Gateway's Regathering Information
When are you offering in-person services?
In-person services will begin Sunday, July 19 at 10:30AM.
How can I participate in a Sunday gathering?
There are three options for connecting with Gateway on Sunday mornings:
- Attend at Gateway in-person at 10:30AM by reserving a seat in advance
- Attend an in-home “watch party” with a small group of people
- Continue watching online at home
Where will the public services be held?
Services will be held at the Gateway campus in the multipurpose room. We are also encouraging “Watch Parties” which will be held in individuals' homes or outdoor spaces. This is a great way to connect with a couple of other people in a small setting. See Watch Parties FAQs below.
Do I have to register for an in-person service?
Yes! We are asking everyone to pre-register for each service. You can register as an individual or as a family. Registration will be open Monday morning at 7AM each week. You can register here or by following the link at the top of mygateway.life. If you are experiencing ANY symptoms of COVID-19 which include a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, PLEASE STAY HOME and join us for church online.
What types of social distancing requirements will be followed?
We are asking everyone to maintain at least 6 feet between themselves and others. We are limiting our services to no more than 50% capacity so we can create pods or groups of chairs in the multipurpose room to accommodate seating for family units and individuals spaced at least 6 feet from other families. This means that we have space for about 100 people at a service with proper distancing. This is why it’s important that you register!
We are also staggering the flow of people into and out of the multipurpose room by creating an organized entrance flow, starting at the patio doors. Once you enter the building, you’ll be greeted at a guest check-in station and directed to an area to wait to be seated. At the end of service, we will be dismissed by section and exit the multipurpose room through the doors leading directly outside. Restrooms will be open but we will limit them to 3 people at one time.
We are also requiring that at least one person from your party register so that if we later needed to provide contact tracing information to health authorities or if we need to notify people of a possible exposure we have records of who attended.
We’ve created our process to meet the Virginia requirements for religious gatherings and assure maximum protection for members of our congregation who may be at risk or caring for those at risk.
Will I be able to access the cafe, family room, or KidzTown areas?
No. We have removed all toys from the public areas of the building and most furniture has been removed. The cafe area, family room, classrooms, nursery and hallways are closed. KidzTown is online only at this time. All children must remain with their parents during the duration of the service. The front lobby will also be closed after the service. Please feel free to gather with others outside though! In fact, because community is such an important part of Gateway, we are hoping that we have the opportunity to hangout outside each week after service.
Are masks required for in-person services?
Yes! In accordance with the Governor’s order, everyone over the age of 10 will be required to wear a mask inside the building. We request that younger children, over the age of 2, also wear a mask if they are able. We will have some extra masks but we cannot guarantee availability. So, you will need to bring a mask from home for every member of your seating party.
Will I have my temperature taken at the door?
Attendees will not have their temperature taken at the door. Volunteers will be required to have their temperature taken before serving. Please assess the health of your family before service. If you or any member of your family exhibits a fever, shortness of breath or a cough, please stay home.
In what ways are we adjusting elements in our services to be more safe?
- As of now, communion will not be served in person.
- We will not be passing offering baskets during the service. Offering boxes will be available at the back of the multipurpose room or you can continue giving online.
- We will not be “passing the peace” through handshakes.
- Please refrain from hugging, giving handshakes or other forms of physical contact.
What kind of precautions are being taken to ensure the building is clean?
Each week, prior to service, we will have a professional cleaning service clean our space. We will minimize touch points by keeping interior doors open, removing touch points like Blue Wall tablets and pens. Between services we will have a team cleaning all chairs and high-touch areas using a cleaning product that kills COVID-19 and similar viruses.
I am considered more susceptible to the virus, what should I do?
We ask that if you are over the age of 65 and/or have a condition that renders you more susceptible to the COVID-19 virus, please stay home and enjoy Gateway online. In fact, if you are uncomfortable for ANY reason regathering together at church, it’s ok! We’ve created Watch Parties for those comfortable gathering with a small group of people to participate in church online. For some of us, Watch Parties are also too risky and that’s ok! We want you to know that you are loved and we want to connect and engage with you in any way (virtually) that we can.
What are watch parties?
Watch parties are in-home gatherings with a small group of people to watch the Gateway’s online worship experience together. This is perfect if you’d like to connect with a small group of people in your local area who are connected to Gateway.
When will watch parties be held?
The majority of watch parties will be held on Sunday mornings in conjunction with our live service time(s). Your group can also choose a different time to watch the service together.
How can I join a watch party?
I am hosting a watch party — what should I do?
Thanks for your interest and for welcoming Gateway friends/families into your home. Please sign up as a watch party host at this link. We will send you more details on how to make the most of your watch party! Even if you only plan to invite a few friends, please register and let us know you will be hosting. We want to equip you to have the best experience.
What else should I know?
Hosts will determine the number of guests in the watch party, as well as the parameters of seating, distancing, wearing of masks, and type of space to ensure the comfort of the whole group.
Other Church Activities
Are groups allowed to meet at Gateway?
There are outside spaces that are available for groups to use: the picnic table area, patio, and the parking lot. Beginning July 19, some groups will be allowed to resume using the building on a limited basis. All indoor and outdoor spaces must be reserved in advance. You can let us know about your space needs by requesting a space here, and we will get back to you within a couple of days. All Gateways toys will be packed away so if any children will be attending parents are responsible for bringing appropriate toys and taking them home afterwards. Groups will have a responsibility to clean the areas they use and do basic sanitation of restrooms used.
How and when will youth be gathering?
Youth activities will include Sunday evening gatherings in an outdoor drive-in format. These will start Sunday, July 12. The building will be available for restrooms only (masks required in the building). Social distancing measures will be followed.
Are masks required for other church activities?
Masks will be required of people ages 10 years or older, in accordance with the Governor’s order, whenever inside Gateway’s building. For groups of 50 or less meeting outside Gateway’s building, the leader of the group will make a decision about wearing masks that will honor the needs of the group.
What about KidzTown Live and other kids ministry activities?
We’ve decided to postpone the KidzTown Live service. We’ve penciled in the idea of a once-a-month family experience beginning in September. We plan to host smaller outdoor activities with socially distant parameters to engage families during this time. We will also continue to offer online content.