forward together

OUR REGATHERING AT MVC Working Together to Stay Healthy

Our desire to get back together, in a physical way, has been the longing of so many of us. We want to make this happen as quickly and effectively as possible so we can give everyone who plans to return right away a good but safe experience. Near the end of May, the Governor lifted the restrictions for churches limiting them to ten people and gave guidelines for houses of worship. These are only guidelines and not law or mandates. We believe there is much wisdom in these guidelines and used them as a starting point for a plan to reopen. We believe this plan is in the best interest of our people, for their spiritual, physical, as well as emotional health.

Let's regather!

What are we doing?

  • We will be offering TWO services
  • 9:30AM service: masks will be required throughout the entire morning
  • 11AM service: masks are required when moving but optional once you reach your seat
  • Our children’s wing will be opened during our first service
  • We will not pass an offering plate
  • We have pre-packaged communion
  • We will have a “contact free” check in and greeting time
  • We are practicing social distancing
  • We require masks
  • We frequently clean and sanitize the building according to the CDC guidelines
  • We have hand-sanitizing stations placed throughout the building
  • We have a real time cleaning team 

What can you do?

  • If you don’t feel well or have health concerns, please stay home and join us online!
  • Please wash your hands and use hand sanitizer often
  • Maintain a distance of six feet between yourself and other guests
  • Please do not wander to another gathering location in the building
  • Partner with us in serving at one of our services!

Frequently Asked Questions

In order to create a spacious environment, we will have limited seating with adequate spacing in our viewing locations. We ask that you make sure there are chairs spaced between you and other guests. Please be sure to review our gathering locations and special options we have available for specific groups so you will know where to park and enter beforehand. If you are not sure, or have questions, we will have greeters at each entrance to help direct you and your family to your venue! Please remember that our special venues are not mandatory, but optional for those specific people. Our outdoor signage will allow you to see what doors you should enter through!

We are offering childcare for birth through four year olds beginning October 4th at the 9:30 service. All of our leaders will be wearing masks, and the children in the three and four year old room are required to wear them as well. 

Due to safety restrictions and class size, parents will need to pre-register their children each week. If classes are full when you pre-register we will notify you as soon as possible. Our pre-registration link can be found below and will be open each week on Wednesday. Our leaders are excited to minister to your families in person!

Childcare Registration

Please contact Kara Joyce Director of Children’s Ministries with any questions or concerns at kara.joyce@mvcstaff.email.

You will see a generosity collection box in each gathering room if you choose to bring your offering with you. You can also participate in our giving time by visiting our website at morainevalleychurch.org and selecting the “giving” tab. We offer text to give as well. You can text “MVC” with $ amount to 732- 56. If this is your first time texting to give, you will be asked to quickly complete a one time set-up form. You can also mail your check to:
Moraine Valley Church
6300 W 127th Street,
Palos Heights, IL 60463.
We are strongly discouraging anyone who has been sick or experiencing symptoms of sickness from attending a physical gathering until it’s safe for them to do so. We have made our service time to be entirely “contact-free” from start to finish. We are requiring everyone to wear masks, and cleaning bathrooms throughout the morning. Water fountains will not be in use and our common grounds will not be opened.

We've been waiting to see you

Space to worship safely

worship locations

Room 101 & 102

Children's Wing (first service only)

Worship Center

Unlimited Online (9:30am only)

101/102 is reserved for elderly and physically disabled for ease of access 

This creates an easy point of access for you as well as a place for elderly who may not feel safe being with larger groups.

Worship Center

We will be able to house 200 people in our Worship Center. NOTE- The Gym venue is designated specifically for those who want to come, may not fit in the designated categories but also don’t feel comfortable with the masses, but it is also an overflow in the case that the Worship Center fills up.

Children’s Wing

We are offering childcare for birth through four year olds beginning October 4th at the 9:30 service. All of our leaders will be wearing masks, and the children in the three and four year old room are required to wear them as well.

Due to safety restrictions and class size, parents will need to pre-register their children each week. If classes are full when you pre-register we will notify you as soon as possible. Our pre-registration link can be found below and will be open each week on Wednesday. Our leaders are excited to minister to your families in person!

Please contact Kara Joyce Director of Children’s Ministries with any questions or concerns at kara.joyce@mvcstaff.email.

Feeling sick?

• Are showing any flu-like symptoms

• Have had a fever of 100.4 or higher in the past 14 days

• Have had prolonged exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19?

• Have any medical reason that you believe you shouldn’t be around others