*As of July 2nd, Mayor Mclean has mandated all residents residing within the Boise City limits wear a mask in public spaces. This includes all indoor spaces and outdoor where you are unable to maintain 6-foot distancing. To learn more and to view exemptions, visit the City of Boise website.
We are excited to let you know we are moving back to in-person gatherings this month! As we make plans for safe and responsible in-person gatherings, our desire to be a part of the solution during this pandemic has not changed. We will follow the guidelines from CHD (Central Health District) and direction from our elected officials here in Ada County. The sanctuary is set up to accommodate appropriate distancing measures, masks will be required while inside the building, and hand sanitizer will be readily available. The first fifty people to arrive at each service are free to sit in the sanctuary, and the following fifty will be directed to an overflow room with a live feed of the service.
We are also working diligently to restart Collective Kids (nursery-5th grade) and Collective Youth (6th-12th grade) on Sundays a few weeks after we begin our in-person gatherings.
It is evident that we must continue to adapt and adjust our efforts to be connected and move further into community as we step into the future. COVID-19 is a reality in our world, and it is essential we safely and responsibly create an environment for you to enter back into.
These past six months have been a trying season for so many, but God is actively making all things new as we step into this new season. Jesus is the missing peace our world needs. And, the Church is the people to declare and demonstrate His peace on the planet. Jesus said, “…And on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” Matthew 16:18 NIV
Nothing, and no one will overcome the Church! Church, we exist to partner with God and serve the world to see His kingdom come and His will done here on earth as it is in heaven. So our desire is to create a safe and healthy environment where we can encounter God's presence and be reminded of His plans and purposes in the world.
Over the next few weeks, we will continue preparations and communication for our in-person gathering. Also, for those unable to join or not yet ready for in-person, we will continue to provide our online platform each Sunday.
UPDATE ON HILL CITY WATCH PARTY
Due to low attendance at the Hill City watch party, we have decided to suspend our Hill City watch party until further notice. We are working hard to create new and innovative ways to connect our church community on Sundays and throughout the week in safe and meaningful ways. Thank you for your continue patience while we navigate this season.
We encourage our Community Groups to continue meeting as they feel comfortable. We have several Community Groups that are hosting watch parties on Sundays within their groups. This is a great way to stay connected during this very disconnected time. If you not in a community group, we encourage you to reach out to us. We would love to get you connected.
We are still looking for people who are interested in hosting a Sunday church watch party. If that is you, please let us know! We will help provide you with the necessary resources to host as well as provide funds for childcare (if needed). Please consider this great opportunity to bring church to those around you.
Due to the ever-changing climate of Covid-19 and the low attendance for the watch party at Hill City, we are suspending Sunday watch parties at Hill City. We are working to create new ways to connect intentionally on Sundays. In the meantime, continue to check out our YouTube and Facebook page for Sunday sermons and watch out for the updated information via our Weekly Update.
TREASURE VALLEY CHURCH WATCH PARTIES
As we adapt to the changes that Covid-19 brings, we also adapt the way we are participating in worship and fellowship as a church community. We are currently in the process of creating church watch parties throughout the valley in which members of our church community are inviting us into their outside spaces to watch the sermon. All church watch party locations will be posted on our website. We invite you to explore these locations and see if there is one you would like to attend. Each host will have different requirements and RSVP limitations so make sure to check our website for all the details including how you RSVP. We are in a very unique time in history and more than ever, we need to stay connected to each other. Connect with us if you have any questions.
CHURCH WATCH PARTIES AT HILL CITY
We will have a Church Watch Party at Hill City every Sunday at 4pm. We highly recommend you to RSVP as our maximum capacity for the sanctuary will be 50 people. For guidelines and requirements for attending the Hill City Watch Party, please visit our website.
CALL OUT FOR HOSTS FOR CHURCH WATCH PARTIES
We are looking for people who are interested in hosting a Church Watch Party. If that is you, please let us know! We will help provide you with the necessary resources to host as well as provide funds for childcare (if needed). Please consider this great opportunity to bring church to those around you.
Due to the increase of Covid-19 cases, Ada County has moved back to Stage 3. We will no longer be meeting in person at this time. Instead, join us Sundays via our Facebook page or our YouTube channel at 11am.
Beginning July 5th the service will be posted on our FaceBook page Sundays at 9:00 am. (We are no longer using YouTube Premiere, though the sermon will be posted by 9:00am on YouTube.) The sites and details (number of people and safety precautions) for each gathering will be available on Tuesday, June 30th. Check out the Weekly Update that will be sent to your email as well as our website, on and after Tuesday to view the map and locate a site near you. You will be asked to RSVP so that each host will know how many adults and children to expect. We will also use these RSVPs to limit the number of people at each site.
The Collective will be paying for childcare and mobile hotspots for all sites that need it. Our hope is that this will remove as many obstacles as possible which may prevent any individual or family from receiving the fellowship and support they need.
Beginning Sunday, July 5th at 4:00 pm we will host a watch party at Hill City. It will be first come, first served limited to under 50 people for the individuals who may not receive our correspondence, those who have difficulty traveling to any of the other sites, or are new and visiting guests. For all of our watch sites we ask that you remain at home if you are immunocompromised, at risk, or feeling ill.
If you are in a Community Group, we encourage you to join that watch party. If your CG will not be hosting one, feel free to join another open CG or attend the watch party at Hill City. (Open sites will be indicated in the Weekly Update and online, Tuesday.)
We were created with intimacy and fellowship in mind. We need each other. Please reach out to one of these open sites or start a watch part of your own! Let’s be intentional about staying connected.
What to Expect:
Please be prepared to wear a mask the entire time you are in the building. We will have masks available at the door for anyone who does not have one. This is a tangible way that we can love our neighbors, and make sure that we are doing everything we can to keep each other healthy. If you are not willing to wear a mask, we respectfully request that you continue to utilize the online worship services for the next couple of weeks, until they become optional for our in- person gatherings.
We will be blocking off every other row in the sanctuary in order to allow for social distancing. Families can absolutely sit together, but we ask that you leave appropriate distance between yourself, and other people sitting in the same row as you.
Hand sanitizer will be available at stations throughout the building.
We will not have Children or Youth Ministry at this time. We plan to open up Children & Youth Ministries on Sunday, July 12th.
We will not be providing our coffee bar or communion at this time.
If the sanctuary fills up, we will use the large Children's Ministry room for overflow if needed.
The nursery room and a few other Children's Ministry rooms will be available to step into if parents with children need to step out of the sanctuary. They will not be staffed, but will be available. Please be mindful of the rooms while in there.
Before coming to church, please be aware of your own health. If you have a cough, fever, respiratory issues, or any other sign of being sick please stay home. It might not seem like a big deal for you, but a sickness has the potential to be much more harmful to someone else in our congregation.
If you are not yet ready to begin meeting in person, that’s okay! Whether you are more vulnerable to getting sick, elderly or live with someone who is elderly, or just not yet comfortable with gathering in person we absolutely respect your decision. We will continue to offer on-line services via YouTube, and Community Groups are meeting again to provide fellowship and support. Please reach out to us if there is any way we can serve you in this time. Sunday On-line services will debut at 6:00pm every Sunday via our Youtube Channel.
We will continue to monitor the amount of COVID-19 cases being reported in Idaho and should we make any changes to our future plans, we will send out communication right away.