OUTDOOR SERVICE PLAN
SERVICE TIME: 9:30AM – 10:30AM
Based on our understanding, meeting outside significantly mitigates potential risks and is the safest option for us as we regather. In light of that, we'll be gathering outside in the southern end of the parking lot behind the church. In case there's bad weather, we'll also have the sanctuary set up and ready to go should we need to move the gathering indoors. Please note: you will need to bring your own seating (chairs, blankets, etc.)
While we're doing many little things to make our gatherings as safe as possible, the two biggest and most important things we ask everyone to do are "Keep Some Space & Cover Your Face:"
Keep Some Space: Individuals and family units must remain six (6) feet apart at all times.
Cover Your Face: According to health guidelines, face coverings are recommended for all persons over the age of 2. These face coverings are meant to protect other people in case the wearer is unknowingly infected but does not have symptoms. Out of an abundance of love and care for the most vulnerable, please be sure to have all individuals over 2 years of age wearing masks before the service and after the service as people will be passing by and potentially facing one another during those times.
ADDITIONAL DETAILS FOR GATHERING
- The building will not be open, so we encourage you to plan on not using the restroom during the service. However, we will make one set of restrooms available outside the sanctuary which may be used by one person or household at a time. If needed, please use the doors that lead into the south stairwell.
- The service is planned to last one hour.
- We will have printed song lyrics available to pick up on your way in. If you'd prefer a no-contact option, you can also pull them up on your phone or tablet.
- There will be a white offering box available if you'd like to give that way.
- No children's programming will be provided, so children of all ages will need to stay with their family at all times.
Who Should NOT Come?
If you are experiencing ANY of the following symptoms consistent with COVID-19,
PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
If you have no symptoms...
We realize not everyone will be able or feel comfortable to attend at first. That's ok!
- Public health guidelines recommend that those 65 and over and those with high-risk health conditions remain home whenever possible. Please do what is wisest for your situation.
- There might a variety of other factors that make it a good idea for you to stay home for now. Please use good judgment and do what is best for you and your family.
- For those who are not able to rejoin us yet, we will continue to record sermons and try to post them by 1pm on Sundays, as well as sending out YouTube playlists for the music.
Q: What if bad weather is forecasted?
A: If necessary, we will move the gathering into the sanctuary. We will update the homepage of our website around 8:30am each Sunday with a graphic showing whether we'll be inside or outside that morning.
Q: What if we have to move the service INDOORS?
A: Here are a few other measures that will be taken if weather forces us indoors:
- Face Coverings: Marion County has made face coverings mandatory for any indoor service. Please bring your own from home. We will also have a limited supply available for those who don’t have any. We're asking that anyone over age 2 wear them throughout the service.
- Keep Some Space: Please maintain 6 ft of social distance between your household and others at all times.
- Entrances: Only the southernmost entrances (near sanctuary) on the front and rear of the building will be open. Doors will be propped to avoid the need for contact.
- Seating: We will sit in alternating rows of pews, spaced out with at least 6 ft. between households at all times. (Note: All items have been removed from the backs of pews.)
- Air Flow: All doors from sanctuary to hallway will stay open at all times. If at all possible, we will keep the two entrance doors open, as well as other external doors near/in the sanctuary to increase the flow of fresh air.
Q: Where should we park?
A: Please park in the rear parking lot, either behind the north end of the building or at the far north end by the garage.
Q: Can I get a hug?
A: Not yet! Our gatherings will be non-contact. All attendees must maintain 6 feet or more of social distance at all times.
Q: What should I think about bringing?
A: Consider bringing the following:
- Seating (blanket, lawn chair, exercise mat, etc.)
- Face Covering
- Shade (Feel free to bring a hat, umbrella or other forms of shade)
- Stroller (if you’d like contained seating for small children)
- Sunscreen (if you’re prone to sunburn)
- Weather-appropriate clothing (check the forecast before you come!)
- Snacks (for children)
Q: What about children?
A: Children of all ages are welcome! We will not be offering nursery or children’s ministry, so children will be required to remain with their parents at all times. We encourage parents to use another time––outside of this gathering––for children to connect with church friends.
Though our worship is always to be marked by a gravity and reverence, the service will have a more informal feel. Feel free to bring what you need to make this a more comfortable experience for your family. You are welcome to bring your own snacks, toys, books, strollers, etc.
If you have any questions, please email Pastor Dan at firstname.lastname@example.org or give him a call for more details.