Shepherd of the Valley Updates

IN-PERSON SUNDAY SERVICE REGISTRATION

In order to comply with physical distancing requirements, we’re asking all service attendees to register in advance. Please include all members of your party and your seats will be reserved.

OUTDOOR WORSHIP SERVICE QUESTIONS & GUIDELINES:

Do I have to wear a mask?

 

Per the CDC, fully vaccinated people may opt to go mask less at our outdoor worship services and may sit with other fully vaccinated people; however, we ask that you continue to practice social distancing with those from other households who may not be fully vaccinated yet. Please respect the decisions of those who are still wearing masks due to health concerns or because they have not yet completed their vaccination process.

 

People are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 two weeks after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna), or 2 weeks after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson [J&J]/Janssen).

 

Masks are still required in all indoor spaces on the SOV campus. Please have one handy if you need to enter any of our buildings/restrooms. If you do not have one, check at the welcome table and we will provide one to you at no charge.

 

What if I'm not ready to return?

 

Live stream and past worship videos will continue to be available online for those who cannot or are not ready to join in person.

 

When will we worship in the sanctuary again?

 

Given hopeful health trends and the expectation that California will eliminate the tier system in mid-June, we have set a tentative target date of Sunday, June 20 to resume indoor worship in our sanctuary.

 

Please keep in mind that this remains subject to change as conditions and guidelines dictate. Face masks will be required and other precautions will be in place until further notice. We appreciate your patience, understanding, and support as we seek to keep everyone healthy and safe.​

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IMPORTANT: 

To keep our community safe, please take advantage of our online worship service if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.

 

PRE-REGISTRATION: 

  • Because of capacity limitations, please register everyone in your party in advance before attending by clicking the link below or by contacting the church office. A limited number of spaces will be reserved for new visitors. If capacity is reached during the pre-registration process, your name(s) may be added to a waiting list on a first-come, first-served priority basis.

 

CHECK-IN:

  • Please check-in at the welcome table when you arrive. We are required by Public Health officials to keep attendance of everyone on campus (to facilitate any need for contact tracing later. At check-in, we will:

    • Confirm that you are feeling healthy and that you screened for symptoms of COVID-19 before arrival. We will have a touch-less thermometer for temperature checks if needed.

    • Ask you to sign a waiver if you have not done so previously. To save time, you may download it below and bring it signed to the service. We will need one copy signed for each person in attendance. Parents may sign for their minor children. You will only be asked to sign this waiver once by SOVLC. We will keep it on file for future church events. (If you have already signed a waiver, you’re good to go.)

    • Remind you that you must wear a face covering and maintain social distance throughout the gathering.

 

CHILDREN:

  • Children must remain with their parents or guardians at all times. We are not offering Sunday School or childcare at this time.

 

RESTROOMS: 

  • We will have the men’s and women’s restrooms closest to the Sanctuary open for the service. Please keep your face covering on while you are in the restrooms. No more than 2 people may occupy any restroom at any time.

 

SOCIAL DISTANCING: 

  • Please maintain social distancing at all times while on SOV Campus. The only exception is for people from the same household. All worship participants will be socially distanced from one another as well.

 

SEATING:

  •  Please bring your own lawn chair to the service, if possible. If you forget, we’ll have extra chairs on hand.  

  • If it is chilly, don’t forget to bring a blanket and/or a jacket.

  • Please sit only with members of your own household. 

  • Our ushers will ask each group to sit on the lawn at a safe social distance.

 

ONLINE BROADCAST:

  • For those who cannot attend the service live due to risk factors or any other reason, please enjoy a broadcast of the service via the church Facebook or YouTube channel.

 

COVID-19 RESOURCES:

 

SOV Church & Preschool Travel Policy (Updated 4.2.2021)

Centers for Disease Control

California Department of Public Health

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health