Dear Members and Friends,
It has been more than 7 months since our church has temporarily stop Onsite services and have gone Online. During this time, the Board and Church Staff have been keeping updated with the regulations provided by the Ministry of Community, Culture and Youth (MCCY). We would like to update you on what is happening at church.
Firstly, we would like to thank God for seeing us through this COVID season. There was ongoing Online services, major repair works in our auditorium, funerals and weddings in between. Nonetheless we are thankful to God for His faithfulness towards the church. We are also glad to announce that our auditorium renovation has been completed and is ready for Onsite services to resume. Here is some information for our church gatherings according to our onsite.
1. CHURCH ONSITE
Our church did an Onsite Dedication service on the 1 Nov 2020 where the Board Members, Trustees and Council Leaders and their families were invited to pilot the reopening. There was a testing of systems pertaining to the technical flow and crowd control, to adhere to Safety Management Measures recommended by MCCY. We will continue reopening in phases according to the dates given below for all our members and visitors who are coming back to church Onsite for services.
1 Nov 2020 – Board, Trustees and Council Leaders and their immediate family
8 Nov 2020 – Board, Trustees, Council Leaders, Worship Team, Welcome Team
and Ministry Leaders.
15 Nov 2020 – Open to all
Services will be held Onsite and broadcasted live on maranatha.sg so that everyone, even those at home can attend the service together.
Chinese Ministry will continue to use the same model by being Onsite + Live Broadcast via ZOOM that is open to all.
Children below the ages of 10 are not allowed to enter the Church premises till further notice.
2. SMALL GROUP MINISTRY
According to the latest MCCY regulations, the increase in numbers from 5 to 8 in a group is soon to be is allowed. Hence the church would highly encourage the Small Groups to resume gathering 5* in a group outside or 5* to visit a home for Small Group Meetings. If a group is unable to gather face-to-face, you may like to consider continuing with ZOOM meetings until further easing of regulations.
*small group gathering can start to gather to 8 persons immediately upon government’s announcement.
3. NEXT GEN MINISTRY
DCKids will tentatively resume in Dec 2020 whilst the other Next Gen Ministries, the Youth and Young Adults will continue meeting over ZOOM until further notice.
GUIDELINES FOR ENTRY INTO CHURCH PREMISES
Ensure that you are wearing a mask at all times unless you are Preaching or Worship Leading and may choose to wear a face shield instead. Do sanitise your hands at the lobby before entering the hall. Please see a doctor and rest at home if you are feeling unwell.
Scan Safe Entry QR Code located at the lobby before taking your temperature. Show the ushers your Safe Entry Check-In registration or your token.
There will be no live singing allowed Onsite until further notice. You may like to express your worship by clapping, raising of hands, grooving on the spot, praying, meditating, or reading of Scriptures as long as you practise 1 m safe distancing.
The church is set up in clusters of five within all the Zones. Please fill up one Zone at a time (guided by the ushers) and avoid any intermingling between Zones when Onsite. Only parents who are waiting to pick up their children at DcKids are allowed to use the lounge. There are three zones in the church, Zone 1 (the front of the Auditorium), Zone 2 (the back of the Auditorium), Zone 3 (Hall 1).
You may greet one another with a wave or verbal greetings Onsite but refrain from close contact such as handshakes and any form of physical touch. Food and beverages are also not allowed in the Auditorium. You may bring your personal water bottles.
We would encourage all guests to be seated in the Auditorium by 10:15am as service will start punctually at 10:30am . Do note that our Onsite service will be broadcasted live and coming Onsite indicates that you have given the church permission to video or photograph you. All data collected would be strictly for church use only.
To maintain minimum contact, we will not be passing around the offertory bag. You may give your Tithes and Offerings via PayNow. The QR code will be shared Onscreen and also found at the back of the chairs. Do remember also to pick up the individually packed Holy Communion Elements at the lobby which we will partake together during the service every first week of the month.
We will continue to monitor the situation and keep everyone informed whenever we receive new information. We know that this has been a trying time for all of us. Please continue to hang in there and look out for one another. We would like everyone to look forward to coming back to church as there will be great encouragement in spurring one another face to face. Our prayer for us all is to continue pressing on with God’s strength and courage.
“For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” – Isaiah 43:19
Pastor Amadea Seow
On behalf of Senior Pastor, Staff and Church Board