On the whole, we recommend that you follow the recommendations of the CDC and our state and city when it comes to when and how to gather back together at Hope Church. Below are some quick answers to some of the more frequently asked questions we've received.
UPDATE: What Will Worship Look Like?
Short Answer... getting closer to the old normal all the time.
We will start letting people into the building at 9:45am. There will be masks available for you to wear (you are also welcome to bring your own).
Limited beverage service is available at the Main St. Cafe. We will serve you a hot coffee, iced water, your choice of hot tea, hot apple cider, or hot chocolate. Feel free to enjoy your beverage on Main St. and in the worship room of your choice.
Once inside, you'll be guided to Town Hall. Rows of chairs will be taped off where people may not sit in order to keep proper social distance between groups. Households may sit together. If a group does not take up a full row, please leave a 2-chair gap between you and the next group.
The worship service will consist of a songs with minimal instrumentation, announcements, and a message from Lead Pastor Matt Sturdevant or one of our Associate Pastors. The length of the service should be around 60 minutes.
When the service is over, feel free to catch up with friends on Main St.
Kids' and student ministries are up and running (see information below).
May I sit with my friends?
We recommend sitting with households as the people living under the roof are likely safe to each other. This would obviously include families living together, but also roommates.
But, if there are people you feel comfortable sitting with even though they do not live with you, please meet up in the parking lot before entering the building and then stay together the rest of the time inside.
May I Bring My Kids?
The short answer is... YES!
The long answer: Get more information about what the check-in process will look like here.
Am I a Bad Parent if I Bring/Don't Bring My Kid?
Short Answer: No.
Long Answer: You have been given the stewardship and authority over your child(ren) by God. As a church, we won't overstep that stewardship and tell you what God wants you to do in this case. All we will do is advise you as parent(s) to speak to God and to each other and make your decision. We agree that you need to do what you feel/think is best for your family in these specific circumstances.
Do I Have to Wear a Mask?
We are asking everyone to wear a mask while inside our building (this includes Town Hall worship) to respect everyone's sensitivities. Please also do your best to maintain the minimum six (6) feet social distance between people of different households.
People singing and presenting from the stage will not wear masks. They will be well over 6 feet from the front row and will be within safe social distances
If I Am Over 65 Will You Send Me Home?
Assuming you are in good health, have not been around anyone with an active contagious disease of any kind for a reasonable period of time, and are willing to come out and worship at the building on June 7, we will not stop you. Just like with the parenting questions above, we feel this decision falls inside your stewardship and not the church's.
What If I Am a Healthcare Worker?
Assuming you are of good health and have not been around any active cases of COVID-19 or any other contagious diseases for a reasonable amount of time, we would enjoy worshiping with you. But again, this is between you and God. If you show up, we will assume you are where you need to be.