The national health care emergency created by COVID-19, has not deterred our focus from connection, calling and celebration of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Our phase plan approach is designed to ensure our ability to continue to serve our Lord as He has commanded. We are prayerfully leaning on His guidance and asking for wisdom to make decisions that will allow us to protect, respond, recover and transition our services responsibly during a pandemic.
• Protect our Members & Visitors – Provide for the safety and well-being of members and visitors.
• Maintain the confidence of our members, support our visitors, and continue to live out our mission of creating disciples.
• Transition services by following CDC recommendations, making decisions by leveraging data, using an abundance of caution and
praying often for wisdom.
CURRENT PHASE: 4
ACTIVE: October 11, 2020
Data/Information that will move us from Phase 4 into Phase 5: 21 days of no significant increase/or change from previous phase.
Data/Information that will cause us to regress out of Phase 4: Federal/State mandate, 7-14 days of significant increase/or change, a positive case from someone who joined a worship service or elders’ discretion. COVID Risk Level progressing into the Orange and Red Phase.
Sunday Service(s): Online (live streaming and pre-recorded) still available and recommended.
Those interested in joining a session will sign up online to secure the appropriate amount of seating for their party (you can also call the church office during normal business hours to secure available seating).
Sunday AM: 10:30am-11:30am with seating capacity at 200 in the auditorium-mask required
Sunday Adult Bible Study: 9:30am - 10:10am with seating capacity at 200 in the Large Fellowship room - mask required
Sunday Youth Bible Study: 9:30am - 10:10am in the Youth Sunday Bible study room upstairs - mask required
Sunday Children Bible Study (3 year old to 5th grade): 9:30am - 10:10am in the Small Fellowship room. Children will wear a mask if deemed necessary by guardian. Teachers will wear a mask if closer than 6 feet.
Communion: Individually packaged communion is available for pick-up at the church building. Communion will be provided onsite individually packaged in a designated area in the Auditorium. Offering is encouraged to occur online or mailed but can also be collected in a designated area in the Auditorium during service.
Sunday PM: Suspended until further notice
Wednesday Adult Bible Study: Online (pre-recorded) or Zoom Meeting
Wednesday Youth Bible Study: Online (pre-recorded) or Zoom Meeting
Life Groups: It is still encouraged to use online/virtual methods for worship; however, if Life Groups want to physically gather the church gym and small fellowship hall will be available. Life Group leaders will be responsible for securing an available time slot and ensure CDC recommendations are maintained.
Gatherings/Events: A maximum of two groups at the same time, Life Group or Ministry, can meet in the church building outside of Sunday Service hours. Life Group and Ministry leaders are to reach out to the church office to secure available time slots. Rooms available will be the small fellowship hall and the gym.
Non-church related activities: All non-church related gatherings will continue to be suspended at the church building. According to the CDC, large events and mass gatherings can contribute to the spread of COVID-19 in the United States via travelers who attend these events and introduce the virus to new communities. Examples of large events and mass gatherings include conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, funerals, weddings, and other types of ssemblies.
Decisions to move through phases will be obtained through the following data source: Learn More +
BECAUSE WE ALL MATTER
Self-Report – Members and visitors are encouraged to self-report to the church office if they or someone they have been in contact with is diagnosed with COVID-19. This will allow the church to pray for their recovery as well as conduct contact tracing to properly notify those who may have come in direct contact with the diagnosed individual.
Face Mask: Please feel free to wear your own face mask or one will be provided upon arrival for Sunday Service. According to the CDC, you could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick. Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities. Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected. Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing. Learn More +
Health Screenings: According to the CDC: Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19: Cough, Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, Fever, Chills, Muscle pain, Sore throat, New loss of taste or smell. This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you. Learn More +
Temperatures: Strongly recommend everyone who plans to worship onsite to self-administer temperatures to their household prior to coming to services. Should anyone have an elevated temperature of 100.4 the CDC recommends you stay home and call a healthcare provider if you have symptoms. Again, the CDC recommends you call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you. Learn More +
Social Distancing: The church building will be setup to maintain social distancing and we ask everyone to use their best judgement based on CDC recommendations. The CDC recommends you put distance between yourself and other people outside of your home. Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread virus. Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people. Do not gather in groups. Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings. Keeping distance from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick. Learn More +
High Risk Members: Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. There are things you can do to reduce your risk of getting sick. Stay home if possible. Wash your hands often. Keep space between yourself and others (stay 6 feet away, which is about two arm lengths) Learn More +
Building Cleaning Requirements: Life Group and Ministry leaders will be responsible for keeping services/activities within the designated area within the building. Life Group and Ministry leaders will also be responsible for cleaning after their gathering is complete. Professional cleaning will be completed at the end of each day.
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