COVID-19 Update (7/29)
Greetings River Oak Family!
Most of you have heard by now that our Governor issued Executive Order 68 yesterday, placing additional restrictions on the Hampton Roads area, including limiting in-person gatherings to 50 people. The good news for churches is that the order includes a specific written exception for religious services. So, the rules for worship services that were established back in Executive Order 67 for Phase 3 remain in place. What does that mean for us? We will continue to hold Sunday worship services at the same times and using the same guidelines that we have been using for the last two months.
As a reminder, we are currently holding three in-person worship services on Sundays at 8:00am, 9:30am and 11:15am. And we continue to Livestream the 9:30am worship service on Facebook and YouTube. We are very mindful of the increased test positivity rate in Hampton Roads and want to love our community well, so we will continue to abide by the requirements for church services laid out by our state officials, including limited seating, 6-foot social distancing, facemasks, and enhanced cleaning protocols.
The exception for religious services will also allow us to continue the limited worship gatherings, Bible studies, and Life Groups that we have been holding during the week. But we want to assure you that we are taking the new developments in our area very seriously and will be considering any adjustments or changes that we need to make in the coming days and weeks. We are also carefully and deliberately assessing the feasibility and wisdom of reopening additional ministries in light of the current situation, and we will announce target dates and plans when we are confident that we can move forward in a reasonable, effective, and safe manner. But for right now, we are thankful that our plans, preparations, and gradual approach to opening will allow us to stay our current course.
One last note, please continue to use our online RSVP system to register for services. The RSVP page will open at 10:00am on Thursdays for the Sunday services that week. Even under the guidelines, we have had room for more the last few weeks, so please make plans to register and gather with us in person this Sunday!
We know that none of this is ideal, and we look forward to gathering in greater numbers again as soon as we can. Please continue to look for updates, resources, and information on the “Regather” page of the church website. We look forward to worshipping with you on campus or online this Sunday!