As you may have heard, we will be having in-person services in our building starting this Sunday, June 7th*. We will be taking our first steps in opening up our building. That being said, meeting right now will not look like how it did before. There are restrictions the state has placed and precautions we are planning to take for your safety.
Starting this Sunday, we will be having 2 services: one at 9am and one at 11am. These services will be the same with the exception of the 11am service having a 10-minute children’s message incorporated into the service.
As we open our doors, our state has given us some guidelines to follow. Before you come into the building, we will be checking your temperature for a fever. If you have a fever, we ask that you stay home. As much as we want to see you, we will not be allowing those with a fever into the building. While in the building, we ask that you practice social distancing. This means keeping 6ft between you and others (who are not a part of your household).
We will have the Sanctuary, Cafe and Restrooms open for you. We will be closing off the classrooms, office, playground, and kitchen. We will be allowing one person at a time in the restroom in order to maintain social distancing. The Sanctuary will be a space where masks will be required. If you prefer not to wear a mask, we will have the Cafe open for you. As you enter the Sanctuary or Cafe, please wait for a volunteer to seat you.
Unfortunately, we will not have the classrooms open for GenKids as a precaution. We do ask that if you have children, that they would stay with you during service. Look out for an email from Ms. Brooke about activities your kids can do during service.
As a precaution, we will not be providing any refreshments on Sunday mornings. Please feel free to bring your own coffee/tea. Likewise, we will not be keeping Bibles and connection cards in the seats, in order to limit the usage of multitouch items. We encourage you to bring your Bibles from home. If you don’t own a Bible, we would be more than happy to give you one. Having our church App on your phone is a helpful tool as it has a built-in Bible, the notes from the sermon, and a place for you to check-in.
For your protection, we will be sanitizing and cleaning surfaces between services. If you are planning on returning to church and are comfortable volunteering, we have volunteer needs in the area of hospitality and cleaning. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
As you can see, we are not able to open up fully as of now. Hopefully, as more information on vaccines and treatment for CoViD19 come out, we will be able to slowly go back to meeting as we did before.
As for now, we will meet in the best way we can. If you don’t feel comfortable coming back to the church building, we still want to care for you. We will be providing online services via Facebook and Vimeo. In fact, as much as we would love to see everyone in person again, we want to encourage you to stay home during this season for your protection, if you can.
For those of you who are planning on joining us on Sunday, we can’t wait to see you.
*The state has given us guidelines for this month. They will reassess the situation after the next couple of weeks and may add or reduce the number of restrictions and guidelines. We will plan and respond accordingly. Stay tuned for more updates