Guidelines for Reopening TCCC for Gathered Worship

General Service Information

  • June 7is the date we are targeting to reopen for in-person worship.
    • If there is a spike in local COVID-19 cases between now and then, we may decide to push it back further.
  • Service times will still be 8:30 AM and 11 AM.
  • During phase 1 of reopening, we will only have the main worship service.
    • There will be no in-person Sunday school classes.
    • There will be no nursery or KIDS church during phase 1.
    • There will be no in-person Wednesday night activities during phase 1.
      • This includes LIFE groups, TEAM KID, and student ministry
      • TEAM KID and our student ministry will continue providing online programming.
    • We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and plan to phase in these activities progressively as we feel it is safe to do so.

 

Registering for a Venue

NOTE – 6/21/20:  Registration is postponed at this time until attendance increases such that we start to exceed the social distanced seating layout of the main sanctuary

Due to social distancing requirements, the capacity of our worship center is going to be significantly reduced.  To insure we have enough seating for everyone, we will also seat people in Building B (gym) and – if needed – Building A (old sanctuary).  Those in buildings B and C can watch the service on a screen, but will have a host and live musical worship in their venue.

We are asking that those planning to worship in person with us on June 7th go to our church website (carpenterschristian.church/register) or Facebook Events page to register.  When you register, you will choose which service (8:30 or 11), which venue (worship center, gym, or old sanctuary), and how many members of your household will be seated with you.  Once the registration for a venue fills up, we will update the website so you know to register for another venue or time.

See the video below for registration details:

Seating

  • In order to comply with social distancing guidelines, we will arrange the seating in each venue to insure 6 feet of separation between each household.
    • Members of the same household (those with whom you were quarantined) are asked to sit together.
    • Folks from other households are not allowed to sit with you in your seat grouping.
  • Because of the reduced seating capacity required for social distancing, there will be seating for worship in 3 venues.
    • Building C (main worship area)
      • Live worship
    • Building B (gym)
      • Worship streamed in and viewed on screen.
      • Worship team members will be on stage (in your venue) to lead musical worship.
    • If needed — Building A (old sanctuary / current youth building)
      • Worship streamed in and viewed on screen.
      • Worship team members will be on stage in your venue to lead musical worship.
  • Each worship venue will have a “venue host” who will assist with seating, answer questions, and help insure that social distancing policies are being followed.

 

Entering the Building

  • Which entrance you use will depend upon which venue you will be worshiping in.
    • Those worshiping in Building C (main worship center) will enter through the lobby (front or back doors).
    • Those worshiping in Building B (gym) will enter through the gym entrance on the west side of Building B.
    • Those worshiping in Building A (old sanctuary) will enter through the front entrance by the office area (old lobby).
  • Upon entering, a person from our health ministry will direct you to the sanitizing station where you can sanitize your hands.
    • If you have not already checked your temperature that morning, a health ministry member is available to check it for you with a touch-less thermometer. (Not mandatory)
  • We ask that you bring your own mask.  If you do not have a mask, we will have a limited number of masks available at each entrance.
  • You will then enter the worship venue where a member of our Connection Team will seat you for worship.

 

Social Distancing and Safety Guidelines

  1. Temperature check
    1. Please check your temperature (and that of everyone in your household) at home that morning.
    2. If you have a temperature, please stay home and worship with us online.
    3. If you arrive at church and realize you forgot to check your temperature, a member of our healthy ministry will be available at each entrance to check it for you (not mandatory) with a touch-less thermometer.
  1. Sanitizing
    1. Each person will be asked to sanitize their hands upon entering the building.
    2. We will have a sanitizing station near each entrance.
    3. Prior to each worship service, we will sanitize commonly touched areas (tables, door handles, equipment, etc.)
  1. Masks
    1. We encourage each person in attendance to wear a mask.
  1. Social distancing
    1. Seating in each venue will be arranged for social distancing.
      1. Members of households will sit together.
      2. Each household grouping will be at least 6 feet apart from other seats.
    2. Before, during, and after the service, please maintain 6 feet separation from others.
    3. Please refrain from handshakes, hugs, or fist bumps.
  1. Parental supervision of children
    1. We ask that each family supervise their children to insure they maintain social distancing.
    2. Our children’s ministry is providing an “activity bag” to help keep young children occupied during the worship service.
  1. Other measures
    1. Disposable communion will be placed on each seat.
    2. Offering bags will not be passed during the service.
      1. We encourage you to consider or continue with online giving.
      2. Or you can drop your offering in one of the offering boxes available in each worship venue.
    3. Before and after services, exterior doors will be propped open so multiple people do not have to touch the same door handle.
    4. We ask that no more than one person be in a restroom at a time.
      1. A volunteer will be outside the restroom to let you know if someone is already inside.
    5. Water fountains will not be accessible, but we will have bottled water available for those who need it.

Dismissal and Exiting Procedures

  1. At the end of the service, we will dismiss each venue by row to help maintain social distancing as we exit the building.
  2. Please avoid congregating in the lobby. If you want to fellowship with others, please do so outside while maintaining social distancing.