When will CrossWay resume in-person corporate worship?
We resumed gathering on June 21 and will continue to gather together until further notice.
What are the service times?
Our service times have been temporarily changed to 8:30am and 10am. This accommodates a third morning service (at 11:30am) if needed.
Will I need to RSVP?
With the adjustment of our Sunday service times to 8:30am and 10am, we do not need RSVPs for now.
What precautions related to COVID-19 is CrossWay taking?
Everyone will be asked to wear a mask during the entire service. Children four years old and younger are not expected to wear a mask.
The seating arrangement of the auditorium will be rearranged to accommodate 6 feet of space between households. The new seating capacity will be 220 people per service.
Services will be shortened to 1 hour to allow thorough cleaning between services of seats, restrooms, and hard surfaces in public spaces.
Hand sanitizer will be available to everyone entering and exiting the building.
Offering will be collected and communion celebrated without passing plates or trays.
Bottled water will be supplied as a sanitary alternative to water fountains.
Our shared Bibles have been put away—please bring your own, and let us know if you need one you can keep!
Why are you requiring masks?
In light of the Governor’s order on August 1st, we will ask everyone (5 years or older) to wear a mask while you are inside the church building. Guidance from the CDC and our local health department recommend masks because they help limit the spread of COVID-19 by people who have not yet developed symptoms but are already contagious. There are also some in our congregation who are more likely to regather if they know we’ll be wearing masks. Even if you aren’t worried about getting sick yourself, this is an act of sacrificial love towards one another and our community.
If you already have a cloth mask, please plan to bring it. If you don’t have a mask of your own, we will have available each Sunday disposable masks you can use and cloth masks you can keep. If you need a mask, please plan to come a little early to pick one up.
We understand that some are not able or not willing to wear a mask. We will continue to provide a video recording of one of the Sunday services for anyone who thinks that is a better option for them or their family until masks are no longer required.
What else is going to be different?
For now, we’re asking that, instead of our usual hugs, handshakes, and fist bumps, we communicate our love with warm words of welcome and enthusiastic waves.
Please plan to come 10-20 minutes before the service starts to avoid a crowd at the door right as the service starts.
The building will have a one-way flow: everyone will enter through the north exterior doors (closer to the restrooms) and exit through the south exterior doors.
When you enter the auditorium, a greeter will help you find the right group of seats for the number of people in your household.
At the end of the service, you’ll be encouraged to quickly move your fellowship away from the seats or (in good weather) outside so cleaning of the auditorium and restrooms can begin immediately.
I’m coming alone—will I have to sit by myself?
If you and some friends are comfortable sitting together, please feel free.
Consider if you have a friend coming alone whom you could invite to sit with you.
Will nursery and children’s classes be meeting?
For now, nursery and children’s classes will not be meeting.
Parents will be expected to keep their children with them at all times.
We will provide an activity sheet for kids coming to the service and (if needed) a restaurant-style package of crayons.
A crying room will be available during the service for parents with wiggly children.
As usual, the conference room will be available for nursing mothers.
Will restrooms be open?
Yes, but please observe social distancing as best you can. A sign will indicate the recommended restroom capacity.
Will we celebrate communion?
Yes! Instead of passing the elements, we will have sanitary, single-serve cups available in the lobby on Sundays we celebrate communion.
I’m not ready or able to resume gathering—will there be a virtual option?
Yes. We know that some people are unable to regather at this time due to personal vulnerability or caring for someone who is vulnerable, and others are simply not ready. Feel free to stay home. One service will be recorded and available on our website.
I’m in a vulnerable group but would like to come—can I?
At present, the CDC advises that people who are over 65, who live in a long-term care facility, or who have certain underlying medical conditions are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-
We encourage those in this group to continue to worship from home, and we will work hard to help you stay connected with the life of the church. If you have weighed the risks and still prefer to gather with us, you are welcome to do so.
Should I stay home if I’m sick?
Yes, please! If you’re feeling unwell, especially if you have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, please stay home.
When will things start to feel more normal?
We’re looking forward to that day, too! We will continue to pay attention to local health metrics, and we will regularly reevaluate our practice and precautions in light of COVID-19 prevalence and the recommendations of health authorities.
I have more questions about this—who should I ask?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will get back to you as soon as we can.