Updated: Thursday, April 1

What to expect on the weekend:

  • Wearing a face mask is recommended when social distancing is not possible
  • Vineyard Kids has resumed || view 2021 guidelines 
    Alternatives: In the Auditorium, Activity bags will be available. For a Vineyard Kids at Home Video Experience, text "KIDS" to (574) 318-3068 to receive a link on Sunday mornings. 

    FAQs

    Looking for some good news? Here is a list of your activity through The Vineyard since the COVID-19 outbreak started:

    • Gave over $30,000 outside the walls of the church 
    • Delivered 325 meals to Memorial Hospital
    • Donated 1500+ masks to hospitals, nursing homes, individuals, hospice, etc. 
    • Created and delivered 600+ cards for nursing homes (delivered weekly for 8 weeks)
    • Provided 85 Hygiene Kits for the homeless
    • Gave 60+ homemade meals to Hope Ministries 
    • Sent encouragement boxes to Mishawaka & South Bend police departments
    • Provided Mother's Day gift bags to moms at Hannah’s House
    • Mailed encouragement and gift cards to 47 single parents at The Vineyard
    • Distributed food in low income neighborhoods over a two-month period
    • Created and delivered activity baskets to families in Hillis Hans and Village Green
    • Received 42 Connect Cards (onsite and online)
    • 37 commitments or recommitments to Christ
    • 40 Vineyard Groups continuing to meet plus 4 NEW Online Groups were started
    • 17 Baptisms
    • 70+ Vineyard Kids family members attended Parking Lot Party in July
    • 40 NEW Young Adults have attended on Tuesdays
    • 2 local outreaches facilitated by our Grape Road Campus
    • 200 people currently signed up to serve during 24 Hours to Love Our City
    • Started online spiritual development opportunities
    • Sent an emergency response mission team to Midland, Michigan to help families recovering from flood damage caused by a dam breaking
    Jackson Road 
    Saturdays at 5:30pm
    Sundays at 8:30am, 9:50am & 11:30am
    Each have a capacity of 200.
    The Chapel at Jackson Road is available during each Weekend Celebration with a live feed of the service offering additional seating and additional social distancing.
     
    Grape Road
    Now meeting for Weekend Celebrations at Jackson Road
    • Vineyard Kids has resumed onsite for all ages at all locations. This includes increased cleaning, a new check-in procedure and limit on the number of kids allowed in each room. Learn more about Vineyard Kids Re-opening Guidelines.
      Vineyard Kids Re-opening Guidelines
       
    • We have a new Vineyard Kids at Home experience planned with videos specific to your kids' age group! Our curriculum has partnered with Playlister allowing us to upload videos from your favorite Vineyard Kids staff as well as utilize video lessons and songs from 252 Kids. Vineyard Kids will have a separate video playlist that will be available on-demand on Sundays. To get weekly texts of when the content is available, text “KIDS” to 574-318-3068 or you can find links at thevineyard.org/kids
    • Vineyard Kids LIVE will continue periodically in the Vineyard Kids Facebook Group where you can find additional content and resources designed to equip and encourage parents.
    • Online streaming will continue on Saturdays at 5:30pm and Sundays at 9:50am & 11:30am.
    • The best viewing experience and opportunity to engage is found on thevineyard.org/LIVE. We will continue to stream to Facebook and YouTube.
    • Atrium Time will begin 5 minutes before each service.
    • Vineyard Kids will have a separate video playlist that will be available on-demand on Sundays. To get weekly texts of when the content is available, text “KIDS” to 574-318-3068.

    Here are a couple of items to consider:

    • Are you eager to worship in a broader community?
    • Are you in a non-high risk group? CDC definition of “high-risk
    • Are you ok being in a place where not everyone will choose to wear a mask?

    If you are ill or experiencing symptoms, for the sake of others, we ask you to stay home and engage online.

    Onsite Weekend Celebrations should feel similar to what you are used to — people worshipping and learning more about Jesus together. There will be some new procedures to help reduce the spread of germs.

    • Commonly touch surfaces will be cleaned before, during and after services
    • Hand sanitizer pumps will be available throughout the building
    • Restrooms will be available; however, water fountains will be closed (water will be available via the coffee team at the coffee window)
    • If capacity is reached in the Auditorium, additional seating will be available in the Chapel at Jackson Road

    No. But come early to increase your chance of getting a seat in the Auditorium. Services will fill up at Jackson Road, but there is additional seating available in the Chapel to participate via a live feed. The chairs will be arranged in their normal configuration, however, to create distance between family units, every other row will be sectioned off and we ask you to keep at least 4 chairs between your household and another.

