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: 5
ACTIVE: April 11, 2021 MODIFIED May 2, 2021
Data/Information that will move us to pivot from Phase 5: Significant increase/or change in Covid-19 cases, hospitalizations or CDC guidelines.
Sunday Service(s): Those interested in joining an on-site session are welcome to join. Social distancing guidelines will be maintained through the appropriate measures such as taped of pews, distanced chairs, etc. Online (live streaming) is still available and recommended for those not comfortable attending in-person.
Sunday AM Worship: 10:30am-11:30am in the auditorium — mask recommended and appreciated.
Sunday Adult Bible Study: 9:30am -10:10am in-person — located in the Small/Large Fellowship Room 113 and auditorium. Room(s) will be arranged to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Mask recommended and appreciated.
Sunday Youth Bible Study: 9:30am -10:10am in-person— located in Room 221/223. The room will be arranged to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Mask recommended and appreciated.
Sunday Children Bible Study: 9:30am -10:10am in-person. Children up to 15 months of age will assemble in Room 113. Children 15 months to under 3 years of age will assemble in Room 115. Children 3 years to 5th grade will meet in Room 111. The rooms will be arranged to adhere to social distancing guidelines and all teachers will wear masks. Masks for children's Bible study is at the discretion of the parent(s).
Communion: Individually packaged communion is available for pick-up at the church building. Communion will be provided on-site individually packaged in a designated area in the Lobby. The offering is encouraged to occur online or mailed, but can also be collected in a designated area in the Lobby during service.
Sunday PM: Suspended until further notice
Wednesday Adult Bible Study: Zoom Meetings currently offered - See schedule at
Wednesday Youth Bible Study: Zoom Meetings and an in-person class offered. Contact Youth Minister, Blake Hayes for details.
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: Certain large events have resumed: weddings, in-person showers, and funerals. Additional gatherings such as conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, etc. will be determined at the elders decretion.
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—though not required, but recommended and appreciated. 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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