Back To Campus

Back To Campus

UPDATE: 8/6/2020: We will continue to offer 11am worship in the coming weeks. Indoor worship for 9:30 will begin on Sunday, September 13th. Continue to watch the eBulletin for details and reservation information.

Registration for worship will open two weeks in advance through our weekly eBulletin. All open event for reserving seats can be found at http://asburyraleigh.eventbrite.com

Asbury’s Leadership and Staff have been working hard on a plan to return to on campus worship through prayer, research, and listening to congregational survey results. We give thanks for your willingness to give feedback and to serve in new and different hospitality roles as we make steps back towards campus. 

Staying in line with recommendations from our Governor and our Bishop, our long-term back-to-campus plan has three stages: outdoor worship, indoor worship, and restoring other face-to-face ministries. Throughout all of these stages, our highest priority is to continue to offer our 9:30am LiveStream worship as well as online opportunities to connect on zoom and Facebook, so that ALL may be included even as some choose to come back together. We are prayerfully sharing target dates, but are keenly aware that the world in which we live can shift at any time and are prepared to adjust timelines and precautions as needed. 

In the spirit of John Wesley and our Methodist “Three Simple Rules,” during this season ,we first seek to “Do No Harm” through taking as many precautions as possible when we do join together to prevent the spread of COVID. We are excited to “Do Good” by providing much needed places for spiritual and relational connections in safe ways, both online and offline. Finally, we know we can all continue to “Stay in love with God” no matter where or how we worship, serve, or engage in relationships where Christ transforms. 

We will continue to update our website and Facebook with any changes as well as continue to communicate via eBulletin every week.  

DateMinistry AreaDetails to Know
OngoingOnline Worship via LiveStreamWorship online Every Sunday at www.asburyraleigh.org/live or at www.facebook.com/asburyraleigh
Starting July 128:30am Worship in Amphitheatre– Bring a chair and enjoy worship outdoors
– Limited benches available to help with social distancing
– Masks encouraged
Starting Aug. 2

Starting Sept. 13
Indoor Worship at 11am

Indoor Worship at 9:30am
– Masks required for all participants
– Pre-registration for your household (number of seats needed together) to help maximize seating capacity
– Social Distancing and touchless precautions made (doorstops, no bulletins/hymnals)
Starting September 13Kids Ministry, Youth Ministry, and Other Campus EventsWe are hopeful to offer age level ministries by this fall, but will continue to monitor and adjust as we learn more in the coming months.

How do tickets for worship work?
Tickets will be available for reservation through Eventbrite, a free ticket platform. To sign up, the form will include waiver information, agreement to wear masks, and affirmation of no signs of or exposure to known sickness. Tickets will open up two weeks at a time, and we ask that if you get a seat one week, allow at least 5 days for others to have a chance for tickets before reserving a spot again (we want everyone who wishes to be able to attend at least 2 times per month, as our reduced capacity allows). If you come and do not have a reservation, we will try our best to make room for you in a waiting-list fashion, but cannot guarantee space will be available.

How many can come to worship at a time?
Online we’ve regularly had 300-400 devices tuned in to worship (remember if one family of 4 is on one device, those numbers can be much more!) – So we will ALWAYS keep LiveStream as a worship option no matter what other offerings we have.
On campus, with social distancing, we can hold around 70 people in the North Building and around 50 in the South Building. These numbers are best maximized when we have accurate numbers for each household to seat groups in “pods” rather than rows. We can accommodate around 80 in the amphitheatre when many bring their own chairs to use our lawn spaces as well as the existing benches.

What about my kids?
Outdoor Worship Wednesdays have been great for families, and we hope outdoor Sunday worship may work well, too! Starting with indoor worship, Crista and Liz will have Worship Packets with activity sheets and crayons available for children coming to worship on campus. We hope to have Kids Ministry back soon – and will continue to update you as we get closer to that time.

What can I expect when I come?
For indoor worship, we will have doors propped open before service to minimize surface contacts. Each entrance will have hand sanitizer, masks (for those who forgot theirs), and an offering box. We will have hospitality volunteers to check your ticket reservation and help you find a seat so we can maximize our space. And, as always, we will have Asbury’s Worship: through Music, Sermon, Prayer, and (finally!) the gathered body of Christ!

How will communion work?
We plan to have sealed, single use communion packages that have juice and wafers included. For those needing gluten-free communion, a separate gluten-free wafer will be passed along with the packets (which only come with wheat flour wafers)