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COVID - 19 "Back to Church" Plan
Details Regarding Regathering
Why are we taking a phased approach?
It is anticipated that the threat of the COVID-19 virus will likely exist for an undetermined time. The adjustments we take should meet the current need or balance between spiritual and public safety obligations. This will dictate a phased approach; that is, we will match reinstated church activities in steps as the threat changes (diminishes or increases) or becomes clearer with time.
Phase 3 -
We will be in the sanctuary for two worship services on Sunday, our Morning Worship service at 11am and our Evening Worship service at 6pm. Please also remember that we are gathering for our Mid-week Prayer Meeting on Wednesday nights at 6:30pm in our Fellowship Hall.
During Phase 3, the “vulnerable” are encouraged to use sound judgment in determining if you will attend the service. If you are sick, or if anyone in your household is sick, we are asking that you DO NOT attend.
Nursery will be provided during Sunday School and the Morning Worship service. The ages allowed in the nursery are infants to 3 years old. Nursery workers will be required to wear masks at all times. Additionally, they will be required to wear disposable gloves will changing diapers or assisting your child in the bathroom.
There will be no children’s church during Phase 3. Parents, please remember that your children, no matter the age, are more than welcome to remain in the sanctuary during our worship services. Additionally, the Fellowship Hall will be available for a “crying area” if needed. The service will be streamed onto the TV in that room.
Both worship services on Sunday will continue to be recorded and available online. We will record as normal and immediately following each service we will begin the uploading process so that it will be available as soon as possible.
Collection plates will not be passed, but there will be areas designated for your contributions at each exit of the sanctuary. If you would rather mail-in your tithes and offerings, please feel free to do so. Additionally, our online giving option is available through our denomination. If you would like to utilize this giving option, you can find the link attached in this email or on our church facebook page.
Communion will continue to be observed during Phase 3.
Committees and other group meetings can meet on an “as needed” basis. However, proper adherence to social distancing and sanitation is required. If you are meeting at the church, each group will be responsible for taking necessary measures before and after the meeting. If you would like to hold a meeting, you first need to have it approved by the Session, so contact the church office BEFORE you schedule.
Physical Guidelines for Worship Services:
Social distancing (6 ft) should always be exercised. However, family members of the same household may sit together as a single unit during Sunday school and the worship services.
During the worship services, the Ladies Parlor will be available for anyone with mobility issues, and the Fellowship Hall will be available for crying children.
Face masks are encouraged, but not mandatory. We are asking you to especially consider wearing a mask when entering, exiting, and moving around the church facilities. Face masks will be required for those nursery workers and Sunday School teachers volunteering with our children.
All hymnals, pew bibles, and attendance booklets will continue to be removed from the pews. All needed information for worship will be in the bulletin.
Bulletins will be placed in each row in the available seats. Please only sit in the designated areas. If you have a question about the availability of a seat, please see a Deacon. Additionally, please take your bulletin with you when you leave.
Deacons will monitor and assist with seating as needed. Please be gracious and accommodating if a Deacon asks you to move. They are only asking for safety purposes of our entire congregation.
In the sanctuary our seating plan should be fairly simple to understand. We are alternating which side is available on each pew. Therefore, if a family is sitting on the left side of a pew, the available option in the pew directly behind them is the right side. Again, if you need any assistance with this please see a Deacon.
Prior to the beginning of each service, attendees should move directly into their Sunday school room or sanctuary through an entry point while exercising the appropriate distancing and sanitation standards.
After Sunday school and the worship services have ended, worshippers should continue to exercise social distancing. Please continue to remember the available exits. All doors will be opened for you.
While in the church facilities, continue to maintain your spacing and exercise patience. Please be friendly to one another, but refrain from physical contact. Feel free to safely socialize outside.
Before and after Sunday school and each worship service, please know that the Deacons and other volunteers are cleaning the needed surfaces with the appropriate sanitation supplies.
Be flexible, gracious, and compassionate. We will possibly need to make adjustments to this plan as we discover what works, what does not work, and what needs more work as we continue to progress.
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