The Leadership Team has decided to start the process of moving back into the church for worship. That is a good thing! It has been a long time since we have been able to be together in the building. As we take this step it is important that we do it safely, and in a way that allows people to be comfortable entering the building again.
The Center for Disease Control recommends these preventative actions: • Attempt to maintain social distancing of 6’ when possible, if not possible use of a mask is recommended. • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. • Stay home when you are sick or have had close contact with someone who has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, or if no tissue cover mouth with arm. • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty. In order to follow the above recommendations the Leadership Team has established the following guidelines in order to provide a safe and comfortable worship experience for everyone: Pre-Service - Have doors blocked open that congregation will use to minimize need for any unnecessary contact. Rooms that will not be used should have doors shut with a sign to let people know we are not using that room. - Have usher or greeter at the front door to open as congregation enters church. - Have signs posted in areas as people enter the church with the CDC recommendations. Service - Seating arrangements – the sanctuary chairs have been set up with the goal of maintaining social distancing. We recognize that some shifting of chairs will be necessary so that families can be seated together. If you do move chairs, please make sure that the new seating arrangement meets the 6 foot social distancing guidelines. We will have ushers available to help you with this. - Greeting Members – When we have a greeting time our current guidelines for greeting will eliminate handshakes. Please stay in place and greet those around you verbally while maintaining social distancing. - Singing – Our current guideline is to encourage the wearing of masks while singing. - Hymnals – To minimize any spread through handling of bibles or hymnals we will use projected slides with words to any songs. Members can use personal bibles for scripture reading. - Communion – Servers will wear gloves and masks; elements will be handed to congregants to limit the number of people touching the trays. - Children’s Church – We will not have children’s church for the time being. This will be reevaluated periodically as the situation merits. - Nursery – We will not have an organized nursery schedule for the foreseeable future. This will be re-evaluated periodically as the situation merits. The nursery room will be available for family use as needed if a parent or sibling is available to sit with toddlers. We would like to limit the use of the nursery if possible. - Bathrooms – Bathroom entry doors will be left open and light switches will be left on until after church. Signs will be posted in bathrooms to remind attendees to wash hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or use hand sanitizer. - Offering – The offering plate will be at the door following the church service. - Masks – It is strongly recommended that all attendees wear a mask if possible. Ushers and greeters will wear masks in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained. Ushers will wear gloves in situations that require handling of anything that will be touched by any non-family member. We encourage attendees to have their own personal masks if possible. The church will have masks available. - Social distancing – We strongly recommend that a 6-foot distance be maintained with non-family members. If that cannot be maintained, we request that a mask be used. This is extremely important to prevent any virus spread, if present. Remember, this is not just for you, it is for the people in our congregation who are more elderly or who have compromised immune systems. Please be thinking of others and put their needs first. Post Service - Fellowship Time and Treats – No treats will be available after church. This will be reevaluated periodically as the situation merits. - Adult Sunday School – For the time being we will not have adult Sunday school. This will be re-evaluated periodically as the situation merits. - Children’s Sunday School – For the time being we will not have children’s Sunday school. This will be re-evaluated periodically as the situation merits.