COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Response

Amidst the ongoing efforts to combat 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 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.


Sunday Service

In-person services happen weekly at 9:00 AM and 10:30 AM. Attend in-person or join church online at thejourneynova.online.church


In accordance to the updated CDC guidelines for vaccinated individuals, masks will now be optional at The Journey. 


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. Face coverings are optional while inside the building. The CDC recommends that vaccinated individuals can safely resume indoor activities without a mask. We will not ask if individuals have been vaccinated or not, nor seek proof of vaccination status. This is a personal decision. 
  2. Seating is limited to ensure proper distancing inside the auditorium.

  3. The Digital Sunday Program can be found on the Journey Mobile App, allowing for a touch-less experience.
  4. Households will be seated together. A distance of at least 6 feet will be maintained between households.
  5. Face coverings are optional while inside the building. The CDC recommends that vaccinated individuals can safely resume indoor activities without a mask. We will not ask if individuals have been vaccinated or not, nor seek proof of vaccination status. This is a personal decision. 

  6. Journey Kids classes resume June 6th! When this occurs, the Journey Kids area will be a mask required zone for everyone 4 years old and older, including vaccinated volunteers and parents checking in/out kids. Every child and volunteer will have their temperature checked during the check-in process. Each classroom has been updated to support a smaller group of kids, and there will be a pre-registration process. In the meantime, children are welcome to sit with parents in service and a Nursing Room will be available to mothers with infants. We have a fantastic activity pack that kids can take to their seats and if you bring a device, kids can tune into the weekly 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 be mask-free while on-stage. Extra distance will be added between the stage and the first row of seating.

  9. Cleaning of surfaces and high traffic areas will take place during and in-between services.

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

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

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

  13. 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.churchAt 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.


Building Usage

We have resumed building usage for groups and events. To inquire about building usage, email Robyn Ross


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.