We care about the health and safety of all who walk through our doors. Our church staff and volunteers working with minors are fingerprinted, complete a background check, and go through an abuse prevention training. Our staff monitors the latest local public health guidelines and consults with medical professionals, when making adjustments to our health practices.
If you have a question about our health and safety practices, you can email .
If you, or a member of your family, experiences something that makes you uncomfortable, please contact a member of our leadership team or governing aboard with your concern.
Brad Wong, Lead Pastor ( )
Michelle Manley, Pastor of Spiritual Formation; supervisor of Youth Ministry ( )
Brian Perronne, Executive Director; supervisor of all other ministry areas ( )
Susan Campbell, Board Chair ( )
To contact the entire church board, email .
Since the beginning of the pandemic, our guiding commitments have been
- To reflect the heart of Jesus for our broader community and world by taking measures to slow the spread of COVID-19.
- To provide safe, meaningful spaces where people can experience Jesus’ comfort, hope, and love.
Our gatherings are full of people with varying levels of caution and vulnerability, and as local guidance and case levels shift, we constantly try to strike the balance between the the joy of uninhibited worship, conversation, and fellowship and how to best care for everyone in our midst.
Our current (12/09/22) policies and practices are as follows:
- Given there is currently a "tripledemic" of Covid, flu, and RSV and the community is generally carrying less immunity from the past few years of isolation, we are strongly encouraging masking in all indoor gatherings.
- We will continue to serve communion in small groups, but the communion servers will now remain masked. Individual elements will also be available for those who prefer.
- High quality air purifiers are in all of our meeting spaces, masks and hand sanitizer readily available at the doors, and child-sized masks available at their check-in station.
- If there is a known exposure for a smaller subset of people who were together for more than 10-15 minutes indoors, then we will send an exposure notice. (Examples: volunteers at Grace Village working in the same apartment, youth who share a car or cabin, and Kids' Community classroom.)
- If a River staff member who was leading and unmasked on Sunday tests positive for Covid, we will send an exposure notice.
- If someone attends a Sunday service and later learns they are Covid positive, we ask they inform those who they interacted with during service directly, but do not plan to send exposure notices to the whole church except for those with broad exposure likely (i.e. staff and vocalists).
- Ministry leaders may choose to require Covid testing before an event involving food, car rides, or overnight stays.
Kids' Community Health Policies
Please do NOT check a child into Kids’ Community if they have any of the following symptoms:
- Fever over 99.6 degrees
- Vomiting or diarrhea within the last 24 hours
- Green or yellow runny nose
- Coughing and/or sneezing (not caused by allergy)
- Sore throat or trouble swallowing
- Skin infections (including unexplained rashes, sores or spots)
- Eyes with discharge; Unusually red, watery, or itchy eyes
- Other symptoms of communicable / infectious disease such as persistent headache, lethargy, nausea, chills, generalized muscle aches and pains
If your child is being treated with antibiotics, they may return to class if they have been on the medication for at least 24 hours. If there is any doubt, please keep them out for the day.