Originally Published on May 20, 2020
By way of preface, we all recognize the most cautious and safest course is to stay home. There is simply no way to reconvene as a church without an increased risk of exposure. We are not a hospital and cannot reach their levels of consistent sanitation. For those the CDC and AZDHS have identified as at-risk populations, the elders encourage you to abide by their recommendations and stay home, along with any of you who are uniquely concerned or impacted by the virus. The sermon will still be available online. Given the pandemic’s ongoing realities, we want to reiterate that you are not disobeying Hebrews 10:24–25 by staying home.
At-Risk/Sick: If you are considered at-risk and/or are sick, please stay home and abide by CDC/AZDHS recommendations.
Date/Time: We will reconvene Sunday, May 31st, at 9 am & 11:00 am.
Traffic flow: Please form a physical distanced line at the church’s front doors prior to the service. This will be the only entrance into the church. Do not use other doors to enter the church. When you enter, please proceed to the farthest seats, filling the church from the back baptismal wall to the front doors. If you intend to sit in the fireside room, please proceed directly there. Please exit the building at the nearest door. Our aim is to prevent cross-traffic or congregating points. We will be dismissing people by rows at the end of the service to facilitate departure and begin cleaning the facility.
Masks: You are welcome to wear one. Masks will not be required but will be made available. The CDC recommends cloth masks to help minimize the potential spread of COVID-19. If you have a cloth mask, please bring it for your personal use if you plan to wear one. Doing so will help us retain masks for future services.
Physical Distancing: All physical contact is discouraged. We have removed about 1/3 of the sanctuary seats to provide a measure of distancing in-front and behind. Please use discretion in sitting next to people, perhaps asking if they are comfortable with you sitting next to them. Consider leaving a two-seat space between parties. Please be considerate of people’s personal space. Seating will also be available in the Fireside Room as overflow and for those who want additional distancing.
Cleaning: The building is cleaned and disinfected every Friday evening. We will provide additional cleaning in-between services of handles, knobs, and surfaces, especially in the bathrooms.
Order of Service: We will have a reduced order of service for this phase of re-opening, especially as we work out details and kinks of the flow of traffic and cleaning. For these first weeks, there will be no service lead and no fellowship time.
Bulletins: Digital, please bring your own notebook.
Singing: We will have a full worship team with a 6ft distance to the nearest row.
Bibles: Bibles can only be handed-out on the condition they are kept.
Communion: For the time being, the Lord’s Supper will be pre-placed in the holder in the chair in front of you. The elements will be pre-packaged and sealed. Please do not allow anyone from your party to handle any elements that are not being used
Food/Drink: No food or drink will be provided; the drinking fountain is closed
Offering boxes: Upon entry to the church, consider placing your offering in one of the drop boxes near an entrance/exit, or making your donation online.
Sunday School: At this time, there is no nursery – elementary Sunday School. There is also no Sunday School for adults. However, there is middle school and high school Sunday School during the second service. Reevaluation will happen on a monthly basis.
As always, the elders welcome any questions, comments, or feedback. So please don’t hesitate to reach out by emailing email@example.com