We invite you to join us as we gather on Sundays at 9 and 11 am. We are following safety guidelines, including spacing out and requiring masks, and attendance is limited. Read below for more specific information about what to expect.
Our DC Kids programming is available for nursery - 5th grade at the 9 am gathering and for toddlers (ages 2+) through 5th grade at the 11 am gathering. Class sizes are limited so we ask that you register ahead of time, simply noting how many kids you are bringing with you when you complete the registration found by clicking the button below.
- In order to assist with physical distancing, attendance will be limited to 300 people per service (50%). Registration is required. Click the button above to sign up for the service you wish to attend.
- Pews will be roped off and we ask that family units allow proper distance from others within the pew.
- For dismissal, we encourage you to greet and chat with one another once you are outside in the parking lot as clearing the sanctuary helps us prepare for the next gathering.
- A mask or face covering is required at all times for everyone over the age of 2, except for those on stage.
- Arrive early, but not too early! We recommend that you arrive 15 minutes prior to the service so that you can find your seat and be ready to worship when the service begins. We ask that you do not arrive earlier than 8:40/10:40 to allow time for preparation and cleaning.
- Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the building.
- We will not be passing offering plates or handing out bulletins. There will be offering boxes at the back of the sanctuary and you can always mail a check or give online. Visit the Hub for info about all that's going at Davisville. Bibles are available for those that need one.
- We are still looking for volunteers! It takes dedicated people to make things run smoothly on Sunday mornings. If you aren't serving already, please consider joining our hospitality, children's ministry or tech team. Click here to learn more.
Why do we have to have mitigation efforts, like distancing and wearing masks, for our gatherings?
It is our understanding that large gatherings that include singing, especially indoors, continue to be of higher risk for exposure and transmission of COVID-19. After researching the issue, including consulting with the Bucks County Department of Health and medical and scientific professionals, and learning from similar churches in our area, we believe the safety measures and precautions we are taking are appropriate at this time. These steps enable us to gather as safely as possible.
We understand some individuals would prefer to not wear a mask, but for the well-being of all and for the sake of unity within our church, we ask that each person (over the age of 2) wear a mask or face covering while on the church property. Masks will be provided for those who don’t have one with them.
Is Davisville leadership concerned about government intrusion in the church?
We believe it is helpful to run our response to government rules, guidelines, input and authority through the lens of 1 Peter 2:13-17. "For the Lord's sake, submit..." We believe it's God's desire that how we live, "our honorable lives," would be a testimony to others and that our response to those that govern us is a part of that. That does not mean we are to blindly follow. No, instead we are "God's slaves" in this and we should seek to see things through a biblical worldview, not a political ideology. Romans 13:1-2 is also helpful in affirming that God has His hand in those who govern over us, even though we struggle at times to understand. We are challenged to "submit to governing authorities" out of our trust in our Heavenly Father; that He is ultimately in control. It is a tremendous blessing that we can worship freely in our nation. We may have had to adjust but the COVID-19 restrictions have not stopped the church. We "submit" to government restrictions in many ways, from fire codes and seat belts to required inspections and licenses. In leadership, we may not like them, but we don't see these as intrusions that would prevent us from proclaiming the gospel. Our hope is that those who have heard what we have preached throughout the last year would see a clear and resounding message to fully follow Jesus and that our hope and salvation are in Him. We are striving to keep the main thing, the main thing.
Does wearing masks promote a spirit of fear?
At Davisville we are striving to encourage a spirit of grace and care, not one of fear. We wear masks out of care for our neighbors, our church family and our friends, not fear. Romans 13 says, "“Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor." Right now, masks are a simple way of expressing that. It communicates that you are concerned for others, not fearful for yourself. While it may be disputed to what degree they help, there is ample evidence that masks do help prevent the spread of a disease that has impacted our nation, our state and our community. By requiring masks at Davisville, we send a message to those that would wonder if we care for our church family and surrounding community; if we are responsible neighbors. And we have had a commitment throughout the last year not to enforce our restrictions but to instead encourage them. We have avoided confrontation in our church and hopefully have experienced more unity among those that have attended. We don't shy away from being clear about the expectation that people should wear a mask but we have no mask police; just a desire for each other's well being and unity as we encourage a spirit of grace.
Are our occupancy limits turning people away from the church?
We were always uneasy about the notion of turning people away even as we followed limitations on gathering sizes. And to our knowledge since we resumed in-person gatherings, and by God's grace, no one has been turned away, from BreakOut, a Sunday service or even an outdoor Christmas Eve gathering, because we were out of space. We worked hard to adjust and pivot our gatherings to still enable ministry to happen. Again, our occupancy limits send a message that spacing out and having enough room for those to gather safely is important. But we have not seen a large return to in-person activities that would put us over those limits. In fact, we struggled more with this before COVID. We turned moms away from MOPS because we were out of space. Every year we turned children away from ZIP Camp because we were at capacity. And in those situations, we did everything we could to still minister to and connect with those that "didn't have a spot." Our facilities had limits before and they have limits now and they will likely have different limits down the road. Throughout all that we strive to be good stewards of the space God has blessed us with and continue to provide the opportunity for our church to gather responsibly and safely.
When should I stay home?
Please stay home if you or someone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19 and/or is showing any of the following symptoms: fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fatigue, body aches, headache, sore throat, congestion, loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. If you are considered especially vulnerable to complications due to COVID-19, we encourage you to join our online service at 9:00 a.m.
What will we do if someone in our community gets sick as a result of gathering?
If we are informed that someone in our community has tested positive while gathering with us, we will work with the Bucks County Department of Health on follow-up communication and procedures. While registration information may be used for contact tracing, the privacy of the ill and those in contact will be maintained.
Can I use the church building for smaller ministry gatherings?
Yes. Our facilities are open for ministry gatherings. You can fill out a request form here, and our current guidelines and restrictions are laid out in the form. We will continue to increase availability and adjust restrictions as we are able.