Updated last November 12 at 4:28 PM
Welcome to the Restart!
In this season we have officially restarted our in person worship services while continuing to stream the excellent online worship services you’ve become accustomed to in this socially distanced season.
9:30 AM Online Worship
Streamed via our Facebook, YouTube, and here on our website. We encourage all of our online campus members to not only watch along, but engage by chatting with staff and other Severn Runners in the comments wherever you choose to watch.
10:30 AM Online Kids Service
11 AM On-Campus Worship Service
Safe, socially distanced, and connected! That’s our goal for our restart. Bring a mask and a friend and expect a new take on the Severn Run you’ve always loved. While a separate Kids and Student experience are not available at this time, we’ve got specialized tables in our Worship Center for families with kids and other great opportunities brewing for students. We want each Severn Runner family to be able to engage at the level that is wise for your family at this time while providing a welcoming environment in this COVID time.
Noon On-Campus Kid’s Service Watch Party
We’ve missed our kids! All families are invited to join our after service watch party in the Kid’s Atrium following our on-campus service. You’re in for the same great online service experience plus a potential double dose of Ms. Paula and Ms. Allison!
Finally, this is not the end of “Campfires.” We will continue creating smaller, safer, sustainable gatherings through the rest of the year!
Wait, Aren’t There More Changes?
Well yes, and no. Our Governor and County Executive recently released a new line of regulations and guidelines, but houses of worship are not affected any further at this time. While you may have heard that gatherings of over 25 are discouraged, this advice was given in regards to informal, unregulated gatherings such as house parties and family gatherings. As a church, we are required to meet specific safety standards that keep our larger gatherings safe during this time. How can you come prepared? Well, bring your mask and plan to wear it the entire time you’re here. Don’t come if you’re sick or are aware of a recent exposure to COVID-19 in your life (even if you’re pretty sure you don’t have it). Plan to stay socially distanced and we’ll cover your hand sanitizer needs while you’re here.
How You Can Help
Begin seeking God and asking Him where it is best for you to worship—at the building or online. There will be many ways that every Severn Runner can engage and serve this fall!
As you join our online services, say hi! Be sure you either fill out our online attendance form or drop a comment to let us know you’re there. Find ways to fully engage in musical worship whether that’s through singing, journaling, or deeply listening. Reflect on the message by answering the discussion questions that close our online worship services. Pray for other Severn Runners who share prayers in the comments, or share your own prayers as well. Like and share our live streams so that your friends can join as well.
We want to establish meaningful community within our walls once again so if you come to the building on Sunday morning, plan to stick around!
Your financial support helps create the experiences that carry our church forward throughout this time. Financial donations support our live streams, kids ministry, student ministry, and food bank as we continue to adapt in this time.
Keep checking in here, on social media, or via our email updates to know what opportunities are available to you each week.
What About Not Sundays?
Before COVID-19, our campus was rarely quiet through the week, so I’m sure you’re wondering what else is going on outside of the online worship services. Let’s work through a few of those details...
We are going to do our very best to create an atmosphere on Sunday mornings that is totally family-friendly and we will be revealing more of what that will look like in the next few weeks. Plus, our Kids Ministry has big plans for the remainder of 2020 into 2021, but in the meantime, be sure that you watch our online Kids Services each Sunday at 10:30 AM. We also have fun activities planned in person. If you’d like to get updates or learn more, join the Kids at Severn Run email list or the Kids at Severn Run Facebook Group.
Wednesday Night Live is back and it's better than before! Students now have the opportunity to come to the building each Wednesday night at 7PM for a Watch Party. This is a chance to see friends and watch the Wednesday Night Live Premiere together. Plus, Collide has a variety of student club opportunities so be sure to check that out. Please keep in mind that masks will be required both indoors and out due to the Governor Order issued July 29. See everything our Students are up to here.
Our campus is open to Connect Groups again outdoors and indoors. In order for you and your group to meet on our campus, you must follow the regular procedures to reserve your space. From there, Amber will provide guidelines on what’s expected of each group who meets on campus including room set up to encourage social distancing, mask use, hand sanitizing stations, and procedures on entering and exiting our campus. Space will be more limited on our campus than normal in order to ensure that we can maintain proper gathering sizes, social distancing, and sanitization practices. Once a group is approved to use our campus, it is the responsibility of the group leader to communicate procedures and expectations with their group members so that they can best participate. You can see the full Connect Groups opening plan here.
Other Ministry Events
Similarly to Connect Groups, other events will require scheduling and coordination with the ministry’s staff lead. Any events held on our campus will be required to take outlined safety measures in order to promote the safety of attendees and workers. As ministry leaders are approved to host events, you will begin hearing about those opportunities again at severnrunner.info, social media, and email.
Procedures & Policies In Place On Our Campus
What We’re Doing To Reduce the Spread
- Leaving doors propped open wherever possible
- Noting and directing foot traffic to include one entry point and one exit point
- Regular sanitization of bathrooms throughout on-campus events
- Clearly indicated safe social distancing standards
- Required use of masks at all times while inside our building
- Easily accessible hand sanitizing stations located throughout our campus
- No coffee, tea, juices, or water provided
- No shared food or snacks at events
- Limited paper passing (no bulletins, event fliers, connect cards or common pens)
Cleaning & Sanitizing Procedures
Here at Severn Run, we are blessed to have an incredibly professional staff who exercise the highest industry standards at all times. For the last two years, our Facilities team has made a switch to a higher standard of cleaning materials to ensure that our building is continuously a safe gathering space. We also provide many clearly marked hand sanitizing stations that use the most effective and safe form of sanitizing solution. Our building is cleaned on a more than weekly basis, and surfaces are sanitized by industry standards (30-90 second dwell time of cleaning solution before wiping) in any season.
During this time of heightened safety, our Facilities team has changed the cleaning procedure to include leaving the cleaning solution to dwell for 10 minutes before wiping and cleaning surfaces. Studies have shown that no virus or bacteria are able to survive the 10 minute dwell time of these solutions. Our Facilities team is taking extra care to revisit doorknobs, handles, buttons, and other common area surfaces regularly during and after gatherings as well as make sure that spaces and surfaces are sanitized after each use.
Sean DeLair, our Facilities Leader, is in contact with the distributor of our cleaning supplies and this company is providing us with realtime updates on the most effective cleaning tactics against the COVID-19 virus. If you’d like to see the scientific and EPA materials that support the effectiveness of our cleaning methods, you can download the guides here:
- EPA’s Registered Antimicrobial Products for Use Against Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the Cause of COVID-19
- Center for Biocide Chemistries Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Fighting Products
- *The products used on our campus are highlighted in yellow.