    Bring your Bible, a journal and pen. If you are bringing children, and choose not to have them participate in Vineyard Kids, there will be some Vineyard Kids Packs available to help keep their attention, but you know your kids best, so if they need something that will quietly keep their attention, bring that too!

    Yes. In this season, there are a number of team members who should not return onsite or who are not yet ready. Let us know if you are willing to temporarily help out a team in need. 

    I CAN HELP

    No. CDC recommends "wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain…” We believe it will be possible to maintain social distance during Weekend Celebrations. However, we social distancing is not able to be maintained, we recommend wearing a face covering. Some teams will be required to wear face masks due to the nature of their service. Volunteers can either wear their own mask, or a mask will be provided.
     
    • Coffee - Like what you would receive from your favorite coffee shop, coffee is available! Coffee Team Members will be wearing masks and gloves.
    • Name Tags - Name tags are a simple way of building community. They are available to make and wear. Sharpies are sanitized after each use. Volunteers will receive printed name tags through contactless check-in at the Welcome Center.
    • Programs will be available for pickup. You can also continue to use thevineyard.info as your place for everything Vineyard and follow along with the message notes within the YouVersion Bible App.
    • Pens will be available.
    • Normal mid-week programming has resumed onsite. Some include options for streaming online. Please check the event page to see everything happening outside of the Weekend Celebrations.
      Events

    Update #11
    Wednesday, November 25

    What to expect on the weekend:

    • Please wear a face mask in the Atrium
    • A face mask required option is available during the 8:30am Celebration in The Chapel at Jackson Road
    • Jackson Road auditorium’s capacity is set to 160
    • Vineyard Kids planning to resume on December 5/6 
      Activity bags will be available. For a Vineyard Kids at Home Video Experience text "KIDS" to (574) 318-3068 to receive a link on Sunday mornings. 

    Update #10
    Wednesday, November 18

    With the increased cases in our county and community, we are making a few adjustments to ministry with The Vineyard.

    What you will notice on the weekends across all locations:

    • Continue to offer both online and onsite Weekend Celebrations
    • Staff will be wearing face masks, and we recommend you doing the same, especially in the Atrium or while having conversations with others
    • Jackson Road auditorium’s capacity is set to 160
    • A face masked required option is available during the 8:30am Celebration in The Chapel at Jackson Road
    • Suspending Middle School Core Class for 2 weeks (resumes December 5/6)
    • Suspending Vineyard Kids for 2 weeks (resumes December 5/6)
      Activity bags will be available. For a Vineyard Kids at Home Video Experience text "KIDS" to (574) 318-3068 to receive a link on Sunday mornings. 

    What to expect during the week:

    • Young Adults will continue to meet on Tuesdays
    • The Wave will continue to meet on Wednesdays
    • Some events have been cancelled, postponed, or adjusted to better account for increased COVID rates in our communities. Check out the event pages for updates on any event, especially those happening through the first week on December.
    • Some events will also be offered online in addition to onsite at Jackson Road, including:

    Update #9
    Friday, October 16

    You may be aware of the statement released by the St. Joseph County health department officials this week. This statement addressed faith organizations specifically and asked “FAITH COMMUNITIES IN ST. JOSEPH COUNTY TO PIVOT TO ON-LINE OR VIRTUAL WORSHIP FORMATS FROM NOW THROUGH MARCH 2021.”

    We reached out to the St. Joseph County health department to gain more guidance on what that means specifically for The Vineyard Church. In that conversation, there was mutual agreement on the need for churches to be open for the spiritual and emotional health of our community, as well as the need to be diligent in our efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. 

    After prayer and consideration, we are going to continue to offer both online and onsite options at The Vineyard while operating with the current county ordinance

    Here is what that looks like: 

    • Continuing cleaning measures put in place since reopening onsite 
    • Being diligent in maintaining 6 feet of physical distance between households and recommend wearing a face covering when distancing is not possible
    • Reduced Jackson Road auditorium’s capacity to 160
    • Due to two Grape Road campus staff testing positive for COVID, that location has shifted to online only for two weeks (10/11 and 10/18)
    • Face masked required during the 8:30am Celebration in The Chapel at Jackson Road.

