Hello Rock Family & Friends,
We are glad to announce that we have started meeting at the theaters again for Sunday worship services.
We are meeting at our regular scheduled times of 8:30 & 10:00am. We are complying with the state’s requirement
to allow only a 33% capacity for seating, but we have offset that by using both theaters 1 & 2 for our worship services.
Even at the current 33% seating capacity allowed, with people spaced apart and seated in every other row, we can still welcome 150 people per service. So, don’t feel like there won’t be room for you if you come. We do have more and more people starting to come so we always encourage you to arrive early or on-time for the services.
We have partially re-started our Rock Kids programming for children in grades 1-5 at the 10:00am service. Our staff and volunteers are prepared to teach this age group and do so with a confidence that they can keep kids safely distanced. If you opt to have your kids sit with you in the main service on Sunday, be sure they take a clip board as the enter the theater that has age-appropriate activities for them to do.
We also will restart our 10:00am Middle School class for youth in grades 6-8 on Sunday, August 30. As before, this class will start after the singing portion of the service has completed. We have two men who have experience with youth who are eager to invest in their lives and develop the faith of your middle school youth. Dustin Truver has been volunteering in our youth ministry, and Chad Heim is a former youth pastor.
To ensure that everyone who comes on Sunday can enjoy a worry-free worship experience, our staff has gone to great lengths to prepare the movie theaters for your return. Dipson Theaters has sprayed every theater with a powerful disinfectant that will keep the seats germ-free for up to 90 days and they will reapply the disinfectant every 60 days.
If you would like to come on Sunday, please be aware that we are requiring everyone to wear a mask to enter the building.
We have masks available for you to keep, should you forget yours. You won’t have to touch a door to enter as they will be opened for you. Upon entering the theaters, we have everyone stop at the touchless sanitizer dispenser in the concession area. Other touchless sanitizer dispensers are positioned around the building and inside the theaters.
We encourage people to social distance as they hang out and talk, and when entering theaters 1 and 2 for the service. Once inside those theaters we will have ushers who will direct you to a seat based on the size of the group you come with. We are trying to avoid any crossing over of people already seated to prevent contact with people not in your party. Parties are required to maintain a 3-seat space between them and the next person or group.
We have people sit in every other row during both services, and we move the “Do not sit in this row” sign after the first service and place them on the rows where the people sat during the first service. This, along with the disinfectant that has been already applied, further prevents any possibility of cross-contamination.
Once you are seated, you can remove your mask. If you prefer to sing aloud during the singing portion of the service, then we must ask you to continue to wear your mask. The likelihood of ’spray’ is much greater when we sing aloud without a mask. With so few people going into theater 2 at this point, it may be a better seating option for those who enjoy singing praise to God loud and proud.
To minimize any possibility of contact and contamination, we will not be handing out paper bulletins, and we not pass the bucket for the offering. Attendees can place their tithes and offerings in the buckets provided as they leave the theaters after the service concludes.
Once the service is over, we will direct attendees in both theaters out different exit doors and have them social distance so as to avoid creating a crowd of people in any place.
We know some of you are immune-compromised and do not feel comfortable coming to an in-person worship experience yet. We understand, and that is why we are glad that we can still provide you with a high quality online worship experience that makes you feel like "you are there.”
If you want to invite a friend or family member to the theaters on Sunday, you can do with confidence that they are coming to safe worship service. If you prefer to watch online, you can still invite your friends by sharing our livestream on Facebook, holding a 'watch party,’ or invite them to watch the service on the ‘Media’ page on our website.
We look forward to seeing you at church or online. Let’s keep the momentum going!