Returning to Live Worship
Roanridge church of Christ
Returning to Live Worship
We are living in interesting times. Christians have always lived in interesting times.
But as servants of God, we are to be shining lights to the world even in difficult times. We are
to love and respect each other as well as those in our community. We need to respect not only the physical health and well-being but also try to provide peace of mind for those who may be a little uneasy but still want to be able to worship together in person.
The elders, and Wayne have all been working together using information from the
CDC, Missouri Department of Health, Platte County, and the City of Kansas City and factoring in considerations unique to our church family in order to design a protocol that will allow us to all worship together in person.
We’re all having to adapt, and we’re asking for everyone’s cooperation as we continue to work through what this looks like – today, next week and for however long we need to make special accommodations.
If you have specific questions about the procedures we will be using, please contact one of the elders.
In-Person Services Restarting May 17
As directed by the elders, in order to resume in-person worship services, it will be necessary to adhere to social distancing guidelines. This is for the safety and peace of mind of all those worshiping with us.
Members will be assigned to one specific worship assembly time: 10:30 am or 5:00 pm which will be communicated to you by Saturday; No Bible Classes.
Cleaning / sanitizing will occur in between the two services.
A limited number of Visitors are welcome (subject to social distancing guidelines).
Masks required for anyone older than 5 yrs. at all times. Please bring your own as we have a very limited number of masks available.
Children must remain with parents at all times.
Please have children use the restroom before getting to the building. If they must use them at the building, parents must accompany them.
If you need water, please bring a small bottle from home as the drinking fountain will not be operating
Parking & Building Entry:
Please leave 1 parking space in between vehicles.
Doors open about 15 minutes prior to service (please wait in the car until the door is opened).
Maintain 6 feet between others while awaiting entry.
We will ask to take the temperature of those entering, be patient as we do this (and keep your distance while waiting your turn).
Hand sanitizer will be provided, or members can use their own upon entering.
Worshippers will be asked to go directly to their seats upon entry – no congregating in the foyer; please be seated 5 minutes prior to worship start time.
After the Closing Prayer, we will dismiss everyone by row in order to facilitate the orderly exit and prevent bottlenecks.
Please take all personal belongings with you – this includes your Bibles, activities you brought for young children, or blankets.
Because the auditorium must be cleaned for the next service, any item that is left on the pew will be removed.
We will not be able to linger and congregate in foyer.
If you want to visit briefly with other people, do so in the parking lot, but maintain social distancing.
Please do not block any of the entrance or exit areas.
During Worship Service Times:
Because we must maintain minimum distances, we have divided the membership directory into two groups for worship times. We have accommodated any requests that were made known.
We want to ensure that everyone who wants to attend is able and to allow for potential visitors.
Older members and those who may be at higher health risks should consider watching the live stream for a while longer.
Please appreciate the challenge of trying to balance the attendance at the two service times and attend the service you’ve been delegated; if you have a specific reason you cannot attend your assigned session, please contact Ky Hascall who will try to accommodate.
Worship services will be limited to allow for necessary cleaning / sanitizing that will occur in between the two services.
We will not have Bible Classes at this time, but we will continue having the live streamed Bible class on Wednesday nights.
Masks required / No-contact greetings required:
Masks will be required for anyone older than 5 yrs. inside the building.
Masks need to be covering faces at ALL times when moving about the building.
While seated you may remove your mask for short breaks and while you are partaking of the Lord’s Supper.
We must wear masks when singing as singing pushes moisture droplets further than 6 feet during the act of singing. (God will still hear you the same through your mask!)
We will have a very limited number of masks available for visitors, but we are encouraging members to please bring their own.
We will not be able to shake hands or hug yet – but feel free to “air high five” and pray that we will be able to greet one another closer soon!
We want to make our visitors feel welcome, but we must do so within the guidelines of social distancing.
We will make all reasonable efforts to accommodate visitors.
Visitors will be required to adhere to the same procedures as the membership.
If you are aware of specific individuals who intend to visit Roanridge, please let Wayne know so we may plan accordingly.
We plan for the service to last about one hour or less.
The order of services will be modified slightly. To help with the flow, we will open with announcements followed by the opening prayer. Then we have the sermon and an invitation. After this the live stream will end (we are legally not allowed to stream our song service due to copyright laws).
Following the close of the live stream, we will sing, take the Lord’s Supper, collect the contribution, and close with another song and closing prayer.
At the end of the Lord’s Supper a couple of the men will bring wastebaskets to collect the used cups.
One of the Health Department recommendations was to remove items that are shared publicly, such as songbooks.
We will project songs on screen.
If anyone does have a special need for a songbook, please make that known and someone will provide one that has already been sanitized. Leave the book in your pew, and it will be picked up and sanitized for future use.
The drinking fountains will not be operating. If you or your children will need water, please bring a small water bottle from home.
It is encouraged for members to use the restroom before you get to the building. Young children should be accompanied to the restroom if they must use them while attending.
These are certainly difficult, different and trying times in which we live. One of the dangers of world-wide travel is the spread of infections and diseases such as we are dealing with at this time. The elders have agreed to comply with the government’s instructions to suspend all public meetings of more than 10 people in order to protect ourselves from possible exposure to the invisible enemy — COVID-19.
We will be live streaming our services for now at our normal meeting times on YouTube.
Regular Worship Schedule
Sunday Morning Bible Study – 9:30 AM
Sunday Morning Worship – 10:30 AM
Sunday Evening Worship – 5:00 PM
Wednesday Evening Bible Study – 7:00 PM
Email Address Evangelist Wayne Goff
Telephone Number (816) 587-6818
Address Roanridge Church of Christ 6403 N.W. Roanridge Road Kansas City, MO 64151