As of Sunday, May 17th, we have reopened! We are having a one-hour family Worship Experience at 10 AM on Sundays. Details on how to attend are shared below. There are a few important items we want to share to help guide your decision on attending. First, your leadership team commits to monitoring COVID-19 updates and to follow state guidelines for public gatherings. Second, we strongly encourage CDC-defined at-risk groups to continue to join us online from home. Lastly, we strongly encourage households not to exceed their personal comfort-level with public gatherings and join us online from home. As your Pastoral staff, we want to make this clear: attending church in-person during this season is not a test of your dedication to Christ or a statement on your spiritual maturity. Whether your household chooses to join us online or on campus, we are still a place to call home!
We will continue to livestream our Sunday services. View our Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/VictoryChurchVA/) for updates and live services. Services are also archived on our website for viewing.
ON CAMPUS WORSHIP SERVICE TIME WILL CONTINUE TO BE 10 AM
CHURCH ONLINE WILL CONTINUE VIA FACEBOOK LIVE AT 10 AM
HOW DO I ATTEND ONSITE?
Help us create space by:
•Maintaining 6 feet apart from other households while on campus
•Keeping social distance with smiles and waves (no hugs/handshakes)
•Arriving no more than 15 minutes before service
Orange for households with young children (Infant – 5th grade)
Blue for households with no young children (6th grade and up)
•Moving directly to your seating section, keeping at least 3 seats apart from other households
•Exiting service and the building promptly, as directed (socializing outside is encouraged with distance). Please no gathering in the foyer
HOW CAN I PREPARE IN ADVANCE?
•We will have sanitizer stations but we encourage you to bring sanitizer.
•Wear your own face masks/coverings (required, except for medical exemptions)
•Use the restroom at home (restrooms are open for emergencies and hand washing)
WHAT PRECAUTIONS IS VICTORY CHURCH TAKING?
•Sanitizing all entryways, public spaces, and restrooms pre/post each service
•Providing hand sanitizing locations throughout the campus
•Keeping service admittance 50% below our occupancy limit
•Arranging our seating to encourage social distance
•Fixing our doors open pre/post service for a no-touch entry/exit
•Providing offering stations in the back of the sanctuary
WHAT WILL CHILDREN’S (Infant – 5th grade) PROGRAMMING LOOK LIKE?
•Households are to remain seated together in the Orange seating section of the sanctuary
•We will create an activity packet for kids to use while at their seats during service
•Tablets/phones with headphones are permitted for kids while at their seats
PLEASE STAY HOME AND JOIN US ONLINE IF YOU HAVE:
•Cough or Sore Throat
•Shortness of Breath
·Contact with anyone confirmed to have COVID-19 (in the past 14 days)
May 29, 2020
From the Desk of Pastor Keith
I’m so excited to gather together for our worship experience both online and on campus this Sunday!
I also want to address some protocol changes that we are making to align ourselves with Governor Northam’s newly mandated requirement to wear a mask when gathering inside public places, including churches. Certainly, we live in a politically charged culture and it can be difficult to interpret and understand why specific changes in protocol are made. Nonetheless, I want to encourage us all to follow the guidelines of our “governing authorities” according to the scriptures (Romans 13:1), so long as the authorities are not requiring us as Christians to violate our conscience in disobedience to Scripture. Further, we also live by a higher moral law, that being the great commandment to “Love God, and our neighbor as ourselves.” (Mark 12:30-31) If wearing a mask prevents the spread of the coronavirus, and consequently the hospitalization and potential death of ourselves, families, or neigh- bors, then I think it is wise for us all in this particular situation to wear a mask as you enter church and throughout the worship experience. I do, however, want to encourage you, with proper social distanc- ing, to engage in fellowship outside of church in the parking lot or grassy areas around the facility. While we are asking you to follow the governor’s requirements to wear masks inside, we also recognize that some of you cannot wear one due to prior health conditions. The governor’s order made full exception for that, and stated that no one has to produce documentation or
identify the precise medical condition.
You may want to know how we as a pastoral staff and those on the platform will abide by this mandate. We have given careful thought to this. Our plan is for singers, musicians, and pastors on the platform to wear our masks over our ears and under our chin when speaking/singing as we continue to practice social distancing. As soon as we come off the platform, we will then pull our masks up over our mouth and nose as we move about the congregation.
I do realize that there are possibly some of you that may not like or agree with the governors mandate. Please know that I understand your concerns and frustrations. My desire as your pastor is to honor God in leading by example as well as considering our interests as a church. We do not want anyone in our congregation to catch the virus nor do we want to potentially be held liable as a result of negligence. Thus, we will have plenty of masks and will be providing them for anyone who does not bring one. Please help us to do this and there should be no reason why we can’t continue to limit the spread of the virus, gather in worship, and be an example to our
community of good citizenship.
Better in 2020,
Keith Cross, Lead Pastor