NOVEMBER 1 SUNDAY WORSHIP GATHERINGS

Steps to Regathering Progression

Register your seat for a November 1 in-person gathering and for childcare (birth-4).

REGISTER YOUR SEAT REGISTER FOR CHILDCARE

 

Regathering Steps

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.”  – Proverbs 13:12

We are excited about physically gathering to worship again soon! After nearly four months of worshiping remotely, the thought of regathering physically is a desire fulfilled.  

The following information outlines our current plan for moving forward. This plan takes into account our government’s guidelines, best practices, and an abundance of care and compassion for our faith family. We know our decision to re-open means that you have a choice to make regarding where you will worship. Each individual and family must understand the risk and make the best decision during this time.

*Regathering plans and dates are subject to change at any time. If you have questions or concerns, please email us at [email protected] or call us at 919-326-3000.

STEP 1

COMPLETED

STEP 2

COMPLETED

STEP 3

August

Livestream of worship services at 9:30 & 11 AM
(If you choose not to attend an in-person worship gathering, consider gathering in homes in acceptable group sizes and with appropriate health precautions.)

In-person worship gatherings at 9:30 & 11 AM

Nursery (ages 0-4) available beginning August 23 for in-person worship gatherings

Adult Life Groups will meet virtually or in homes

Kids, students, and adult groups will not meet at Providence until at least 2021

Students (middle school, high school, college) may consider mid-week gatherings

Some on-site ministry events will resume

What You Can Expect (Nursery)

Register your child each week

Parents can register their children (ages 0-4) for in-person gatherings each week for nursery. A new link will be shared each week.

What are parents allowed to drop off with their kids?

Please do not pack toys, snacks, or cups. Parents are allowed to drop off diapers and a bottle.

Where do parents check-in?

The only check-in station will be located by the elevators in the Cafe Lobby. Parents are asked to enter through the East Entrance.

What are the protocols when dropping off a child?

All kids will have their temperature taken when they arrive. Only one parent will be allowed to escort their child to their room.

 

What You Can Expect (In-Person Worship Gatherings)

Register to attend a service

  • To attend a service, you will need to register you or your family each week in advance due to limited seating capacity. Registration will open on Monday mornings and close Saturday night. The registration link will be posted on this page.
  • Our staff and volunteers will register your attendance prior to entering the Worship Center so that contact tracing can be possible.

Options for kids who attend

Although kids programming will not resume in 2020, we welcome and encourage you to attend the Worship Service with your kids. The nursery will open for in-person gatherings (with weekly registration) for ages 0-4 beginning August 23rd.)

Face-coverings/masks

  • Our staff and volunteers will wear face-coverings, and each person in attendance will also be required to wear a mask or face-covering while in the building unless an exception applies. Kids 4 years old and under are not required to wear a mask or face-covering.
  • Masks will not be provided.
  • We will have congregational singing, as we normally do, at the beginning and the end of the worship service. Everyone needs to continue wearing their mask or face-covering during singing.
  • Those leading us in worship from the platform will not wear face-coverings when speaking or singing.

Worship Center seating

  • Upon entering the Worship Center, staff and volunteers will help direct you to a grouping of seats that matches your group size.
  • All chairs in the Worship Center are pre-set to abide by safe social distancing standards. They are grouped in clusters of 2, 3, 4, and 6 chairs. We ask that you sit with family or roommates in a cluster that fits your group size. Those coming alone are welcome to sit in any single or double chair seating. We also ask that chairs not be moved in order to ensure we meet safety protocols.

Creating a touchless gathering

  • Staff and volunteers will verbally welcome and greet you as you arrive but will avoid shaking hands or hugging (You are able to enter through the main and east entrances only. All other doors will be badge access only.).
  • We will prop or hold open the doors to the lobby, Worship Center, and restrooms.
  • The water fountains will be unavailable. Please feel free to bring your own water bottle.
  • Coffee will not be served, but feel free to bring your own.
  • We will remove Bibles, connect cards, and pens from the Worship Center.
  • We will not provide a printed Weekly Snapshot. However, a digital version will be in the Providence mobile app under Sunday Resources and here.
  • We will avoid passing offering baskets but will have drop boxes available at the exits for any who choose to give in that manner. Online giving is always available.
  • On the first Sunday of each month (and July 12), we will make communion elements available for pick up as you enter the Worship Center.

Keeping a clean environment

  • We will thoroughly sanitize the facilities prior to your arrival and will continue to clean throughout the morning.
  • We will provide hand sanitizing stations throughout the lobby and Worship Center.
  • Once dismissed, please exit the facility and avoid congregating in the lobby or hallways, particularly after the 9 AM gathering. This will allow staff and volunteers time to clean and prepare for those attending the next worship service.

Social distancing measures

  • We will have signs displayed encouraging cooperation with appropriate social distancing guidelines to help us avoid gathering in crowds.
  • The number of people allowed in the restroom at one time will be limited so as to maintain social distancing.
  • After the worship service concludes, we will provide dismissal instructions.

Keeping everyone healthy

  • Upon their arrival at Providence, we will ask staff members and volunteers to confirm they are symptom-free and check their temperature.
  • If you are are uncomfortable in large gatherings, do not want to wear a mask, feel sick, are positive for COVID-19, or have been around someone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please do not attend an in-person worship service.

STEP 4

TBD

Livestream of worship service at 9:30 & 11 AM
(If you choose not to attend an in-person worship service, consider gathering in homes in acceptable group sizes and with appropriate health precautions.)

In-person worship service at 9:30 & 11 AM

All groups (kids, students, college, adults) will resume on-campus gatherings

Adult Life Groups may continue to meet virtually or in homes

Most on-site ministry events may resume

STEP 5

TBD

All services and ministry activities return to normal.

 

 

*Regathering plans and dates are subject to change at any time. If you have questions or concerns, please email us at [email protected] or call us at 919-326-3000.