Date(s) - 6/21/2020
Greetings Ventura Jubilee Fellowship family!
We have been anxiously awaiting this special day! On Sunday, June 21 we will be re-opening our church for “in-person” worship services!
Because of the Ventura County guidelines, we are limited to no more than 100 people per service, so we will be having two services on Sunday – 11:30 am and 4:00 pm.
We have had a re-opening task force of 9 people who have been working hard over the last several weeks to prepare for the reopening. The leadership of Ventura Jubilee Fellowship wants to keep everyone as safe as possible. So, we are trying hard to navigate the delicate balance of reengaging in-person corporate worship and everyone’s safety.
We will do our part to keep you safe, but you need to do your part.
Our part includes making sure the church is cleaned and sanitized before you arrive. We have assembled a team of people who will sanitize before and after. We want to make sure you are safe by reducing the risk of spreading the virus.
The CA COVID website says this “Some people are at higher risk to get very sick from COVID-19, including people over 65 years old, people with compromised immune systems, individuals who have serious chronic medical conditions like – heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, smokers.”
If you have a compromised immune system and/or a pre-existing condition, we encourage you to weigh your attendance at any of our church gatherings.
If you are sick, please do not try to come to any church gathering. Please stay home for your much-needed rest and care and, if you are able, watch the Livestream of our service on our church website.
If you decide to join us for “in-person” corporate worship service, then here is what you will need to know before you arrive:
- Everyone will enter and exit through the large roll-up garage door. (If you are running late, the large door will be closed, but you can enter through the small entrance next to the large roll-up door).
- Please do not come too early! We are anticipating that the roll-up door will be opened roughly 30 minutes before the service begins (11:00 am and 3:30 pm). What we are trying to prevent is for waiting for lines to develop outside the door. If you come early, stay in your vehicles (out of the sun) and wait for the door to be opened and people are ready to receive you!
- We are asking that you wear a mask/facial covering especially as you enter and exit from the church. When seated in the sanctuary and at an appropriate distance from others, then you may remove your mask. As you exit your space, for any reason, please wear your mask. We do have masks available for those who do not have one.
- The first team of people who will greet you are those who will be taking your temperature by a contactless thermometer.
- The next team of people is those taking attendance. Just like on a normal Sunday, we are asking people to “check-in”. As people have responded to us indicating which service they will be attending, we have created an attendance sheet. Simply let them know your name. They will mark your attendance.
- As you proceed through the double doors and towards the sanctuary, the ushers will help you find a seat for you (and your family). We will not be passing out bulletins, etc.
- We encourage you to interact with others but please no physical contact (hugging, handshaking, fist-bumping, elbow knocking, etc.)
- We encourage you to use your own bathroom before coming to church, however, if you need to use the bathrooms, they are available.
- As worship services resume, we will contemplate the best and safest way to celebrate the Lord’s Supper. When we have a plan, we will let you know, but until then we will not have communion during “mass” gatherings. Along the same lines, we will temporarily suspend prayer activities of “anointing with oil” or “laying on of hands” until it is safe and clear for us to do so.
- We will not be receiving the offering during the worship service like normal, BUT we will have a place for you to place your offering.
- At the end of the service, the ushers will release you row-by-row beginning in the rear of the section closest to the rollup door.
- We will not have the normal time of fellowship in the café before and/or after worship. But when you do interact with others please be sure to follow the social distancing guidelines (staying 6’ away from each other).
- If, at some point, if you test positive for COVID-19 after attending our services, then, please, contact us at the church so that we can take the necessary steps to prevent further exposure to our church body. We will do our best to respect your privacy and keep your identity confidential.
Our hope is that you can see through these guidelines and into our hearts. We want you to feel safe and secure as we re-open the building for corporate, in-person worship. We love you and care about your health!
We hope to see you on Father’s Day as we meet in the Father’s house!
In His Grip,
Re-Opening Task Force