Pleasant Valley Family,
As the requirements for houses of worship to reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic are continuing to be relaxed, we wanted to give you a quick update about Phase 2 of our plan for re-entry into in-person gatherings during our 3 services at 9:00am, 11:00am, and 5:00pm.
What Is Changing In Phase 2:
- Starting Sunday, July 5 we will be transitioning our online experience to streaming our three in-person gatherings live at 9:00am, 11:00am, and 5:00pm.
- Starting Sunday, July 5, online registration for in-person gatherings will no longer be required. Please arrive early to make sure you have a seat.
- Parking lot restrictions have been relaxed, but we ask that you maintain social distancing as you enter the building.
- Rows of chairs have been moved to 4 feet apart to fit enough seats to accommodate the new State maximum of 50% of our fire code occupancy (200 people) in each service. We will continue to gather at 9:00am, 11:00am, and 5:00pm.
- Since we are no longer requiring registrations, there will be no check in stations on Sunday mornings when you arrive. Please enter through the back lobby door.
- For a more efficient flow, restrooms have been temporarily designated as “Family Restrooms” and will be sanitized every 15 minutes.
- Our services will be a little longer, and we’ll have more singing and a full band (at 9:00am and 11:00am only) to provide the worship experience that you’re used to. The 5pm service will employ a more stripped-down “acoustic” instrumentation with a greater focus on our voices to limit our musicians’ exposure to large groups of people and provide a unique worship experience for those who prefer that.
- Masks or face coverings are recommended but not required.
What’s Staying The Same In Phase 2:
- Attendees will continue to use only the back parking lot.
- A red/green flag system will be at the entrance to communicate when the cleaners have finished sanitizing the building between services.
- Hand sanitizer stations and Personal Protective Equipment will be provided throughout the building.
- Clear signage and flow will allow everyone to maintain social distancing as they enter and exit.
- No bulletins, handouts, or offering plates will be passed, but self-serve individually packaged Lord’s Supper elements will be available.
- Valley Kids will not be available until at least August 1. We are continuing to monitor state restrictions on child-care facilities as well as infection rates in our city, and will reopen Valley Kids when we are able to abide by the state guidelines in our facility.
- We will continue providing Valley Kids grab bags with activities for your kids and discussion guides for the ride home.
- Thorough sanitization of the entire building will occur between services, and the restrooms will be sanitized every 15 minutes.
- Staff and Volunteers will continue to abide by Kentucky’s Healthy At Work requirements for reopening.
- Due to the number of people who are in higher-risk categories or are uncomfortable with large gatherings right now, we are encouraging Community Groups to continue gathering in their homes and hosting “watch parties” of the Sunday service together to make space for community and discipleship for those who cannot attend the gathering in person.
What We’re Asking Of You:
- If you are in a higher-risk category, anyone in your family has a temperature of 100.5 or higher, or anyone in your family feels sick/is symptomatic in any way, please stay home and worship with us online.
- Please park in the back parking lot, and enter the building through the back lobby when the green flag is raised.
- Wearing masks is encouraged, but not required.
- Please maintain 6 feet of social distance between family units when entering and exiting the building and keep your kids close.
- Please exit the building quickly after each service so we have time to sanitize before the next service begins.
- Let’s all give one another grace and love our brothers and sisters of different convictions about all of this really well in a difficult season.
We will continuously monitor the situation in our community and will adjust our plans accordingly as things change. We will communicate any changes to this plan to the church at that time.
This is a season of great anxiety for many in our workplaces, schools, and throughout our city. Yet we can find peace in the comfort of God’s steadfast presence and careful attention to all that is happening. Please join us in praying for those who are in isolation right now, those affected by the virus, as well as the healthcare professionals who are on the front lines working to lessen the impact of COVID-19 on our community. May we be the hands and feet of Jesus to serve the hurting and a voice of comfort to a world in distress as we are walking through this difficult season.
The Pleasant Valley Pastoral Team