage those with pre-existing conditions to worship at home. All of our services will continue to be available through our online campus.
What ministries will be offered on Sundays?
Children and student ministries will not resume until Phase 3 which is currently expected to begin in August. This is subject to change based on local conditions. We will continue to keep you updated as summer comes.
What safety measures can I expect to see on Sundays when we resume worship in Phase 2?
Our team has an extensive list of procedures we are undertaking to ensure the health and safety of everyone who comes on our campus, including (but not limited to):
Families will be required to sit as a family-unit with appropriate social distancing from others;
Families may be asked to register online for a service time and keep to that time only in order to manage capacity, maintain safe guidelines and prevent people from arriving at church after we have already reached capacity.
Additional space will be made between rows in keeping with social distancing guidelines… which means more leg room for you!
Extra time will be given between services in order to allow additional cleaning by our team in keeping with health guidelines;
Entrance and exit will be limited to one-direction so as to avoid crowding in common areas and isles;
We will encourage use of wall-mounted offering boxes and online giving so as to avoid passing offering plates;
Hand sanitizers will be placed throughout our campus and additional personnel will be on hand to sanitize restrooms and common areas as needed;
What if I’m not ready?
It is important to note that no one should feel ‘pressured’ to return if they are hesitant to do so and, especially, if they are an at-risk individual.
Why aren’t the Children’s and Student Ministries reopening yet?
Because social distancing is far more difficult for children and students to understand and adhere to, we are choosing to be very cautious in our strategy to reopen these facilities. Keep an eye on our Kids and Student social media platforms for ongoing updates related to the reopening of these ministries.
Is worship going to feel weird with these new guidelines when we reopen?
Our 3 Phase approach is specifically designed to make sure that when we return to worship our first experience together will be a safe and powerful one. That’s why we’re taking the time to do this right. We will continue to make adjustments as necessary – even delaying our reopening – to ensure that when we finally do come together again everyone is not only safe but also uplifted by the experience.