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


RETURNING TO IN-PERSON  *February 4 Update


We miss seeing your faces on Sundays and look forward to welcoming you into our new home in the months ahead. As COVID-19 cases are still on the rise, out of a desire to be good neighbors, we are gathering online only through the months of February and March. Our current plan is a return to in-person Church Outside on Easter Sunday, April 4th! In the meantime, we will be scheduling smaller in-person prayer gatherings and opportunities for communion at the building on Sundays at 9am in addition to online Worship Gatherings - Sundays 11am EST at www.CharlesRiver.Online.Church


ONLINE ONLY in January 2021  *Jan 3 Update


In light of the continued increase in COVID cases in MA, our leadership has decided we will continue to remain online only for January 2021. We continue to prepare meaningful and quality online Worship Gatherings that you will want to join and invite others into. Join us on Sundays 11am EST at www.CharlesRiver.Online.Church

Connection Groups launch the week of January 17 - these online groups are a great way to get connected at Charles River Church.


The Remainder of 2020 Worship Services will be ONLINE ONLY  *Dec 1 Update


In light of the recent surge in COVID cases, and out of a desire to finish this unique season strong & healthy, our leadership has decided that the remainder of our 2020 Worship Services will be online only. We are preparing meaningful and quality online Worship Gatherings that you will want to join and invite others into this Christmas season. Join us on Sunday Dec 6, 13, 20, and Christmas Eve at www.CharlesRiver.Online.Church.




UPDATE for Sundays Nov 22 & 29  *Nov 21 Update


Church Family,


As we consider Thanksgiving and the possibility of people returning from being with family members, out of an abundance of caution, November 22 & 29 will be online only Worship Gatherings. 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