While our target dates for reopening have moved, based on new information, data and additional guidelines provided by state government and the CDC, we have decided to move forward with an intimate, trimmed down outdoor service this Sunday, May 17, at 9:15 a.m. This will be a limited service, held under the Steve Roath Pavilion, with some restrictions.

We will move our live-streamed or online services from 10:30 to 11 a.m., and we encourage you to watch online, especially if you are not yet comfortable meeting in a group setting.

Before last Sunday’s sermon I noted the guidelines we would use to ensure the health and safety of our congregation, and I would like to take this opportunity to reiterate the guidelines. Please read these carefully.

GUIDELINES

  • The service will be modified, a shortened one with few or no traditional elements such as announcements and full worship team participation.
  • Seating will allow for 6’ distancing with white chairs under the Pavilion and picnic tables for families in the basketball court and soccer court.
  • We strongly encourage everyone to wear a mask and we will have a limited number of masks available on site.
  • Follow the signs on our campus when you enter from the street. Our Parking Team will direct traffic in and out of church campus, and parking will be available in the paved, gravel and pasture areas. You will be directed to park at least 6’ from the adjacent car.
  • You will be directed to the Pavilion via two routes – behind the church building and to the side, depending on where you park. Please maintain safe distances as you proceed to the Pavilion.
  • Exiting services and the campus will also be managed by our hosts and Parking Teams.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

  • The church building will not be open, nor will the modular units at the back of the property.
  • Restrooms will not be available.
  • In the event of rain, the outdoor service will be cancelled. We will notify everyone through our various modes of communications, including theridge.cc website, Facebook, Instagram and by text.
  • Please keep in mind that Governor Brian Kemp has extended the “shelter in place” order for June 12, 2020, for those who are older than 65 years or anyone with a compromised health condition. We urge you to take this into consideration as you consider this outdoor service.

I realize that the guidelines and considerations may seem onerous to some, but we want to represent The Ridge well, and take every precaution to protect each person who desires to worship in the Pavilion.

We will make decisions on whether or not to continue the outdoor services on a weekly basis, and we will keep you well informed on any changes in plans at The Ridge.

I am looking forward to seeing the faces of members who decide to try the outdoor gathering and to sharing God’s word both in person and online. Please join me continuing to pray for our nation’s leaders and healthcare professionals who are making hard decisions that have an impact on each of us. I ask that you pray for The Ridge leaders as we seek God’s guidance in how to move forward as a church and lead in the near future.

Lead Pastor, The Ridge Community Church