For many weeks, our church has not met in person due to Covid-19. But now, we believe we can safely return to in-person worship. While all of our plans remain fluid, we are excited to be moving forward. We are now hosting in-person, live worship services each Sunday morning, with an online option on Sunday evenings.


These coming weeks are an opportunity for us to demonstrate love for one another and to the world. We are living in a time when there is a wide range of opinions concerning the return to in-person gatherings and how that should be done. Overwhelmingly, we have heard a desire to get back to in-person church and the strong value placed on being together in community. Moving forward, we must show grace to each other and show the world the unity that can be found in Christ, even among our diversity. 


Regardless of the positions you hold concerning the COVID-19 pandemic, every person and every family will have to make decisions that are best for their situation. We respect whatever decision you make, and we are working hard to create worship options that support that range of decisions.


Here is what our in-person worship will look like:

  • We will have two in-person services at 8:30AM and 10AM. 
  • Registration is required to attend and seating is limited.
  • Registration opens Monday at 10AM. Register here or on our Summit Church App to register.
  • Summit Kids and nurseries will not be open at this time, but we encourage families to attend!
  • Families will sit together in the Worship Center.
  • Chairs will be spaced appropriately for social distance.
  • Wearing masks indoors is highly recommended, but not required.
  • Kids activity sheets and crayons will be available for families.
  • Services will be under an hour, between 50-60 minutes.

Precautions we are taking:

  • If you are not feeling well or are uncomfortable coming to the building, please worship with us online. (We will stream our recorded worship at 6PM on Sunday evenings on Facebook and YouTube.)
  • Summit Kids and nursery rooms will not be open at this time. 
  • Sunday morning offsite and on-campus classes for adults and preteens are currently not available.
  • We will practice physical distancing of 6 feet while indoors (families sit together).
  • Chairs in the worship center will be spaced appropriately for social distance.
  • High-contact areas like bathrooms, door handles, countertops and furniture will be wiped down before and after services. 
  • We have hand sanitizer stations throughout the building.
  • Church staff and volunteers will be wearing masks.
  • Our greeter team will great you with a smile and a wave.
  • Entry doors will either be propped open or held by a volunteer.
  • Coffee will not be served, and water fountains will be unavailable.
  • In place of Summit Notes handouts, information is made available on our Summit App. 
  • We have installed new touch-free giving boxes in our Worship Center. Offering plates will not be passed. 

Frequently asked questions

Is the only thing happening on campus on Sunday the service in the worship center?

Yes. Summit Kids and nursery classrooms are currently unavailable, but we want families to attend! You are welcome to bring your own activities or snacks if you find it helpful.

 

Are there some people who should not attend the service?

Maybe. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you are not feeling well, or you are uncomfortable coming back to the building, please worship with us online. 


What if I am in a high risk category?

Those in a high risk category are encouraged to use wisdom and discernment about their decision on how to participate. We encourage you to make a decision based on your situation, and if concerned, we encourage you to err on the side of caution.


How will parking be handled?

Our parking procedures will not be different than usual. You may use whatever entrance you prefer, and you may drop off at the carport if needed. 


Am I required to wear a mask or face covering?

The CDC recommends wearing a face mask, but this is not a requirement. Children under 2 should not wear a mask.


Will I be the only one wearing a mask?

In an effort to honor the concerns of each person, Summit Staff and volunteers will be wearing masks.


Is it true that there is no coffee?

Yes, but you are welcome to bring your own! In an effort to reduce contact, we will not serve any food or drink, and water fountains will not be available.


I love to shake hands/hug. Will Sunday be hard for me?

Yes. As difficult as it may be, we ask you to put your normal responses on hold for the comfort of others. Please do not let this contact-free interaction discourage fellowship and the excitement of being together again!


I like to hang around and visit after the services. Is that a problem?

We encourage fellowship. It's one of the reasons we gather together. But because there are multiple services, it may be more appropriate to have those longer interactions outdoors. 


It sounds like this is fear-based? Doesn't that contradict Scripture?

The guidelines we have established are not based on fear. They are based on wisdom and grace toward others. We have sought the counsel of the Summit Elders and leaders and have diligently researched best practices. 


What if I disagree with the guidelines?

This is a great time to display Christian maturity, humility, and grace. The Bible teaches there are times that we put aside our liberties for the sake of others (1 Corinthians 8, 10:24, Philippians 2:4). We all need to be cautious in our words, both spoken and written. We believe that we can have unity even in the midst of diversity.


When will Life Groups open back up?

If you are currently in a group, check with your Life Group leader. We are encouraging groups to begin meeting in-person, if possible. A kick-off for new groups is planned for this fall. 


When will Summit Kids open back up?

The answer to that question is fluid as we watch what happens in the school districts and observe COVID-19 in our area. However, we do believe we will be worshipping as families in our Worship Center at least through July. 


When will Summit Youth, Preteen, and other groups open back up?

Because of the different scenarios each of those groups pose, they will have different answers to that question. The leaders of each of those groups will communicate their plan to return to in-person gatherings. Watch for communication on their web pages, our Summit App, and through their regular avenues of communication.


How does this affect Upward Soccer?

Registration is currently underway and we are moving forward with our season! Check out more here


How long are we going to have to worship this way?

That's a great question. Your Summit leadership will be diligent to monitor these uncertain times, and we will make adjustments as we feel appropriate. We are hopeful that these changes are temporary and that much of what we value for community and fellowship can be restored. In the meantime, we ask for grace.