Parking Deck Worship
We are so excited to be gathering as a church family again! We recognize that meeting on a parking deck is a unique setting to gather for corporate worship. However, we are excited because we believe in the importance of gathering physically as a church family.
Our church has seen how members have been affected by the absence of corporate gatherings. Our brothers and sisters form a body of believers that find unity in a living, breathing God. The time apart has shown us all how much we need each other. We need a weekly gathering to remind us of the gospel. We need corporate singing. We need to be physically together as a family.
During quarantine, Redeemer’s leadership has been carefully monitoring the situation, listening to local health officials’ guidance, and the wisdom of our newly-formed Medical Advisory Group – Redeemer members in the healthcare field, many of whom are front-line medical providers. We believe that the physical gathering of our church body is incredibly significant in our member’s lives, and if any options are available to us that are deemed safe and wise, we should do it.
We recognize that gathering is not an option for many families – those who are medically vulnerable and others who feel unsafe in a large group at this time. We will continue to stream the 10 AM service online and are actively looking for other ways to support those that cannot join us physically.
880 Montclair Road
Birmingham, AL 35213
The parking deck is near the former Trinity Hospital, however instead of entering the Trinity entrances, enter the 880 Building entrance off of 52nd Street South. Attendants and signs will direct you to the appropriate parking area. We encourage you to bring a blanket or chair to sit on.
Health & Safety
In conjunction with Redeemer’s Medical Advisory Group, the leadership team has developed the following guidelines:
- If you have experienced any COVID-19 symptoms in the past two weeks, please refrain from attending. These include but are not limited to: fever, dry cough, body aches, headaches, and other flu-like symptoms.
- Per Birmingham City ordinance, masks are required for all staff and attendees over the age of 2 years old.
- Maintain a 6-foot social distance from everyone that is not in your immediate household.
- Please follow all posted signs and guidelines as applicable.
- Failure to comply with these guidelines can result in a request to leave the facility immediately.
The leadership team is acutely aware of the pain, stress, and anxiety that the past few months have brought to many of our brothers and sisters. If you are a part of an at-risk population or feel unsafe in a large, in-person gathering, we encourage you to stay home and join the 10 AM service via the live-stream. If there are ways we can be more accommodating for future services, please let us know.
Kids of all ages are welcome at the parking deck services. We do ask that you prevent your children from playing with their friends while in the deck to minimize health and safety risks.
Ziploc bags full of quiet activities to help your child engage with the service will be available at the welcome tables. Tips and tricks for enjoying the service as a family and other resources are available at the Redeemer Kids page.
The Redeemer Kids Pajama Parish will be taking a break for the rest of the summer. We will post resources for families in the coming weeks.
We will not be providing receptacles for tithes and offerings for the health and safety of our members and staff. We encourage you to give online on our website.
Where exactly is the deck?
The address is 880 Montclair Road, Birmingham, AL 35213. While the address is on Montclair, you enter the deck off of 52nd Street South. The entrance can be seen here.
Will we stay in our cars during church?
No. You will enter via a marked route, park, and walk down to level 2 for the service. Make sure to bring a chair or blanket!
Will I have to wear a mask the entire time?
Yes, all attendees over the age of 2 are required to wear a mask at all times.
What do I need to bring?
We would encourage you to bring a blanket or chair to sit on.
What about worship guides?
While printed programs will not be available, we have a phone-friendly guide that you can download here. If you would like to print a worship guide at home, we have a print-ready guide that you can download here.
What about social distancing?
The meeting space is approximately 6-times larger than the sanctuary in our Avondale facility. We will expect people to follow all posted health and safety guidelines and to use their common sense. The Medical Advisory Group and the leadership team have thoughtfully developed a plan that provides as much distance as possible. There will be markings on the floor to encourage adequate spacing. Ushers will direct people and families to sit on the lines or in another designated space. We will also discourage any social gatherings before or after the service.
Who am I allowed to sit with?
We are asking people who live under the same roof to sit together. This means families and their children or any other group of people/roommates that live together. Again, we are counting on you to act with common sense and responsibly in this regard.
Are there any activities for kids?
Yes! Regan will be reaching out to families with children about some resources, and we will have bags of activities for the children. Please note that owners of the deck have asked us not to use sidewalk chalk.
Will there be bathrooms?
We will not have access to the building the deck is attached to, and there are no bathrooms in the deck. Please go before you come! We understand emergencies are inevitable and will have one porta-potty available near where the cars are parked.
Do I have to wear a mask?
Per the current Birmingham City ordinance, masks are required for all staff and attendees over the age of 2 years old. A limited supply of masks will be available should you need one. Additionally, we will have hand sanitizer available to use as needed.
Will there still be a streaming option?
How will we leave/exit?
Attendees will be dismissed in groups, facilitated by the ushers. We are not going to allow for any social gathering time afterward for everyone’s safety and adequate change over time.