Dear Anchor Church family,
Many of you have been asking when we will be starting services on campus again. For the past several months, our staff has been praying, researching and planning for that very day, too!
With your safety and comfort at the top of our concerns, we are excited to share our plans for gathering on campus once again, even as we continue with our online services for those who feel more comfortable with that option.
Please note that we especially want to be mindful of the health of the most vulnerable among us, those with pre-existing conditions, low immunity or compromised health, and ask that they watch online from the safety of their homes.
- Saturday, July 11: Prayer Service, 8 to 9 am in the courtyard, limited seating, reservations required
- Mon, Tue, Thu, July 13, 14 and 16: Team Nights, 6:30 to 8:00 pm in the courtyard, invitation and reservation required for Dream Team members only
- Friday, Aug. 7 and Sunday, Aug. 9: In-person services begin, Friday at 7 pm, Sunday at 7, 9 and 11 am, 45 minute services to allow for cleaning after each service, no child care provided, limited seating, reservations required
- Friday, Sept. 4 and Sunday, Sept. 6: Anchor Kids begins for all services, Kindergarten to 6th grade only (no nursery or preschool for now)
We so appreciate your patience and understanding as the long process of restarting events and services on campus is being done. With new information, requirements and guidelines evolving on an almost daily basis, our staff has been working hard to ensure that our plans to continually clean and sanitize the campus using the most effective methods will give you peace of mind while you’re here. And with you doing your part by wearing facemasks and physical distancing while on campus, we will have a safe and enjoyable re-gathering!
How should I plan to attend a service?
We are currently researching reservations systems that will serve us best. Once we have our reservation system set up, you will visit our “Reservation Page” to reserve seats for you and your family at whatever service you want to attend. Seating will be limited in order to follow physical distancing guidelines.
Each family member 3 years old and up should wear a face covering or mask while on campus. Please arrive 15-20 minutes early to ensure that you have enough time to check in and find your seat before service begins.
What happens when I arrive?
When you arrive, please check in at the church entrance then follow an usher to find your seat. Please do your best to maintain a safe six-foot distance as you move through and take your seat. Family members may sit together.
Will there be Anchor Kids available for my children?
No childcare or Anchor Kids will be available for now to give us time to monitor the needs and prepare, however, we are planning to begin Anchor Kids some time in September at all services for kindergarten through sixth grade only (no nursery and preschool for now).
If your children will be sitting with you in service, please have them wear facemasks if they are 3 years old or older, and bring quiet activities such as coloring books, an iPad with earphones or reading books so they can be occupied during the message. If they should become restless, please take them outside in consideration for others.
Will restrooms be available?
Yes, our restrooms will be open during service. Restrooms will be cleaned and sanitized frequently by our cleaning team. We ask that you do your part in maintaining physical distancing should there be a line to enter, use seat covers, and wash your hands thoroughly.
Will there be any beverage service available?
To ensure your safety, we will not be serving any beverages for the foreseeable future. We encourage you to bring your own beverages in a spill-proof container if you desire.
What will parking look like at service?
Parking will remain the same, with stalls along the front of our buildings reserved for those with babies or young children and seniors or others who have difficulty walking. Shuttles will not be available at this time because of physical distancing requirements.
Will online services still be available?
Our online services will still be available through our website, app, Facebook and YouTube, however, beginning Aug. 7, online services will only be available on Sundays and Wednesdays to give our media team time to record, edit and post the service online. We are still committed to continuing the same level of excellence that you’ve been experiencing during the past two months for those who feel more comfortable watching from home.
What precautions is the church taking to provide a safe environment?
We are taking every precaution as prescribed by the CDC to ensure that our campus is clean and safe for you and your family. We are taking measures to sanitize all surfaces prior to you coming and again after each service.
We ask that those who are most vulnerable with pre-existing conditions, low immunity or compromised health to watch our service online. We value your safety above all else.
Also, if you have any of the following symptoms during the two weeks prior to service, please worship with us online:
- Fever over 100 degrees
- Cough or sore throat
- Shortness of breath
- Any flu-like symptoms
- Contact with anyone confirmed to have COVID-19 in the past 14 days