COVID-19 Status Updates

LAST UPDATED:  Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Campus General Closure

The Providence church campus remains generally closed except for essential activities as defined and explicitly permitted by the church staff.  As we cautiously expand what we offer on-campus, we strongly encourage you to sign up for our online newsletter so you can receive timely updates about those offerings.

Worship Services

We are holding Sunday morning worship services, modified for the safety of our congregation.  As believers in a sovereign God, we petition Him to grant wisdom and knowledge to those in our scientific and government communities as they seek to address this pandemic.  But we then demonstrate our trust in God by following the recommendations and guidelines coming out of those communities.  The measures described herein represent our best efforts at providing a safe environment for corporate worship for all who choose to participate therein.  These guidelines affect almost everything – where we sit; what programs are offered; what we do and don't do in our worship services; and so on.  But we are a family church and a teaching church, strongly supportive of the idea that parents are the primary disciple-makers of their children.  We will continue to weather this storm together, as a family of families.  This pandemic may threaten the physical health of people around the world, but there's no reason for our spiritual health to suffer, too.

Indoor Services – Sundays at 9:00am and 10:30am

We offer two worship services on most Sunday mornings (see "Monthly Outdoor Services" below for the exception to this).  Beginning September 13 (when we return to meeting in the Worship Center Sanctuary), facemasks which cover the mouth and nose are required for entry to our buildings for everyone 5 years of age and older.  As a courtesy, we will provide facemasks for those who do not have their own. 

We are no longer assigning participation in a given worship services based on an alphabetical division of our congregation.  Rather, our two worship services will be identical in content as always, but will have slight differences in their facemask policies and in the parking and building entrance/exit procedures:

  • 9:00am – Facemasks must be worn at all times.  We understand that this may hinder congregational singing, but believe this to be an acceptable tradeoff as we try to maximize opportunities for corporate worship without sacrificing personal safety.  Please park in the front parking lot and use only the church's front doors to enter and exit the building.

  • 10:30am – Facemasks must be worn except when seated in the Sanctuary.  Once you are seated in the Sanctuary, you may opt to remove your facemask.  Please place it back on again if you need to leave your seat for any reason.  Please park in the upper parking areas and use only the café doors to enter and exit the building.

The worship leadership team will remove their masks when on the stage in order to facilitate communication, but will otherwise abide by the same guidelines in place for everyone else.

In order to allow time for cleaning and sanitization before services, the doors to the Family Life Center will not open until 10 minutes before each service.  We suggest you wait in the comfort of your car until that time.

Please do not feel pressured to attend.  We understand that some folks will not feel comfortable attending live services, and we are sensitive to that.  We will try to post video after the services to our YouTube channel so that you can worship and study at home.  So please – for your safety and that of others – do not attend these services if you have an immune deficiency, are feeling ill, or if you have a household member who is feeling ill.

Monthly Outdoor Services – Designated Sundays at 10:00am

We understand that there are some who remain uncomfortable meeting indoors under any circumstances.  In order to provide opportunities for corporate worship for those folks, too, we plan to offer an outdoor worship service one Sunday each month in lieu of indoor services that day.  Checkout out our Outdoor Services page for details.

What to Bring

There are some items you should consider bringing with you from home:

  • Your Bible.  The shared Bibles have been removed, so bring your own (or use your electronic device).

  • Face mask.  For the safety of others, please wear a face mask until you are seated an appropriate distance from others who are not in your household.

  • A water bottle.  We are not allowing use of the water fountains in our facility, so if you think you'll need hydration, please bring your own.

  • Paper, pens, etc.  There are no pens available, and we will not be distributing paper bulletins.  Please bring what you need for note-taking.  Consider bringing quiet activities to keep younger children attentive, too.

  • Your tithes and offerings.  While we strongly encourage all church members to take advantage of online giving options, those who prefer to give in-person may still do so using the designated buckets provided for tithes at offerings as you exit the worship space.

Additional Guidelines

Here are some quick points not covered elsewhere in these guidelines:

  • Small (Grow) groups are still not meeting on campus.  Groups will continue to meet as they have been recently (virtually or otherwise), reserving the Sunday morning time slot for folks who wish to attend worship services.

  • Families should sit together and maintain the recommended 6 feet of physical distance with other families.  The rows of chairs in the Family Life Center have been set up with 6 feet of space between them, but families sharing a row should leave adequate space between them sideways.

  • We will not have preschool or children’s programs. Again, this is a time for the family to worship together.  Feel free to bring quiet diversions (paper, pencils, etc.) for your younger children.

  • Nursery areas will be closed.

  • Parents should accompany their children to the restrooms for their safety, and also because stalls in the bathrooms are marked to facilitate physical distancing and increased sanitation.

  • When observing the Lord’s Supper, we will provide a self-contained wafer and juice packet to you at your designated building entrance.  As you leave the service, waste cans will be available for you to dispose of your trash.  Thank you!

Mid-week LIFT, Wednesdays at 6:00pm

Beginning September 16, we'll be offering Wednesday evening programming that we're calling LIFT – a midweek lift for your social, emotional, and spiritual lives.   See the LIFT page for details!

Church Office

The Church office is open, but the following restrictions are in place for all office visitors:

  • Visitors are restricted to the connector cafe.  No use of classrooms, large meeting rooms, recreational spaces, etc. is permitted.
  • Physical distancing (6 feet or more) must be maintained at all times.
  • Visitors must wear face masks at all times.
  • No in-office counseling will be undertaken.  Our pastoral staff are happy to continue servicing your counseling needs via digital communication methods.