WE WILL BE RETURNING TO IN-PERSON SERCIVES ON SEPT 20TH. ONLINE SERVICES WILL STILL BE PROVIDED.

Reopening Plan

As we share our reopening plan we first want to fully recognize that there is no “right” or perfect way to navigate this. This season has been challenging to say the least, and we know that as we make decisions we do not have all of the answers and there are countless options on how, and when, to return to in-person services. And so rather than try to pretend we have a perfect plan, we have decided to create a plan that we believe is best for our current situation. Our hope is to clearly communicate that plan and then trust you to make the best decision about attending in-person services for you and your family.

We appreciate your grace, understanding and prayer during this season.

Registration for Service

Registration will be required for services to assure that we can maintain as much social distancing as possible both in the auditorium and in our family ministry environments. Registration will be limited to half capacity in the auditorium and in our family ministry environments. We will be sending out a link for pre-registration on Monday every week to register for the upcoming Sunday. Registration will be on a first come, first served basis. 

Masks

For adults and children 6th grade and older we will require the use of face coverings when in the building’s common areas (entry way, hallways, family ministry areas, etc.) Once you are seated in the auditorium you can choose whether or not you want to remove your face covering or leave it on for the duration of the service. All volunteers will be wearing face coverings anytime that they are serving.

Temperature Checks

New Service Times

We will not be doing temperature checks for the general audience. We will be doing temperature checks for all of our volunteers and children (5th grade and under) who are being checked into our family ministry environments. 
New service times during this season will be 9:15am and 11:15am. Moving the 11:00 service to 11:15 will give us extra time to clean and transition services in the most socially distanced way possible. 

Family Ministry Environments

Cleanliness Procedures

We will be offering Waumba Land (babies-preK) and Upstreet (K-5th grade) at both the 9:15 and 11:15 services starting on Sunday, Oct. 25th. Our middle school and high school students will be meeting together in “The Attic” (upstairs) during the 11:15 service also starting on Sunday, Oct. 25th.
Hand sanitizing stations will be positioned in the common areas. Surfaces will be wiped down in between services. Family ministry environments will take thorough measures to clean rooms, toys, and surfaces in between services.

Extra Precautions

In order to prevent the spread of germs we will not be setting up coffee stations, we will not be giving out handouts in the auditorium, and we will not be passing offering buckets. (There will be a giving box at the back of the auditorium, and online giving will continue to be an option.) As previously stated, the auditorium seating will be at half capacity. Every other row has been removed to give extra space in between seating. You will have the freedom to sit and socially distance in a way that you feel most comfortable. 

Contact Tracing

Due to the complications of contact tracing we will not be able to fully contact trace Covid exposure in our building. We will do our best to let you know of possible exposure; specifically within our volunteer and family ministry environments. 

As we head into this new season...

With these guidelines in place, we will do our best to create a socially distanced opportunity for us to gather as a church. If you do not feel comfortable attending our in person services under these guidelines we trust your decision to engage in an online service. We do ask that if you have had a fever, Covid symptoms, are feeling ill, or have been directly exposed to someone who has these symptoms, please refrain from attending our in person service.

Again, we thank you for bearing with us as we journey through this uncertain season. We are excited and grateful that even though things look different and this isn’t the way that we would choose to do church, we have the opportunity to be the church during this season. As we have seen, a tornado…a pandemic…a hard year, none of those things can prevent the church from sharing the hope of Jesus. In fact, quite the opposite as we have had the opportunity through our online services to impact even more people than before. Let’s continue to be the church. Let’s continue to love and respect those around us. Let’s continue to point to a hope that is greater than anything we are walking through. God is still in control, He can still be trusted and we can put our eyes on Him instead of on all the chaos around us.