Dear Canyon Church Family,
As we mentioned in a previous email, part of our continuing care for you, Christ’s body, has been to monitor official communications from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as from the Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDHS) regarding information on COVID-19. Our COVID-19 info & status webpage will be updated with the content of this email.
Since March 31, 2020, the governor’s executive order for physical distancing to mitigate the transmission of COVID-19 has remained in effect. This limited gatherings to no more than 10 people for non-essential activities. On April 29, 2020 the governor and state attorney general provided some clarification regarding “essential services” to include church services.
Here is a link to the AZDHS guidelines for places of worship:
From the moment that statement was made, we have been prayerfully considering and discussing what that means for us here at Canyon. We had to weigh the desire to resume in-person worship services as soon as possible with the need and desire to do so in a way that honors the Lord, is a blessing to His people, keeps everyone safe, and is in compliance with CDC and state guidelines.
We are excited to announce that Sunday services will be resuming Sunday May 17, 2020.
Things will be a little different from the past as we adjust to honor the CDC's guidelines, and care for the body.
Here’s a link to the announcement video we previously sent out:
Below are highlights of the temporary changes. Please keep in mind that these are TEMPORARY and will be regularly reviewed for effectiveness and compliance with state and federal guidelines. When we can ease up on these, we will.
* We encourage everyone who attends to respect the physical distancing request.
* Face coverings are not required but attendees are welcome to wear them if they choose.
* No Canyon Kids from Nursery age to 5th grade.
* All servants are to continue with good sanitizing practices: washing hands, avoid touching their face, cough into their elbow or tissue that is immediately disposed of.
* Doors will be propped open so that people can enter the building and sanctuary without needing to touch the handles.
* Greeters will still greet but maintain physical distancing.
* No name tag table or weekly bulletin. Teaching outlines and prayer request forms will be placed on chairs so that there is no need to handle them..
* No “friendship folders” will be passed down the rows. Completed prayer request forms will be dropped off at a container located at the Information Counter. Please take advantage of the "virtual friendship folder" button on the website to submit prayer requests and praise reports.
* Every other row of chairs in the sanctuary will be removed to help with physical distancing. People will be encouraged to leave 3 chairs between them (the group that they come to church with) and others in the body.
* There will be no coffee or water dispensers. Bottles of water will be available instead.
* Once the service starts, all touch surfaces within the worship center will be sanitized.
* Rather than multiple people handling the offering bags, a drop box will be placed at the rear of the sanctuary to drop in an offering. Please consider using the "online giving" button on the website or bill pay option of your banking institution if you choose to give electronically.
* Greeting time (after worship but before the teaching from God’s Word) will be replaced with “Gratitude time”. It will be a time to express thanks and praise to the Lord for His provision and protection during this challenging time. Any greetings will respect the physical distancing request.
* Young children should stay with their parents during their time at the worship center.
* After the closing song and dismissal, everyone is encouraged to leave the building. If one needs to remain, please consider going outside to help maintain physical distancing.
Again, these are temporary, and we believe that these necessary but minor inconveniences are worth enduring in exchange for being able to gather together in person.
There’s a lot of details here but we wanted you to be as informed as possible so that you can make a wise decision on whether or not to attend.
Who should refrain from attending:
* Those who have been given instructions by their doctors to avoid group gatherings.
* Those who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 exposure.
* Those who are unable to respect the physical distancing request.
We know that there are some of us who will be unable at this time to participate in the in-person worship service due to medical concerns. We miss you and would love to see you, but we also love you and want you to be safe. We want to serve and care for all as best we can so we are working diligently to create an opportunity for a livestream of the Sunday service. We hope to have it set up within the next few days and as soon as it is ready, we’ll send out another email with details.
The office will remain closed but pastors and staff continue to be available via phone, email, and social media. In-person gatherings by Koinonia Groups continue to be paused until guidelines allow them. Groups are encouraged to gather electronically.
We are excited for the opportunity to gather again in person and pray that this time apart has grown in us a greater appreciation for one another and the God we worship and love.
in Christ and for His glory,
The pastors of Canyon Bible Church of Prescott Valley