Alternating In-person, Indoor & Online Gatherings
As we continue to thoughtfully and cautiously navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, we are beginning to host in-person, indoor gatherings again on alternating Sundays. On the alternate Sundays, we will host our worship gathering online, which we call “Roots LIVE“. Our interactive, live-streamed gathering can be joined either here on the church website or at the church’s Facebook Page. For in-person, indoor gatherings, no reservation is required, and they will also be live-streamed on Facebook.
Our approach to safety during this time is: 1. Medical science based; 2. Abundantly cautious; 3. Considerate of the vulnerable.
When we enter the space, someone will greet you and give you the opportunity to place a Green, Yellow, or Pink sticker on your name tag. This is our visual comfort-level indicator. Green means you are comfortable with hugs and/or handshakes, as appropriate. Yellow means you’d be more comfortable with less physical contact, like elbows bumps or fist bumps. Pink means something like, “You seem great, but I’ll just be waving from six feet away” :)
Audio Divina (Sacred Listening)
To help protect against the spread of COVID-19, we are participating in Audio Divina (sacred listening) during our in-person, indoor worship gatherings instead of singing. This practice is much like “Lectio Divina,” which is more common. Like Lectio Divina, in Audio Divina the song is played more than once so that there is space for contemplation. Prompts in between will focus reflection.
During our in-person, indoor gatherings, we want to make space for sharing and community input during the teaching portion of the service. So the sermon will be delivered via video during the week before the gathering. This provides more time for reflection before Sunday’s gathering. Dialogue questions will also go out in The Weekly, our email newsletter. (Sign-up here). Those questions will serve as the basis for dialogue around the tables on Sunday.
One of the ways Pastor Osheta is serving the children of Roots is by creating a unique teaching experience for them at each in-person, indoor gathering. She will pre-record a video with songs, funny elements, and a teaching from scripture. Then, during the teaching portion of our gathering, the kids will be able to watch and listen to that message on wireless devices using headphones. (Supplemental headphones and/or screens are available. Please request ahead).
If you have any questions about upcoming gatherings, please feel free to reach out to Pastor Osheta at: Osheta at RootsCov dot org