UPDATES

we have reopened!

// updated 9/08/2020 @ 1:42pm PST

*THIS VIDEO IS SOMEWHAT OUTDATED - SEE DESCRIPTIONS BELOW.

Take a sneak-peak!

OUR REOPENING PLAN HAS 3 LAYERS:

This plan is for our Sunday services starting May 31st, and in effect until otherwise noted.

Layer 1: in-person

  • Services will be held in our beautiful Outdoor overlook.  Dress in layers, it might get windy and cold...you know, typical #bayarea.
  • Please plan to use the bathroom before you leave your house if you can as bathroom use will be limited to one-person at a time. Please wipe-down after use (wipes provided).
  • Family groups will be seated at picnic tables which should give sufficient distance.
  • We will abide by CDC guidelines as follows:
    • If you are sick or have symptoms - please stay home until you're better (but join online / see layer 3 below).
    • Keep hands washed/sanitized. Sanitizer available on-site.
    • Physical distancing between non-family-units.
    • Face masks are recommended but not required (outdoors).
  • Calvary Kids ministry is on hold at this time, though we love having kids join! Please keep them with you during service, and we will have shorter services.
  • Hospitality ministry is on hold (food/refreshment) until further notice.
  • Please bring fold-up / camping chairs if you have them.
  • Fellowship before/after is encouraged! Please respect one another and esteem others higher than yourself.
  • We've had many people joining us for the first-time, and if that's you - welcome! It will help us gauge attendance/capacity if you reserve-a-spot so we can be best prepared. Thank you.

Layer 2: in-car drive-in

  • If you want to be there "in-person" but are on the fence, then you can pull-up in your vehicle to our fence! We'd love to see your faces.
  • We should be able to accommodate ~18 vehicles with line-of-sight to the service area.
  • Please stay in/near your car for the duration of service, and feel free to back-in and do it "tail-gate" style.
  • This is a great option that stills allows you to join us without needing to leave your car. 
  • If this is your first time joining us - welcome! It will help us gauge attendance/capacity if you reserve-a-spot so we can be best prepared. Thank you.

Layer 3: @home/online

  • This is the recommended layer for anybody that is sick, or for any at-risk due to underlying health issues. We love you.
  • We will continue live-streaming to our Facebook and YouTube, Sundays at 10am. All messages will be archived to our YT channel.
This is our plan, "for such a time as this," and God has graciously provided a beautiful outdoor venue to have gatherings in the safest manner possible with 3 options available depending on your health, age, and concern. We do ask that our Christian love will guide us and oversee our attitudes. Romans 14:13-23 speaks of the sin of stumbling brothers and sisters, and opens with, “Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother.” (v.13), and goes on to say, “So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.” (v.19), and closes with, “For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.” (v.23)

There is no judgement as to what layer you feel most comfortable attending. Differing viewpoints on this pandemic gives us no reason to divide. This will pass, but the work of the church will not, until this age has ended. We must, "make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace." (Ephesians 4:1-3)

FAQ

What about Midweek studies?
  • They are all still happening online via Zoom - click HERE to get the links.

Can we use bathrooms indoors?
  • Yes, we will have them open for limited use and the bathrooms will then need to be wiped down after each individual use by the user.

Can we sing?
  • I don't know - can you? Ha ha. In all seriousness, yes you can sing to the LORD as commanded 100+ times in the scriptures. We will never ask you to not-sing. If we don't sing, the rocks will cry out!

Doesn't Romans 13:1-7 tell us to obey the government, and isn't this being disobedient to the government by opening early?
  • Great question, and a very fair question with a nuanced answer. Yes we should seek to obey the government at all times unless they tell us to sin. Now forcing the church not to meet in-person because of a pandemic is not sin since we've been able to meet online and not specifically targeted. However, what is our government? It is a democratic republic. A government, "for the people, by the people", with a built-in mechanism and requirement that "we the people" would not obey something that is contrary to our constitution, which is the backbone of our governing principles. We have obeyed since March 14 when the SIP was declared, to "flatten the curve" and not overwhelm our healthcare system. Since the SM healthcare system is not being overwhelmed and things are beginning to re-open, it has become a point of contention as to what is deemed "essential" for this phase, and we believe that the "assembling together" (Hebrews 10:24-25) of the church is essential.

Did we miss your Q?
  • Please contact us HERE.

Midweek Gatherings:

Midweek gatherings will still be meeting online via Zoom or other methods as communicated.

Helpful Links:

If you need anything during this time, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We are here to serve the LORD, the Church, and to love our neighbors, and even our enemies - so everyone is covered!