Returning to In Person Worship and Meetings
Our church staff, along with our Covid-19 Task Force, have been working on creating best practices regarding returning to our sanctuary for in-person worship. This group includes several medical professionals and committee leaders in our church. We are adhering to recommendations put out by our Bishop, as well as local and state health officials. This group has worked on plans for WHEN and HOW we would return ‘in person” safely.
Group Meeting Procedures
With that in mind, several small groups will begin to meet on campus after Labor Day. All groups wanting to meet on campus must follow this procedure:
- Complete the Covid Covenant (click here for form).
- Complete an Event/Class/Meeting Request Form (click here for form).
- Return BOTH completed forms above to firstname.lastname@example.org AND email@example.com or send to them in the church office for approval.
- Upon approval, the group leader will be contacted by Faye in the church office.
Group Meeting Requirements
The following will apply to all meetings on campus going forward:
- Face masks must be worn at all times.
- Maintain social distancing of 6 feet at all times possible.
- No food will be permitted on premises.
- Attendance will be taken for tracking purposes.
- Wipe down surfaces used with cleaning supplies provided.
- Stay only in areas designated for your group.
Sanitization stations will be strategically placed around campus and where small groups will be meeting. They will include, but not be limited to, the following items:
- Covid procedural signs
- Attendance sheets for corresponding classes
- Disposable face masks
- Hand sanitizer
- Cleaning spray
- Paper towels
With everyone’s continued support and adherence to Covid policies and procedures, we hope that we can continue to meet in small groups and for worship.
In Person Worship
We are excited to be reunited with our church family for Sunday morning worship services! We will do our best to provide the safest possible worship environment for everyone to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. In person worship services will be at 8:45 AM (traditional) and 11:00 AM (contemporary).
We encourage all persons (especially those who are in the high-risk categories) to make an informed decision regarding worship attendance. For those who choose to worship from home, we will live stream our 11:00 AM worship service on Facebook and we will broadcast our 8:45 AM service on 103.3 FM at Noon each Sunday.
We will be practicing the following enhanced health and safety measures:
Symptoms: We ask those experiencing illness or fever, or those recently exposed to COVID-19 to worship from home.
Building Entry: We will have three doors open for the sanctuary – the front entrance that faces Hwy 225, the east entrance under the portico, and the ramp entrance closest to the Fellowship Hall. We will have hand sanitizer available at each entrance.
Masks and Temperature Checks: Upon entrance, all worshippers age 6 and up will need to wear a facial covering. We will have masks available to those who need them. Those that cannot wear a mask are asked to worship at home.
Sanctuary Seating: Ushers will be available to help worshippers find available seating in open pews.
Available pews will be designated at each service. Families are asked to maintain 6-foot separation. We will alternate available pews between services.
Nursery and Children’s Ministry: Nursery and Children’s Church are unavailable at this time. Children are welcome to attend the service with their families.
Worship Practices: We will not take an offering during the services, however you may drop your tithes and offerings in the plates located at each door.
Dismissal: At the end of the service, we will dismiss by section and from back to front. We ask worshippers to move outside if they wish to fellowship with each other, in order to maintain social distancing.
Personal Behaviors: We ask that all worshippers maintain social distancing at all times and please refrain from handshakes or hugs. Please no eating or drinking in the sanctuary.
Volunteers: We will need a minimum of 12 volunteers for each service in order to get people into the service smoothly. If you are willing to help, contact the church office at 626-1334.
Cleaning Procedures: The sanctuary will be cleaned professionally each week. In addition, staff and volunteers will clean surfaces between the 8:45 AM and 11:00 AM worship services each Sunday.