Update - 5/2/20


Reidsville Christian Church family,

With our state’s current stay-at-home measures potentially ending on Friday, May 8, and Gov. Cooper’s three-phase plan to follow, our leaders do not believe that it is reasonable nor feasible that we will be able to meet together as a church family before June 1st. If Gov. Cooper’s timetable is not altered, it could be as late as mid to late June.

While we wait, we want to use the next month to get ready for that return. Once the current restrictions allow for us to meet together as a group of 100 (date unknown), we do not want to simply say, “We’re open!” but rather, “What have we done to create an atmosphere that allows for the most people to feel comfortable to return?” The following guidelines stem from that vision.

Although our reopening plan has three phases, they DO NOT mirror the timeline of the state’s three-phase plan. We recognize that these guidelines are lengthy but hope that you will review them all. We have tried to be as clear and specific as possible with as many of the unknown factors facing us. 
 


PHASE 1 - to last four to six weeks (This applies to Sunday Worship ONLY. All other services and events, both church and community, are canceled):

            Sunday AM Worship

  • There will be three Family Worship services (8:30 / 9:45 / 11:00 AM).
  • We will use an online booking system (or call-in to the church office) to keep each service at 100 people (includes worship team, security team, and leaders – approx. 15). To comply with the state’s order, it will be necessary to reserve seats for each service. Once the attendance limit has been reached, that service will be closed for that Sunday. If you make a reservation and find that you are unable to attend, we ask that you contact the church office to free up your seats. Each service's reservations will start over every Monday morning.
  • Seating will be arranged to accommodate 100 people with social distancing.
  • The worship service will be available online either as a live-stream or video.
  • Those who are at risk are encouraged to continue staying at home.
  • Social distancing and masks will be required.
  • There will be a separate assigned entrance and exit door.

    Secondary Ministry Meetings
  • No Nursery will be available.
  • No Children’s or Student Ministry meetings in person
  • No Connection Groups in person
  • No Fellowship Time between services (coffee, donuts, etc.)
  • No small groups, classes, Bible studies or meetings (outside of leadership) on campus

    Safety and Sanitation Upgrades
  • In the parking lots, we ask each driver to distance their car so that there is a parking spot between each car.
  • Automatic hand sanitizer pumps will be located at the entrance to the auditorium.
  • Masks will be available for pickup as you enter the front door. Additional screenings at the door are being considered.
  • Restroom and commonly touched surfaces will be cleaned before and after each service (Doorknobs, counter tops, microphones, piano keys, sound board, computers, etc.)
  • Greeters will not shake hands (or hug).
  • A communion cup and bulletin will be placed at each seat by gloved volunteers.
  • Offering boxes will be available at the door as you enter/leave.
  • Pens and guest/prayer/service cards will be removed from the auditorium.
  • In addition to suspending the fellowship time between services, the water fountains will not be available for use.


PHASE 2 - to last four to six weeks (This applies to Sunday Worship ONLY. All other services and events, both church and community, unless otherwise noted, are canceled):

            Sunday AM Worship

  • There will continue to be three Family Worship services (8:30 / 9:45 / 11:00 AM).
  • We will continue to use an online booking system (or call-in to the church office) to keep each service at 100-150 people (includes worship team, security team, and leaders). The actual number will be determined by current restrictions from the state.)
  • Seating will be arranged to accommodate 100-150 people with social distancing.
  • The worship service will continue to be available online either as a live-stream or video.
  • Those who are at risk are encouraged to return as they feel comfortable. (If the numbers necessitate, we will consider having a senior-citizen only service.)
  • Social distancing will be required / masks are highly recommendedee
  • There will continue to be a separate assigned entrance and exit door.

    Secondary Ministry Meetings
  • Nursery will be available during the 8:30 AM and 11 AM services (but not 9:45 AM), with increased health guidelines, including temperature check of participants and volunteers.
  • Children’s and Student Ministry summer events will resume on a limited basis with distancing guidelines.
  • No Children’s or Student Ministry meetings on Sunday
  • No Connection Groups in person
  • No Fellowship Time between services (coffee, donuts, etc.)
  • No small groups, classes, Bible studies or meetings (outside of leadership) on campus

    Safety and Sanitation Upgrades
  • See Phase 1

 
PHASE 3 – Projected date of September 1: Reopen all ministries, groups, and meetings at church with guidelines.

