COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Response

Amidst concerns surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to let you know how The Journey is responding. Our leadership team, along with our Medical Response Team, is carefully and continually monitoring this situation and this page will have the most up-to-date information. We are committed to doing everything we can to provide a safe environment for our church family and surrounding community.


Let's be THAT church who made their community better in a tough time! This is our opportunity to show so many people that the church is GOOD! Help us to LOVE NOVA!


Sunday Service

In-person services begin Sunday, October 4 at 9:00 AM and 10:30 AM and will be live-streamed at thejourneynova.online.church


We are so excited for the opportunity to worship in-person with you once again! 

Register For In-Person Services


At The Journey, we will abide by government guidelines to our fullest extent, however, these practices cannot eliminate possible exposure to COVID-19. Online services will continue and we are working to enhance this experience so guests at home can have the same worship experience as guests in the auditorium. Please carefully consider which service option is best for you and your health risk factors.


While our Sunday worship services will look differently, the following highlights some of the main changes that will help our church community stay safe:


  1. Services will be limited to 75 people to ensure proper distancing inside the auditorium.

  2. Guests will be able to register for a service up to a week in advance on The Journey mobile app. A sign up form will be emailed to you as well. Walk-ins will be accepted based on space available.

  3. When you arrive at church, you will check-in prior to entering the building. Knowing who attends services will assist us with any necessary contact tracing efforts.

  4. Households will be seated together. A distance of at least 6 feet will be maintained between households.

  5. Face coverings must be worn properly while inside the building. Children 2 and under are exempt from this policy. Forget your mask? We can provide one to you!

  6. Journey Kids and Journey Teens classes will not be open at this time. Children are welcome to sit with parents in service and a Nursing Room will be available to mothers with infants. Each week we will make public our Journey Kids videos and teaching content which can be found at http://thejourneynova.org/kids.

  7. Food and drinks will not be offered at this time. We ask that you avoid bringing food and beverages into the auditorium.

  8. Worship Team members and pastoral staff will remove their masks while on-stage and put masks back on before exiting the stage. Extra distance will be added between the stage and the first row of seating.

  9. Worship will include singing but all guests must continue to properly wear their masks.

  10. Service will be limited to 50 minutes to allow for proper cleaning and disinfection of surfaces and high traffic areas.

  11. Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the building.

  12. Individually packaged communion will be available and guests will pick up their own communion when entering the worship center. 

  13. Guests will be dismissed by seating area when exiting the auditorium and be asked to avoid handshakes, hugs, and socializing indoors.

  14. Please enjoy service online if you or anyone in your household is experiencing active symptoms of COVID-19 or has had known exposure to COVID-19 in the past 14 days.

We will continue to livestream our services each Sunday at 9am and 10:30am ET at https://thejourneynova.online.church  


Building Usage

We have resumed building usage for select groups and events. Anyone in the building must adhere to Journey health and safety guidelines, including: practicing social distancing of 6ft. apart and wearing a face covering at all times while in the building. To inquire about building usage, email Jami Bahmer


Life Groups

Life Groups have been meeting virtually but some have resumed meeting together in-person. Guidance has been given to all group leaders for the necessary steps that must be taken for any Journey-related in-person gathering. We will follow all CDC and Virginia guidelines for these in-person groups. Email Daniel Roach for more information. 


Future Trips and Events

We are continually consulting various sources of information including our ministry partners in other countries, the State Department, and organizations like the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization. We will make decisions in the future using this input and keeping the health and safety a priority for those at The Journey and those who we serve.  


Personal Precautions

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. We highly recommend following the guidance of the CDC to protect themselves and others from the coronavirus, flu, and other illnesses, including:

  • Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
  • Using hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands;
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick;
  • Maintaining at least 6 ft. of distance from anyone not in your household; 
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others; 
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily; 
  • Staying home if you are sick;
  • Covering your cough or sneeze;

Online Giving

Thank you to those who give online regularly. This level of consistency in our funding allows The Journey to thrive and fund crucial ministry during this uncertain period. If you are unable to attend church in person for any period of time, please:

Give Online HERE or text "Journeynova give" to 77977. 


We so appreciate your faithful support. 


Hope

As believers in Jesus, we have hope even in moments of confusion and fear. We can bring about stability and peace through our conversations, both in person and online. We always want to be wise in the decisions we make, and simultaneously bold in our love for one another and the communities we live in.