WORSHIP SURVEY RESULTS
The Healthy Church Team expresses gratitude to everyone who participated in our recent survey on returning to in-person gatherings. We received a large response to the survey, and invite you to view the results. The open-ended responses are also available upon request. The survey results have been a tremendous resource for the HCT, along with Church Council and staff, as we make plans for returning to in-person worship and small group gatherings this fall.
SEPTEMBER WORSHIP PLAN
On the basis of the survey results, Church Council approved a proposal submitted by the Healthy Church Team for returning to in-person worship on September 6. We will offer one outdoor service at 8:30 am on the grounds between Reveille House and the Fellowship Hall. Preregistration will be required so that the space can be prepared appropriately, and all participants will need to bring their own lawn chair. Masks and social distancing will be required. The sanctuary will be available in the event of rain.
In advance of that, here are answers to a few commonly asked questions:
Will there continue to be a virtual service offered?
Yes, we will continue to offer either a prerecorded or live streamed service every week this fall, or as long as our in-person worship remains significantly restricted.
What is the plan for Sunday school?
Sunday school classes will meet at 10:00 am via Zoom, at least until the current restriction on in-person Sunday school is lifted by the Conference.
Will there be music at the outdoor service?
Instrumental music will be included in our services each week. A combination of CrossPoint musicians and traditional instrumental ensembles will be utilized. While the restriction on congregational singing remains, one soloist will be permitted.
We will continue to monitor the phases of restrictions throughout the fall, and we kindly ask for your patience in the midst of this fluid situation. We long for the day when we can return to our beautiful worship spaces and experience a full liturgy that includes sacraments, singing, and other familiar worship elements; yet, we will also continue to place a high value on the life and wellness of our parishioners as we await an end to the COVID-19 pandemic.
SMALL IN-PERSON GATHERINGS
At this time Reveille is still holding worship services and most activities online.
The opportunity to hold small group in-person gatherings is available. Meetings onsite will require face masks, social distancing, temperature checks, and health acknowledgements, among other safeguards, and all groups wishing to meet must complete an application two weeks prior to the gathering date. For additional information and the application, visit our small group gatherings page.
CONGREGATIONAL CARE COVID-19 RELIEF PROGRAM
Over 25 years ago a benevolent Reveille member realized that at times our individual members need our help. Through initial funding the Reveille member helped to establish a church ministry called Congregational Care. During troubled times members are invited to receive emotional, spiritual, or financial support.
The Reveille Church Council believes that although all members of our congregation have been impacted by COVID- 19, some situations require financial assistance. At Church Council‘s direction, the pastoral staff worked with a committee to create and administer a confidential Congregational Care COVID- 19 Relief Program.
We encourage those Reveille members who are struggling with a financial hardship as a result of COVID-19 to follow the outlined procedure on this online form to complete the application for financial assistance. The pastoral staff will receive and evaluate applications within the guidelines as developed by the relief committee. Applications, awards, and communications are confidential among the pastors. Other COVID-19 relief committee members will serve as guidance for fund development and management.
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For the latest information on the Virginia UMC return to church, please visit the Virginia Conference website at https://vaumc.org/return/.
KEEPING YOU CONNECTED
Even though Reveille is closed you can stay connected through online opportunities, including:
- Watch Sunday worship services by checking your email (sign up here) or our home page.
- Exploring our children, youth, and adult pages for online classes and groups.
- Make a prayer request for someone in need.
- Continue to support ministry at Reveille by giving online.
- Be inspired by God’s word during this difficult time by receiving a daily devotion.
- Sign up to receive our weekly emails for the latest opportunities to stay connected.
- Follow our social media:Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.
The CDC has a comprehensive website updated with the latest news: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
The Virginia Department of Health has a comprehensive website that provides guidance and an updated look at case numbers: http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/surveillance-and-investigation/novel-coronavirus/
National Institutes of Health: https://www.nih.gov/health-information/coronavirus