Reopening Protocols

  1. 9:00 a.m. Pre-Service Measures:
    1. We will have people sign up to attend our 9:00 a.m. Service. Chairs are spread out to accommodate the 6 foot rule.
    2. Doors will remain propped open with the exception of bathrooms. 
      1. Bathrooms (especially handles and knobs) will be cleaned prior to and post service.
    3. Signage will be in place prohibiting use of the gathering grounds and other gathering areas.
    4. Signage will also be placed where food was previously placed ensuring no one uses the commons or kitchen area.
    5. Signage will also be placed reminding attendees about a “no touch” rule.
    6. Signage will include warnings and information about symptomatic persons.
      1. For example: Symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, or loss of taste or smell. Other less common symptoms include gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.  
    7. Community toys or shared objects have been removed from the seating area.
    8. The building will have a complete surface cleaning after every service. (railings, handles, tables, sinks, pews, etc.)
    9. Hand sanitizer will be available at the ONE entrance we will have open.
    10. Masks will be recommended but not forced for attendance.
    11. Prior to a first meeting, the pre-service communication mailer/message will warn any symptomatic individuals (or those who suspect exposure) to stay home for 2-3 weeks before checking with the Staff about possible attendance.
  2. During Service:
    1. Doors open: 8:45 a.m.                  
    2. Dismissal: 9:50 a.m.
    3. Common areas will be closed and cautioned off with exception of bathrooms available in the immediate hallway by the sanctuary.
    4. No communion will be passed or taken during services.
    5. Financial gifts and offering will be given on the way out of the building post dismissal in a bowl at the door (no touch necessary).
      1. Online giving promoted over physical cash or check.
    6. Mothers with babies have 3 different private areas they can use with use of door knobs.
      1. Armrest chairs may be used by mothers for feeding, chair surfaces also cleaned after services.
      2. Changing tables will be cleaned after each use.
        1. No community wipes or diapers are offered.
    7. Trash cans are either open-top or foot operated and do not require touching for any reason.
    8. At service end, families will be dismissed into the parking lot.
    9. All social distancing practices will be observed.
  3. 9:00 a.m. Post-Service:
    1. Dismissal will be by rows with appropriate intervals to allow for distanced exiting.
    2. The building will be closed to the congregation at 10:10 a.m. with exception of 10 volunteers for clean up and sanitization.
    3. Conversations in the parking lot will be allowed and encouraged at 6ft distances.
  4. 10:30 a.m. Drive-In Worship Service
    1. Their will be a traffic flow plan for how vehicles enter and exit.
    2. If the windows are down, cars should be six feet apart.
    3. No materials will be handed out.
    4. People will be able to drop their offerings off in a predetermined place.
    5. No food or beverages will be served.
  5. Other
    1. Weddings and funerals will follow the same protocols as the 9:00 Sunday service.
    2. Process groups are allowed to meet at the church as long as the leader first meets with one of the staff to be trained in protocols: Social Distancing, etc.