following jesus togetherWhether Online or In-Person
10/25 in-person servicesRSVP - Space is Limited
what you can expectIn-Person Services
- Hand sanitizer stations will be at each entrance and at various points around the building.
- Highly touched surfaces will be sanitized before and after each service.
- Chairs in the auditorium will be sanitized with a static sprayer.
- Rows of chairs will be spaced apart for social distancing.
- We ask that families sit three chairs apart for proper social distancing.
- 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 need one) and hand sanitizer stations.
- Bibles and pens will not be available in the seats.
- Childcare will not be available during our services, however...
- A family service will be provided for parents and their kids at 11:30am. This includes live worship, a showing of the weekly Where in the World is Wendi? video, and a fun time of connection. Located in the auditorium.
- We share in communion once a month. It will be provided as an all-in-one communion packet.
how you can help
- If you are in a high-risk group, please stay home.
- If you have a temperature above 100.4, please stay home.
- Please wear a face mask. Masks are available if you do not have one.
- We ask that you exercise proper social distancing, which means 6 feet apart. Refrain from 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.
- We ask that you do not congregate in the lobby or in the parking:
- So we can sanitize highly-touch surfaces in between services.
- To avoid congestion in parking lot 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. You can give at one of the offering boxes, available at each door of the auditorium. You can also use the mail slot in the lobby.
The Future for our GatheringsA Letter From Our Pastor
Hello Alderwood family,
I would like to update you on where we are as a church regarding our in-person gatherings.
As many of you know, over the last several weeks, we have taken advantage of the provision to meet “in person” through outdoor services. It was a joy to be together once again with those who felt comfortable doing so. However, we knew that meeting outdoors would only be temporary, with fall weather just around the corner, so on September 20th, we held our first indoor, in-person gatherings.
It was a successful first Sunday. Our team was prepared and trained to keep all highly touched surfaces sanitized. We cleaned every chair in the auditorium between services. We saw many practicing safe social distancing and wearing the masks we provided at the entrances. And most of all, we had an amazing time of worship, heard a challenging message from God’s Word, and even celebrated two people being baptized! We look forward to many more services ahead.
Since July, we have been requiring an RSVP for our in-person services to ensure that the number of people in attendance was safe and conducive for proper social distancing. Our in-person services have continued to grow in attendance. In late August, we limited our attendance to 200 people per service, and eventually, we added a third service to accommodate.
The Elder Board and the Pastors have been encouraged by the reductions in the spread, hospitalizations, and deaths due to the virus. Snohomish County statistics are particularly encouraging and approaching numbers we believe justify cautiously moving forward.
The Elder Board has decided to begin increasing the number of people we can have in attendance for each service. This would be an incremental change and not happen overnight.
After much prayer and discussion based on wise counsel, the Elder Board has decided to begin increasing the number of people we can have in attendance for each service. This would be an incremental change and would increase to no more than 50% of the capacity of the room. We will begin increasing capacity as the number of RSVP’s grow. We want to do this safely and patiently, taking it week by week, making sure our staff and volunteers are equipped to handle the increased numbers.
Please be aware that we are exceeding the state’s mandated limit for gatherings. We want you to know that our heart is not to be divisive but to minister. We are committed to following the spirit of the state’s guidelines as we gather by still practicing safety, the use of masks, and distancing. We desire to follow the spirit of the government guidelines to keep people physically safe while also following Scripture to meet the spiritual needs of our congregation and community. Incrementally increasing capacity will allow us to lovingly shepherd and care for our church family as well as those in our community who are hurting, needy, and fearful.
In addition to our plans for Sunday services, the Elder Board has also approved for LifeGroups to meet in person, if it can be done safely and responsibly and if they feel comfortable doing so. We understand some people or groups may still feel more comfortable meeting via Zoom, and we encourage that as well.
In addition to our plans for Sunday services, the Elder Board has also approved for LifeGroups to meet in person, if it can be done safely and responsibly and if they feel comfortable doing so.
As we move forward, we strongly encourage any who are high risk, those who are vulnerable due to age or health history (or who live with, or care for, someone in one of these groups), or any who are uncomfortable coming for any reason, to continue to participate online.
We will still to offer a quality worship experience online. Whether you are in-person or online, we hope that you feel encouraged and cared for during this season. May you continue to be built up by God’s Word and the care of our pastors, those in your LifeGroup, and in your circle of influence to live as committed followers of Jesus.
In-person @ 8:30am, 10am and 11:30am
Online Live Chat Broadcast @ 10am
On-demand on YouTube and ACC Website
We will continue to record and post our weekly messages and kids content no later than Saturday evening. A live broadcasts of our service will be available at 10am. For those who will continue to worship with us online, we encourage you to conduct a small worship service at home. You can view the messages here or on the ACC App.
For families with kids:
In addition to our weekly video lessons, we encourage families with young children to log on to RightNow Media for some amazing resources designed specifically for children and families.
While we won’t all be gathering together, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or comments.