           Sunday AM Worship

  • Return to two morning worship services (8:30 / 11:00 AM)
  • The worship service will continue to be available online either as a live-stream or video.
  • Social distancing will be encouraged, as well as honoring other’s wishes regarding hand shaking and hugging. Masks are optional.
  • Seating will be arranged to accommodate 225 people with modified social distancing.

    Secondary Ministry Meetings
  • Nursery will be available during both services, with increased health guidelines for participants and volunteers.
  • Children’s and Student Ministry Sunday meetings will resume with distancing guidelines.
  • Connection Groups will resume, but with maximum numbers for each classroom.
  • Small groups, classes, Bible studies and meetings on campus will resume.
  • Wednesday Night Life studies will resume. However, the meal will be suspended until 2021 (this decision will be evaluated this fall once we have a better idea what the situation is in our community and nation.)

    Safety and Sanitation Upgrades
  • Restrooms, children’s areas, high traffic areas will be deep cleaned each week and prior to each service.

While some may consider these guidelines to be “overboard,” our goal, again, is to bring our entire congregation back to worship as we are able, as safely and as comfortably for all as possible. Our approach is, to the best of our knowledge, the best way that we can “love our neighbors” at this time.  As we move forward, know that we will continue to have a conservative response to the evolving “new normal” that our entire world is dealing with.

Finally, all plans are subject to adjustment as conditions improve or worsen. Over the next few months, the Elders and staff will take current data into account while thoughtfully and prayerfully making the best decisions possible for the entire Reidsville Christian Church family.

Thank you for your prayers and your understanding. We look forward to worshiping in-person with you as soon as possible!

The Elders of Reidsville Christian Church
   

  

Update - 4/1/20


I think if we all had gone to sleep a month ago and just woke up today, after looking at the news, we would think that we were being pranked with the world's biggest April Fool's joke. Wouldn't that be nice? Unfortunately it's not a joke, and yet, the same God Who was in control a month ago is still sitting on the throne today, and (without stealing too much from this weekend's message), He is still at work! As the picture above reminds us, our God still has the whole world in His hands.

I hope that the emails are not coming too often, with too much information, but since this is our main way of communicating, I want to make sure that you don't miss anything that's going on.

  • Our elders met last night and to nobody's surprise (after our Governor's Executive Order last Friday) made the decision to cancel all activities and services at Reidsville Christian through April 30. At that time, the situation will be reevaulated (I know - I sound like a broken record). Our prayers continue to be that the distancing will indeed slow down the spread of the virus and allow us all to be back together soon!

  • Our first online Bible studies will be start tonight, with a Wednesday PM study at 7 and a Thursday AM study at 9. If you would like to participate, please email me (shannon@reidsville.cc) and specify which study (Wed or Thur) so that I can send you the link to join us. If you have not already downloaded Zoom for your computer, take some time in the next to do so. A free registration and download is available here - https//zoom.us/

  • Our worship services continue to be online, with a new service loaded to our website (reidsville.cc/worship/teaching-archive) early each Sunday morning for you and your family. We began a new teaching series last week - The Great 8. If you haven't yet, join us this week!

  • Communion supplies are available to pick up for you and your family. We are packaging them with enough supplies for two people for the month of April. Stop by the church today (Wednesday, April 1) or Saturday (April 4) between 10 AM and noon to pick up as many as you need. If neither of those times works for you, please contact our church office so that we can make other arrangements with you.

  • Our staff continues to encourage us every weekday at 11 AM with a short video devotion on Facebook. If you aren't on Facebook but would like to view the videos, they are all linked here on our website.

  • A huge thanks to Sew-Loved Ministry for the 150 masks they have made for Hospice or Rockingham County and Hospice of Alamance County!

  • Finally, our greatest weapon is still prayer. We urge all of us to pray, maybe like we've never prayed before. Join us each night at 8:20 PM (20:20), wherever you are, to pray for our world, our nation, our neighbors, our church, and our families.

    In addition, we have been invited to join with Pinedale Christian Church in Winston Salem in a worldwide prayer service of 24 hours of prayer through Easter Sunday. If you would like to get involved, visit their website, pick a date on the calendar, and pray.

I know that this virus has already begun to impact many of you, in so many ways. If there is any way that the church can help, we are here for you. Please let us know.

While we wait, will you pray Psalm 57:1 with me?

