in Church re-open plan

Revised March 2021

Prior to Coming to Church:

  1. If you have tested positive for COVID 19 and have not yet been cleared of the virus, please stay home and view the church worship service online.
  2. If you feel sick or have had any cold or flu like symptoms in the past 14 days, please stay home and view the church service online. Symptoms may include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, or diarrhea.
  3. If you have been in close contact with people diagnosed with COVID 19 in the past 14 days, without wearing appropriate protection, please stay home and view the church service online.
  4. Members are encouraged to take their temperature prior to coming to church to ensure they do not have a fever.
  5. High risk members should strongly consider watching online services or attending private worship/communion services with Pastor by making appointments, at least until the virus threat further subsides in our area.
  6. If a member has been to an in-church worship service (or has been in the church building for any reason) and later tests positive, then immediately contact the church office, so proper actions can be taken.

Safety Actions:

  1. Encourage good hand hygiene among staff, volunteers, and all members of the congregation, by washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.
  2. Hand sanitizer will be available at all entrance locations.
  3. Face masks should be worn in addition to appropriate distancing with the following exceptions; Infants and small children, those with specific chronic respiratory distress, those actively reading or preaching from the lectern or the pulpit.
  4. Members are encouraged to bring their own masks (homemade masks are acceptable but need to cover both the nose and mouth to be effective). The church will supply masks if needed, but please bring your own if possible.
  5. Everyone is asked to maintain social distance (six feet or more) from people outside their household whenever possible and to avoid having unnecessary contact with areas of the building or equipment that they do not need to use.
  6. The nursery will be closed. Toys have been cleaned and taken out of the nursery.

Building Cleaning:

  1. Disinfectant, wipes, and gloves are placed in each bathroom and adult members are encouraged to use these as necessary wherever needed in the church. The disinfectants require two-minute dwell times. Generally, it is best to disinfect areas of concern before and after use.
  2. Documentation of the cleaning will be posted on the janitor’s closet door. Members and the janitor should document the cleaning performed at that location.
  3. We ask the leaders of equipment such as sound systems, video display systems, pianos, organs, etc., to please determine how best to manage and clean/disinfect the equipment; please create signs/instructions with procedures and post them at the equipment. Please communicate to your fellow members, who also use that equipment.
  4. We ask the leaders of church groups such as elders, musicians (choirs/praise team), counters, ushers, bible studies, etc., please consider your areas of responsibility and how best to manage the functions of these groups during these adjusting times.
  5. Reme-Halo air purifying (disinfecting) systems have been added to all the church HVAC systems

 In-Church Worship Services:

  1. Generally, there will be three in-church worship services (Easter Services have special times, please check the church website):  Saturdays at 9:00 am in the Sanctuary     Sundays at 8:15 am in the Sanctuary     Sundays at 10:00 am in the Family Life Center
  2. Capacity will be limited to less than 50%; the primary goal of creating seating arrangements to maintain social distancing of 6+ ft.  How this is accomplished:     A)  In the sanctuary, this will be accomplished by eliminating the use of every other row in the sanctuary. This will be achieved by sliding every other row of chairs all the way forward or backward until they contact the next row. Blocking every other row in this manner will ensure chairs are sat in only once per week (members please help with moving the chairs forward or backward as needed, immediately following the Saturday morning church service in the sanctuary).  B)  Family members should sit together in each row, when possible, and there must be three empty chairs separating different families in each row. Seating will be based on a first come, first serve basis.    C)  In the Family Life Center, a number of tables and chairs will be sufficiently distanced for members to use. Families should sit together, when possible, and there must be three empty chairs separating different families. Seating will be based on a first come, first serve basis.  
  3. Changing the location of worship from the Sanctuary to the Family Life Center on Sunday mornings and shifting the chairs forward or backward to block off every other row in the sanctuary is intended to keep people from sitting in the same chairs for greater than a 2-day period to allow any virus to dissipate on the difficult to clean chair surfaces.
  4. There will be no greeters, no handshaking, hugging, and no fellowship hour inside the building initially. No coffee or snacks to be made or distributed in the church.
  5. The offering plate, hymnals, and the fellowship books will not be passed out. An offering plate will be located at the entrances to the Sanctuary and the Family Life Center. The worship service will be printed and on the screens. Please take home or throw away the printed service when you are done with it, these cannot be recycled.
  6. There will not be a children’s message during the services. A link to Mrs. TK’s children’s message is included in the Sunday Worship service e-mail and in the weekly e-mail that is sent out on Saturdays. If you are not receiving these e-mails, you can sign up at the website,
  7. The nursery will be closed.
  8. Parents are encouraged to go with their young children to the restrooms, if needed during the services.
  9. At the end of each service, rows/tables will be dismissed individually through multiple doors to maintain distancing. Pastor will dismiss the rows.
  10. Members are encouraged to leave the church building immediately after the worship services are over. Socializing is encouraged to be done outside in the parking lot away from the doorways. When checking church mailboxes, please do it quickly and maintain social distancing.

Holy Communion:

  1. Communion will take place after the benediction. Congregants, not going to communion, will be dismissed at this time after the benediction.
  2. Communion will be done by continuous flow with one line of people down the center aisle of the church.
  3. There will be markings on the center aisle way spaced 7 feet apart to maintain distancing.
  4. We will commune one side of the congregation and then the other.
  5. The elements will be separated by distance on two tables.
  6. Members should not kneel at the communion rail, since it will not allow for proper distancing. Please meditate or pray after you leave the church building.
  7. After communion, communicants will drop their empty cups into provided containers for disposal.
  8. Following reception of communion, congregants should not return to their seats but proceed to exit the building. Fellowship can be done in the parking lot but follow social distancing.