Back To Church Guidelines 6-8-2020

Revised 6-8-2020

Overarching Vision:

  • Help those that attend to have a great re-entering experience. To extend an assurance that they are entering a safe environment that will be respectful of each person’s space. To create an atmosphere of connection while maintaining social distancing guidelines according to individual comfort level.

 

  • No shaming. No shame to those who choose to stay home or those who choose to attend services. No shame to those who wear protective gear or those who do not. No shaming! We will be Jesus and meet each person where they are at.

 

  1. General Goals
    1. Acclimate attendees to video/broadcast environment.
    2. Establish entering/exiting guidelines.
    3. Establish a sense of safety and healthfulness.
    4. Communicate to and mobilize leaders.
    5. Create new Family/Guest Services
    6. Communicate! Communicate! Communicate!
    7. Develop & implement phases of re-entering.
    8. Implement Family Church

 

  1. Back to Church Phase Dates
    1. Phase 1 – June 14 – July 5
    2. Phase 2 – July 12 – August 2
    3. Phase 3 – August 9 – August 30
    4. Phase 4 – September 6

 

  • Family/Guest Services Team
    1. People entering the building need to see that things are cleaned and sanitized. If they see people cleaning and sanitizing it will give them a sense that they are entering a safe and healthful environment.

 

  1. Family/Guest Services includes Ushers, Doorkeepers, Cleaning Teams, Seaters

 

  1. Cleaning Teams
    1. Primary function cleaning and sanitizing
    2. Station at different areas of the facility
      1. Information Center
      2. Restrooms
      3. Entrance/Exit Doors
    3. Spray down all hard surfaces on a 15-minute rotation. Be mindful of anyone around so not to make them feel like they have cooties.
    4. Make certain that hand cleaning stations are equipped with clear signage.
    5. Make certain that gloves and masks table is equipped with clear signage.
    6. Make certain that bathrooms are cleaned
      1. Clean all levers and counter tops.
      2. Clean doorknobs & locks
      3. Entrance doors will be propped open.
    7. Use fabric safe spray for chairs in sanctuary after each
    8. Trash emptied, and receptacles wiped down after every

 

  1. Specifics for Ushers, Doorkeepers & Seaters
    1. Entering & Exiting
      1. Outside entries
        1. Have a doorkeeper holding door open at all times as attendees enter and
        2. Spray down all handles on a 15-minute rotation. Be mindful of anyone around so not to make them feel like they have cooties.
        3. Use North doors for entering & South doors for exiting.
        4. Absolutely no physical contact with attendees.
      2. Inside entries & exits
        1. Inside entry & exit doors must be propped open at all times.

 

  1. Movable sanctuary wall
    1. To aid with video broadcasting sound the wall must remain partially closed. First two sections will remain open at all times.

 

  1. Offering
    1. Giving station will be located behind the sound booth.
    2. An attendant will be stationed to safeguard money, keep table stocked with envelopes, and encourage social distancing protocols.
    3. Basket delivered to the safe by two individuals after all attendees have
    4. Encourage online giving.
    5. Giving envelopes will be available at the giving table.
    6. Giving station available before and after service.

 

  1. Seating
    1. Ushers and seaters will be available to assist, as needed, to maintain 6ft social distancing protocols.
    2. Usher stationed to communicate with people as they enter “if they are uncomfortable with closer than 6ft, do not sit in the aisle, the cameraman may be coming up the aisle.”
    3. Usher stationed to encourage attendee or congregant to sit anywhere but respect the social distancing of people seated around you.  
    4. Upon conclusion of service, seating will be released with a reminder to respect the social distancing space of others.
    5. Remove all materials from backs of chairs.
    6. Overflow Area
  2. Overflow area may be used when sanctuary has reached capacity (based upon social distancing protocols.)
  3. Overflow will be in back half of facility near stadium monitors.
  4. Overflow area will be opened for service seating only and needs to be closed immediately upon conclusion of service.
  5. Seating will follow all social distancing protocol.
  6. Upon conclusion of service, seating will be released with a reminder to respect the social distancing space of others.

 

  1. Family Church
  1. No children’s ministry
  2. All children will be in the sanctuary during the service.
  3. A couch and a couple of chairs will be provided in the fellowship area for parents to use if they need to leave the service with a child. These couches are not for congregants to use during service.
  4. Develop ways to keep kids occupied and entertained.
    1. Background music
    2. Coloring & other quiet activities

 

 

 

Phase 1 ~ June 14 thru July 5

 

  1. The Vulnerable
    1. Those who have a compromised immune system should not attend.
    2. Those that have tested positive, or have had known exposure to COVID19 should not attend for two weeks.

