*In-Person Worship Service Updates – As part of the Delaware County community, Rural Chapel uses the counties Covid-19 Risk Levels to help guide us when making decision about in-person services.  For levels 1-3 in our county, Rural Chapel will continue in-person services with social distancing and safety measures.  If Delaware should move into a level 4, all in-person services will be suspended and we will move to online only, via our Facebook Live page. If you would like more information about Ohio's Risk Level's, please click HERE to be redirected to the Ohio Department of Heath's Risk Level Guidelines.

We are so excited to welcome our church family back into our building for services.  However, doing so means we all need to take extra precautions to protect the health of all who choose to join us.  Please see the guidelines laid out below.  If you have any questions, please contact the office at  We can't wait to see you all!! 

*If you are sick, please stay home! The CDC has identified the following symptoms to be connected to Covid-19: cough, fever, chills, muscle pain, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell.

Precautions For High Risk Individuals: Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

If you are at higher risk, you should stay home as much as possible and avoid close contact with people who are sick to protect yourself.

Call your doctor if you have concerns about COVID-19 and your medical condition or if you get sick.

Masks: We are requiring everyone to wear masks which cover their noses and mouths while inside the church building.  We have a limited number of masks that we can give out if you forget yours. 

Traffic: We are asking people to come in the Sunday School wing doors and exit out the main doors in order to create a one-way flow of traffic to help with social distancing.  We have closed the rear of the church to unnecessary traffic.

Seating: We will be placing seats in family groups six feet apart and at a distance of at least sixteen feet from the stage.  We will make groupings of chairs for people who have quarantined together and traveled to church in the same car.  If you have a group larger than four, please let us know ahead of time.

Bulletins:  We will plan to do everything without bulletins for the time being and instead will make use of our projector screen and weekly emails to replace the function of the bulletins. 

Social Distancing:  We are asking people to maintain six feet of distance between each other and to refrain from making contact while they are at church. 

Hand Sanitizer:  We will have hand sanitizer available at both entrances and near the front bathrooms.

Communion and Snacks:  For the time being, we will have no Holy Communion in church nor snacks or coffee as part of our fellowship.  We will depend on our virtual Holy Communion to receive that sacrament.

Singing:  We will have music in church and singing from a few members of the praise team (without masks) at a distance of at least 16 feet from the front seats of the congregation.  **We are asking congregation members not to sing along with the Praise Team as singing does increase the spread of the virus. 

Offering:  We will have an offering box located at the exit door for you to place your offering in as you leave.  This allows us to not create more points of contact by passing plates. 

Kids Church:  For the time being, we will not have kids church and the nursery will not be open as there is no good way to create social distance in those environments.

Cleaning:  We have access to commercial grade disinfectant and will sanitize high touch areas after service.  It would be a blessing to find a couple people who would commit to doing this on a regular basis. 

Livestream:  We are planning to continue to livestream indefinitely in order to care for those who are not comfortable coming to church.  We have also grown our reach to people outside of our local area who we want to continue to include. 

Staying Connected During Social Distancing

We may be apart, but we are not alone!  Stay connected with the following resources:

Facebook Live Sunday's at 10:00am  - Like us on Facebook to follow along as Pastor Craig leads us through a new version of Sunday Services via Facebook Live.  Pastor Craig will go live each Sunday at our regular service time which is 10:00am.  You can set your Facebook notices to alert you when Rural Chapel is live, and all videos are saved to our Facebook page so you can watch them anytime.   We have never done this before, so please be patient as we navigate the new adventure of faith in an online world!

*If you need help understanding Facebook and Facebook Live, please email Pastor Craig at and he can set you up with some someone to assist you over the phone. 

Alpha Online – Are you asking big God questions or looking to explore your faith during this time of crisis?  Alpha is the best tool that I have ever used to help people come to faith, engage their faith and/or experience God.  We have launched another Alpha Study through Zoom on Sundays at 11:30AM to give people the space to explore their faith right now.  The study will last for 11 weeks and will include a one day “Day Away” on Saturday July 11th which is really important to the Alpha process.  If you have any interest or questions, please let me (Pastor Craig) know at

Fellowship of Christian Athletes - Due to popular demand, FCA will be continuing to meet via Zoom throughout the summer.  If you have a middle school or high school student who would like to be included, please contact Pastor Craig at

Faith Practices - Each week Pastor Craig will be emailing messages with encouragement on how to stay engaged in God's word and our mission during this time.  If you are not a part of our email list, but would like to be, please reach out to Pastor Craig at and ask to be added.    Also be sure to like and follow us on Facebook for Daily Faith Practices through Facebook Live.  

*If you need help understanding Facebook and Facebook Live, please email Pastor Craig at and he can set you up with some someone to assist you over the phone. 

Prayer Blog - We want to pray for you! Go to or click HERE and look for the weekly prayer page. 

Audio Sermons - We have already been working to get our sermons online in an audio format and the closure of our church to public worship has increased our passion to do so. We are currently looking at some options to make this happen in a more seamless and regular way.

Mark Bible Study - The Mark Bible Study is being continued through the month of May via Zoom conferencing.  For more information, or to be added to the Zoom conferences, please email Pastor Craig at   

Mark "Extra Credit" - Pastor Craig will also be using Zoom to continue his "Extra Credit" study of the book of Mark.  If you would like more information, or need assistance with setting-up and operating ZOOM, please reach out to Pastor Craig at

Online Giving - Please continue to support the mission and work of the church during this time of crisis.  While the world may stop, our bills do not and it would be really helpful if you could continue to give through our online portal.  That portal can be reached by clicking HERE or by going to the GIVE tab at the top of this page. God has given us a divine mission and it will take all of us in order to make certain that it continues. 

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