Update #5
Friday, March 27

All Weekend Celebrations thru Easter will be held exclusively online.

Saturday at 5:30pm
Sunday at 9:50am & 11:30am
Vineyard Kids Live This Sunday at 11am
 
Engage on Facebook, YouTube or thevineyard.org/LIVE this weekend and throughout the week!
 

Facebook YouTube /LIVE

 

 
Update #4
Friday, March 20

Weekend Celebrations on March 21 & 22 will be held exclusively online.

Saturday at 5:30pm
Sunday at 9:50am & 11:30am
 
Engage on Facebook, YouTube or thevineyard.org/LIVE this weekend and throughout the week!
 

Facebook YouTube /LIVE

 

 
Update #3
Tuesday, March 17
 
Vineyard Students and Vineyard Young Adults will be meeting online rather than in person this week. Join the Facebook Groups to stay connected. 

 
As the CDC continues to update their guidance for gatherings, we are continuing to be flexible and explore how that impacts you and I as a church family. 
 
This Wednesday, March 18 at 7pm, we are planning a live stream with Pastor Mark regarding what to expect this weekend, the value of Vineyard Groups, and how we can impact those in need.
 
Find the live stream

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Update #2
Friday, March 13 at 4:00pm

We are open and making a few adjustments to the weekend experience.

After deeply reviewing the information that is available, praying and considering our options with medical staff and what our spiritual responsibilities are, we will be making a few adjustments to the weekend experience. We do plan on staying open for this weekend and for our upcoming events during the week.
Why?
  1. We have reviewed and been guided by advice of authorities and experts. According to the newly released State of Indiana’s Guidance Document for Gatherings, gatherings of over 250 people in a room should be postponed or canceled. If less than 250, they should allow for “social distancing.” We can do that! 

    At Jackson Road we will open up the Chapel which will keep us under the 250 person limit. We will also be adding chairs in the auditorium to increase room for personal space.  

    Grape Road is below 250 for each service so it will remain open as well.

  2. We are making practical adjustments:

    - Extra hand sanitizer will be placed throughout the buildings
    - No name tags this weekend which will eliminate hundreds of us sharing the same sharpies!
    - Coffee will still be available, but in pre-filled cups rather than self-serve 
    - We will adjust the way we pass out programs (bring your own pen if you’d like)
    - You might see additional small changes as well as we see opportunities to adjust throughout the weekend

  3. We are keeping options available. In a time where it can be easy for us to retreat into social isolation, although it may look different for each of us we want to provide options for everyone to use their best judgement and connect with their spiritual family in a variety of ways. 

As we are each navigating this season, remember to trust your own judgment and experience. If you are over 60 or are an immunocompromised individual, it is advised to limit exposure to gatherings, so stay home and watch online. We will continue to stream every Weekend Celebration from Jackson Road to www.thevineyard.org/LIVE 

We will continue to monitor the updates and communicate via email and social media if changes are necessary. Thank you for keeping the situation in prayer and we look forward to seeing you.


 
Update #1
Friday, March 13, 4:00pm

We are open and making a few adjustments to the weekend experience.

The Vineyard strives to provide a safe place for those who call Vineyard their home, as well as all those that visit each and every weekend. Like many of you, we have spent the last few days and weeks learning as much as we can about the coronavirus and how it is impacting our world. For us, this means considering its impact on you. 

Please be mindful of the recommended practices to help minimize the spread of the virus for yourself and others by the Indiana State Department of Health and CDC.

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds (reciting the alphabet is about 20 seconds)
  • If you are sick, stay home — We will continue to stream every Weekend Celebration from Jackson Road at www.thevineyard.org/LIVE

Vineyard’s Action

In light of the discovery of St. Joseph County’s first confirmed case of COVID-19, we are continuing to monitor the effect of the virus on our community and recognize that this is a rapidly changing situation. 
At times like this we should be thinking of how to do more ministry, not less. There are currently no plans to cancel church services or weekly programming. We are blessed to have healthcare professionals in our church body and we will continue to seek their guidance as well as the guidance of the St. Joseph County Department of Health on how to navigate the days and weeks ahead. In addition to the cleaning procedures we have on a daily and weekly basis, you can expect to see the following:
  • Hand sanitizer located throughout the buildings at Jackson Road and Grape Road
  • Deep cleaning of frequently used spaces including the children’s areas
  • Greeting time will not include shaking hands or fist bumps

Vineyard Kids

Each and every week, the rooms and toys get cleaned. Did you know we have a dirty toy bin in every room where room leaders place toys that have made it into kids mouths? Additionally the following are planned:
  • A "deep clean" is planned for Saturday, March 14 where every toy, book, surface, chair ... EVERYTHING will be cleaned with soap and water and/or an alcohol based cleaner.
  • Before & after each service all surfaces will be cleaned.
As always, if you have a child with symptoms of any sickness, please stay home for the benefit of the child and others.

Our Commitment

While we cannot control the virus, its spread or the impact it has in our church, we’re doing what we can to make our facilities as safe and clean as possible. We appreciate your cooperation and commitment to help us do just that. 

We do invite you to join us in prayer. Consider Psalm 91 as a great passage of scripture for a season such as this. In verse 2 it says “I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’” Continue to put your trust in God and “make the Most High your dwelling...”

As the virus' effect on our community changes, we will continue to be in contact with health experts and relay updates about any changes to your experience at The Vineyard Church on this page.