INDOOR GATHERINGS
BEGIN NOVEMBER 1, 2020
 
Since the start of the pandemic, our leadership team has strived to make decision that allow us to provide the best possible church gatherings while honoring both state and local safety guidelines.  During Stage 1 when in-person gatherings were not possible, we offered online services.  When Stage 2 began and restrictions were lifted, we started offering both in-person and online options. This is when we launched Church in the Open; our first ever outdoor worship gatherings.  These in-person, outdoor services offered people in our church and our community a vital opportunity to gather together during a time when options to do so were extremely limited. 
 
At the beginning of September when Governor Hogan announced the start of Stage 3, our leadership team began exploring additional in-person options.  While Stage 3 does not eliminate requirements for face coverings and physical distancing, it does offer increased capacity for indoor gatherings.  It has always been our intent to provide you with the best possible church service while honoring state and local safety protocols.   Given the most recent changes, we believe that the best way to do that is through in-person, indoor gatherings. 
 
We are excited to announce that beginning November 1, 2020, you will be able to gather with us both in-person and indoors.     
 
We realize that gathering indoors may cause you to raise questions about safety, and we want to assure you that you are in good company.  In fact, safety is our top priority, and it is why we are following guidelines from the CDC and other local health organizations regarding sanitization, social distancing, and face coverings.
 
The FAQ below is intended to help you learn more about the measures we are taking to ensure that our indoor gatherings are safe for you and the people you plan on inviting.  If you have a question that is not covered below, please contact us at info@severn.cc or 410-987-3021
 
INDOOR GATHERING | FAQ
 
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT?
 
ONE GATHERING WITH LIMITED CAPACITY
  • We are so excited that we are finally able to gather indoors and in-person.  In order to gather in a way that honors your safety and the guidelines established by national, state, and local health agencies, we will be hosting one in-person gathering with limited seating capacity. 
 
ONLINE REGISTRATION
  • We believe the best way to ensure you have a seat and we never have to turn someone away at the door is to ask that you register online to reserve a seat.  By doing this, you can help us create the best possible experience for you and everyone else attending our in-person gatherings.  
  • Registration for our indoor gatherings opens on Sundays at 12:00 pm for the following Sunday gathering and will remain open until all seats are reserved.  
  • Seating in the sanctuary is available on a first come, first served basis.  Overflow seating will be available once all sanctuary seating is reserved.  
  • Online registration ensures that you will have a seat and that you avoid having to register when you arrive.  
  • To get checked in, simply tell the Host Team member your name.
  • If you need assistance with online registration, contact us at info@severn.cc or (410) 987-3021.
 
SERVICE TIME
  • Doors open at 9:30 AM
  • The service starts at 10 AM and will conclude at  11 AM.
  • If you can’t attend for any reason, our service will also be live streamed at 10 AM on Sundays through the following outlets:
 
SAFETY
  • Social distancing should be practiced at all times. As hard as this may be, this means no hugging, handshakes, close proximity, etc.
  • When you arrive, be sure to check-in with one of our Host Team members.  In addition to welcoming you, they will be able to answer any questions you have and help you find your seat.  Seating will be arranged in clusters to accommodate individuals and family/household groups.  Each cluster is surrounded by 6 feet of space on all sides. 
  • Current guidelines require that face masks be worn at all times indoors by anyone older than age 5. While we realize this is an inconvenience for some, please help us create a safe gathering experience for everyone by wearing a face mask at all times.  
  • If you are not feeling well please stay home and take part in our service via our live stream options.  
 
SEATING
  • Seating will be arranged in clusters to accommodate individuals and family/household groups.  Each cluster is surrounded by 6 feet of space on all sides
  • Once you arrive, a Host Team Member get you checked in and help you find a seat. Although you won’t be able to pick your seat, our Host Team will do everything they can to seat according to your preference.  
 
WORSHIP
  • In accordance with health recommendations and guidelines, please keep your face covering on while singing.
 
WILL THERE BE SOMETHING FOR MY KIDS?
  • Severn KiDS will be available for children age 4 through 5th grade. Classes will be arranged in small, age-appropriate groups to ensure safe physical distancing.
  • Kids check-in opens at 9:30 AM.    
  • Children age 5 and younger will not be required to wear face coverings, as per the guidance provided by the Maryland State Department of Health.  
  • Children older than age 5 will be required to wear face coverings at all times while indoors.
  • Children should not bring any personal items, toys, stuffed animals, etc. with them.
  • In the event your child needs to use the restroom, the 3 digit number you received at Check-in will appear in the sanctuary and in the overflow area. Come to the Severn KiDS Check-in area to assist your child.
  • If you cannot attend in-person, online options for Severn KiDS will be available online each Sunday at 9 AM and on-demand HERE.
 
HOW CAN I INVITE PEOPLE?
 
WHAT IF I WANT TO DO MORE THAN ATTEND?
If you’re interested in becoming a part of the team of people who make our in-person and online gatherings possible, you’re just one step away from making that happen.  Tap the button below, fill out the contact form and one of our team members will contact you. 
 
WHAT ABOUT QUESTIONS NOT INCLUDED IN THE FAQ?
  • If you have any additional questions, please reach out to us at info@severn.cc or you can call us at 410-987-3021