We pray that you and your family are staying healthy spiritually, emotionally, and physically. As promised, we always want to keep you up to date and continue to adjust our plans when necessary, doing our part to care for those around us.
Yesterday, our governor announced additional, temporary mitigation measures for the state of Pennsylvania.
The following is taken directly from health.pa.gov:
Do the Limited-Time Targeted Mitigation Orders restrict religious gatherings?
“Churches, synagogues, temples, mosques and other places of congregate worship are specifically excluded from the gathering limitations during religious services. These institutions are strongly encouraged to enforce physical distancing and other mitigation measures at their gatherings. Conventions, retreats, and other gatherings that may be sponsored or held by these religious entities that are not the actual worship service are required to comply with the Limited-Time Targeted Mitigation Orders. Attendees at churches, synagogues, temples, mosques and other places of congregate worship are required to wear face coverings in compliance with Face Covering Order and practice physical distancing.”
Given this information, our response regarding our weekend services is as follows:
- All of our campuses will continue to have in-person services.
- We will continue to operate at reduced capacities and encourage physical distancing.
- As a result of the Face Covering Order, Victory Staff will be required to wear face coverings. We continue to ask each of you to manage your own health.
- As a friendly reminder: If you or a family member does not feel well, has a vulnerable immune system, is in a high-risk health category, or simply is not ready to return to church, we encourage you to stay home and continue to be a part of our online community.
Whether you join us onsite or online, we are so thankful that you are part of the Victory tribe. Thank you for continuing to partner with us as we point people to the hope that can be found only in Jesus.
What will services be like?
We are committed to keeping our facilities clean and safe, including low-touch environments that allow for physical distancing, significantly reduced capacity, and increased cleaning and hand sanitizing stations. Our services are also available to join online, giving an opportunity to participate in Worship and the message, if you prefer to not attend in person. You can find more information about all of our locations, including our online experience by clicking here
What about face coverings?
Victory staff will be required to wear face coverings. Face masks are recommended, but not required, for anyone who attends or serves at our services. We want to give everyone the freedom of responsibility to manage their own health. Please be respectful and mindful of others and have conversations without assuming that everyone feels the same way that you do.
Will the café be open?
Currently, in order to provide a low-touch environment coffee is not being served at our cafe. Water bottles are available for free.
What if the auditorium fills up?
If auditoriums fill, we will explore the idea of additional services.
Are congregations legally permitted to gather?
In Pennsylvania, churches have been deemed essential and were never required to close. The state has provided recommendations for churches in our Commonwealth, but it does not impose any requirements. Every church is free to make its own decisions regarding the best practices for gathering in a safe way. We are thankful for that, and we want to pass that “freedom of responsibility” on to each of you.
How will we conduct our kid’s ministry?
We’re taking additional steps to keep our environments safe (and fun) for your family. Some of these steps include reduced capacity and increased cleaning for kids and Serve Team members. We will no longer require temperature checks, but ask you, as the parent, to please keep your child home if they have any sign of a cold or sniffles.
What about cleanliness?
Doors will be propped open. All high touch areas will be cleaned before, during, and after services. Service materials (Notes, Connect Cards, etc.) will be digital, instead of being handed out.
Are you still handing out service materials?
Our service environments will be as low-touch as possible. Sermon notes and Connect Cards will be provided digitally. Offering buckets will not be passed during service. Offering stations will be available at each campus, and secure, online giving is available.