Saturdays and Sundays 6:30 pm
When: Saturdays and Sundays at 6:30 pm
Where: Outdoors at Riverstone Church
Register: Registration is required (each week)
Please bring: Mask, chair or blanket to sit on, water or drinks, insect repellent
- Please register, registration is required each week.
- Masks are required, except during sermon.
- Bring your own chair/blanket.
- Umbrellas are welcome (for use around perimeter of seating area).
- Canopies are welcome in the area behind the designated seating area.
- Bring your own water or drink.
- You may want to bring insect repellent.
- Family style worship (kids' classes not provided).
- Bathrooms available only for emergencies (upstairs only).
- Bring your own Bible.
- Offerings boxes will be available (online giving encouraged).
- Park at the church lot.
- Limited reserved parking located close to the worship area will be available for senior citizens or individuals with health-compromised conditions. Service is available on 91.1 FM car radio.
We look forward to seeing you at our outdoor services! We understand that not everyone will be able to attend these outdoor services for varying reasons so we will continue to provide pre-recorded online services at Riverstone.church each week. As a church family, let’s stay unified, gracious and compassionate as we worship and serve our Lord Jesus Christ in these unusual times. These outdoor services could provide a new, different and memorable time of worship in the life of our church.
We are limiting our capacity at each service to 225 people to ensure that sufficient seating will be available as we comply with social distancing guidelines. Registration will open on Monday morning each week for the upcoming weekend services.
Please bring your own chair or blanket to sit on. Chairs will not be provided. Water or other drinks will not be provided so we encourage people to bring your own water or drinks to the service. You may also want to bring insect repellent. Umbrellas can be used around the outside perimeter of the seating area as to not block others' view.
Q&A about Outdoor Services
Do I need to wear a mask?
The wearing of a mask will be required. Masks have been shown to be effective at slowing the spread of COVID-19. We understand some individuals would prefer to not wear a mask, but for the well-being of all and for the sake of unity within our church, we ask that each person wear a mask while on the church property. Masks will be provided for those who would like one and don’t have one with them. Masks can be removed during the sermon when seated.
Will social distancing be required?
Yes. Please keep at least 6’ away from others, and avoid hugs and handshakes during the service, while entering and exiting. The field will be marked with socially distanced rectangular boxes for families, friends sitting together or individuals.
What about my kids?
Nursery, kids classes and youth classes are not yet available. We encourage you to bring your kids and worship as a family. All kids will be required to sit with an adult and observe social distancing. Children over the age of two are required to remain properly masked throughout the service. An area will be provided on the field behind the seating area where kids accompanied by an adult may be taken should they become restless. Social distancing from non-family members must be maintained at all times.
Will bathrooms be available?
Yes, for emergency use. We encourage you to use the bathroom at home before coming to the service. The upper level bathrooms will be open if needed. Masks will be required inside the church building. Trained staff will clean the restrooms every 30 minutes.
Will the church building be open?
Access will be available to the bathrooms on the upper level only. All other doors will be locked and access to other parts of the building will be unavailable.
What about parking?
Parking will be available in most sections of the Riverstone Church parking lot. Parking will also be available at Edgewood Elementary School. There will not be a shuttle service offered. Limited parking for senior citizens or individuals with health-compromised conditions close to the worship area will be available. More details on this limited parking will be available soon.
How will people access the field?
There will be three access locations to the field. The first will be located along the walking path between the parking lot and Edgewood Elementary School, the second will be from the church parking lot close to the entrance next to the field, and the third will be from the church parking lot near the tree line. Entrances will be marked. Please enter and exit the field only from one of these three access locations.
What if there is bad weather?
In the event of rain, services will be canceled. A decision will be made and posted on our website by 3:00 pm on Saturday or by 3:00 pm on Sunday. If the service you registered for is canceled, you can attend another service, but please register. Pre-recorded services can be watched online at Riverstone.church. Be sure to check our website and social media pages for these updates.
With no video screen, how will the words to songs be provided?
You will be able to download and print the worship song lyrics or view them online with your mobile device.
Will Bibles be distributed?
We will not be distributing Bibles nor will we have a screen on which to display the Scripture text so please bring your own Bible.
Will offering be collected?
Offering boxes will be located on the parking lot close to the field. We will not pass offering plates during the services. We are strongly encouraging online giving.
How long will services last?
Services will be approximately one hour.
When should I stay home?
Please stay home if you have any of the following symptoms: fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fatigue, body aches, headache, sore throat, congestion, loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. If you are considered especially vulnerable to complications due to COVID-19, we encourage you to join our online services. For a list of those groups most vulnerable, please see this link from the CDC.