IN-PERSON WORSHIP SERVICES
We are no longer requiring registration to attend weekend services at River Valley Church. However, we are maintaining limited capacities in our auditoriums and Go Kids spaces. Once capacities are reached in auditoriums, we will invite you to an overflow space or wait for the next service.
In accordance with Gov Walz’s executive order requiring face coverings in public, our River Valley staff and volunteers wear face coverings inside River Valley Church buildings and we encourage everyone in attendance to follow their example. Children under 6 years old are exempt and medical exemptions for face coverings listed in the Executive Order will be honored at River Valley Church
Please bring your own face covering as we will not be able to provide one for everyone in attendance. If you are not comfortable wearing a face covering, we invite you to join us at a River Valley Online service.
Children in Go Kids spaces will not be required to wear a face covering. The executive order provides an exemption for childcare spaces with a range of ages. However, if your child is joining us in the auditorium, face coverings are required for children ages five and older. Parents and volunteers in the Go Kids area will be required to wear a face covering.
Presenters on stage with proper physical distancing will not be required to wear a face covering.
Will there be reservations for weekend services?
Registration is no longer required to attend an in-person service at River Valley Church, but our building capacity limits are still in place.
Will River Valley Online still be available?
For the past several months, we’ve been grateful for the ability to worship together at River Valley Online, and we encourage you to continue to attend online if you or a family member doesn’t feel well, or if you’re just not ready to attend church at a physical location. You’re part of the River Valley Church family no matter where you choose to attend!
River Valley Online is also a great option if you want to invite a friend to join you! Starting at 4pm CT on Saturday, you can head to rivervalley.org to experience worship, the message, and the community of your church family through live chat and prayer. You can also find an online community on our Facebook Page, and our YouTube channel on demand.
What about kids and youth programs?
Go Kids is open! Check out the FAQ section on this page for more information.
Wednesday night YTH programs have resumed in-person gatherings and do not require reservations at this time. The same safety and health protocols that are in place for our weekend services will apply to YTH services – appropriate personal distancing, sanitization, etc. Don’t forget—your YTH students can stay tuned to YTH on Instagram and YouTube for content that speaks directly to what they are experiencing.
Are you requiring or recommending that people wear masks?
In accordance with Gov Walz’s executive order requiring face coverings in public beginning Saturday, July 25, face coverings are now required inside River Valley Church buildings. Children under 6 years old are exempt and medical exemptions for face coverings listed in the Executive Order will be honored at River Valley Church
Will temperature checks be required?
At this time, we are not requiring temperature checks to enter the auditorium, however, we are requiring temperature checks at Go Kids.
What about those who are considered more vulnerable or caring for those who are?
If you’re vulnerable for any reason we are encouraging you to remain home. If you have any symptoms of sickness or have been around anyone who has shown symptoms, we ask you to remain home from River Valley Church buildings for at least 14 days.
Regarding Gov Walz’s executive order requiring face coverings in public, children in Go Kids spaces will not be required to wear a face covering. The executive order provides an exemption for childcare spaces with a range of ages. However, if your child is joining us in the auditorium, face coverings are required for children ages five and older. Parents and volunteers in the Go Kids area will be required to wear a face covering.
Will there be reservations for Go Kids weekend services?
We are no longer requiring registration for Go Kids. However, we are maintaining limited capacities in our auditoriums and Go Kids spaces so please arrive early.
Will Go Kids Online still be available?
We have various videos and online experiences available on YouTube. New content will be released periodically.
What safety measures are you taking to keep children and families healthy?
- Classrooms are limited to a 50% occupancy.
- Temperatures of all people entering Go Kids are checked and all those with a temperature of over 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit are invited to watch online.
- Only one parent is permitted to drop off and pick up.
- Complimentary hand sanitizing is available at each check in station and in each classroom.
- Classrooms, toys and check in stations will be sanitized between services.
- Outside toys and snacks are temporarily not permitted.
What We’re Doing:
- We will continue to have dedicated and marked entrance and exits for buildings and auditoriums
- There are posted signs to remind us all of proper hygiene practices and to join us online if you have experienced symptoms or are at risk of Covid-19
- Our auditorium capacities will be closely monitored by counting people entering and exiting using click counters
- Once an auditorium reaches capacity, attendees will be directed to an overflow space (if available) or they will be directed to attend the next available service
- Additional hand-sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the building.
- All River Valley services will be as touchless as possible and all high-volume areas will be thoroughly sanitized between services.
- No water fountains will be open or usable.
- No cafe food or beverages (coffee & donuts) will be offered.
- No offering buckets will be passed. Instead, there will be an area in the back of the auditorium for guests who want to give in person. We recommend online giving in this time.
- To reduce touchpoints, connect cards, pens and offering envelopes will not be available in seating areas. Connect with us digitally at rivervalley.org/connect.
How You Can Help:
- If you don’t feel well or have health concerns, please stay home and join us at rivervalley.org.
- Please wash your hands, use hand sanitizer often and mitigate a sneeze or cough.
- Maintain a distance of six or more feet between yourself and other guests.
- Please respect the personal health decisions of others.