Updated: September 11, 2020

Hello Redeemer Family and Friends,

Greetings in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ!
It is encouraging that our state has begun lifting restrictions that were put in place during the Coronavirus shutdown. Our state has issued guidelines for houses of worship to begin gathering in-person again. You can read those guidelines HERE. Our church leadership has put together a detailed re-opening plan that incorporates those guidelines for our context at Redeemer by the Sea. You can read that HERE.
Below is what you need to know if you are planning to come to worship in-person at Redeemer at either 8:30am (traditional) or 10:45am (contemporary).
If you have underlying health issues or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 such as frequent cough, fever, difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, or recent loss of taste or smell.  We are asking that you please stay home at this time.  Also if you or someone you live with has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or if you have recently been exposed to anyone known to have the virus or traveled to someplace with an active virus spread, please stay home at this time.  We will continue offering live-stream and recorded versions of our worship services online.  You can read more from the CDC about symptoms of COVID-19 HERE, as well as people who need to take extra caution HERE. San Diego County’s most recent update (which can be read in full HERE), states in section 15.a.iv that religious services are an allowed exception to otherwise prohibited “gatherings,” provided they follow specific guidelines which can be read HERE.

We will require everyone to wear a face mask during the service except when taking communion. (exception: pastor and others leading worship in the chancel or music area.) Please see the updated CDPH guidance for the use of cloth face coverings HERE.

We will have hand sanitizer available, but you may wish to bring your own for convenience and more frequent use, and also to help conserve the church’s supply.

Currently we are limited to no more than 100 people inside our sanctuary at one time.  Further, we are required to keep at least 6 feet of social distancing at all times.  We will be marking off certain rows of pews, placing markings in the pews and on the floors/walkways to assist you in keeping this distance.  Members of the same household, however, are able to be closer than 6 feet.

We ask all worshipers, staff and assistants to stop by the check-in station before entering the building.  At this station, a volunteer wearing a face mask and gloves will take a temperature reading of your forehead using a touchless thermometer.  They will also ask you if you are feeling well or if you have any symptoms associated with COVID-19. We will request that any persons reporting illness or exhibiting a temperature greater than 99.5 refrain from worshiping onsite.  We also ask that if you worship at Redeemer and then become sick with COVID-19, that you please contact the church office immediately at 760-431-8990.

Please only enter the church through the main red doors that lead into the narthex/lobby after stopping at the check-in station.  You may be released by household and directed to a different door as you exit.

Following guidelines, all doors on the upper level will be open to move as much outside air through the building as possible.  

All printed materials, including hymnals, Bibles, and offering envelopes will be removed from the pews.  Further, there will be no pamphlets, brochures or informational packets on display in the lobby.  A limited number of resources will be available at the supply-table.  No printed bulletins, sermon notes or worship folders will be offered on Sunday morning. 

No offering plates will be passed during the service.  Online giving is available, and a no-touch receptacle will be located at the supply table for worshipers using offering envelopes.  Connection Cards can be completed on your smartphone or from your computer at home.

We plan to offer Holy Communion as previously scheduled – on the first and third Sundays of the month.  Pastor and one elder will distribute communion in a no-touch method, while wearing face masks and gloves and observing social distancing.  Worshipers will approach the distribution area at floor level as guided by ushers and maintain 6 feet of separation between households.   The bread and wine will be distributed in individual serving cups, and placed on tables for households to pick up in their own hands while pastor and elder step back at a distance.  Worshipers will then deposit their used containers in a receptacle and then exit the building.  This will limit traffic near other worshipers and aid in keeping the service short as recommended by guidelines.

County recommendations are to limit or discontinue singing and spoken responses as these activities are known to increase the possibility of virus spread.  As such, we will be limiting congregational singing and responses, and ask that worshipers keep their masks on during these activities.

No nursery care will be offered until further notice. 
Starting September 13th, we will be offering outdoor Sunday School for kids in 4 year Pre-K to 6th Grade. Parents will check their child directly into Sunday School and sign a COVID-19 waiver on the lower-level, outside the building before the 10:45am service starts. Children will be asked to wear masks and social distancing will be maintained. Individual activity bags will be provided for children to take home, whether they remain with their families in worship, or attend outdoor Sunday School.

No youth or adult Bible studies and classes will be offered on Sunday mornings until further notice.  Therefore indoor access to the lower level of the church will be restricted and the elevator will be turned off.

No coffee or refreshments will be served until further notice.  Per county guidelines, access to water fountains will be restricted. 

Our restrooms will be serviced by our professional cleaning crew during the week, but will not receive extra cleaning on Sunday morning.  Therefore, we recommend that you use the restroom at home if at all possible.  Restroom doors will be propped open for touchless entry/exit and to aid in knowing when the restroom is occupied.  We recommend one person/family in the restroom at a time if possible.  Please respect social distancing while entering and exiting the restrooms.  

We recommend leaving an open space between your vehicle and the vehicle closest to you.

As we cautiously re-open our sanctuary for worship services, if you have any concerns or reservations about gathering around others at this time, we want to encourage you to stay home and take advantage of our online live-streaming and recorded worship services.

If you choose to stay at home, I will be happy to talk with you about alternative ways of ministering to you during this time.
Join me in praying that the Lord guide and direct our worship activities – both in our church building, and at home – that they bring Him glory, honor and praise.   We also ask that He lay His hand of protection upon us and keep us healthy and safe as we worship and serve Him.

“the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” – Psalm 121:8

Your servant in Christ,
Pastor Augie.