Join us as we begin to regather in person!

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As of Sunday, july 12th, independence will resume in-person services

As we begin to gather again, our Sunday services will be different for a season. We have appreciated your patience as we’ve navigated this time. We are not experts in the field of virus-control or policy-making and so we ask for continued patience and grace as we navigate the next phase of our gathered services. Please also forgive the mechanical nature of our first gatherings as we figure things out and adapt to an assembly of worship which includes practicing social distancing and using face coverings. As we move forward, we will learn more and hopefully have fewer restrictions and risks to navigate in the near future.

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In order to ensure we will have enough seating for you and your family, reserve your space by clicking on any of those links on this page.

first time visiting?

On this page you will find information regarding the nature of our gatherings in this current season. To save you time on Sunday, feel free to visit our resources page to fill out a digital welcome card so that we can connect with you! 

a lot has changed since we last met! here's what you can expect:

how should we then live?

We do expect there to be some level of restrictions for a period of time. We also see the possibility of new or tightening restrictions as we’ve recently seen with the mandatory mask regulations.

We want to remind our members of how differently people are experiencing this moment of the COVID pandemic, and also of the strong biblical call toward unity and selflessness. Family, some people are simply “over COVID”! Meaning, they are tired of distancing and masks, and wish that, out of principle, we would not observe government regulations. We understand that sentiment. However, according to Romans 13:1-3 (below), we are called by the authority of the Word of God to submit to our authorities as God’s authority in our lives for our good. Unless there is a clear violation of our faith or doctrine, we must work with authorities in this process. Remember that when Paul wrote that passage the emperor was Nero, the guy who put Christians on poles and lit them on fire to illuminate the palace grounds for his dinner parties. If Paul can tell the Christians in his day to honor that beast of a man, we can easily, and joyfully, submit to our county’s order to wear masks.

We would also like to draw your attention to the supreme Christian ethic of love. Philippians 2:1-5 (below) commands us to think of others more than ourselves in this time. We do this out of love (out of an abundance of caution for the at-risk people in our community and church family) and obedience, not fear.

With the recommended health procedures in place, we hope that everyone will feel comfortable attending church again. The gathered church is something we can survive without for short periods of time, but Hebrews 10:25 (below) tells us that we should not neglect meeting together. No regulation or circumstance can guarantee our safety, and our health is indeed important! However, Hebrews puts the need to gather in a similar category of importance for the Christian. There is no condemnation if your conscience leads you to stay home for now. However, we ask that you prayerfully consider gathering with us as soon as you can.

Romans 13:1-2 "Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment."

Philippians 2:1-5a "So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus…"

Hebrews 10:25 "not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near."

What will it be like in the new building?

  • You will see our new Redeemer Fellowship signage! Celebrate with us that we are finally able to launch our church as Redeemer Fellowship in our new church home!
  • One you have parked, please enter through the front doors (east side, along 291 Hwy).
  • A member of our Hospitality Team will open the door for you and answer any questions you have.
  • In the lobby there will be hand sanitizing stations. Please sanitize your hands, grab a mask (if you didn’t bring one), and have your temperature taken if you’d like to (it is not mandatory to have your temperature taken, however, it will be available as an important addition to a safe environment).
  • Masks are currently mandatory for every attendee above the age of four at all times! If you plan to enter the building you must be wearing a mask.
  • If you have a medical condition, listed by the Jackson County Health Department, that makes you unable to wear a mask, please let our Hospitality Team know that so they can take your temperature and seat you appropriately.
  • Please refrain from physical contact with others and maintain six feet of distance from anyone outside of your family.
  • To maintain distancing, we will not take the Lord’s Supper in the same way or as often as we have been.
  • All seat-back materials (Bibles, Welcome Cards, pens, etc.) have been removed.
  • When we dismiss the service we ask that you leave through the west door that is down the first flight of stairs to the side of the lobby. Please do not congregate in the lobby before or after service.

Amenities and Seating Capacity

  • Due to the sanctuary’s capacity limit, we will be doing sign-ups for attendance in the near future. Sign Up Here. Anyone who arrives without signing up will be seated only if the occupancy limit has not yet been reached.
  • At this time, we will not have Redeemer Kids classes. All children will sit with their parents. We ask that you bring quiet activities for them. We will provide some if you need them. We also ask everyone to extend grace to our families with young children who aren’t used to sitting in the service. There will be more noise than usual and that’s ok!
  • At this time, we will not offer coffee, food, or snacks for children.
  • The lobby, bathrooms, and sanctuary will be the only parts of the building open to the public.
  • We may be able to open the Fellowship Hall for overflow space and/or for families with young children who are struggling in the sanctuary. We’ll keep you posted on that.
  • In order to maintain 6’ of distance between families, pews will be taped off to indicate where people may/may not sit. Our ushers will help you find a seat that fits the size of your family.

Staff Practices

  • Our staff will be trained to properly sanitize our space based on information obtained from the CDC and medical professionals.
  • Our facility has been professionally deep-cleaned and will continue to be cleaned, using EPA-recommended products, between every gathering.
  • All of our staff and volunteers will have their temperature taken upon arrival and will be sent home if they have a fever over 100.4 or have other COVID-19 symptoms.
  • All staff and volunteers will be wearing face masks or shields.
  • According to our attorneys and conversations with health officials, the preacher and worship leaders will be permitted to remove their face masks when on stage and at a safe distance from others. This is because when on stage, they are no longer considered to be in the “general public” (this is similar to when officials remove their masks when they approach the podium during news conferences).

What if I'm not ready to return?

We love you and it pains the whole church body when we cannot meet face-to-face. However, we want to consider your physical safety as well as your spiritual health. If you are not ready to attend services in person, we will continue to offer family worship live via Facebook.

final thoughts

stay informed

Please know that we will take this one week at a time and will communicate all information on our website, in our update emails, and on social media.

receive and offer care

For those who are sick, we encourage you to recover at home and to contact us immediately so that we can pray for you and provide pastoral care to you and your family. If you are well in body, lean into your communities and learn how you can serve your neighbors—maybe that means picking up and delivering groceries or medications to the most vulnerable among you. In addition, serving others through prayer and faith is something we can all do. Put your energy toward reducing fear in others and increasing their faith in God through Christ, instead.

thank you

We love you and are praying for you. Thank you for practicing your peace in anxious times. Thank you for following Jesus, and for being the church that wants to be on the front line of ministry both on Sundays and between Sundays.

We exist to cultivate communities of transformed disciples who live for the glory of God and the good of the city.

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