UPDATE: 7/17/2020: We have made a prayerful shift in the schedule of our indoor worship events in August. With an abundance of caution, and being aware of the shift in numbers in our area, Asbury will begin on August 2nd with ONE indoor worship opportunity at 11:00am for our Traditional Worship experience. We have chosen this service to allow a worship style that was under-represented during our time apart to resume as soon as possible and starting with one service will allow us to test our procedures for indoor ticketing, check in, and seating with one worship service before adding a second. We also are in need of additional volunteers to make all three services possible.
On August 2, our 8:30am Outdoor and our 9:30am LiveStream will continue as they have been in weeks past. Both on-campus services will have communion served in individual, sealed containers (all pre-sealed containers will contain wheat, but we will have some gluten-free available which are packaged by Asbury volunteers). These will be picked up as you arrive in worship and trashcans will be available as you exit.
Registration for worship will open two weeks in advance through our weekly eBulletin
– Register for a space at 11am Worship for Sunday August 2nd
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.
|Date||Ministry Area||Details to Know|
|Ongoing||Online Worship via LiveStream||Worship online Every Sunday at www.asburyraleigh.org/live or at www.facebook.com/asburyraleigh|
|Starting July 12||8:30am Worship in Amphitheatre||– Bring a chair and enjoy worship outdoors|
– Limited benches available to help with social distancing
– Masks encouraged
|Starting Aug. 2|
|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 13||Kids Ministry, Youth Ministry, and Other Campus Events||We are hopeful to return to a full “new normal” 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)