CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) - UPDATED May 22, 2020
RIVER RIDGE CAMPUS RE-OPENING PLAN
On March 14, we prayerfully decided to gather online each Sunday for worship until further notice. Through a momentous effort of staff and volunteers, we were able to pivot quickly to develop a robust River Ridge Online ministry and gather online each Sunday for worship.
Additionally, we’ve also been gathering online for a daily devotional through the Psalms, providing families with Ridge Kids content, offering Wired and Fuse for middle schoolers and high schoolers, and meeting as Ridge Groups online. We’ve been amazed at the ways in which God has continued to show up, encourage and draw new people into a growing relationship with Him through River Ridge Online.
As our region and country begin the process of reopening, our staff is preparing a phased reopening plan that mimics the strategy outlined by the government. We still believe that the best way to love God and to love people is to take proper precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We are closely monitoring the “reopening” of our state and region in order to discern the wisest time to open our buildings to in-person worship.
While other businesses and churches are already opening up, due to the number of kids and families that attend River Ridge Church, we are taking a cautious and phased approach to re-opening our public ministries. Our plan right now is to slowly yet intentionally move through the phases as long as we see positive progress in our state and region.
PHASE 1: RIVER RIDGE ONLINE (CURRENT)
- We will continue to offer all aspects of River Ridge Online.
All River Ridge buildings remain closed, except for staff and/or volunteers whose work necessitates being at the building.
PHASE 2: LIMITED IN-PERSON GATHERINGS (BEGINS JUNE 1)
We believe that the experience that you can have through our online platform is better than the limited and restricted experience that you could have in-person. As such, in this phase:
- We will continue to provide Sunday worship and ministry in our online only format through River Ridge Online.
- We will add Limited In-Person Gatherings.
The goal of this phase is to provide in-person community and fellowship. Limited In-Person Gatherings include:
- Small group gatherings can meet in person following recommended social distancing and health guidelines.
We plan to offer specific encouragement and guidance for all of our groups on creative ways to gather together in-person, while also providing some opportunities for online bible studies. More information will follow in the coming weeks.
- Potential outdoor worship and prayer gatherings in a park or drive-in worship. We are actively exploring opportunities for us to experience in-person worship and will keep you posted as those become more solidified.
This is a fluid situation and available information and data is constantly being provided and reviewed. We will continue to monitor and adjust to the changing information, as is appropriate, before moving on to the next phase.
PHASE 3 – REOPENING CAMPUS GATHERING WITH SIZE LIMITATIONS (TBD)
This phase assumes that there may be a point in time where the progress and social guidelines may allow for larger public gatherings but less than the capacity of our facilities. We don’t know if this phase will, in fact, be a reality for us.
- We will continue to provide all aspects of River Ridge Online for those not able to join.
- We will provide ministry to adults and kids, with size limitations in the environments.
While not enough information is currently available for us to determine a timeline for Phase 3, our staff is actively evaluating each environment to determine capacities based on the most updated guidelines. Phase 3 would be an interim phase, while we await size restrictions to be removed.
PHASE 4 – NORMAL OPERATION WITH NO SIZE RESTRICTIONS (TBD)
- We will continue to provide an engaging and effective River Ridge Online into the future, including after we are able to return to full-capacity meeting.
- We will meet at River Ridge Church with no restrictions.
While we expect our in-person gatherings to feel the same once we reach Phases 3 & 4, we also expect that the way we interact with each other will look a little different for a while. We’re exploring the ways to modify the parts of our services that previously required physical contact (such as passing offering buckets and greeting each other with handshakes), as well as establishing protocols and procedures to keep our facilities clean and safe.
We don’t have a timeline for how long it will take to reopen fully, but know that we’re looking forward to it as much as you are!
A few key points to remember:
- We are holding onto these plans with open hands so that we can act wisely in response to the most up to date information that we have. Our leadership team will continually evaluate the options above as well as others that might arise in conjunction with the most readily available data and guidelines so that we can ensure that we reopen in a way that is safe for our community. So please be patient and understand these plans are not written in stone and are subject to change.
- Continue to pray for unity among our church family. We recognize that there are differing levels of comfort among different people as we are making decisions about gathering together, but our prayer is that we can remain united in Christ as we navigate these uncertain times together.
In the meantime, stay tuned for updates, and continue to gather with us digitally at River Ridge Online.
Help & Relief Efforts
Looking for ways to help? We are continuing to establish partnerships and provide opportunities for River Ridge to support the community. For the most current list of ways you can help, visit riverridge.org/outreach
f you or someone you know has a need during, click the button below to submit a request.
We encourage everyone to join us for online services (9:15 & 11:00 for Teays Valley and 9:45 & 11:15 for Charleston).
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