Redeemer OPC - Worship Protocol updated November 15, 2020

Redeemer OPC - Worship Protocol starting 25 October 2020

[Significant changes from the previous version highlighted in yellow.]

Please keep in mind our desire to maintain the unity of the body of Christ, the testimony of the gospel and access to the means of grace.  We do not take these measures out of fear, but out of love for God and love for our neighbor.  These measures are influenced by compliance with government orders and requests plus our observance of the societal conditions.  We also understand that in our society and even in our own congregation there is a wide array of views and responses to this situation. We pray for wisdom and seek the counsel of those with expertise in medical professions. Obviously, we cannot mandate specific ways that we are to love others beyond specific biblical imperatives. In areas where God does not give us direct commands, we must apply wisdom. We believe that these guidelines demonstrate that love and wisdom.  Let us pray toward this end and regardless of the guidelines that are set, let’s maintain a spirit of unity that does not put our own preferences above others.

November 15, 2020 Update: We have determined to request that everyone entering the building (except for those exempted by reason of age or medical condition) wear a mask that covers both nose and mouth and wear it while moving around in the building. [In other words, this is similar to how restaurants are operating: wear a mask on entry, remove it while seated at your table, and put it back on when you get up from the table.]

  • We continue to meet for corporate worship, morning and evening.
  • For morning and evening worship: the Upper Fellowship Hall with the livestreamed service is designated for those who will keep masks on at all times whereas the masks are encouraged but optional in the sanctuary while in your place at worship. If you get up to go out, you are requested to put a mask back on. 
  • Adult Sunday School: We will do similarly for the adult Sunday School with the class being live streamed into the Upper Fellowship Hall from the sanctuary.
  • Nursery is open – see protocol at the end of this document.
  • Sunday School is open We ask that all children sanitize their hands prior to class and request that the congregation follow the order from the state to wear masks. (In the state order, masks are to be worn by those 10 years old and up – SS teachers we will take as the ‘officiant’ that does not have to wear a mask.) We will ensure that we have plenty of hand sanitizer and extra masks for all. If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask.
  • Refreshments between Worship and Sunday School are on hold for now to give organizers time to coordinate and establish protocol.
  • Fellowship meals at the church are still suspended in order to continue to be cautious as we monitor the outworking of this pandemic
  • The Lord’s Supper will be served at the regularly appointed services (the second Sunday of the month in the evening service and the last Sunday of the month in the morning service). We will serve the elements from the front of the sanctuary and have families come to the front in turn to receive them with elders taking precautions of hygiene and cleanliness for their distribution.
  • Offerings are collected in the trays in the hallway at the top of the stairs at the entrance. Offerings can also be sent by mail or sent by your bank with a bill pay option.
  • Morning and evening services will continue to be live streamed, to accommodate those who need to stay home for their own health or the health of others they are in close contact with.
  • Those whom we ask to remain at home are:
  • Individuals and their families who feel ill in any way 
  • Individuals and their families who have or have had any symptoms of illness in the last 14 days

 

Important: Those who may be at greater risk for severe or life-threatening complications due to COVID 19 should use their judgement in deciding whether to attend in person. The CDC guidelines are here: [https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/index.html].

We encourage you to attend if at all possible, and for those who can be at the building in person, we will have these conditions and protocol in place for worship:

  1. We request that the congregation wear masks in the building while up and walking around the building. Masks may be removed in the sanctuary while at you seat. Every other row in the sanctuary will be roped off to help with social distancing. Seating in other locations will be spaced out.
  2. The upper fellowship hall has audio and video of the worship service similar to the chapel area and is designated for those who will wear a mask during the entire worship service and adult Sunday School.

We ask that all would continue to observe the following:

  • Maintain social distancing of 6 feet (Parents will need to take special care to monitor their children and maintain this separation, since they may not be accustomed to doing this.)
  • Refrain from touching any surfaces except your seat
  • Refrain from touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
  • Maintain strict hygiene in the restrooms – children must be attended, only touch handles and surfaces with paper towels
  • Sit at an appropriate distance from one another – avoid sitting directly in front of, behind, or next to others
  • Bring your own water bottles
  • Socialize outside the building after the service if possible, and maintain physical distance

The building and the worship service will be maintained with the following guidelines:

  • All sanctuary doors will be kept open
  • The main door will be opened by an usher
  • Masks will be available at church for those who don’t have them
  • Evening services will also be live streamed

With the weather turning colder the temperature in the building may not be as warm as you would like, dress in layers as you desire to keep comfortable.

Finally, these conditions and protocol are fluid. Further changes will be communicated to the congregation when the guidelines change.
 

Nursery Guidelines

Guidelines for volunteers and parents / children are below. If you or your children were able to attend VBS, you will find many of the guidelines are the same. Masks will continue to be optional. 

 

Nursery volunteers agree to:

  • Take temperature before arriving to church 
  • Wash or sanitize hands upon arrival 
  • Place any toys that have been placed in children's mouths in the "to be sanitized box" on top of the toy shelf 
  • Wipe down all large high touch items with Clorox wipes at the end of morning worship and evening worship (play kitchen, train table, ride-on toys, exersaucers, tables and chairs, etc.)

Parents with nursery aged children agree to:

  • Take child's temperature before arriving to church 
  • Wash or sanitize their hands upon arrival 
  • Clearly label water bottles, if providing one 
  • Keep children home if displaying any signs of illness

As a reminder for both volunteers and parents / children, those whom we ask to remain at home are:

  • Individuals and their families who feel ill in any way 
  • Individuals and their families who have or have had any symptoms of illness in the last 14 days

Please let us know if you have any questions.