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COVID-19 RESPONSE ->

We have moved to phase two of our plan for in-person worship gatherings. We will have live worship and live preaching at the church at 10:00am Sunday mornings. We desire to provide a safe place for those who feel comfortable gathering together for worship. We will continue to implement various health and safety policies such as physical distancing, mask wearing, temperature checks, and changing up how we do communion and offering. We will continue to livestream our services on our YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrnUx53T5ZiYDE6Fs0XyCtw) for those who do not feel comfortable gathering together as well as for those that are participating in our worship and do not live in West Michigan. During this phase, we will also continue to intentionally not gather for extended fellowship time prior to the service, and we will not be having any children’s classes.

Please take the time to read through the details of what our gatherings will look like for the time being:

Physical distancing

  • As groups gather together, it remains important for us to practice healthy physical distancing.
  • The chairs in the sanctuary have been spread out so each household is able to sit 6 feet away from other households. Please find a grouping that works for your household.
  • We ask that each of us do our best to practice physical distancing before, during, and after the service.

Temperature checks

  • We will be performing contactless temperature checks upon arrival outside of the front doors.
    Anyone with a temperature 100°F will be asked to refrain from entering the building and to worship from home.
  • With one thermometer available, it will take a bit more time than normal to enter the building, so please plan to arrive a bit earlier.
  • Cones that are 6 feet apart will be set up near our entrance to help families maintain healthy physical distancing as they wait to have their temperature taken.

Masks

  • Michigan requires face coverings in public enclosed spaces, so we are strongly encouraging everyone to wear a mask while inside the building.
  • A recent study states, “Speech droplets generated by asymptomatic carriers of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) are increasingly considered to be a likely mode of disease transmission”
  • Masks have been shown to reduce the potential of the coronavirus via aerosolized particles.
  • The coronavirus can be spread by people who do not have symptoms which is why universal mask wearing is so important.
    Your mask protects those around you.  Their masks protect you.
  • We will have disposable masks available for those who forgot to bring a mask.
  • We also have some fabric DIY masks available if you need one to keep and use as needed

Ventilation

  • Proper ventilation, especially air from outside, is helpful in reducing the risk of the coronavirus spreading via aerosolized particles, so we will plan on having the windows and doors open in the sanctuary to maximize our ventilation.

Singing

  • Singing produces more aerosolized particles than simply talking.
  • As we gather together in worship, we are encouraging those present to sing in their hearts or to sing quietly.
    While this is an unusual request, as we normally encourage full-voiced singing, for many churches, this is the new normal during this time.
  • This is also why it is important to be wearing masks during the entire worship service.

Gathering
  • If you do not feel comfortable gathering together, please continue to worship from home.  You are not and will not be treated as a second-tier member for this.
  • As a church, we will continue to lean in to the digital realm and stream our services on our YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrnUx53T5ZiYDE6Fs0XyCtw) and continue to innovate by worshipping and connecting with one another on online.

Children

  • At this time, we will not be having any children’s classes.
  • Our mother’s nursery will be available for use; however, we will be removing all toys from the room, so please bring your own and then bring them back home.
  • We encourage our families who come to bring quiet activities for their children as needed.  We will not have our grab bags of coloring books and toys available each week.

Fellowship time

  • We are intentionally not gathering together for fellowship before the service.
  • After you enter the building, please find a place in the sanctuary to sit.
  • The best place to fellowship would be outside after the service.  Please continue to follow healthy physical distancing during this time.

Water and coffee

  • We will not be serving coffee and the water fountain will not be in use
  • Please bring your own bottle of water if desired.

Restrooms

  • Our plan is to have our restrooms operate as single-use restrooms.
  • The door would be propped open with the light on when not in use.
  • When one is exiting the restroom, please leave the light on and prop the door open.

Communion

  • We will not pass communion trays
  • We will have a station in each corner of the sanctuary for you to pick up your prepackaged communion. Please do so as you find your seat or sometime during the first few worship songs, so we will all be ready to take communion during communion time.
  • Please be sure to throw away your communion cup and packaging when you leave
  • There will also be an offering plate at each station

Offering

  • We will not pass offering plates.
  • There will be a place to put your offering as you enter the sanctuary.
  • You can also put your offering in an offering plate when you pick up your communion.

Building usage

  • To help reduce our cleaning needs, we will be closing the East wing of the church building.
  • Please enter only through our main sanctuary entrance after receiving a temperature check.

Cleaning and disinfecting

  • We are making a plan to thoroughly clean and disinfect the building weekly
  • Please be sure to clean up all of your trash - communion cup and packaging, personal water/coffee cups, etc.

Hand Sanitizing

  • We will have hand sanitizer available in multiple locations

Remember the easy health and safety tips to protect yourself and others

  • If you are feeling sick or have a cough or a fever, please stay home and worship with us online
  • Wash your hands often
  • Refrain from touching your face with unwashed hands
  • Wear a mask in public
  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze,
  • And maintain healthy physical distancing

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As we look to resuming in-person worship gatherings, we are truly in this together—with one another and with Christians from across the nation and around the world. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to one of the Elders.