WHEN WILL Alderwood Community Church REOPEN IT'S DOORS?

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Alderwood Family,


Many of you have been asking when we will be able to gather again in our facility to worship, and I’m hopeful that that day is soon. Our desire as a church, from the elders to the staff, is to do all we can to make decisions based on your safety and health. That means, among many other things, that we follow the guidelines of our governing officials.

Recently Governor Inslee made significant changes to guidelines for churches that bring us one step closer to worshiping together in-person. One of those changes is an increase in the number of people who can meet in our building at one time during the next phase of his plan. It is a significant increase that would make it very realistic for us to open our doors at that time.

 

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

While these changes are great news, there are many restrictions that would need to be followed in order to gather in a safe manner that complies with CDC guidelines. Here are just a few:

  • All highly touched surfaces must be sanitized before and after each service.
  • Masks must be worn at all times inside the building.
  • Social distancing must still be observed inside and outside the building.
  • Any attendees with a temperature of 100.4 or higher must stay home.
  • Anyone who is considered high-risk must remain at home.

These are just a few items from the list of guidelines we must adhere to, and we are nearly ready to meet all of them. You can find a full list of what we will do and what you will need to do attached to this email or on our website at alderwood.cc/covid.

 

WHEN WILL ACC OPEN ITS DOORS?

At the time of this writing, we do not know the exact date for when we can re-open. Our hope is that Snohomish County will enter Phase 3 soon, so we want you to know that we are preparing for when this happens.

 

WHAT WILL SERVICES LOOK LIKE?

ONLINE WORSHIP EXPERIENCE

In Phase 3, we will continue to stream our services online at 8:30am, 10am and 11:30am. Some of you may not yet feel comfortable gathering in public. Some may be conisdered high-risk. For you, our online worship services will continue to be quality experiences and will be a great way for you and your family to worship. You can find that at alderwood.cc/online.

IN-PERSON GATHERINGS

Our in-person services will look very different, but we hope to still provide a welcoming environment for everyone. At that time, we will hold services at their regular times in the auditorium, at 8:30am, 10am and 11:30am, though seating will be limited. Everything will be live and in-person, from the worship to the teaching of God’s Word. ACC Kids ministry and childcare will not be available yet, but kids are welcome to attend with their parents in the Auditorium, or to join the family service (see below).

OUTDOOR, FAMILY SERVICES IN THE BACKYARD!

We are also excited to offer a special outdoor, family service for parents and their kids! This will be held out in the West Parking Lot around an outdoor stage, with live worship and a video presentation of our weekly kid's lesson, Where in the World is Wendi? Look for more details to come on times and what to bring.

 

If you are planning to gather in-person, we ask that you pick one service to come to that day, either in the auditorium or outside for the family service. Space is limited and restricted during this time. By choosing one service to attend, you will be making room for others to gather, connect with other believers and hear God’s Word.

 

I am so proud of you, our church body, who have continued to be the Church during these strange and difficult times. I look forward to the day when we can be together again. I know that as we slowly transition to gathering in-person, we will continue to be the Church that follows Jesus together. And may the world see our unity and love for one another in such a way that would lead them to faith in Him.


WHAT ACC IS DOING

  • We will have hand sanitizer stations at entrances and at various points around the building.
  • Highly touched surfaces around the building will be sanitized before and after each service.
  • Chairs in the auditorium will be sanitized with a static sprayer prior to each service.
  • Rows of chairs will be spaced apart for social distancing.
  • Ushers will guide families to their seats.
  • Entrance doors will be propped open for ventilation and to limit hand contact.
  • Staff, Greeters, and Ushers will be equipped with masks and gloves.
  • Greeters will be prepared to welcome you at the door and point you to masks (if you do not have one) and hand sanitizer stations.
  • Bibles and pens will not be available in the seats at this time.
  • Childcare will not be available during our services.
  • A family service will be provided for parents and their kids. This includes an outdoor stage with live worship, a showing of the weekly Where in the World is Wendi? video, and a fun time of connection. This will be located in the West Parking Lot (aka The Backyard).
  • Communion will be provided as all-in-one communion packets.

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO

  • If you are in a high-risk group, please stay home.
  • If you have a temperature above 100.4, please stay home.
  • Wear a face mask. If you do not have one, a mask will be provided for you.
  • Keep 6 feet apart - social distancing - no hugging, handshaking, fist bumping, etc.Smiling and greeting can be seen in your eyes, so light those eyes up!
  • All communications will be available digitally – paper bulletins and sermon outlines will not be available – so upload them onto your phone or tablet before you come.
  • We ask that you do not congregate in the lobby or in the parking lot for these reasons: 
    • So we can sanitize high-touch surfaces in between services.
    • To avoid congestion in parking lot between services.
    • There will be a space outside the West Entrance and in the West Parking Lot for those wishing to briefly connect with others between services.
  • The latte stand and free coffee station will not be available in the lobby. You are welcome to bring your own water bottle or coffee.
  • Offering plates will not be passed during the service.
  • If you wish to give, offering boxes will be available at each door of the auditorium. You can also use the mail slot in the lobby. 

BUT FOR NOW, HERE'S WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT:

ACC Online:
We will continue to record and post our weekly messages no later than Saturday evening. We encourage our ACC family to conduct a small worship service at home. You can view the messages here or by using the ACC App.
 
For families with kids:
In addition to posting our weekend messages, we encourage families with young children to log on to RightNow Media for some amazing resources designed specifically for children and families.
 
Giving:
While we won’t be gathering together for the next few weeks, please remember that ACC still seeks to impact the community around us and is moving full steam ahead with our continued plans with the Alderwood Compassion Center, our commitments to our local and global missionaries, as well as the day-to-day operations of the church. Your continued giving helps fuel what God is doing through this church family. If you haven’t already, check out our online giving. If you prefer to give by check, you also have the option to mail in your giving to the church office. 

Questions or concerns?

If you’d like to share your thoughts, concerns, questions, and ideas with us as we navigate our response to this situation, we’d love to hear from you. Your input and feedback are truly important to us. Please email reachus@amcc.org with any questions or comments.
 
While we cannot control the virus, the spread or the impact it has in our church, we’re doing everything we can to make this campus as safe and clean as possible. We appreciate your cooperation and commitment to help us do just that. We must also remember that God has not called us to live in fear but in faith. As the apostle Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 1:7, “For the Spirit of God does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.” My prayer is that God will fill all of us with these three gifts, no matter what comes our way.
 
– Brad McConnaughey | Lead Pastor
 

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