Church Regathering

Dear Church Family,

We are excited to announce that North Raleigh Church of Christ will begin regathering on SUNDAY, JUNE 14 at 10 AM!

Here are some important details you should be aware of.  These are items mentioned by the Leadership Team in the recent video announcement.

Encouragement:

While we are anxious to regather our family, we recognize and honor that there may be some who feel like the time to regather for them is not yet.  We understand and support your decision.  We will be here when you are ready.

We also feel the need to encourage any of those who are deemed at risk (identified by the Centers for Disease Control) to please stay home.  This includes:

  • Those who are 65 years of age or older;
  • Those with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma;
  • Those who have serious heart conditions;
  • Those who are immunocompromised;
  • People with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher);
  • People with diabetes;
  • People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis;
  • People with liver disease.

If you have been recently contacted by local authorities about possible exposure to COVID-19, we ask that please quarantine for the prescribed time.  Also, if you are feeling unwell, we encourage you to use our online service options until you feel better.

Facility Preparation:

  • The church building has been deep cleaned. This includes cleaning all carpeted surfaces, sanitizing seats, bathrooms, doorknobs, water fountains, light switches, and any other used space.
  • Disinfecting all counter spaces and trash receptacles.
  • Removal of Bibles, hymnals, pens, information cards from the backs of chairs in use in the worship center.
  • Reconfiguring the worship space to ensure physical distancing. This will include the spacing of chairs, floor signage or other physical barriers to demarcate boundaries.
  • Establishing clear ingress and egress paths to assist with compliance with physical distancing.
  • Post lots of signage around the facility to remind congregants of non-contact greetings (no shaking hands, fist-bumps or elbow-bumps).
  • Complete testing of all plant facilities (water, sewage, air conditioning, etc.) to ensure working order.

Worship Plans: 

  • At this stage we are planning to offer one worship option. We will be meeting at 10 AM on Sunday morning starting SUNDAY, JUNE 14. Our current arrangement to allow physical distancing limits our capacity to 75 people. 

Should we find that we need to increase capacity, another service will be added on Saturday evening.  We will ask congregants to register for the service of their choice. We will also have space set aside for guests.

  • Starting SUNDAY, JUNE 7 we will begin livestreaming worship from the church building.
  • Online worship will continue to be offered and has become a permanent fixture for us.

Worship Service: 

  • We recognize that singing may be our most vulnerable time for contagion to spread. Wearing masks will be mandatory.  Please bring your mask with you.  Disposable masks will be available.
  • Please bring your hand sanitizer with you.
  • Please bring your own communion with you. Communion to go sets will be available on a limited basis, we encourage you to bring your own communion to worship.
  • Offering will be taken by using our prayer boxes and placing them at the egress points for people to leave their offerings as they leave.
  • Service time will be limited to one hour.
  • The worship space will be reconfigured to ensure physical distancing. This will include the spacing of chairs, use of cones, tape, floor signage or other physical barriers to demarcate boundaries.
  • There will be tables set up for use by families. We will have groupings of seats available for families, couples and singles.  You may only sit with people from your family. 
  • No bulletins or papers will be distributed. All announcements will be on screen.
  • There will be no nursery, junior worship or teen classes.
  • We will dismiss by rows/sections/tables in an orderly fashion to help ensure physical distancing. Follow posted signage to exit.
  • As you leave, we you to go outside and greet one another, while observing physical distancing. Masks are mandatory as long as you are on church property.

Necessities & Amenities:  

  • The Kitchen area will be closed off with no access. No coffee or food service will be offered.
  • Restrooms will be open, but limited to only two persons at one time.
  • Water fountains will be available, and bottled water.

 Other Considerations: 

  • Wednesday night gatherings at the building are suspended, unless they meet outdoors. Connect Groups and other Bible classes are encouraged to meet using Zoom and other technology.
  • Our building is not being used by outside ministries during this time. They will recommence once deemed safe to do so.