Each Sunday, we gather to praise God, come before Him in prayer, preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and celebrate the Lord’s Supper. Here you can find information about what steps we are taking to do this wisely in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as some of what to expect when you join us for worship.
General Safety Protocols for COVID-19
Who Should Come – We are encouraging seniors and those who may be immunocompromised to stay home and worship with us via Zoom for the next several weeks. Also, if you feel ill, please stay home.
Masks / Social Distancing – Masks are required for entry into the building and must be worn while inside (except for those leading worship from the front and children under 3). We ask that you maintain good social distancing practices (families and individuals who are quarantining together staying 6 feet apart from other families/individuals) at all times.
Restrooms – Restroom use will be limited to one family at a time. Please be as expedient as possible out of courtesy to others.
Nursery / Childcare – No nursery care will be offered, but selected classrooms will be open, limited to one family per classroom, to take their youngest children there if needed during the service (bring a device to stream service there via Zoom).
Worship Protocols for COVID-19
Singing / Hymns – While we are singing hymns with masks, for the present we are limiting the amount of singing due to the pandemic.
Bulletins– We are printing bulletins for those worshipping in person. These are being prepared with COVID-19 safety measures so as to minimize the potential for spreading the virus. In order to minimize surface contact, each worshipper will be required to pick up their own bulletin in the foyer. Families and quarantine groups are encouraged to pick up all the bulletins needed for their group and distribute them, especially on behalf of younger children.
Service Length / Lord’s Supper – We have planned an abbreviated main service, including the Lord’s Supper. For the Lord’s Supper, we have both prepackaged, sealed individual servings (grape juice and wheat wafer) as well as carefully prepared elements according to health code and COVID guidelines (wine and gluten-free bread). Individuals will come forward (officers will dismiss by row, to receive both of the elements together, and return to their seats so that we can all partake at the same time). Of course, masks may be removed to partake of the elements, though they must be worn at all other times.
Corporate Confessions / Prayers – Corporate confessions and prayers will be the same as what we are doing now. Please use a normal, or even somewhat subdued, speaking voice, rather than raised volume.
Offering – For the offering, a bin/basket will be by the exits. Please drop in your offering on your way out (also, the online option is still available).
Discipleship (Zoom Only) – There will be no in-person morning discipleship, but there will be a remote Zoom discussion (for everybody, together, from their homes) beginning 30 minutes after the end of worship, giving time to drive home to participate. (Note: Evening Zoom discipleship will continue as we have been doing from now until further notice.)
Limited In-Person Gathering and Signup – In-person gathering at the church building will be limited, with the remainder of our church family gathering via Zoom. If you are planning to attend the in-person gathering, please RSVP via Sign-up Genius. Please sign up using the link above.
How We Worship at RPCB
We would describe our worship style as simple, reverent, and rich. We seek to be Christ-centered throughout, recognizing the majesty and holiness of the God whom we worship, and full of the Word of the gospel that creates and nourishes our ongoing faith. We love the “means of grace” that Jesus gave us as his church, so in addition to hearing the Word preached, we celebrate the Lord’s Supper every week, as well as baptisms when occasion permits.
Come as you are, all are welcome! When you visit, you’ll see some dressed in T-shirts and shorts, others looking more “business casual,” some in traditional international dress (Nigerian, Cameroonian, Filipino), along with some dressed in suits and ties. Our pastors, preachers, and elders who lead worship tend to dress up a little, simply to reflect the significance of what we’re doing (meeting with the God of creation) and so as not to distract from the worship they are seeking to lead.
While we mostly sing hymns with piano accompaniment, we also deliberately and regularly learn and incorporate more recently composed “contemporary” music that meets the high standards of rich theological content that we expect in our congregational singing.
Weekly Lord’s Supper (Communion)
Believing that Jesus gave us his sacraments (baptism and Lord’s Supper) for our spiritual good, nourishment, and edification, so we celebrate the Lord’s Supper (i.e. Communion, Eucharist) every week as part of our Sunday morning worship.
While we encourage everyone to be part of our worship services, including all children, we do offer nursery for children aged 6 months to 3 years during both morning and evening worship, as well as during our Bible Classes for all ages following Sunday morning worship. If your children are older than 3 years and this is new for you, we find that it can take a few weeks for them to adjust, but we don’t mind the extra noise that they make while they get used to it. It’s a joy to be reminded that Jesus invites even little children into his presence with us.
We love to worship our Triune God together, so we don’t just gather once for worship every Sunday, but come back at 6:00 PM for an hour or so to sing a few hymns, spend a few minutes in open congregational prayer together, and be fed by God’s Word. This schedule is for every Sunday except the first Sunday of every month, when we instead gather at 6:00 PM for our hour-long congregational hymn sing.
Monthly Hymn Sing
The first Sunday of the month we gather at 6:00 PM for an hour-long congregational hymn sing. This is our “congregational choir practice,” where we get a chance to try out new tunes that may be incorporated into our morning worship, as well as sing our old favorites by request.