    How you can help

    • Be diligent — wash hands, wear a face covering when necessary, etc. 
    • Instead of shaking hands, hi-fiving, or hugging, greet others by waving or with a quick elbow bump
    • If experiencing symptoms, or were in contact with someone who recently tested positive for COVID-19, choose to engage online instead of onsite
    • Regardless of whether you choose to attend online or onsite, choose to engage — worship, listen, give and pray.

    We know there is no perfect answer, but please continue to pray for the leadership at the church as we navigate the ever-changing COVID climate of 2020.


    Update #8
    Friday, October 9

    To allow for social distancing, each Weekend Celebration at Jackson Road has a maximum capacity of 160 in the Auditorium (this number was updated on 10/9/20). Once this number is reached, attendees will be asked to participate via the live feed in the Chapel at Jackson Road. 

    We are continuing to offer both face covering required (8:30am at Grape Road location) and face covering optional Weekend Celebrations, in addition to providing online Weekend Celebration experiences. Governor Holcomb's mask mandate executive order includes an exemption for those engaging in a religious service as long as six feet of social distancing is observed. This continues to be what we strive for in creating a place for you to experience God and community with each other! You can find every service time under the "locations" tab at the top of this page.



    Update #7
    Friday, July 10

    We are excited to offer a couple new worship experiences! Starting on July 18/19, in addition to the current services where face masks are option due to the ability to social distance, we will offer two “face mask required” Weekend Celebrations — 8:30am at Grape Road & 11:30am in the Chapel at Jackson Road.
     
    Vineyard will continue to offer both ONLINE and ONSITE Weekend Celebrations! We know that although the doors to our Jackson Road and Grape Road locations will be open, many will choose to continue to engage online. For those that are ready to venture back into the building, we are striving to make the worship experience similar to what you have grown to love about encountering Jesus at The Vineyard.
     
    The mission of The Vineyard is to make new followers of Jesus and disciple Christians into maturity. Whether you decide to engage onsite or engage online, they are both faithful responses to this mission. The key is ENGAGEMENT — participating in worship, being attentive during the message, utilizing resources to dive deeper into your faith during the week, inviting friends and family to hear the Good News of Jesus. Engagement can happen online or onsite, the decision is up to you!
     

     

    Update #7
    Thursday, May 7

    If you call Vineyard your church home, please complete this short, 3-minute survey to help us plan for in-person services. Additionally, you can replay Thursday Night's COVID-19 Live Update (aka Town Hall Meeting) where we layout what reopening the doors at our Jackson Road and Grape Road location.

    Survey Town Hall Meeting

    With Gov. Holcomb's announcement of Back on Track Indiana and its five stage plan, we are cautiously excited about what that means for The Vineyard. 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 coming weeks knowing that at any point we could go back to Stage 1. So here is the current plan:

    Additional Information | Weekend Celebrations

    • Weekend Celebration Live Streams will continue. 

    • Starting May 23/24, normal Weekend Celebration times will resume at both Jackson Road and Grape Road locations following CDC recommended guidance for social distancing and increased cleaning procedures. More Details.

    • If you are sick or feel ill, stay home.

    • At Jackson Road, the Chapel will be available for additional seating. At Grape Road, Room 5 will be used. If the auditorium at either location gets to a point where we are not able to adequately provide social distancing, you may be asked to participate in the service from the Chapel/Room 5.

    • Should you decide to attend in person before Vineyard Kids opens back up, children will sit with parents.

    • Cloth masks are recommended, but not required. However, some volunteer teams where six feet of separation is not realistic, will be required to wear masks. 

    • Non-contact greetings are recommended.

    • Coffee will be available in pre-poured cups.

    Additional Information | Weekday Activities

    • We do not know what Lake Blast & Baptisms will look like this year, but hold Sunday, June 28 in your calendar as we continue to figure that out.

    • Young Adults will resume on Tuesday, May 19

    • The next in-person class will be Nehemiah: Exploring Biblical Leadership starting on Thursday, June 18.

    • If you are a Vineyard Group leader, but have not heard from Keith Crain, email him at

    Additional Information | Volunteer Teams

    • As volunteer teams begin to start serving again, you are in control of when you begin to re-engage on the team. There will be a lot of grace in this season!

     


     

    Update #6
    Sunday, April 12

    Until further notice, all Weekend Celebrations will be held exclusively online.

    Saturday at 5:30pm
    Sunday at 9:50am & 11:30am
    Vineyard Kids following each Weekend Celebration

    Engage on Facebook, YouTube or thevineyard.org/LIVE this weekend and throughout the week!

    Facebook YouTube /LIVE

    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

    Facebook YouTube /LIVE


     
    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.