Is the church open to the public?
Yes, with safety and social distancing strategies in place. We welcome you to our Sunday morning services that begin at 10:30am. Learn more about our safety policies during Covid-19 below.
Does the church practice social distancing?
Yes. We have rearranged our worship area that individuals and family units are all spaced at least six feet apart. We also require that people social distance when inside the building come to and from service.
Are masks mandatory?
We are not "forcing" you to wear a mask, but we strongly, strongly encourage it and request it for the health and safety of those around us. This is recommended for all except small children who are not able to wear a mask or if you have a medical condition that interferes with a mask.
Is there a self-screening policy?
Yes, we ask that you not physically attend if you have had any cold or flu like symptoms in the past 14 days, or have been exposed to anyone who has, whether it was a Covid-19 diagnosis or not. Also, if you have been traveling, or have otherwise been exposed to large groups outside your household, or are waiting on a Covid test result, we ask you to not physically attend ROC until you have had a negative Covid-19 test. We also ask that everybody please wash and sanitize your hands and follow CDC guidelines for best health practices.
Do we have to register online or anywhere else before attending?
No, you do not. You're welcome to just come.
Are there children's ministry classes, and infant and toddler church?
We have suspended these ministries for the time being during Covid-19. They will resume once the public health crisis stabilizes. But for now, all children must remain with parents during the service. Parents are welcome to take their kids down to the children's area if they need to move around during service, but they must be supervised at all times by a parent and remain socially distant from anyone else outside of your household.
How about Youth Ministry?
Our Family Ministry Pastor has been doing many youth events remotely over Zoom and in-person outdoors when weather permits. Please contact us directly for more information if you'd like information about getting your teen plugged into ROC.
Are small groups meeting?
Normally we have multiple small groups at once, but for right now, we have one small group class for adults that meets Sundays before service beginning at 9:30 in our church library. The class follows all the same safety measures described throughout this FAQ.
Is the church contact tracing?
In the event that somebody were to have been exposed at ROC, which has thankfully not happened, we would immediately contact trace and notify anybody who was hypothetically exposed. We would also have sanitation measures for any exposed physical areas and would convert to a temporary streaming-only platform for our services if necessary.
What if I am not comfortable?
We totally understand! We encourage anybody who is not comfortable attending in-person to join us online at either our Royal Oak Church pages on either Facebook or YouTube. Every week at 10:30 we livestream our services over both of those platforms. Many of our members and attenders have been utilizing this option instead of coming in-person. Whether you join us in person or online, we are happy to have you be a part and welcome you to ROC!