Ascent’s Re-Gathering Plan

First Sunday back together – June 21 @ 10am!
It is our greatest desire to provide a safe and joyful experience whenever you worship at Ascent. We can’t wait to be together on Sunday, June 21st! Please see our plan below as we look forward to being together as a church family.

We have prayerfully met as an Elder team, having taken in all of the communication from local & state government, public health officials and other local churches and pastors, to formulate our strategy for re-opening Ascent Church in a way that

  • honors God, 
  • provides the best experience for our church family 
  • and does our best at reducing the health risk’s associated with COVID-19.

Four guiding principles for our decisions in each phase are:

• Care well for our body
• Stay in step with our community
• Wait to gather until we’re ready
• Love one another (people are going to think and feel different things) and show GRACE

A NOTE FROM PASTOR BRIAN:
We can’t wait to be together as a church family soon – Sunday, June 21! 
Earlier we communicated that we’d meet in two worship services – 9 & 11am. We’ve prayerfully considered your feedback and other important factors, and have concluded that it will be best to meet in ONE service at 10am in our worship center, with options to use other rooms as well, if we run out of room (the county recently approved occupying up to 25% room capacity).
  • RSVP email has been sent so we know how many plan to attend – or RSVP here
  • Goodie bags and fun activities for kids! (no Ascent Kids ministry allowed just yet…)
  • Stay tuned to our website, social media and email for more details to follow
Re-Gathering Plan
Check out our 4-Phase Re-Gathering Plan here and below.
Church Online Platform, Facebook & YouTube
We know not everyone will be able to attend our worship services and now that we have the technology to broadcast church online, we’ll always be providing our worship services on all three platforms: Church Online Platform, Facebook & YouTube.

    BUT . . . don’t expect it to look like it did back on March 8th.  We are going to be very intentional about doing it safe and taking the wisdom we have learned from churches around our community and country who have already opened. 

    Here are some highlights of our plan:
    • We have sanitized the facility from top to bottom in anticipation of your return and will do so before and after each service.
    • We will not be serving any food or coffee.
    • All doors will be propped open to minimize contact with surfaces.
    • We will do church “family style” with all kids and youth joining the adults in the auditorium – and while we can’t have Ascent Kids Ministry just yet, we’ll have activities and goodie bags for our kiddos to have fun with.  We love kids at Ascent and YES we really want them to be a part of our services.  And we hope to open Ascent Kids classrooms soon! (Student Director Gabe Awbrey is planning Ascent Student Ministries activities for our middle and high schoolers – coming soon!)
    • Everyone who is considered vulnerable is encouraged to continue to enjoy the live stream service at 10am on our three platforms: Church Online Platform, Facebook & YouTube from the safety of your home.
    • We will maintain physical distancing in our seating by each family OR social group will be seated together leaving 3 chairs in between you and the next group.  For clarity – if there are friends or extended family members you already socialize with, it’s OK to sit together in church and it helps us with our seating capacity.  Our ushers and greeters will be seating you based on the quadrant you usually like to occupy. (You’ll see when you arrive…)
    • We will refrain from handshakes, hugs, and high fives. (That’s HARD for extroverts like me!)
    • We recommend masks are worn and though they are not a requirement, we wear masks because we love those around us, and want to avoid any risk of unknown COVID-19 transmission.  All staff and volunteers will be required to wear a mask unless they are on the stage.
    • We will continue to offer a high quality online experience for all who prefer to worship with us from home.

    Finally, I’d like to give us a little perspective and clarity as an Ascent family of faith. Remember that we’re committed to showing each other grace and love in the name of Christ. This is NOT a test of faith or ranking of spirituality by observing who attends or who doesn’t. We want to honor and respect each person and their personal convictions, based on Paul’s encouragement to us in Romans 14, on the subject of COVID-19, wearing a mask or not, and their readiness to attend a service.  

    It‘s been too long – and we can’t wait!

     

    Belonging. Becoming.

    Phase 1 (last week of May)

    Church Online platforms
    Partial re-opening of church office

    Phase 2 (beginning June 1)

    Church Online platforms
    Encourage Base Camps & small groups to meet in homes
    Added health & safety guidelines in place
    Church office adjusted hours

    Phase 3 (beginning June 21)

    Public Worship Gatherings (RSVP online)
    Church Online platforms
    Social distancing, health & safety guidelines in place
    Church office regular hours

    Phase 4 (prayerfully, end of summer)

    Regular Schedule with “new normal” safety guidelines and modifications
    Church Online platforms