 

  1. Ministries
    1. No children’s ministries
    2. No nursery
    3. No café

 

  1. Physical contact & social distancing protocols
  2. No hugs or handshakes unless you ask permission, respecting others space.
  3. Encourage 6’ social distancing

 

  1. Fellowship
  2. Encourage exiting the facility after service
  3. Fellowship can take place in the parking lot respecting the space of others.

 

  1. Back half of facility closed

 

  1. Overflow
  2. We will not exceed 50% or our capacity in the sanctuary. If overflow area is needed, open back half of facility during service Must be manned and supervised. Must be closed as soon as service is over.
  3. Overflow attendees must be dismissed first.

 

 

 

Phase 2 ~ July 12 thru August 2

 

  1. The Vulnerable
    1. Those who have a compromised immune system should not attend.
    2. Those that have tested positive, or have had known exposure to COVID19 should not attend for two weeks.

 

  1. Ministries
  2. No children’s ministries
  3. No nursery
  4. Consider curbside café service

 

  1. Physical contact & social distancing protocols.
    1. No hugs or handshakes unless you ask permission, respecting others space.
    2. Encourage 6’ social distancing

 

  1. Fellowship
    1. Consider mobile curb side café service
    2. Café pedestal tables and chairs set up in front half of facility

 

  1. Back half of facility closed

 

  1. Overflow
  2. We will consider the current distance protocols for capacity in the sanctuary. If overflow area is needed, open back half of facility during service Must be manned and supervised. Must be closed as soon as service is over.
  3. Overflow attendees must be dismissed first.

 

Phase 3 ~ August 9 thru August 30

 

  1. The Vulnerable
  2. Those who have a compromised immune system can attend, need to limit exposure.
  3. Those that have tested positive, or have had known exposure to COVID19 should not attend for two weeks.
  4. Ministries
    1. Consider Children’s ministry
    2. Consider Nursery
    3. Consider Opening Café with current protocols observed.

 

 

  1. Physical contact & social distancing protocols
    1. Consider current protocols.
    2. Continue respecting others space.

 

  1. Fellowship
    1. Consider café open with social distancing protocols observed.

 

  1. Back half of facility open
  2. Overflow

We will consider the current protocols for capacity in the sanctuary.

 

 

 

Phase 4 ~ September 6

 

  1. All services and ministries open
  2. Full operations & functioning
  3. BACK TO CHURCH!

 

 

Other things to note:

 

  • Any of this is subject to change at any time. Please be patient and prepared to assess and pivot on a weekly basis.
  • Pastor says it is imperative that, no hugs or handshakes be given unless you ask permission. Respecting where people are at with social distancing will be critical.
  • We will consider in Phase 2 training and implementing other MOH teams based on assessments. Incorporating MOH teams will look like this if all goes well: Phase 1 leadership learning, Phase 2 training MOH teams considered and Phase 3-teams serve- it’ll be a progression. Teams should be encouraged that serving may look a little different as we go through these phases.
  • Find some way to identify first time visitors safely, without handing out information.
  • Looking into FM Transistor for those who cannot attend or are not comfortable yet, we are looking into this possibility for you. This will also address any maximum capacity issues we may encounter.
  • Putting together YouTube worship video loop to play before service.
  • To minimize view blocking from cameras, we will be working on putting Pastor’s image on the above screens in sanctuary and fellowship area to
  • Security during these phases will be addressed with Tim.

 

 

Church Offices Closed

The Resurrection Life Church offices are temporary closed due to Stay Home, Stay Safe, Executive Order put out by Governor Whitmer 3-23-2020.

You can still call into the office 989-681-5731 and press "0" to leave a message for our staff or in the case of emergency press "1" to reach the Emergency Prayer Hotline.

We will do our best to return your call quickly from our working from home operations.

Prayer requests can be submitted on our Prayer Request Form on the website and via Facebook

Covid 19 Update from Pastor Lopez 3-17-20

Dear Resurrection Life Church Family,

We are living in not only perilous, challenging times, but exciting times as well. The opportunities to share our faith to a fearful world are right before us. We have the peace of God that passes all understanding, a living hope that anchors, and a faith that keeps us in every storm. We are going to be calm, confident, and courageous as people of God.

