We will be reopening on June 7th as we believe we can do it in a way that honors these three preconditions:
- We can do so in compliance with the orders and wisdom of various rulers and authorities
- We can do so in a “reasonably safe” environment for those with lower risks
- We can do so relative to the timetables of other like-minded churches
We will be meeting for two Sunday services at 10am and 5pm at 25% capacity – which for us means about 120-150 socially distanced people. We will record our the sermon from first service and get it online on each Sunday for people who remain at home during this season. We have also created a custom spotify playlist with all our commonly sung songs for your musical benefit.
- We encourage people to follow CDC guidelines regarding best practices in public (social distancing, hand washing, face touching, sneeze/cough in elbow, no physical greetings… etc.)
- We encourage people to follow CDC guidelines regarding people who are at greater risk (age and comorbidity factors)
- We strongly encourage people with any COVID-19 related symptoms and their household to watch online until all parties are 14 days symptom free
- We strongly encourage people with any sickness for the last three days in their household to watch online that week
- Middle entry front doors will be propped open
- No food or coffee will be provided
- Both hallways beyond the bathrooms will be blocked off
- Every other row of chairs will be removed from the worship center and we are suggesting people leave 3 seats between each household
- No offering plate will be passed but one giving station will be at either exit
- No communion plate will be passed and it will be served up front with a socially distanced line and without anyone touching anyone else’s elements
- We encourage people to wear masks while doing congregational singing as there is reliable data that shows that singing can be on par with coughing
- We will reserve the far right section of the worship center for those who will wear masks during the entire service and prefer the additional layer of safety that comes with that
- People will be asked to leave the worship center 15 minutes after the morning benediction so that it can be disinfected by the service team with EPA certified SARS-COV-2 killing disinfectants
- People will be asked to leave the lobby 30 minutes after the benediction and the lobby will then be disinfected using SARS-COV-2 killing disinfectants
- Post-Sunday morning service will be disinfected by the service team and Sunday evening service will be disinfected by our professional janitorial service
- Initially no childcare will be provided but W2 and W4 will be open for parent provided care of 0-2 year olds (note: there will be a limit of three households in each room and most toys will be removed)
- The playground will remain closed but the outside areas are free for people to converse at social distance
- We will have a series of Purell-like high alcohol sanitizer stations everywhere throughout the facilities and we encourage people to use them frequently
- We will have some signage in various high visibility places to remind people of all norms and best practices
- Maintain at least six feet of distance between households
- Leave three empty chairs between households when sitting in the Worship Center
- Avoid physical contact of any kind (sorry, no hugs, handshakes or holy kisses!)
- Cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow (the vampire cough)
- When in doubt, sanitize your hands at one of our many stations throughout the building
- Keep a close eye on your little ones
- Service team members will wear gloves and masks while disinfecting and dealing with trash
- All volunteers who are uncomfortable for any reason with serving will be given full freedom to opt out with no questions asked during this time – just communicate with your team leader
- The Hospitality Team will have no responsibilities during this phase
- The Service Team will have overall fewer more serious responsibilities
- The Connections Team will have two socially distanced greeters at our front doors that will remain propped open from 9:45am to 10:10am and 4:45pm to 5:10pm
- The Music Team has increased responsibilities with an additional service to serve
- People will be asked to pre-register for a service online and availability will be on a first come first serve basis
- Services will be capped at 25% capacity (150 persons)
- Door greeters will keep count with ticker counter
- Doors will open at 9:45am and be closed at 10:10am for our new 10am service time
- Doors will open at 4:45pm and be closed at 5:10pm for our new 10am service time
- We will allow for 120 pre-register slots per service in order to make room for 30 people first time guests who don’t know that they should pre-register
- When at capacity and/or after 10:10, persons who are late will be politely directed to another service or the online service
- Parents of wiggly kids (2 – elementary) will be accommodated in three ways
- Single-Use Activity Bags - there will be disposable activity bags at two developmental levels – younger kids who cannot read and older kids who can – we encourage parents to wait until the sermon to deploy these to maximize their usefulness
- Service Length - we will try to keep the overall service length to about an hour
- “Ride Swap” - parents who know their kids just won’t make it through an hour long service can elect to send one parent to one service and another parent to another. For single parents we can potentially assist within our Community Groups on a case by case basis. There is also the option of watching online.
- No printed bulletin will be provided but a digital one will be emailed that morning
- For those who are shut-in during this time you may contact the office (firstname.lastname@example.org or 407-660-1984) to have an elder drop off socially distanced communion and prayer once per month for those who would like this interaction
- Do we need to wear masks?
We will not mandate the wearing of masks but we recommend people consult and take into advisement the CDC guidelines and best practices.
- Will you be using EPA certified products to disinfect commonly touched surfaces? Are these products safe?
Yes and Yes.
In between services we will be disinfecting the building and before Sunday morning our professional cleaning crew will be disinfecting. For fabric surfaces we will be using an organic compound through a fogger machine that is EPA certified to kill SARS-COV-2. For commonly touched surfaces we will be utilizing a spray bleach compound. For both applications of these disinfectants we will have all people out of those areas during applications. To ensure safety while disinfecting, people will be ushered out of the worship center 15 minutes after benediction and the lobby 30 minutes after benediction.
- How long is phase one?
We don’t know yet but will be actively monitoring things closely. We will take into advisement from federal, state, and local governments, along with CDC best practices and dialogue with other local churches.
- Will there be a limit on number of kids in cry rooms to encourage social distancing also?
Yes, there will be a limit of 3 households each in W2 or W4. Both rooms will be open for both services.
- How many phases do you anticipate before "return to normal?"
We don’t know yet, but our best guess is 2 or 3 phases.
- If recorded at 10 am, when will feed be uploaded for watch?
It will likely vary a bit week to week but probably early afternoon
- We are a household of 1 or 2 people, can we adopt one other consistent family and not sit 3 seats apart? We are a household that has already adopted one other consistent family unit during quarantine – can we also sit together?
Yes and Yes. We just ask that you not change your adopted household so as introduce additional unnecessary risk factors.
- Will you have a limit of the number of people who are in the building?
Yes. We will have our door greeters be counting and limiting to 150 total people (25% capacity) for both services. We will give priority to those who have pre-registered (and arrive before 10:10) and those who are first time guests and don’t know about pre-registering.