CHARLES RIVER  &

  COVID-19



WE ARE HERE TO SERVE PEOPLE. IN THIS SEASON WE GET TO SERVE BY LAYING ASIDE OUR PREFERENCES FOR THE SAKE OF OTHERS!

ONGOING UPDATES

UPDATE for Sundays Nov 22 & 29  *Nov 21 Update


Church Family,


Over the last couple of days, immediate family of two of our staff members have been been exposed to COVID-19 or are feeling sick. Though there have been no positive test results (results are pending), out of an abundance of caution we have decided to move our Worship Gathering online for Sunday November 21. Additionally, as we consider Thanksgiving and the possibility of people returning from being with family members, November 29 will be online as well. Please join us both Sundays at 11am at www.CharlesRiver.Online.Church.




Phase 4 - Indoor Worship! *Nov 9 Update


We recently announced our new home at 1195 Centre St!  We have a long way to go with renovation, but we are able to move inside for the season. From Sunday, November 15 - December 20, we will be meeting inside the sanctuary from 11-11:45am. There will be no children's programming, however, we have shortened the Worship Gathering to 45 mins and are providing activity bags for children. Join us as we celebrate the holiday season together! If you are not able to join us or if pre-registration fills up, please join us online at www.CharlesRiver.Online.Church


Guidelines

  • Wear a mask at all times (with the exception of children 2 yrs and younger).
  • Practice social-distancing (air-hugs only!).
  • Take advantage of the hand sanitation stations.
  • No print materials will be handed out, so please download the church app for connection card, information, notes, etc.
  • Restrooms are available in the building, but please no congregating inside.
  • Stay with your household or social bubble (college students).
  • Self-screening: Please refrain from attending if you are feeling sick or have been exposed to COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
  • Follow the direction of our leadership team and signs.

We are excited to welcome you to our new home!




Phase 3 - Outdoor Worship!  *Aug 24 Update


Church Family,

We have been so encouraged by the way you have rallied to serve each other, our community, and our Lord in this unique season. After almost 6 months since our last in-person Worship Gathering + a careful phase-in approach to ensure preparedness, we are excited to announce that we are gathering weekly beginning September 13!  We will be gathering in-person outside of the Trinity Lutheran Church in West Roxbury at 11am (new time) as well as continuing to provide a live-stream at 11am (new time). We are committed to outdoor worship from Sept 13-October 25 and will reassess our options at the end of that period. These will be kid-friendly gatherings. Bring your own lawn chairs and we will provide chairs for those who need one. In the event of inclement weather, we will pivot that week to fully online and will notify everyone through social media and a push notification on the church app.


Outdoor Worship will be a memorable season as we embrace the moment and the unique opportunities it provides. Many of you have seen friends, family, neighbors and co-workers join our online community over these past 6 months and now you are able to connect them in-person to your church family! Spread the word, invite, and most importantly - PRAY EXPECTANTLY!


Guidelines

  • Wear a mask at all times.
  • Practice social-distancing (air-hugs only!).
  • Take advantage of the hand sanitation stations.
  • No print materials will be handed out, so please download the church app for worship lyrics, notes, etc.
  • Restrooms are available in the building, but please socialize outdoors, not indoors.
  • Stay with your household or social bubble.
  • Self-screening: Please refrain from attending if you are feeling sick, have been exposed to COVID-19 in the past 14 days, or have traveled in the past 14 days (except for people traveling from CT, VT, NH, ME, NY, and NJ). 
  • Follow the direction of our leadership team and signs.


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Excited for what this Fall will bring!

Charles River Leadership



Phase 2 - Updated Gathering Plan  *Aug 14 Update


Church Family, 

This Summer has been unique to say the least. We have gathered online while also cautiously gathering in-person, bi-monthly at the parking lot of Trinity Lutheran Church. Though our original plan had us resuming full worship gatherings outside and in-person on Aug 23 & 30, we believe it is wise to hold off for another three weeks. We will continue gathering online at 10am for Sunday Aug 23 & 30 and Sept 6th. Stay tuned for an update on what September 13 and forward will look like. We are developing a plan for what we believe will be an exciting season of impact in the life of our church.


Press on!

Charles River Leadership



Our Plan for Regathering  *June 1 Update


We are excited to announce that we are now moving towards regathering as a church family. Although we cannot know all the exact dates and locations as we prepare to regather, and though it can feel like we are aiming at a moving target, we have created a phased plan that will give us a sense of direction over the next few months. Rest assured that we will follow guidelines from local and state authorities while considering the unity and impact of our church as we move into different phases. This proposed roadmap will take us to in-person Sunday Worship Gatherings. *Dates and locations for Phase 1 are locked in while dates and locations for Phases 2 & 3 are still tentative.


PHASE 1 - Sundays, June 14 & 28 at Trinity Lutheran Church Parking Lot (1195 Centre St West Roxbury)


-Online Gathering (10am) 

-Drive-Through Encouragement (any time between 11:30am-12:30pm) - Gift, communion, prayer, and say "Hi!"


Things are beginning to move forward and greater days are ahead!


With you, 

Charles River Leadership

WE ARE HERE TO SERVE.

We are eager to be the hands of Jesus during this unique season. Please let us know if you are in need of assistance or if you are able to provide assistance to those in need.



I NEED HELP. >>


I'D LIKE TO HELP! >>

RESOURCES FOR THIS SEASON

FROM CHARLES RIVER

  • I'd Like to Help | Communicate the ways you are available to assist others in their time of need. We will match you with someone who has communicated a need. There are many areas of potential needs including errands, prayer, and temporary childcare.
  • I Need Help | We have resources and people ready to lend a hand. Let us know how we can come alongside you.
  • Live Prayer Gathering | Pray with us! Every Wednesday at 6:30 AM we gather to pray for each other, Boston, and beyond. Click the link to join the Zoom call. No registration required.
  • Join Us Online | Watch our online Worship Gathering each Sunday at 11AM. There's live chat, worship, and biblical teaching.
  • Get in a Group | We might be distancing physically from each other, but it doesn't mean that we need to feel isolated. Our groups are still meeting digitally!
  • Meal Sites | With schools closed and many losing employment, putting food on the table can prove challenging. We've compiled a list of Parkway Boston meal sites. *Follow this link to volunteer at a site.
  • Prayer | Use this link to let us know how we can be praying for you. Email us if you would like to set up a phone call for prayer from one of our pastors.
  • Counseling | This season may be surfacing an area that needs some specific attention. Our local counseling center is a great resource for gospel-centered, church-based, clinically-informed biblical counseling.

WATCH | LISTEN | READ

RESOURCES FOR KIDS

  • Christ-Centered Books and Apps for Kids | Our River Kids ministry has compiled a list of their favorite Christ-centered books, devotionals, and apps for kids.
  • Stories and Shows for Kids | Subscribe for free streaming from Focus on the Family! Kids will love the 'Adventures in Odyssey' series (created for ages 8-12 and enjoyed by the whole family), these "audio dramas teach lasting truths and bring biblical principles to life, with just the right balance of fun, faith, and imagination!"
  • Family Devotions from Seeds Family Worship | The Seeds ministry has put together 20 verses for families to memorize together, complete with free videos, devotions, and music!