Services Resume June 7
TBC Regathering Task Force began meeting weekly on April 28, 2020. Here is a short list of what we have done to prepare for our first regathering worship service on June 7:
1. Consulted with medical professionals to set up best practices for members and guests attending.
2. Developed a list of areas of the buildings that need “deep cleaning” and sanitizing.
3. Purchased the needed cleaning supplies to sanitize buildings: hand sanitizers and disinfecting solution, face masks and gloves.
4. Enviro cleaning of buildings scheduled for June 5.
5. An invitation will be sent to all members and regular attenders with RSVP on whether they will attend (designating either worshipping inside the building or in vehicle in parking lot listening on FM radio station).
GUIDELINES WE WILL BE FOLLOWING:
- MEMBERS WILL BE ASKED TO TAKE THEIR TEMPERATURE THE MORNING OF CHURCH SERVICES FOR THE SAFETY OF OTHERS.
- EVERYONE ENTERING THE BUILDING WILL BE CHECKED FOR FEVER VIA TOUCHLESS THERMOMETER.
- MASKS WILL BE PROVIDED FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT HAVE ONE.
- FAMILIES OF 3 OR MORE THAT DESIRE TO SIT TOGETHER CAN UTILIZE TV ROOMS, AS SOCIAL DISTANCING WILL BE FOLLOWED IN THE SANCTUARY.
- HAND SANTIZIER WILL BE AVAILABLE AT ENTRY DOORS AND STRATEGIC PLACES.
- WE WILL NOT HAVE A NURSERY/PRESCHOOL AVAILABLE.
- WE WILL NOT HAVE SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES AT THIS TIME.
- NO HAND SHAKING OR HUGGING IS ALLOWED. (THE NORM FOR GREETING WILL BE SMILE AND WAVE)
The CDC recommends that everyone wear a mask when in public. If you do not already have a mask, one will be provided for you.
a. Masks are intended to keep you from infecting others - not as a protection from getting infected.
b. Masks do not override the need for safe distancing- 6ft remains the recommended distance between individuals.
c. Masks are effective only if they cover your nose and mouth at the same time.
d. Cloth masks should be washed daily with hot water.
ON RSVP TO INVITATION YOU WILL NEED TO ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS:
1. Have you or anyone of your close contacts been confirmed positive, suspected, or been tested and waiting for results for COVID 19?
2. Do you currently have a fever or a history of a fever in the past 14 days?
3. Are you currently experiencing a cough, sore throat or shortness of breath?
4. Have you been in the hospital in the past 14 days?
If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, please do not attend worship. Also, for those who do not feel comfortable or are at high risk you can listen to the service from your car in any of the parking lots of the church. Turn your FM radio channel to ?? and listen to the worship service.
PARKING AND ARRIVAL
- Vehicles will be directed to alternating sides of parking lot to keep space between attendees, as they arrive and walk from their cars to the church.
- Please fill closest parking spots to the entrance first and continue out to the farthest spots to help the flow of traffic and allow space as people walk to the entrance.
- Leaving every other space open will maintain distance between attendees, as they arrive and leave.
- Arrows, signs, or cones will guide people from their cars to the designated entrance of building.
USHERS GREETING AND ENTRANCE
- Greeters will verbally welcome attendees directing them in the sanctuary to avoid congestion at the entry way. REMEMBER THAT THE SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINE IS 6 FEET SEPARATION.
- Signs, floor decals or tape will provide visual guides for entering the sanctuary.
- Areas will be limited where people usually gather.
- Certain areas will be temporarily eliminated to avoid extra cleaning between services.
- Printed bulletins will not be handed out. Information will be on slides on the screen.
SOCIAL DISTANCING IN THE SANCTURARY
- Chairs will be removed to maintain a minimum of 6 feet between worshipers who are not immediate family members.
- Ushers will fill seats from front to back, alternating sides to further maintain distance.
- Dismissing row by row, from back to front, alternating sides, will help maintain distance.
- Please arrive earlier than normal to avoid a large rush of people into the sanctuary at the last minute.
- Classrooms/choir room will be utilized to host families of 3 or more who can watch livestream service.
COMBINE PERSONAL PRECAUTIONS WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING
- Signs and announcements shared before service will serve as reminders regarding everyday precautions like handwashing, social distancing, and cough etiquette, including a short assume-the-risk statement.
- COVID 19 symptoms are very similar to other respiratory viral illnesses such as flu, and you may be contagious to others without having symptoms. Please practice the following recommendations:
a. Stay at home, if you are having symptoms and limit your contact with others.
b. Do not leave your home until you are free of fever WITHOUT use of Tylenol or Ibuprofen for 24 hours.
- c. Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
- d. Cover your cough/sneeze with a tissue, then discharge the tissue and wash your hands. Cough/sneeze into your elbow, if no tissue is available.
- e. Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth
- f. Frequently clean and disinfect “high-touch” surfaces often.