Guidelines for Returning to Normal Worship
Preface: All of the information contained in this procedural guide is based on the fact that there will continue to be a drastic flattening of the curve for COVID-19 and that all procedures fall within the requirements of our State and National Governments. We will at all times keep the best interest of our members at the forefront of our thinking. Please know that nothing is “set in stone” and is subject to change as the Leadership of our Church deems it necessary.
1. When will we return to In-Person Worship?
We will return to regular worship on Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021:
The reason for two services is to control the number of Worshippers per service. Please be advised that we are saving the Balcony and the Fellowship Hall for people who may show up without knowing that they needed to sign up for service. Our goal is not to turn any guest away.
If you choose not to attend In-Person service, you may worship with us online, as we have done for the last year.
2. Do I have to wear a mask when I attend service and have to sanitize? What about social distancing?
Yes. Anyone attending worship service must wear a mask, sanitize and practice social distancing of at least six feet apart. There will be sanitizing stations placed strategically throughout the church building. Although we have sanitizing stations, hand washing is crucial to maintaining our health and safety.
3. Will there be Sunday School and New Member classes?
We will continue to have Sunday School via Zoom and will not have regular In-Person Sunday School classes due to social distancing. We will review time constraints to accommodate the classes and worship services. New Member classes will resume when we are at 100% capacity. We are asking all Sunday School classes to meet from 8:30-9:30 via Zoom.
4. Will the nursery be open?
The nursery will be open; however, we will have to monitor the number of children allowed per service.
5. Will we have children’s church (ages 5-9 years old)?
We will NOT have children’s church due to social distancing.
6. Will we have youth church? (ages 10-18 years old)?
Youth church will continue to be conducted through Zoom until further notice. Due to the damage done, by frozen pipes, to the Youth Church, we will notify you once all repair work has been completed.
7. Will the choir sing?
All music will be rendered by our Praise Team or “Designated Guest” as it affords us an opportunity to practice social distancing.
8. Will we have Baptisms?
We will NOT have baptism until we are allowed to conduct worship at 100% capacity.
9. Will we have special seating for members with underlying conditions that might be concerned about being around others?
Yes, if you feel that you require preferential seating we will ensure that you are accommodated.
10. Will we check temperatures before entering the church?
Yes, we will check temperatures before allowing anyone into the church. If you are not feeling well, PLEASE, stay at home and worship with us Online.
11. How can we tell when we are at our capacity?
When we have 100 members on the lower level, per section, we will have reached our designated capacity.
12. Will we conduct special training for Nurses, Ushers and S.H.O.U.T. ministries?
Yes, Pastor Joshua will be meeting with these ministries on Sunday, March 28th at 4pm.
13. Will we have weekly meetings?
We will NOT have face-to-face weekly meetings at this time; however, weekly meetings will be held through Zoom.
14. Will we have Midweek Service?
Midweek Service will NOT resume in April when regular services begin. We are only doing Sunday Morning In-Person Worship. Once we have all of the glitches worked out of Sunday morning worship, we will consider In-Person Midweek service. Until then, we will continue Midweek Service via YouTube, Facebook and our Webpage.
15. Will there be any changes in Communion?
We will partake of Communion on the first Sunday. Because of the current situation with COVID-19, now more than ever, we need to remember Christ. We will not pass the Communion trays, but you will pick up your Communion at the entry points to the Sanctuary. Communion cups will be placed on tables for your pick-up. Members will dispose of their cups in the receptacles by the doors.
16. Will we still have bus service?
Yes, however, there will be a limited number of riders per bus, no more than six. You must wear a mask on the bus. Families will be permitted to ride together on the bus.
17. Will there be donuts in the Fellowship Hall?
No, we will NOT have donuts until we are COVID free. In fact, we will NOT serve any food at our church until we are certain that it is safe to do so.
18. Have we made any modifications to the building to help eliminate the spread of germs?
Yes, we have added touchless faucets and soap dispensers in the restrooms. We have touchless paper towel dispensers and touchless urinals in the men’s restroom. We have also purchased microphone covers to be used after each speaker or singer. Additionally, the building will be sanitized before and after each service.
19. Will there be a change in the way that we dismiss?
We must dismiss in an orderly fashion to make sure that we are not to close in proximity: therefore, you will need to wait for your section to be dismissed. We are asking that you please do not huddle in the church.
20. Tithes and Offering:
Please continue to give online, mail-in or bring your tithes and offerings to the church. We are trying to lessen the movement in the building. If you give on Sunday, there will be an offering box at the Reception Desk.
Conclusion: As we face a “new normal,” we must remember the providence of God in preserving and keeping each of us. Our prayer is that we will operate decently and in order. Our goal is to give Glory to God while at the same time, looking out for one another. As we pursue His continued mercies, we pray that His light shines upon each and every one of you and remember that I love you, I’m praying for you, and there is nothing you can do about it!
God bless you, Pastor Joshua