After a significant amount of prayer and consideration, we decided as a church to come back onsite. This was a decision the Church Advisory Board supported unanimously. Yet, we know that not everyone is ready to come back onsite. Some will need to continue to engage online due to illness, vulnerability, or other factors. As such, we are continuing to grow in our online experience as well.
Whether we are gathering onsite at 9:30a & 11:00a or online at 11:00a each week, we are Refinery Together!
As we have regathered, we are looking to implement practices that respect the recommendations of city and state leaders, along with guidelines regarding health considerations. We’ve taken care of all elements of the experience to ensure proper cleaning, disinfecting, and physical distancing. Our Worship Center capacity has been adjusted to accommodate physical distancing. There have been changes, but we think the changes are worth the effort.
Let’s Work Together to Stay Healthy
What We’re Doing
- We’re propping open the doors to be ready for the arrival of our Refinery family and guests.
- Hand-sanitizing stations are placed throughout the building for easy access.
- Water fountains are closed, and coffee is not being served.
- Chair back materials have been reduced.
- Seating has been reduced in the worship center.
- We’re asking everyone who is able to please wear a mask in line with City and State leadership requests.
How You Can Help
- If you don’t feel well or have health concerns, please stay home and join us online on Youtube or Facebook. Information can be found at refinerychurch.cc.
- Please continue to wash your hands and use hand sanitizer.
- Maintain a distance of six feet between yourself and other Refinery attenders.
- In the Worship Center every other row has been marked off, and we ask you to leave 3 chairs between
- We’re discouraging handshakes and hugs, but encouraging waves and smiles!
We’re continuing to monitor the situation in our community to determine any necessary or required changes. We encourage you to make the best choice for your family and situation as you consider attending onsite or continue to worship online.
Additionally, we’re excited to open our R-Kids soon. Like our redesigned weekend services, we’re taking additional steps to prepare these environments for your family!
After much prayer, planning, and preparation, R-Kids will be opening in August according to the following schedule: 8/2 – R-Kids will open for children age 6 months – 4 years; 8/9 – R-Kids will open for all ages.
RSVP’s will be required for children. Our staff and serving teams are excited to gather with your kids and have taken additional steps to ensure a clean, safe, and fun environment for your family. Please see HERE to learn how our experience has been re-designed. Looking for the RSVP link, have questions or need more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each Thursday evening, Ben Canan Director of Student Ministries, is creating an environment for our Middle School and High School students on a rotating basis in the field at the back of the property. Students are coming together outdoors to play games, spend time together, and make time for conversation. We want to continue to come alongside you in leading your students to follow after Jesus. For more information email Ben Canan.
Refinery Online is here to stay! We encourage you to continue to attend Refinery Online if you or a family member doesn’t feel well, or if you’re just not ready to attend church onsite at this point. You’re part of The Refinery family no matter where you choose to attend!
Each Sunday, service will stream online at 11:00a.m. live. You can engage in online community on Facebook and Youtube.
Your Generosity is Making a Difference
The Refinery has continued to give generously, and we’re continuing to stay on mission. A few examples recently of how we’ve been able to bless others in this unique time:
- Investing in Front Line Workers: Refinery was able to bless some of our frontline workers in the Columbus area by financing the creation of a respite area for nurses in one of local hospitals. This project was done in conjunction with a nurse from that hospital who is a part of The Refinery.
- Investing in Local Families: A recent fire in our area left a number of families in an even further vulnerable position at a time when there is a great deal of vulnerability. Thanks to giving from The Refinery, we were able to make an investment in several families to simply express to them that they matter to Jesus and to us. As one story that came out of that investment made clear, it was a timely blessing for those who needed a bit of good news.
- Investing with our Ministry Partners in Guatemala: We continue to invest through the partnership in Guatemala at La Planada. The continued construction of classrooms for the families in that community has been able to unfold as well as resources for local families that are a part of Refinery sponsorship.
How has The Refinery been doing in the midst of the challenges due to Covid?
- God is good. The times have not been good, but God is not dependent on the times. However, at all times, we are dependent on God. While it has been difficult to cultivate community and engage with one another during this time, we’ve continued to make the effort to do so. The tremendous response of our tech team to develop and continue to improve our online worship presence has been so important in this season. and follow Jesus for life!
- R-Kids and R-Student Ministries have continued to reach out to families, and the majority of our Lifegroups have been able to continue meeting either remotely or in person during the past several months. Engagement in worship, giving, prayer, and more has continued to be strong for our Refinery Tribe. We are seeking to be faithful in the times in which we find ourselves to lead people to love and follow Jesus for life.
What can I expect during an onsite service?
- We are gathering as the Church to worship and praise God. We are requesting face coverings in light of recommendations by local and state leadership, as well as recommendations from the health community. We’ve marked off every other row of chairs, and we’re asking for three chairs to be left between households. Those things are different. What is the same is that we are worshipping God, praying as a community of faith, and getting into scripture together from a desire to be made more like Jesus. While the services are a bit shorter than in the past, around 50 minutes at this time, the goal is the same. We long to lead people to love and follow Jesus for life!
How are Lifegroups (or small groups) meeting during this time?
- Many of our Lifegroups went to a virtual environment through Zoom or another platform when the orders to not gather were put into place. Like our Sunday morning worship, this made engaging more challenging in some ways, but God has been faithful to meet with us in this time still. Some groups have resumed meeting in person at this point, and we’re recommending groups to do what they are most comfortable with in that regard while adhering to recommendations from government and health leaders.
- We want to help connect everyone at The Refinery to be a part of a healthy Lifegroup, and that has not changed in this season. If you are interested in joining an existing group or in helping to launch a new group, please contact Tricia Bradley, our Executive Director of Operations, at email@example.com.
How will we notify people if there is someone who attends a service who later finds out they were positive for Covid at the time they attended?
- In the event that we have someone at a Sunday morning service who we find out tests positive, and would have been positive while at church, we will send out an email to let individuals know this. With the usage of masks, consistent cleaning practices, and length of time between Sunday services, we are working to manage risks appropriately.
How can I help or serve during this time?
- First, we ask you to pray for our city, state, and country leadership as they make challenging decisions. Then, continue to practice kindness, patience, and grace in the midst of these unprecedented times.
- Join us in worship and seek to cultivate community through your Lifegroup. If you are not in a Lifegroup, look to start the process of joining an existing group or starting a new group. Inquire of how to be a part of a serving team with the relaunch of R Kids or Connections for onsite worship.
- Invite friends and family to join in worship online or onsite. The community of faith is so important, and that is perhaps more true in challenging times like these.
- Serve in your community. Volunteer with a local organization, care for a neighbor or coworker facing extra challenges, and give to pressing needs in the world today. Ask God to give you eyes to see opportunities to serve others in whatever capacity you may be afforded at present.
If I need more information or need to express an idea or concern, who do I contact?
- We’d love to hear from you. Please just email the church at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your email will be directed to the appropriate staff member or discussed by the team as a whole depending on the nature of the email.