COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOLS
For all onsite activities – Winter 2021
Our congregation’s health and safety are important, and we all have a responsibility in keeping each other safe. Know when to stay home. Follow our safety protocols when at the church.
Know When to Stay Home
If you or a family member are not feeling well, you should stay home to be safe. You should stay home if any of the following are true:
- You are waiting on COVID-19 test results.
- You have tested POSITIVE for COVID-19.
- You have been in DIRECT contact with someone who has a confirmed POSITIVE test for COVID-19
- Someone in your household has symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
- You have any of the following symptoms of COVID-19.
- Fever (>100.4)
- Shortness of breath
- Sore throat
- Diffuse body aches (not limited to a localized body area)
- New loss of taste or smell
Protocols for In-Person Worship
- During COVID, our worship services are shorter, with less singing. That’s intentional.
- Wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose at all times while in the church. (Required for those age 5 and older.)
- Use the hand sanitation stations.
- Please maintain 6 feet of distance from others not in your family group. Follow the signage on the walls and floor to help you maintain proper distance.
- The ushers will escort you to your seat. Please stay in your assigned seat during the service and until the ushers dismiss you.
- Use only the designated bathroom.
- Do not congregate before or after the service in the Narthex. As the weather warms up, fellowshipping is encouraged outdoors after the service.
- It’s hard not to hug! But for now, it’s better to keep our distance.
- We take photos of where people are sitting in the sanctuary in case we need to contact trace.
- If you should test positive after you’ve attended worship, we ask that you let us know.
- If we hear of someone testing positive who was in worship, those sitting nearby will be contacted, and all worshipers that day will receive a letter.
For safety reasons, Communion looks a bit different for in-person worship. We use individually packaged Communion cups that include the juice and wafer. You will be given a cup by the usher when you are seated. The pastor will guide you through partaking of the elements during the service.
Protocols for Other Onsite Activities
If you are interested in having a small group meet in person for an activity, please contact Rock about the approval process. He will provide insight about the specific safety protocols required for your meeting plan to be approved.
All health and safety concerns, including any individual contracting COVID-19 should be reported immediately to Rock.