Our Plan for Sunday Worship Gatherings
We are looking forward to gathering this Sunday with the people of Richfield Bible Church. We know that some, out of concern for their health, will want to join us virtually, and that’s OK. If you, or someone close to you, are more vulnerable to this disease, we would encourage you to stay home and watch via our livestream.
For those who choose to gather with us in-person, we want you to know what to expect. Below, you will find our plan for regathering and a few things we ask of you. While some of these steps will be inconvenient, we are happy to suffer minor inconveniences for the sake of gathering together safely.
Where And When We Will Meet
- Location: Richfield Dual Language School (7001 Elliot Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55423)
- Day & Time: Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
What We Will Do
- We will limit ourselves to 50% of the auditorium’s seating capacity, in compliance with the governor’s guidelines. With the size of our room at the school, the number we expect should fit easily with room to spare, in case we have guests.
- We will livestream the service via Facebook Live on the RBC Facebook page. You do not need to have a Facebook account to view a Facebook livestream.
- We will provide hand sanitizer and face masks. In accordance with our governor’s mandate on July 23, 2020, we ask everyone to wear a mask. For more information, click here to watch this brief video from Pastor Bryan.
- We will increase the amount of space between rows, so you/your family can easily maintain a good social distance.
- For the next few months, there will be no formal nursery. There will, however, be an un-staffed nursery room for nursery-type use. In this room, there will be a livestream of the worship gathering. For more information about this change, click here to watch a short video from Pastor Bryan.
- We will have our RBC Kids Class (ages 3+) from 9:30 to 10 a.m.
- We will not pass an offering basket; rather, an offering basket will be placed at the back. You can also give on our website.
- We will not have a table with coffee, bagels, snacks, etc. Most likely, bags of bagels from Caribou Coffee will be available for you to take with you.
- Afterwards, we will be dismissed outside where fellowship can continue. Thankfully, it looks as if the Lord has planned beautiful weather for us.
- We will eat the Lord’s Supper together, taking the following precautions.
- Those preparing the elements will wear a face mask and gloves.
- Those distributing elements will wear a face mask and gloves. Also, rather than pass the elements down the row, those distributing the elements will walk down the widened rows. The bread will be distributed with tongs. The cups will be spaced out in the plate, so that one can be easily grasped without touching any others.
What We Ask of You
- In accordance with our governor’s mandate on July 23, 2020, we ask everyone to wear a mask. For more information, click here to watch this brief video from Pastor Bryan.
- Please worship the Lord; delight yourself in Him, and rejoice to be with God’s people. Don’t let all these preparations distract from the reason we gather: God alone is worthy of all our worship, and it is good for our brothers and sisters (and for us) when we are gathered together. This gathering is about Him, not Coronavirus.
- Please stay home if you are sick; instead, join us via the livestream.
- Please maintain six feet (3 chairs) between you and others (unless you share a home with them). Parents, we know this will be difficult with children, but we need to keep a close eye on the kids for their sake and also for the sake of the vulnerable in our midst. Talk to them and remind them of the importance of avoiding physical contact with others. If your child makes noise, it’s OK! However, if you feel the need to move your child from the auditorium, there is a large lobby with a glass divider, where you can take him or her and still see and hear what’s going on in the auditorium.
- Please refrain from shaking hands, hugging, holy kisses, and other physical contact.
- Please show grace to one another. We all approach this virus and the guidelines from different perspectives. Please show godly humility and deference to others who see things differently.