First, I want to start by saying THANK YOU for your faithfulness and generosity in this difficult season! Many of you have stepped up and served in extraordinary ways and shown the world what it means to “be the Church” in the midst of an international crisis. From racial tensions to COVID-19 gathering limitations this has been a defining moment for all of us, and you have truly been a light in our community!
Second, I want to take a moment to explain our (initial) plan for resuming in person gatherings at Rolling Hills Church. It’s true that God used this season to remind us that the church is not a building but a people. However, I also firmly believe that “online church” was never meant to replace the physical gathering of God’s people. I am grateful for the technology that enables us to stay connected in the midst of quarantines and social distancing, but it is both powerful and necessary for us to resume gathering together in person in the days ahead.
The writer of Hebrews said it like this //
"And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near." - Hebrews 10:24-25
After consulting with a wide range of church leaders, medical professionals, and local government officials here is what our executive leadership team and our board has decided as our re-entry plan //
- As of June 21st, we are gathering inside the auditorium, outside on the patio, and inside in the lobby at 9:00am and 10:45am services.
- You can locate further details on what this looks like in our FAQ section below and our re-entry PDF linked below.
- Online Experience Continues - For kids, youth and adults we’ll continue to invest deeply in our online presence! We know many of your may have health concerns or other factors that slow your re-entry - we plan to help you stay a priority.
Our team continues to monitor local and state guidelines while collaborating with other churches to determine best steps forward. We are committed to doing our part to mitigate against any health concerns. To make that possible, our indoor Sunday gatherings on campus have been redesigned for a season to create a touchless experience with space for necessary distancing and other health guidelines. For example, this includes a few key safety measures: A decreased seating capacity in the main auditorium, a pause on Kids and Nursery ministries and a pause on coffee and other “self” service offerings. Thankfully, we are blessed with a facility large enough to facilitate you, your families and all our efforts to worship together in time.
Please plan to do your part to care for those amongst us who may have underlying concerns by wearing a mask (we’ll have extras), practicing appropriate distancing, and staying home if you’ve experienced any health concerns or been in contact with anyone who has.
For those with concerns, we will continue to invest in our online experience, both on Sundays and for many of our midweek ministries - no one is left out! Want to help further? Consider learning more about joining a volunteer Connect Team that will be on the front lines of helping people gather well in the days ahead.
I’m praying for you and your families and cannot wait to see you again in person!
Grace and Peace,
June 3, 2020