Covid-19 Reopening Plan

SAFETY GUIDELINES FOR RE-OPENING BUILDING

Beginning with small groups on MAY 26, 2020 – Sunday Worship on May 31, 2020

It has been longer than two months since we have been able to gather as a body of believers.  In March we adhered to the directives of our national and local leaders by suspending our ministries, to help “flatten the curve” of the COVID-19 pandemic.  With the ever-changing circumstances, we believe the time has come to re-open our facility to modified Sunday Services (50% sanctuary capacity), and resuming of small groups. The modified service schedule and the following building guidelines may be relaxed as time passes and re-evaluations occur every week, by church leadership.

  1. Anyone who has a compromised immune system or who may be experiencing any signs of illness especially with an elevated temperature, are graciously asked to make the choice to postpone your attendance until you are healthy.
  2. We will have our normal Worship Service schedule of two Sunday morning services at 8:30 and 10:45 am with NO Sunday School and NO Jr. Church.  Please do not congregate in the Narthex. The doors will open ½ hour before service times- 8:00 & 10:15.
  3. There will be no “door greeters” and no paper bulletins provided – please pay attention to the announcements on the screen in the sanctuary.
  4. The NURSERY will not be staffed, but will be available for use by parents as necessary. Please limit to one family at a time. Most toys will be removed from the room to avoid contamination.
  5. Restrooms are available. Please make sure to wash hands and wipe down handles and surfaces you touch, before returning to the sanctuary. During restroom use, you are the “cleaner”.  Sanitizing cloths will be provided.
  6. The water cooler will not be available, but bottled water will be provided for necessary use.
  7. Sanitizing stations will be available at the entrance and exit doors. Please use them as necessary and refrain from touching unnecessary surfaces.There will be ONE person at the entrance and exit doors and that person will hold it open, so no one has to physically touch any doors.
  8. An usher will seat you in designated areas of the sanctuary to keep the protocol of social distancing. The ushers will seat individuals from front to back of the sanctuary.  At the end of the service please remain seated until dismissed by an usher. Dismissal will be from back to front.  When the service is over, we ask you to leave the building in a timely fashion so the cleaning team can get finished before the next service congregants arrive. You are free to socialize in the open-air parking lot.
  9. Use of face masks are acceptable and welcomed but not required.
  10. Families will be seated together, and children will be under the supervision of parents throughout the duration of their time on the church grounds. People who have not been socially distant among themselves, (relatives, close friends, etc.) may be seated together.
  11. Offerings will not be taken during the worship service. There will be an offering box as you enter the sanctuary, as well as when you exit, where you may drop your tithes and offerings. PLEASE use offering envelopes and mark your designated contributions.  You may also continue to send your tithes and offerings by USPS.
  12. Social distancing is strongly encouraged, and handshaking strongly discouraged.
  13. In between services and after services, a team will deep clean and sanitize the sanctuary, restrooms, nursery, and all surfaces including door handles. Doors and windows may be opened to allow fresh air into the building.  The hymnals and pew Bibles will be removed to avoid any contamination.
  14. We will continue to record services, but since they will be recorded during the actual service on Sunday, they will not be available to watch online until early in the week.  Live-streaming is in our future, hopefully soon.

Life is filled with risks.  No policy or change in circumstances can eliminate them.  We believe you, the congregants of Oak Grove Church, are capable of weighing those risks against the benefits to be enjoyed.  If you choose to continue to remain at home – we certainly understand and respect that choice.

In making your decision whether or not, to come and worship with your fellowship of believers, on Sunday, May 31st, we ask that you read and take into consideration the “waiver of liability” enclosed with this communication.

In Christ,

The Ministry Team
Oak Grove Church