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy!
    I look to you for protection.
I will hide beneath the shadow of your wings
    until the danger passes by.


So thankful for our merciful God and you,

Shannon

Update - 3/18/20


In an effort to help slow down the spread of the Coronavirus, our governor, Roy Cooper, has issued an executive order prohibiting gatherings of groups of more than 100 people. Because we are in support of those whom God has entrusted with leadership, and because we care about those who are most vulnerable amongst us, as well as all of our healthcare workers who could potentially be overwhelmed by this virus, we are suspending ALL adult, student, and children gatherings and activities on our church campus through March 31.

This decision will be reevaluated at that time to determine our next course of action. Our main sources of communication will continue to be our email list (subscribe here) and our Facebook page.

Please know: This is not a decision that is made out of fear, but instead, out of love and responsibility to our community. While we would rather meet together, we value the health and safety of the people around us and are committed to do all that we can to respond to this unprecedented situation with confidence, integrity, and faith. We still believe that our God is able to do more than we could ever ask or imagine. That has not and will not change.

During this time, here are some ways that we hope to keep us all connected while still being a light to our community and world:
  • Our main concern is to insure that the vulnerable in our church family and community, especially our elderly, are cared for. Chad, our Associate Minister, is heading this effort. If you are aware of anyone who might need assistance, please do not hesitate to let him know. All of our staff's contact information is listed at the end of this email.

    There will undoubtedly be other ways in which we will reach into our community to show the love of Jesus. As they become available, we will let you know. 
  • To try and keep our church family connected, a weekly video with worship and teaching will be available online at our website, www.reidsville.cc. This video will be posted on Sunday morning by 7:30 AM and will be available to be viewed at your convenience throughout the week. We are thankful to Keith, our worship minister, and his worship team for helping make this resource available.

  • In addition, our staff plans to do a quick 5 to 10 minute video update/devotion on Facebook each weekday around 11 AM, with a reposting at 6 PM.

  • Miss Mindy, our Children's Director, will be sending out activities for our children while they are at home from school. If your child has registered with KidCheck over the last few months, you will automatically receive this email. 

  • Dan, our Student Minister, is researching ways to keep our students connected via social media interactions and other creative methods.

  • In addition to their efforts, we don't want you to forget about RightNow Media, a Christian video library that is available to all of our family with "channels" for kids, youth, parenting, finances, marriage, Bible study, and so much more. Please take advantage of this awesome resource! If you have not yet subscribed, you can do so here.

  • Besides music and teaching, the Bible lets us know that there are other important areas of worship, including communion, giving, and prayer. We have the sterile, prepackaged communion cups that we have been using for the last couple years available for you and your family to use in your personal times of worship. These can be picked up at our drive-through this Thursday, March 19 from 1-3 PM and again on Saturday, March 21, from 10 AM to Noon. 

  • If you have not already done so, now would be a great time to set up online giving. We are asking each of you to continue giving to God's Kingdom so, as a church, we can continue to serve our community and our world. You can give securely online at www.reidsville.cc/give. Information is available there on how to do so. If you're not comfortable giving online, we understand. You can continue to give by check through the mail to:

    Reidsville Christian Church
    2020 South Park Drive
    Reidsville, NC 27320


  • Finally, what we as individuals, as a church, as a community, nation and a world need most is God's intervention, which we can boldly ask for through prayer. In a further effort to keep us connected, we ask that beginning tonight at 8:20 PM (20:20), you stop with your family for a few minutes and together, as a church family, we pray for God's healing on our land.

    If you have not signed up to receive our prayer email, you can do so by updating your preferences at the bottom of this email. Any prayer concerns that you would like to publicly share can be emailed to pray@reidsville.cc.
Please know that we, as a staff, are praying for you. If there is any way that we can assist you, or if you just need to hear a friendly voice, feel free to reach out to us. We are so thankful for your continued flexibility, patience, and support. Know that we are encouraged by the way that you are already demonstrating the love and peace of God to our community.  This is the time for all of us to Look, Live and Love Like Jesus!

Thank you for being an amazing church!


The Elders of Reidsville Christian Church

Shannon Newsome - shannon@reidsville.cc
Chad Bailey - chad@reidsville.cc
Keith Shimfessel - keith@reidsville.cc
Dan Dodson - dan@reidsville.cc
Mindy Goins - mindy@reidsville.cc
Delain Akers - delain@reidsville.cc