If I attend a service in-person, what can I expect?
Although it looks a little different now during the pandemic, it’s our goal to create a welcoming, authentic environment where you can connect with God and connect with people. In accordance with the recommendations of the CDC and VA, we require masks to be worn at all times when inside our buildings (if you prefer not to wear a mask, there is a separate room with a big screen TV where you can watch our LiveStream). We also strongly encourage you to be as diligent as possible to social distance. A general rule of thumb, is if you aren’t feeling well, have a fever, have traveled outside of the country recently, or have come in contact with someone with COVID-19, please stay home and worship with us online.
Regardless of safety protocols, the time we spend together as a community is exciting and energetic, meaningful and deliberate, often humorous, and always relevant. Those attending will attest that church feels a little different than it used to, but that authentic community and worship are still happening, pandemic or not!
If I attend a service online, what can I expect?
It’s still our goal to create a welcoming, authentic environment where you can connect with God and connect with people – even through digital means. While we do stream on FB (www.facebook.com/effortchurch), our Church Online Platform (or CHOP for short) offers the most immersive, connected, and high quality church experience (effortchurch.online.church). You’ll be able to engage through chat with other folks attending, as well as with Online Pastors who are equipped to encourage, answer questions, and pray with you through private, 1-on-1 confidential chat. We’ve found that online church “works if you work it.” Think about it this way: if you attend church in-person and don’t engage with community, you may feel isolated. The same goes for online church. That’s why we recommend making good use of the chat window. It’s a great tool to connect with others and seek spiritual growth with our Online Pastors and each other. This can be a lot to take in – if you have any questions about technology or how online church works, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What will my child experience?
Due to safety protocols and the number of volunteers it takes to effectively help your kids become friends with Jesus, we’ve had to put a temporary hold on Children’s Church. We’re asking that you attend church with your kids in the main service. We’re aware of the shift this requires for all parties involved, but we promise your kiddos can experience worship and the Bible in creative and relevant ways, even in our main service.
How do I attend service during this season?
We have two ways to attend live services (although we recommend the first option for stability and the best experience):
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