Church services

We have spent a lot of time in prayer and preparation for the upcoming weeks and days ahead. In light of the growing national crisis and precautions the CDC and other organizations are taking as it pertains to the spread of Coronavirus and in response to state and county officials that have mandated limited gathers, the leadership at Resurrection Life Church has decided to suspend all public activities and services until further notice. This includes but is not limited to; Life Group, Believers School of Excellence, Forge Men’s Ministry and Engage Women’s Ministry.

The office will remain open during the week for normal business hours, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10:00 to 3:00. We will be available to minister to you and assist you to the best of our ability. We are going to keep you informed through email, website, social media, periodic pastoral videos and phone calls for ministry changes and general communication. The emergency prayer hotline is still active to address your prayer needs.

We will Live Stream our Sunday service for you to worship the Lord with us in the safety of your home. A skeleton crew will be working to provide you with a powerful time in the presence of the Lord through praise and worship and preaching the Word of God. This is a great opportunity to gather in your home with your family and worship together as you watch online.  Our weekend service will air on Sunday at 10:00 and can be replayed any time after that. We will be sending you information regarding the ways that you can connect to that service.

Encouragement

For many, the spread of this virus has caused fear and anxiety. Yet we are grateful that the Bible tells us, “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7). We pray that you would sense God’s peace in the midst of these difficult circumstances. This does not mean we should be careless or reactionary but rather walk in wisdom as we serve the Lord and our communities in a way that demonstrates our trust in God and our love for people.

Please use these challenging times to press into God. This trial is an opportunity to deepen our faith and increase our witness. The Lord is our strength and power. Through Him we will overcome.

Giving

I want to exhort and encourage you to not be driven by fear or hysteria. We must beat the fear, even with our finances and not allow this to hinder the church. For many churches this season of trouble could not only hinder them but possibly even shut them down. If people get scared, self-quarantine and don’t give or tithe, there are many churches that won’t be able to make it even two or three weeks. The last thing we need is for people to stop giving or withhold the tithe risking their own protection and blessing and at the same time hindering the church’s efforts to continue to be salt and light to those in need. Remember that you can continue to sow into the ministry by giving online, by mailing it in, or even stopping by the church to drop it off.

Exhortation

We are the Church! We’re not going into holes and hiding.  We’re not going silent. We’re not going to disconnect and disassemble and we’re surely not going away! It’s a good day to be alive! We are going to preach the Word and live the life we are born to live; and we’re going to do it with boldness! It’s time for the church to lead with boldness and with clarity.

I am praying for each of you and over this entire pandemic. Jesus is still Lord, and He is still the cure and the Healer of all things for all people.

In His Grip Together!
Pastor Rick 

2 Chronicles 7:14 “If My people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and a seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

Luke 10:19 “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”

Exodus 23:25 “And you shall serve the Lord your God, and He shall bless your bread, and your water; and will take sickness away from the midst of you.”

2 Timothy 1:7 “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

For Prayer Call: 989-681-5731

Church Website: www.rezlife4u.com

Response to Corona Virus from Pastor Rick


Dear Resurrection Life Church Family,

We know there are many questions regarding the corona virus. We want you to know that we take the situation affecting our nation very seriously.

There are three words that we feel are important for us as a church. Those three words are:

1. Faith (not fear)
2. Wisdom (not ignorance)
3. Precaution (not presumption)

We have come up with a prayerful plan in response to the health crisis. We hope this plan will help put your heart at rest in these challenging days.

Here are some of the action steps we are taking:

1. We will obtain our information and direction from the state and federal health departments.

2. We will closely monitor the local schools in our area.

3. We will practice and encourage safe hygiene practices throughout our congregation.

4. We will disinfect the classrooms after each service.

5. We will provide hand sanitizers throughout the facility

6. We will return sick children to their parents.

7. We will encourage the elderly and at risk members of our church to use precautions when attending our services.

8. We will live stream Sunday services for those who choose to remain at home.

9. We will post signs in the bathrooms that will encourage thorough hand washing.

This represents where we stand as a church on March 13, 2020. We will continue to monitor the situation and remain flexible as new information arrives.

We will keep you posted through email, Facebook, and our church website.

Finally, we will be salt and light to the world. We will not give in to fear or hysteria.

The Lord is our Helper. “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of love, power, and a sound mind” (2 Tim
1:7). This is our time to express to our communities the peace that passes all understanding.

In His Grip Together!
Pastor Rick Lopez