Over the past week, our Elders team at Dover First has been working on a plan to implement the Delaware state guidelines for reopening churches.
Today we’re happy to announce that Dover First will resume in-person worship services on Sabbath, June 6th for those who wish to attend.
This will not be a return to church as it was before COVID-19. The state guidance document lays out strict social distancing requirements for churches wishing to reopen.
I encourage you to read the whole document for yourselves, as Dover First will be strictly following these requirements. Some of the key points to note are the following:
You should not attend if you are at high-risk for contracting COVID-19 (65 and older or have underlying health conditions identified by the CDC as higher risk); have a cough, high fever, shortness of breath; or have been exposed to anyone who has tested positive with COVID-19 in the past 14 days
Individuals age 13 and up are required to wear a cloth face covering to enter and remain inside (cloth face covering is recommended but not required for children ages 2-12)
Social distancing of 6 feet or more is required to remain inside – no handshaking, hugging, or kissing is allowed (however, families and members of the same household may remain together)
With services currently limited to 60 minutes, there will be no Sabbath school or children’s programming.
The June 6th service will start right at 11:00 am and finish no later than 12:00 pm. We’re asking all attendees to arrive between 10:30 am and 10:55 am so that everyone can be seated in a safe and orderly way that maintains the required social distancing.
Our worship service will continue to be live-streamed, in its entirety, on Facebook atfacebook.com/DoverFirstSDAChurch.
The government guidance also restricts the size of our worship gathering.
Therefore, we are asking those who wish to attend our in-person worship service on June 6th to have 1 member of their household RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by leaving a voicemail on our church phone number 302-674-3680.
When leaving your RSVP message, please include:
First and Last name
The number of people in your household that you will be attending with
After you’ve sent your RSVP, we will send back confirmation as quickly possible. Walk-ins will not be guaranteed seating.
Additionally, depending on the number of people wishing to attend, we may consider opening up a second service in the afternoon to accommodate as many people as we can.
I will share more information with you next week as we finalize our specific plans with any additional updates the state may give between now and then. In the meantime, please be sure to RSVP if you wish to attend the June 6th service so that we can adequately prepare and ensure that everyone’s safety is protected.
Let’s continue to pray for our community and for all those who’ve been affected by COVID-19.
Dover First Seventh-day Adventist Church
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Why the Seventh-day
Seventh Day Adventists believe that, just as God rested on the seventh day--Saturday--so should we! Time with God, family, and community is so important, and Sabbath is a special time where we meet in God's house, and praise Him as a family.
Why Dover First
There are so many church communities in Delaware, but we hope you consider finding a home here at Dover First SDA Church! Our church and school are active all week long, and love coming together to worship on Sabbath, too. Our church family is an all-ages, diverse community--just waiting for you to call our church "home!"
Just as Jesus came to tell us of God's love, we want to go tell the world! So stop by the church. Bring your family. Give our pastor a call! Whatever is stopping you, leave it behind, and "come just as you are!"