Dear Riverside Family,
These last two months have been challenging as we have all dealt with nationwide shut-downs, business closures, reduced work hours (in some cases increased work hours), fear of sickness, homeschooling our children, and myriad other disruptions of normal life. As our nation has combatted the threat of COViD-19 we have all been affected in some way. I am sure we have all experienced many emotions as weeks of imposed social distancing have become months. Often the emotional toll has as much affect on us, or even more affect, as the physical toll.
As a church body we have tried to adjust as best we can to the challenges by providing as much online content as we can, increasing personal contact through cards and phone calls, and communicating in a variety of ways. I am proud of our leadership and staff. They have led well through these difficult times!
You may be aware that on Friday May 15 Virginia will enter Phase 1 of reopening the state. Under Phase 1 churches will be able to hold onsite services at 50% normal capacity, with certain social distancing guidelines in place. We are preparing to reopen and want you to be aware of when we will reopen and what that will look like for Riverside.
We know there are a multitude of opinions regarding how quickly we should or shouldn’t move in reopening. We have chosen the middle ground. While technically we could reopen May 17, we want to make sure we are fully prepared. This will also give the board time to evaluate how Phase 1 is progressing, and give you time to evaluate what is best for you and your family at this time.
During these days we will continue to reach out by mail, email, text, with phone calls, and any other means we can devise. We will continue to engage our youth and children online and by other means until we feel it is safe and proper to begin in person youth and children’s gatherings again.
Please be patient with us as we navigate these uncertain times. As always if you have questions please feel free to call, email, or text us. We are here for you. We love you, and we are looking forward to being together!