As Fall begins, we are preparing to take the next steps towards resuming church activities at our DVCC facility. We took our first step this month by having regular outdoor services on our church grounds. We will continue to hold services outdoors through the month of September on Sunday mornings beginning at 9:00am, weather permitting.
The next step is that some of our Life Groups will begin to meet inside the building by the beginning of October. To ensure the safety of all, the following protocols have been put into place for anyone who will be attending a Life Group or any other meeting that should take place inside our church building.
If you have any questions about these protocols, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will continue to provide worship experiences remotely for the foreseeable future. The services will be available for viewing each Sunday morning on YouTube. To find the services, click on the "Services" tab at the top of this page or go to YouTube and subscribe to DVCC's YouTube channel by clicking here.
DVCC PROTOCOLS FOR ATTENDING LIFE GROUPS AND OTHER MEETINGS DURING COVID-19
1. Prepare before you go. a. Stay home if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, have symptoms of COVID-19, if you are waiting for COVID-19 test results, or if you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. b. Group members who live with those at higher risk should consider the potential risks attending indoor meetings presents to their loved ones. c. Check with the Life Group Leader or Meeting Leader for updated information about any additional COVID-19 safety guidelines. 2. Wear masks. a. Masks are required at all times in the building or on the church property. b. Please wear the mask properly so that it covers your nose and your mouth. c. Even when wearing masks, physical distancing is strongly advised. 3. Use physical distancing and limit physical contact. a. Even when wearing a mask, maintain a distance of at least 6 feet or more from people who do not live in your household. Be particularly mindful in areas where it may be harder to keep this distance, such as check-in areas, parking lots, and routes of entry and exit. b. Select seating or determine where to stand based on the ability to keep 6 feet of space from people who do not live in your household. c. Arrive at the event early or at off-peak times to avoid crowding and congested areas. d. Avoid using restroom facilities at high traffic times, e.g., immediately at the end of the event. 4. Limit contact with commonly touched surfaces or shared items. a. Minimize contact when using garbage cans. b. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer when arriving or departing and after touching any common surfaces like hand railings, door handles, and toilets. 5. Clean hands often. a. DVCC has provided hand sanitizer stations throughout the building for your use. b. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds when entering and exiting meetings. c. Bathrooms are available for soap and water washing and hand sanitizer stations are available, if you prefer that option. 6. Sanitize what you touch before you leave. a. Each attendee must sanitize the tables/chairs they use before leaving. Sanitation supplies will be provided. b. The attendees should assist the Life Group Leader or Meeting Leader to ensure that all whiteboards, surfaces, or other equipment used is sanitized before leaving the building. 7. Food Policy a. At this time no food should be brought into the building or prepared there. b. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own bottled water. Water is not to be shared by others, except by family groups. c. Coffee and other drinks will not be available.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS As we continue to seek to be faithful to the Lord and wise in our approach to the coronavirus health crisis, we are providing the following FAQs to address some important questions regarding how we at DVCC will proceed moving forward. This is a constantly changing situation and we will seek to keep you updated, but these are the guidelines we are following until further notice.
Will we be having worship services in the DVCC building?
Not at this time, but we are hopeful that we will have indoor services soon. Until further notice an online service will be available each week via YouTube. You can find it under the "Service" section of this website or you can subscribe to DVCC's YouTube channel by clicking here.
Will the church building be open during the week?
The church building will be open for specific Life Group meetings. The church building will not be open for impromptu gatherings.
Will the church be open for individual prayer on Sunday or during the week?
No, the church building will remain closed until further notice.
What will the church staff be doing during this period?
The church staff will continue their usual ministry activities, but will do so remotely. They will be available for prayer, counsel or other needs via email or telephone. A staff member will be at the church for a limited amount of time during the week to ensure the building is safe and secure.
Will there be any visitation by church staff or leadership during this time?
Our pastors, elders and female leaders are available for virtual visitations and prayer via Zoom, FaceTime or phone.
What alternatives do we have for gathering for worship and praise during this period?
We will be having a virtual service each week via YouTube. You can find it under the "Services" section of this website or you can subscribe to DVCC's YouTube channel by clicking here.
We have podcasts of previous sermons online already. If you’ve missed some over the past year or so, now would be a good time to catch up!
Is there a way that I can get communion during the missed weeks?
Not at the moment. However, you can prepare your own at home by using matzo and grape juice or even crackers and water.
Will the church be ok financially if people are unable to give in person?
We are confident that God will continue to provide the resources necessary for DVCC to minister to our church body and community.
Our secure online giving is operational, so if you would like to contribute online, you can do so by following clicking here.
You can mail a check to the church: Delaware Valley Christian Church, 535 N. Old Middletown Rd., Media, PA 19063.
Are we closing the church because we are afraid?
No. We are choosing to close our church building and reopen it gradually to help maintain the health of our congregation and community. It is out of love for our church body and our community that we are taking these steps to help slow and hopefully stop the spread of disease.
We take God at His word when He says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
How can we be helpful to others during this time?
Do “The Five”:
Stay at home as much as possible
Where a facial covering when in public places.
Wash your hands frequently
Cough or sneeze into your elbow
Don’t touch your face
Stay more than 6 feet apart (physical distancing)
Follow the guidelines given by the CDC and our local government officials.
Give a phone call to family, friends, neighbors and especially those who may not be able to take care of normal errands. If you choose to help someone, wear gloves, and coordinate a drop-off at their doorstep or mailbox to maintain “physical distancing”.
How do I get in touch with the pastors or leadership?
A general contact for anyone on leadership is email@example.com. This email address is monitored frequently throughout the day.
Where can I get reliable information about the coronavirus?
For information about the virus, what you can do to protect yourself and others, and for the latest recommendations from the Pennsylvania government, click here.
What should I do if I feel afraid?
Fear is a normal response to the kind of events we are experiencing. Do not judge yourself or be self-critical if you feel this way.
Talk to God about your fears. Scripture repeatedly encourages us to take all of our burdens to the Lord. I Peter 5:7 says, ‘Cast all your cares on God, for He cares for you.”
Talk to others. Galatians 6:2 says, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Expressing to others what we are feeling can help ease our anxiety and allow them to support us. Reach out to one of the pastors, elders, or another ministry leader if you feel the need.
Don’t allow your fear to turn into panic. That is easier said than done, but if you follow the suggestions above, you will be greatly helped!
What do I do If I have a question you have not answered?
Please send your question to firstname.lastname@example.org. That will help us know what other important concerns need to be addressed.