"When will our church be open?"
We have a simple response, we never closed.
It might seem like a subtle distinction, but it’s important. Because we believe that the church is defined by its people – not its property – our church has continued to meet, to be open, and to be the body of Christ during the stay at home orders necessitated by this year’s coronavirus pandemic.
And so, our plan is not to reopen, but to regather in-person while continuing to be distributed and deployed within our communities in an effort to continue being people helping people find and follow Jesus.
When it's hard, let's love more. When it's inconvenient, let's love more. When the world around us is grappling for hope, let's love more. The world will know we are followers of Christ by the way that we love (John 13:35). So, let's love more.
- Honor God & love his people well
- Be a safe place for people to find hope & healing
- Provide opportunities for all needs and comfortabilities
- Partnering with families in the growth of their children
- Adhering to King County guidelines
Live Streamed & In-Person Service / Hybrid Gatherings
Next Phase - To Be Determined
Addition of In-Person Children’s Ministry & Adjusted Capacities
All plans are tentative. All events and ministry programming is dependent on the ongoing guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the King County Department of Health. This plan is meant to provide a general framework but does not include all events and ministry programming.
Sunday Morning Experience
We are excited to regather in-person, even though it is in a limited way. When you come for a service on a Sunday, you can expect the same gospel-centered praise and worship, prayer, and teaching.
Please know that for others and your safety, we have implemented the following protocols and changes to provide the safest possible environment.
We will begin Phase Two with only the 8:30 am service in place. Depending upon the amount of people & interaction we have the ability to add the 10:30 am service in-person as well.
Masks are required at all times indoors for all adults and children ages 3 and up to protect others and reduce transmission. If you are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons, we have an exemption lanyard at our check-in station for you to wear indoors.
With 25% capacity and 6-foot distancing between groups we can safely accommodate 75 people in our main Worship Center. Ushers will help seat groups as they arrive.
Doors will be propped open for low-touch entrance and exit, hand sanitizer stations are available, and routine cleaning of the spaces will take place.
Temperature and health screenings will be required for volunteers.
Socially distanced fellowship will be encouraged outside of the church building after services.
Additionally, based on guidance from the CDC, we recommend you do not attend Sunday morning worship if you are in any of these at-risk categories:
- People who have serious chronic medical conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease
- Immunosuppressed individuals (people with recent or upcoming surgeries; people on autoimmune treatments, including steroids; people with impaired heart, kidney, or liver function; or people going through cancer treatment)
- Direct caregivers of at-risk individuals (non-medical personnel)
- If you have had flu-like symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath, vomiting) in the past 14 days or been in close contact with someone with flu-like symptoms in the past 14 days
Frequently Asked Questions
Currently, we are offering in-person attendance at the 8:30 & 10:30 am service. We have limited capacity and registration is required.
Please register here: https://svachurch.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/category/26242
Masks (face coverings over nose and mouth) are a way we can intentionally love others in our church family as ourselves and reduce the risk of transmission.
In accordance with statewide mask order, masks are required at all times indoors for all adults & children ages 3 and up. We ask that you please wear a mask and not a face shield.
Most people will not have serious consequences from contracting the virus, but many in our church family are higher risk and their health could be seriously compromised by contracting the virus from an asymptomatic infected person. We want to joyfully bear the burdens of people in our SVA family who are at a greater health risk or anxious about transmission by wearing a mask. In so doing, we create the safest possible environments for them to be able to join our corporate church gatherings.
Registration for Sunday services opens the prior Sunday afternoon at 2 pm.
Please register all individuals that will be attending service with you (including children) at this link: https://svachurch.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/category/26242
According to the current King Country regulations for faith-based gatherings, they make it clear that individuals from separate households should be seated with 6 feet of distancing between them. Therefore, our ushers will try their best to seat households near one another but cannot seat directly together. Thank you for your understanding at this time!
During Phase Two, there will be no in-person Sunday services specifically for nursery, preschool, or elementary-aged students. There will however be specific online live stream services for Preschool & Elementary students at both 8:30 & 10:30 am each week.
Your students are also welcome to join you during the service! We will have designated tables and areas for families with kids to participate in service each week. There will be a children’s activity packet available as well! We are working on developing a plan to resume kids' services depending upon volunteer availability and safety requirements.
Middle & High School students will also remain in the main service with their families at this time.