COVID-19 Updates

An Update on Reach’s Re-Opening

June 29, 2020

Hi Reach family,

It’s been over three months since we last gathered in-person as a church family, and even though we’ve been unable to be gathered in-person, we’ve been so encouraged by this church family continuing to Be the Church, and Reach the City, even while scattered.

Still, let us make this very clear — we miss you….a lot. We’re committed and so eager to regather again in-person, and this update is to let you know how we are planning for Reach’s reopening. As we imagine what this next season looks like for us, we continue to be guided by the following questions:

  • How is the Holy Spirit leading us in this season?
  • How can we best love and serve our neighbors and community at this time?
  • What do Washington state and King County authorities require and advise right now?
  • What protocols need to be in place for us to safely care for our family when we gather again in-person?
  • How does the Reach family feel about gathering in-person again?

Although we're in conversations with several potential venues, we don't know precisely yet when and where we’ll gather in-person again, but we are confident in the following:

  • Our Sunday services will continue to be offered online, even as we begin regathering in-person this summer.
  • Washington state recently updated their guidelines for religious organizations. For Phase 2, we’re considering smaller gatherings for community and connection, and when Phase 3 is approved, we’re planning for gatherings of up to 400 people. We are encouraged to see many churches we are in relationship with taking a similar approach that prioritizes the safety of our neighbors.
  • Until we’re permitted to gather in capacities that make sense for our Next Gen ministries, we’ll continue to offer teachings and community for Kids and Youth through online resources.
  • We have created a COVID-19 Response Team primarily comprised of healthcare professionals from the Reach family that will be reviewing our protocols to help keep the Reach family safe once we begin regathering in-person.

In the meantime,

Additionally, if your life and livelihood has been affected by the quarantine, please use this form to let us know what specific ways our community can help you. This can include assistance with grocery bills, gas for cars, paying for pharmacy bills/medicines, and covering utility bills. We will do our best to help connect you with someone who can meet your need.

If you can meet a need in this season, please complete the form here to be matched with someone in our community who has a specific need (may be financial) based on your ability to provide support.

Through each phase, we’ll continue to pray for wisdom, reviewing the recommendations from our local and state officials, and seeking counsel from health professionals within our church family. In the meantime, thank you for continuing to demonstrate what it means to Be the church and Reach the City with your lives, and we look forward to seeing you in-person real soon.

Brian McCormack and Rob Garey

May 23, 2020

Reach Family,

Many of you have already heard on Friday that President Trump declared all houses of worship to be “essential” and strongly urged state governors to reopen churches, synagogues and mosques, effective this weekend. We agree with the president that churches are essential for our communities to truly thrive, and look forward to the day we will all be able to gather in the same place again.

What this presidential declaration actually means for us and churches across Washington state is still somewhat unclear. Governor Inslee and many other state and county officials are scrambling to provide clarity, which we eagerly await.

As we discern what our future should look like, it’s important we recall how we, Reach Church, got to this point. Ever since Kirkland was the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, our primary commitment has been to the well-being of our neighbors, especially those considered at-risk and vulnerable to this virus. I am very proud that we consulted with medical professionals, prayed diligently, and made the decision to be one of the first churches in the country to suspend Sunday gatherings. We did not make this decision out of fear, or to blindly bow a knee to a government official, but out of Spirit-led conviction and love for our neighbors.

Since that time, our team has been hard at work on a plan to maximize connectivity, care, and mission for the Reach family during each of the forthcoming phases. When we emerge from quarantine to resume our weekly times of worship together (and we will!), it will be in the wake of more wise counsel and plenty of prayer. We believe we will be emerging from all of this as a stronger church than we were before. Until that day, we will continue to host our Sunday services online as an important aspect of our commitment to be the church and reach the city, regardless of the circumstances.

For now, we’re asking you to stay committed to prayer – for our church, our city, our country, and our world. We’re asking you to stay connected – dialed in to our online services and prayer gatherings, and leveraging technology for as much meaningful interaction as possible (real as the Zoom fatigue may be). And we’re asking you to stay committed to serving others, persisting in the radical generosity that has marked this church family since it came into existence almost 8 years ago.

Brian McCormack and Rob Garey