As a church, we want to care for people and make wise, considerate, and selfless decisions in all that we do – including our response to re-opening for public worship gatherings. Through much prayer, dependence on God, and accountability to His Word, we have put together a plan for re-opening. Philippians 2:3-5 is one of many passages that we submit to:
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interest of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.
This was the mindset of Jesus: valuing others above himself. Our King, Jesus, has modeled this for us. We, the citizens of His Kingdom, endeavor to do the same. This is true at all times, but especially so as we navigate a re-opening strategy. We want to re-open in a way that is consistent with the words of Philippians 2 (and many other passages). We want to make decisions for the maximum good of the most people – both now, and in the future. We do all of this so that the Gospel can continue to go forward unhindered, and we stand firm and unrelenting in our commitment to giving repeated opportunities for people to hear and see the Gospel of Jesus – regardless of the circumstances.
What does it look like now that we started gathering again?
While we begin to gather in-person, on a limited basis at Cheektowaga, CrossPoint and Lockport, there are some very important guidelines to follow. We're also encouraging those that are most vulnerable to continue engaging with our services, at home, online.
What should I expect if I want to attend in person?
Non-family groups will be seated 6' apart from one-another
Hand sanitizing stations have been installed throughout each of our buildings for your convenience.
While you are required to wear a face mask covering your nose and mouth when in and around the building and within 6' of others, you are welcome to remove it while you are seated and listening to the message.
Bathroom use is available, and sanitized every half hour.
Current capacity restriction is 25%. In order to comply with this restriction, we are asking everyone at all of our campuses to register before attending. You can do that right here thechapel.com/reopening.
Giving stations have been set up around each of our campuses to ensure a no-contact giving opportunity.
To see more of how we have implemented safety procedures for each campus, click on campus video below that applies to the one you attend.
What about our Niagara Falls campus?
Since we are still meeting in the Regal Cinemas, our gatherings our subject to the theater reopening. We are prepared for when we will be able to gather there again and will continue to update you as more information is available.
What if I'm not ready to gather in-person yet?
Maybe you're not yet ready to attend an in-person gathering, that's okay! If your Community Group is comfortable gathering in person, "Watch Parties" are a great way to connect and worship together in a smaller "in-home" setting. This is a great place to watch the message online together, and take time to discuss it right after the service. If you're not in a Community Group, The Chapel live experience is a great way for you and your family to stay connected, but it's also a perfect invite opportunity for your friends, neighbors and family members. To join us, at 9am or 11am each Sunday, just connect on any of the follwing platforms:
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What about Children and student gatherings?
We're excited to beginning opening our King's World and Shine on Sunday mornings, for just the 11am service! But, in order to do so, there are a few things that will be different when atending...
Due to the fact that “kids will be kids”, we cannot guarantee that social distancing will be followed throughout the entire time a child is in our Student Ministry’s, but we will be adhering to all guidelines currently in place with our adult gatherings for the safety for your child and the safety of our staff and volunteers.
The Student Ministry Staff recommends the following guidelines be followed:
- SHiNE will be open ONLY at the 11am service, ONLY at the CrossPoint, Lockport and Cheektowaga Campuses.
Seating will be limited at each campus, to the # of seats per square footage, respecting a social distance of 6 feet.
All SHiNE attendees will need to pre-register online. Registration will correspond with our current adult registration.
Temperature checks will be completed upon arrival.
Affirmation of Terms and Policies at the time of registration, corresponding with our current adult affirmation.
Before families enter SHiNE, parents will be asked to make sure their children have used the restroom as restroom usage will be limited.
Social Distancing must be maintained as families arrive. Please follow all traffic flows and social distancing.
Face Masks must be worn at all times, unless sitting in a seat & socially distanced from everyone else.
Restrooms in SHiNE will be fully sanitized between usages.
Social Distancing must be maintained as families arrive to pick up children. Please follow all traffic flows and social distancing.
What does the future look like?
While we're not at a point-in-time that we can gather together as "normal", we are developing and thinking through additional plans for when restricitions continue to ease.
As we continue to gather in person, on a limited basis, there are a few seasonal service opportunities that you can get involved in. Just click below to see what's available: