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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.