COVID-19 Update (11/14)

Greetings River Oak! 

Most of you have heard by now that the Governor has limited all public and private gatherings to 25 people as of midnight Sunday night.  However, we believe it is important for you to know that these restrictions do not apply to churches.  We remain in close contact with state leaders and officials who have confirmed to us that for now, churches remain under the criteria listed in Executive Order Number 61, which are the rules and guidelines that we have been following for the last five months.   

That is good news as we live out our biblical calling to corporate worship and fellowship, but our goal since March has been to carefully watch the developing situation so we can safely and responsibly make wise decisions that demonstrate love for our people, reflect the best interests of public safety, and demonstrate a Gospel testimony to our community.  So, while we are thankful that the Governor’s new mandates leave room for us to continue to responsibly meet on-campus and in-person this Sunday at 8:00am, 9:30am, and 11:15am, we are going to make the following adjustments out of an abundance of caution:  

  • reduce the number of available seats for each service to allow for increased social distancing in the worship center;
  • reemphasize our face covering and social distancing requirements; 
  • temporarily move our children’s ministry back to a fully online format while we reconsider the COVID-19 situation, flu & virus season, and best practices;
  • temporarily move the Harbor, our Sunday evening Student worship and discipleship program, to a fully online format until further notice; and
  • continue to evaluate best courses of action for all our ministries over the next few days so we can provide you with a detailed update next week.

We know many of you have been personally impacted by COVID-19 in recent weeks.  We have heard your stories and challenges and are praying for you.  For some it has been serious health concerns for yourself or family members, for others it has been interruptions to your daily lives and significant challenges at work, home, school, or in your community.  We live in uncertain times, but none of this has taken our God by surprise.  He is working out His plan and purposes around us every day.  He loves us and is worthy to be praised!

Please stay tuned and check the church website often for updates and adjustments.  We are excited about the future and looking forward to great days ahead at River Oak!  Let’s keep our eyes up, focused on Jesus, our true hope and the author and finisher of our faith!


P: (757) 382-9500

Service Times:
9:30AM (Livestream Available)
255 Great Bridge Blvd.,
Chesapeake, VA 23320