We are excited to be able to meet together again, and want to share our Phase 1 Plans for reopening in person services with you.
We have been researching CDC recommendations and other medical advice for best practices for reopening churches. We have been praying, and have met with our leaders and vision team to finalize our reopening plans.
Closing our In Person services was a much easier process than reopening our services post Covid-19. There are many challenges to be considered to keep everyone safe.
Initially we will be hosting Sunday morning services only, at 8:30am and 11am. We will continue to Livestream at 11am for all those, who feel safer worshiping from home.
In fact, we encourage anyone who is in one of the population groups more vulnerable to Covid-19, such as, those 65+ or if you have underlying conditions, to stay home. We care about you enough to ask you to stay home and be safe.
Initially, there our children's services will remain on Zoom at 11am, as almost 90% of our parents,indicated that they would not be bringing their children out at first. Families attending in person services with children, will need to sit together in the sanctuary.
Our youth, young adults, Life groups, Girl’s Ministry and Men’s Ministry will continue on Zoom.
We will also continue Livestreaming our services on Sundays at 6:30pm and Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30pm.
When we reopen church will look different than it did before the shutdown. We will have several safety precautions in place for everyone’s protection.
We ask everyone 5 years and older to wear a MASK. Please put your mask on when you exit your car, wear it throughout the entire service and remove it when you return to your vehicle. We are always so excited to see one another, and we don’t want to forget and unintentionally expose someone else, or ourselves to the virus. Research indicates that if everyone is masked it reduces the chances of spreading the virus by 70%. Only those ministering on the platform will be unmasked while ministering. Wearing a mask is for your own protection and everyone else’s. Thank you for your cooperation in advance. Wearing a mask is an act of love for those around you.
Everyone will have their TEMPERATURE taken and answer a brief Covid-19 health screening before entering. We ask that if you have a temperature or any flu-like symptoms (such as: fever, cough, headache, shortness of breath, or sore throat) that out of love for your brothers and sisters in Christ, that you would please stay home until you are completely better and have no symptoms.
We will be practicing SOCIAL DISTANCING. Please stay 6 feet apart at all times. Please do not congregate in the hallways. We will also accommodate social distancing in our seating arrangement – every other row will be taped off. Families may sit together but we ask that you skip 2 seats between non-family members. We ask you to stay in your seats as much as possible and please do not come forward to the altars during the service. At the end of the service, please remain in your seats, and wait to be dismissed by sections to avoid crowding of hallways or exits. When dismissed we ask that you exit the building and proceed directly to your vehicle.
Our services will be TOUCHLESS – there will be no physical greetings (ie. hugs or handshakes), no passing of offering bags or materials and doors will be propped open. We continue to encourage everyone to worship the Lord with their tithes and offerings either through text giving or online.
I know this will be difficult for us to get used to initially. We are such a warm and loving church, and we haven’t seen each other for an extended period of time, so the natural tendency will be to want to go up and greet one another and catch up, but these are the very things that we need to intentional try to avoid for one another’s safety.
I do encourage you reach out by Zoom, Skype, facetime, or the phone and keep connected with one another throughout the week by these safe means.
We love you. You are in our prayers, and our desire is to keep everyone safe and healthy.
Pastor Maria Khaleel and New Life Leadership Team