Welcome Back to The Ridge.Here’s what to know before you go.
As you prepare to visit, please know that we’ve made updates based on guidance from health authorities, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and appropriate government agencies.
It may be different from the last time you visited. But together, we can find new ways to enjoy worship and prayer while gathered together.
No one should seek their own good, but the good of others. – 1 Corinthians 10:24
We understand that some of you are still not comfortable returning to an in-person worship service, and that’s okay! You can still enjoy watching the services online at 9am, 11am, or anytime on-demand and attend an in-person service when you are ready.
As you prepare to visit, please know that we’ve made updates based on guidance from health authorities, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and appropriate government agencies. See below for important details to know before you visit.
It will be different from the last time you visited, but, together, we can find new ways to enjoy worship and prayer while gathered together.
Thank you for your continued patience, understanding and support. We can’t wait to welcome you back to The Ridge! Tim Haring
*Some images shown throughout this website do not represent current operational guidelines or health and safety measures such as face covering and physical distancing requirements.
Top Things You Should Know
At The Ridge, important updates have been implemented to promote:
Face coverings are required for all guests (ages 9 and up) and staff/volunteers.
Face coverings are required for all guests (ages 9 and up), volunteers, and staff and must be worn at all times.
All face coverings (whether disposable or reusable) must:
- Be made with at least 2 layers of breathable material
- Fully cover the nose and mouth and secure under the chin
- Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- Be secured with ties or ear loops and allow the guest to remain hands-free
The use of face coverings is not a substitute for physical distancing.
- Signage & Floor Markings: Please follow directional signage and floor markings, which have been installed throughout The Ridge to help guests better navigate common areas while practicing physical distancing.
- Physical Barriers: Physical barriers have been added in select places where it is difficult to maintain strict physical distancing guidelines. These may be visible in areas to help promote proper distances between people.
- Training: Staff members are trained to engage with guests and promote physical distancing guidelines in common areas.
Experiences may be modified in order to reduce contact. These include:
- Entering & Exiting: Once a guest enters the building, they will go directly to the auditorium. When a service ends, we ask that all guests immediately exit to the parking lot. The lobby will be closed.
- Seating: Guest services team members will assist you in finding seats in the auditorium that comply with social distancing guidelines. Every other row will be open and each person, group or family should not sit within 2 seats of another guest or group.
- Giving: You’ll be able to use your mobile device for online giving, or place your cash or check in the designated giving boxes as you exit the building.
- Beverages: At this time, we will not be offering coffee, tea, cappuccino or water.
Ridge Kids & Ridge Students
Ridge Kids & Ridge Students are creating new programs that everyone can enjoy! Beginning in May, kids and students will be able to enjoy an in-person experience. All events will have modified procedures and guidelines to keep everyone safe. Stay tuned for more details.
We have taken enhanced health and safety measures—for you, our other guests, and team members. You must follow all posted instructions while visiting Chestnut Ridge Church.
An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and Guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable.
By visiting Chestnut Ridge Church you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.
Help keep each other healthy.
Will there be a limited capacity?
Yes. We will be allowing 500 people per service. This will allow us to maintain the social distancing protocols we have put in place. Once we reach capacity, we will not be allowing more guests inside the facility. Registration is not needed for general Sunday services; however, Easter with The Ridge 2021 will require registration for one of three service times. Stay tuned for details.
What time will doors open?
Due to enhanced cleaning measures, the building doors will open at 8:40 for the 9am service and 10:40 for the 11am service. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.
Will face masks be mandatory?
Yes. We will require all guests that are 9 years of age and older to wear a face mask at all times inside the facility. Even if you have been vaccinated, face masks will be required.
If you are unable to wear a face mask, are experiencing any symptoms of an illness, or have preexisting health conditions that make you more susceptible to viruses, please enjoy the service online from the comfort of your home.
Will the facilities be cleaned?
What steps can I take to help prevent the spread if I want to attend?
- Avoid close contact with others.
- Clean your hands often.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Use a face covering in public places, especially when it is difficult to maintain a distance of six feet from others.
Are children allowed to attend?
The main service in the auditorium is open to everyone. Children 9 years of age and older will be required to wear a face mask. Children’s programming in the Ridge Kids area will be unavailable at this time.
Will coffee and hot chocolate be available?
At this time, we will not be offering coffee, tea, cappuccino or water.
What if I don't feel comfortable attending in-person?
Is there a bag policy at The Ridge?
Yes. Diaper bags, purses and medical necessary bags are allowed in the building. Backpacks, fanny packs, gym bags, tote bags, briefcases, drawstring bags and laptop bags are prohibited in the building. All bags may be checked by security.