Coronavirus Update #10 (5/27/20)
“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!” (Psalm 100:1-2)
Dear Rivermont Family and Friends,
With thanksgiving, praise God that we have resumed worship in our sanctuary. For this coming Sunday, May 31, we’ll have three worship opportunities. In our sanctuary, worship services will be at 8:00 AM and 11:00 AM (and later in the day as necessary) with each service lasting less than one hour. For those who need to remain at home, we will continue to have on-line worship available.
In response to Governor Ralph Northam’s Executive Order Number 63, both services in our sanctuary will follow our “Code Yellow” guidelines with a few adjustments noted below. While following these guidelines to the best of our ability, may we all “put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony” (Colossians 3:14).
General Worship Guidelines
- We will continue to limit each service to 150 participants. Each pew will be clearly marked to allow sitting with required social distancing (though family units may sit beside each other in the same row).
- Sign-up for worship will be necessary to ensure we stay within 50% seating capacity and to honor appropriate health considerations for all. If all time slots become filled, we will add an additional service. Look for a separate email with sign-up instructions.
- Currently, only the sanctuary will be open for worship with entry from Rivermont Avenue through the three double doors on the front portico. Ushers will be available to allow entry to restrooms and the Cheatham Center as necessary. The sanctuary will be cleaned after each service.
- We ask you to arrive no sooner than 20 minutes before each service and leave the campus immediately after each service.
Red Service – Online Worship Service
- For those who desire to stay home for any reason
- For those who have compromised health
- For those who are displaying any symptoms
- For those who are quarantined
Yellow Service – 8:00 and 11:00 a.m.
- For those who desire to worship in the sanctuary
- Cloth face coverings required for everyone age 10 and over
Exceptions to Face Coverings per Executive Order 63
- Face coverings may be removed to participate in a religious ritual (i.e. communion)
- Any person who has trouble breathing or otherwise unable to remove the face covering without assistance
- Any person seeking to communicate with the hearing impaired and for which the mouth needs to be visible
- Persons with health conditions that prohibit wearing a face covering. Nothing in this Order shall require the use of a face covering by any person for whom doing so would be contrary to his or her health or safety because of a medical condition.
Following Virginia Guidelines
We will be following the VA guidelines in all of our services. Here are a few notable precautions:
- Sign-ups to ensure a 150-capacity limit
- Entering/exiting through sanctuary doors only (rest of the building will remain closed)
- Ushers wearing cloth face covering
- Social distancing seating pattern
- No hymnals or pew Bibles
- Bulletins on seats
- Limited singing and responsive readings
- No passing of the peace nor passing of collection plates
- Row by row dismissal by ushers
On-line Zoom discipleship groups remain our primary means of gathering until we can open the building safely, with cleaning procedures in place. Our timeline for reopening things like Sunday School and Children’s Ministry includes navigating subsequent Virginia phase requirements.
- Zoom Adult Sunday School classes will meet at 9:30 AM. Please explore available classes on our website by clicking here. If you would like to join a committed Zoom Sermon Discussion Group, please fill out the on-line form by clicking here.
- The Men’s Dawn Patrol gathers by Zoom on Tuesday mornings at 6:30 AM, and the Women’s Oasis Bible Studies meet on Thursday evenings at 7:00 PM.
- While many are praying fervently for our students, children, and infants, Children’s Church and the nursery remains closed until we can minister safely.
- For care and outreach, our primary connection continues to be through faithful elders and deacons, together with loving members reaching out to one another with the love of Christ. We give God thanks for our officers and prayer teams who have been faithful in ministry. May the LORD continue to bless us as we demonstrate the love of Christ!
- The pastors remain humbled and grateful for the ways that our officers have been communicating with the ministry staff of the church. With reports from our elders, deacons and caring members, Janet Freshour provides daily updates for pastoral prayer and follow-up. You may email your prayer requests to Janet by clicking here.
Praying for Wisdom and Unity
Please remain in prayer as God continues to direct our steps as we walk through this season together. Please remain in prayer for our ongoing faith and trust in the God Who will direct our steps. Praise God for His blessing of unity as we move forward.
Pastor Ron, together with Pastors David, Brett, Mike, and Shane