We are very excited to get back together for corporate worship and appreciate all of your support and feedback during these unusual times. We are constantly evaluating what changes we need to make to keep us together as a body and safe at the same time. Below is our current guidance for June 21st – July 19th. We have come up with these guidelines based on your survey results, CDC guidelines, and the local health situation as reported by the Shiawassee Health Department. Please let us know if you have any questions.
You or someone in your household hasn’t tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
You haven’t experienced any fever or chills in the last 24 hours.
You haven’t experienced any of the following symptoms: cough, diarrhea, new rash or sore throat.
As much as we would like to see you, we ask that you stay home if any of the above apply to you until you are feeling better or have been in quarantine for 14 days without symptoms (in cases of confirmed COVID-19 infection).
It is anticipated that morning service will be approximately 45-50 minutes in length and will also be live-streamed on social media (web page and Facebook) as is currently being done.
Hand saniter stations will be located throughout the building. Please use hand sanitizer when entering and exiting all restrooms.
Please consider all three entries when you come to church (Moss Hall, Community Center, and Main Entrance). All doors to the sanctuary will remain open at all times and ushers will be stationed at all entry doors. You should not need to touch door handles except entering and exiting restrooms, changing rooms, and Mother’s Room. Upon entering the building, please go immediately to the sanctuary. Please do not congregate in the foyer. Social contact should happen outside of the building. We hope to have designated areas for socializing.
There will not be a social hour indoors. Coffee and muffins will not be available. Drinking foundations will also not be in use.
Social distancing in the sanctuary—every other pew and six feet apart. Room for approximately 150-175 people with online streaming of the service once the sanctuary has reached capacity. (Moss and Smith Hall).
All attendees will be asked to consider health questions—if you are ill, please stay home. Questions will be posted on the webpage, Facebook and at the door. Temperatures will not be taken, nor will health screening questions be asked at the door.
Everyone will need to wear a mask on entering the building. This allows us to sing and run the air conditioning. Children under 6 will not be expected to wear masks and those 6-12 years of age will be encouraged, but not required. Gloves are not required. All others need to wear mask while in the building.
Offering plates will be located at various points at the end of the service. No offering plates will be passed during service. Ushers will hold the plates while wearing gloves.
For the foreseeable future communion will be served with pre-filled individual units that will be distributed prior to the service in a safe, sanitary manner.
There will be no nursery or children’s ministries, we will be practicing family worship. There will be an area with tables and live stream for those who want to sit with their children yet come to church. There will be changing tables and the Mother’s Room available with cleaning instructions.
Please practice social distancing in restrooms. Again, please use hand sanitizer prior to entering and upon exiting of restrooms. Restrooms will be cleaned and sanitized prior to services, during the service and after the service. If you have a concern contact an usher.
There will be an abbreviated Worship Folder located in the pew rack in front of you. These will be distributed three days prior to Sunday and should be clean. If you desire a Worship Folder you may take one or leave it in the pew rack.
There will be open seating prior to the service but please move to the middle of the row when entering so that no one has to move past you to get their seat. At the end of the service, you will be dismissed by rows. When the sanctuary has reached capacity, you will be directed to an overflow area.
There has been much thought and prayer that has gone into these guidelines. We tried to listen to your feedback in the survey. These are unchartered waters and most of you may be unhappy about one or more aspects of these, but we want to be responsible. This is an opportunity to put the love of the body into practice. It is our hope and prayer that these can be relaxed as we have a better understanding of the health implications on reopening. We want to worship God TOGETHER. We also want to err on the side of caution when it comes to protecting our most valuable resource—YOU. Please love us, work with us and most of all pray for us as we move forward. God be with us in this transition.