Regathering the Church @ SVA

Continuing Livestream Only This Sunday, November 29 - Livestream Only!

For the safety of the SVA Staff Team, our church community, and the broader Snoqualmie Valley – we have made the decision to continue with livestream only this Sunday, Nov. 29th.

We thank you for your prayers and concerns for Pastor Marty as he recovers from COVID-19. He is doing well and continuing to quarantine at home with his family. We do want to reiterate that he has not been on the church campus or in physical contact with any other staff since before he was infected with COVID-19.

The other staff members who were presenting slight symptoms have all been tested in the last few days and are awaiting results. With Thanksgiving this week and a large increase in individuals getting COVID tested, their test results are not expected until later this week. They are self-quarantining as a proactive precaution and will not return to campus until their test is negative

.Although we long to meet in-person just as much as many of you, there are many factors to consider in making the decision to remain online this weekend. With our decreased staff capacity, that many of our congregation will be attending Thanksgiving gatherings this week, and other restrictions that alter our functions – we feel that an online format is the wisest and safest way we can engage the church and also reduce the risk to both staff and our community for one more week. As soon as our staff is well and tests come back negative, we plan to re-open the in-person option for those who are able and comfortable moving forward! Thank you for your understanding and grace.

We wish you a restful & joyful Thanksgiving and look forward to celebrating the new season with you this Sunday as we launch into Advent with our new series – Perfectly Imperfect Christmas!-

- SVA Church Leadership Team

"When will our church be open?"
We have a simple response, we never closed.

Regathering Priorities

  • 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

Please Note: 

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.

Service Times

We will have in-person services at 8:30 & 10:30 am with reduced seating available to maintain social distancing. Registration is required to attend in order to maintain safe social distancing rules.

Face Masks Required

Masks

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.

Seating

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.

Sanitation

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.

Volunteers

Temperature and health screenings will be required for volunteers.

Giving

Our giving kiosks allow for a safe way for you to drop your tithes and offerings. Or online giving is available HERE. No baskets will be passed.

Fellowship

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

How many services are available?

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

Why are masks required for indoor gatherings?

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.

How do I register to attend a service?

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

Can I sit with others outside of my household during a Sunday service?

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!

What about nursery, preschool, children’s, and youth ministries?

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.

Any other questions?

If you have further questions regarding the regathering plan, please contact us at info@svaonline.org.