we have reopened!

// updated 8/3/2020 @ 1:40pm PST

>The Plan: 2:17  >Layer 1: 2:36  >Layer 2: 7:20  >Layer 3: 8:54  >WHEN does this start? 9:48  >Romans 14. 12:44

Take a sneak-peak!


This plan is for our Sunday services at 10am starting May 31st

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.
  • BATHROOM USE only if you really need to go. Please try to plan to use the bathroom right before you leave your house. I know that is much easier said than done, but it will help us be able to stay open for outdoor services - thank you!
  • Family groups will be seated 6' apart from others. You will need to register HERE to help us know what to expect and accommodate.
  • We will abide by all CDC guidelines as follows:
    • If you are sick, have symptoms,  a compromised immune system, or are 65+ years old - please stay home at this time (see layer 3 below).
    • Keep hands washed/sanitized. Please bring some if you have any, though we will have some available.
    • Physical distancing of 6' between non-family-units.
    • Wearing of a cloth face-mask except for worship leaders and pastor when speaking (1st row seating will be 6'+ from stage).
    • We will have limited PPE but please bring your own if you have it.
  • No Kids Ministry at this time. Kids will need to stay with families, and we will accommodate this by having shorter services.
  • Kids playground area will be closed.
  • No Hospitality ministry (food/refreshment) until further notice.
  • Seating: we have 24 fold-up chairs, (10) picnic tables that can accommodate families, and some benches. Please bring fold-up or camping chairs if you have them.
  • Fellowship before/after is great as long as all guidelines are followed. This is a temporary measure that we need to adhere to.

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 car for duration of service following all CDC guidelines listed above. Feel free to back-in and do it "tail-gate" style.
  • This is a great option that stills allows you to join us without even needing to leave your car - far "safer" than an outing to the store.

Layer 3: @home/online

  • This is the required layer for any that are sick; and recommended for any at-risk, older, and/or that have underlying health issues. We love you. We want to protect you. Please allow us to do so, for this time.
  • This is also the recommended layer for families with younger children as it might be hard to keep them corralled on-site, but that's up to you to decide.
  • We will continue live-streaming to our Facebook and YouTube, Sundays at 10am.
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.  These have not been the easiest of times to navigate and there are good and Godly perspectives on every part of the spectrum. 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 comfortable attending (unless you are sick - you'll need to stay home). 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)


What about Midweek studies?
  • These will stay online as they have been for the time being. See below, and make sure you are on our email list!

Wait, no bathrooms available on-site, are you serious?
  • This is the recommendation that has come to us from a legal standpoint. If we say we're going to open for "outdoor service". However, if you've read this far, if there is a need we will allow limited bathroom use. The bathrooms will then need to be wiped down after each individual use.

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. Please keep others in mind, stay distanced, a mask is recommended, and don't sing intentionally or obnoxiously close to others, unless they are your family.

I'm so excited to see everyone again, can I sneak in a hug?
  • No. This is why churches were part of phase 3. We do not agree with the Governor in putting churches there but we do admit that people act differently at church then they do at stores. You don't want to hug people at the store, but you do at church - especially ours! The better we can do here/now, the quicker we can (Lord willing) get back to normal. The last thing we want to see is an outbreak to the vulnerable in our church.

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 fundamentally disagree with the CA Governor as to the phase that the church has been placed in. Breaking news from President Trump has also just deemed religious services as essential, and we believe that our re-opening plan strikes a great balance with being faithful citizens of Heaven first, and the United States second.

Did we miss your Q?

Midweek Gatherings:

Midweek gatherings will still be meeting online via Zoom or other methods as communicated.
  • Monday night Woman's Study (Moving to online)
  • Tuesday night THRIVE Group (Moved to Zoom)
  • Wednesday night Prayer (Moved to Zoom)
  • Thursday night THRIVE Group (Moved to Zoom on Tues nights)
  • Friday night FUSE [CHARGE Students] (Moved to Zoom)

Protect Others & Yourself:

  • Keep 6' of distance between you and others.
  • Wash your hands often for 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer.
  • Older adults and individuals with existing health conditions are at risk if they contract COVID-19 and should not attend. 
  • Surfaces must be cleaned with disinfecting wipes/cleaners before, during, and after events.
  • It is recommended to wear a face mask while in public spaces.

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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!