Waverly Place family & friends,
This page includes the layout for how we will be gathering together during this time. Please attempt to take all precautions, as much as you are able.
PRECAUTIONS IN GATHERING
In keeping with state recommendations, we ask church members and attendees to accommodate with the following:
- Personal Responsibility: We believe the risk of contracting COVID-19 by gathering with fellow church members in the sanctuary on the Lord’s Day is low, this is primarily due to the size of our congregation in relation to the size of our facility. However, we know that some of our members are at higher risk of contracting COVID-19 and more apt to suffer severe symptoms if they do. Please assess your own risks and make a wise decision about participation. For information about risks, testing, and prevention, please visit Virginia Department of Health.
- Parking: Parishioners are encouraged to use the large parking lot on the west side of our property.
- Opening and Entry: The service will begin at 10:45am, but sanctuary doors will be open by 10:00am, and greeters will be stationed at the front sanctuary doors, which will be propped open for ease of use. Of course, hand sanitizer is available near doors and throughout the building.
- Bulletins: Bulletins will be available on the table in the foyer. Please take one per person.
- Seating: Family units are encouraged to sit at least 6 feet away from others, spreading out across the sanctuary, also utilizing the balcony.
- Offering: Giving boxes will be located at the front of the sanctuary to utilize before or after the service. Individuals and families are still welcome to give online or mail contributions to the church office if either of these methods is preferable.
- Children: While we will have childcare available for ages 4 and under, we also request that parents keep children with them in an attempt to keep proper distance.
- Coffee and Refreshments: We will not be providing any coffee or refreshments during this time.
- Restrooms: Restrooms are clean and sanitized, and individuals are responsible to wash hands thoroughly after touching any items in restrooms.
- Dismissal and Exit: The congregation is encouraged to patiently exit the sanctuary, giving room for social distancing as everyone departs.
A PASTORAL WORD
As we continue to face a global pandemic and a global economic recession, it is vitally important that we (as Christians) remember where our hope is grounded.
“God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling.”
— Psalm 46:1–3
Christians do not follow Christ to avoid suffering and hardship. Scripture teaches us that we will not only suffer the common afflictions of humanity (sickness, oppression, famine, and natural disasters), but it also tells us to expect to suffer at the hands of wicked people for doing what is good in the sight of God (1 Peter 2:20-23).
The author of Hebrews even commends some early Christians for “joyfully accepting the plundering” of their property because they knew they had a “better” and “abiding” possession yet to be revealed (Hebrews 10:34). Christians do not follow Christ to avoid death. Scripture teaches us that every human suffers from the terminal disease of mortality, and every man, woman, boy, and girl will one day leave this world and enter the next one.
The promise of the gospel is not that we will escape death, but that death will not be allowed to have the last word. Jesus is the “resurrection and the life,” and whoever believes in Him “though he dies, yet shall he live” (John 11:25). One day, for all those who trust and follow Christ, their perishable body will put on honor, power, and incorruptibility (1 Corinthians 15:42-43). This is our unconquerable Christian hope! And it is secured by the fact that Christ Himself was resurrected from the dead. He is the “firstfruits” of the resurrection, and at His coming “those who belong to Christ” shall “be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:20-23). And, therefore, we say, “Come, Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22:20).
This truth and many others like it are the substance of what we teach and remind one another when we gather each Sunday. We collectively comfort one another with God’s promises of grace. We thoughtfully edify one another with God’s instructions for belief and for activity. We lovingly confront one another with God’s warnings of discipline. And we heartily encourage one another with personal attestations of God’s faithfulness.
— Adam Triplett, Lead Pastor
Lastly, we will continue to update the resources for worshipping at home, which you can find by clicking the button below.