Our two top priorities are loving God with all that we are, and loving our neighbors as we love ourselves (Matt 22:37-28, Mark 12:30-31). We are therefore working hard to ensure the health and safety of all those who are part of our lives, especially those with whom we worship! Covid-19 has wrought havoc throughout our nation and the world. Following are some questions and answers regarding River of Life Missionary Church’s response to the pandemic.
As a fellowship we have been blessed in many ways. One of those blessings is to have a long standing member who is a nursing professional in the field of infection prevention. Thankfully, this person has chosen to participate in our Covid-19 response by administering hand sanitation, checking for proper wearing of masks (which are required), checking temperatures, and testing for oxygen saturation for every person that walks in our door to attend our live service. We further have separated the seating in our pews to ensure social distancing, and have a cleaning and disinfecting regimen in place between services.
In the interest of maintaining COVID-19 health and safety, we have established a task force made up of four members, two members of the church board, along with our nursing professional, and our Pastor. Each member is charged with the responsibility of staying aware of the current guidelines, regulations, county metrics, and general information regarding COVID-19. We currently meet on a weekly basis to determine whether live services can continue safely.
Our task force has currently decided that if a combination of multiple factors indicate that live services are too dangerous, we will go to online only services. These factors include county COVID metrics, COVID infections transmitted at one of our services, attendance numbers, absence of our nursing professional, or government mandates for lock down of churches. If attendance reaches a level that is too high for our capacity to social distance we will go to an RSVP system. Online only services will require a skeleton crew to create the service, which will consist of only those necessary, such as the Pastor, the worship team, and tech people to run sound and video. No one else will be allowed in the building.
Our COVID-19 task force is now holding online meetings weekly, each Saturday. During those meetings it will be determined whether the following Sunday’s meeting will be live, RSVP, or online only. As soon as that determination is made, the information will be disseminated via text, phone call, email, Facebook (River of Life Missionary Church page) and our website (www.riveroflifemc.org).
As of now, according to our best information, we stand in compliance with all the governing authorities that apply to our current address. Those authorities would be the City of Michigan City, the County of LaPorte, the State of Indiana, and the United States of America. The task force will take responsibility to continue to monitor those compliances.