Indoor Services start back June 21st.
Learn what we are doing to keep you safe.
This is our plan for moving back into the building for Sunday morning worship services. As with everything we have announced during this season of dealing with Covid-19, it is subject to change because everything is so fluid right now. We believe this is a reasonable approach given the caution we have exercised to this point, the low number of cases in Jefferson County, the research we have done, the makeup of and feedback we have gotten from our congregation, what other entities and groups are doing, and the physical realities we are dealing with in our building. However, we also acknowledge there is some element of risk in gathering as long as coronavirus is a reality in our world (although that is true of other illnesses and being anywhere else as well), but we do not believe we can wait until all risk is eliminated to gather again because that is certainly months and possibly years. If there is a major spike in our area, we may have to suspend in person gatherings again at some point. So, we encourage you to make the wisest possible decision for you and your family given your circumstances about joining in person. Please ask the elders or staff any questions you may have.
Beginning June 21st and for the foreseeable future, service times will be 9 and 10:45 in order to give us extra time to clean between services. We are offering children’s ministry at both services. There are more details about kid’s ministry later in this letter. We have taken out several chairs so people can spread out and feel more comfortable during our services. Here are adjustments we are making/precautions we are taking as we resume meeting inside:
- We strongly encourage you to give people as much personal space as possible and avoid hugging and hand shaking.
- We won’t be doing greeting times in the services.
- The greeters will still be doing their ministry but will be positioned more outside and won’t be shaking hands. They can direct you, answer questions, and give guests their gift bags.
- We are not requiring the wearing of masks but encourage you to wear one if you feel more comfortable that way. We have masks to provide if needed.
- We will not have a coffee bar.
- We will provide hand sanitizer stations.
- We will eliminate bulletins and share and receive info digitally.
- We really need you to pick up your children immediately when the services are over.
- We need you to exit the building as quickly as possible after the first service so we can clean and prepare for the second service. We will not open the doors for people to enter for the second service until 10:35.-We encourage you not to come if you are at high risk or sick in some way. Remember that attending is voluntary, and we are not pressuring you to come.
- Do not come if you have coronavirus symptoms. Please get checked by a doctor.
- Nursery and Preschool classes will have limited toys in classroom and there will be separate toys for each service. These toys will be removed from classrooms following each service and disinfected.
- Teachers will clean tables, chairs, door knobs, light switches and any larger toys following each service.
- Check-In desk and computers will be cleaned following check-in for each service.
- Crayons and pencils that are used during class will be disinfected each week and will not shared between services.
Other important items for parents to know:
* Parents will need to pick up kids as soon as service is over to ensure we have ample time to clean and disinfect classrooms.
- Both check-in stations will be manned, no self check-in; one will still be at the registration area but the one that was in the multipurpose room will be moved to the coffee bar in the lobby inside the front doors.
- Teachers and assistants will have temperature checks at front entrance and office side entrance BEFORE entering the classrooms.
- Kids will go straight to classroom and have a time of worship in classroom.
- Kids will sanitize hands before and after snack time.
- Kids will have prepackaged snack and drinks.
- Kids ROCK and Club 56 tables will be removed from classrooms to help in being able to social distance as much as possible.
- We will be adding our walkers back to the nursery classroom.
Wellness Policy General:
To ensure the health of children and volunteers, we ask that sick children do not attend classes. The Committee on Control of Infectious Diseases of the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that a child should not leave home when any of the following symptoms exist:
- Fever (over 100.5 degrees)
- Vomiting or diarrhea within the last 24 hours
- Any symptom of childhood diseases such as scarlet fever, German measles, mumps, chicken pox or whooping cough
- Common cold from onset through one week
- Sore throat
- Any unexplained rash
- Any skin infections: boils, ringworm or impetigo
- Untreated pink eye or other eye infection
- Any communicable disease
PLEASE NOTE: A child or volunteer must be free of fever for 24 hours before returning to the classroom.
In addition to general symptoms, if you or anyone in your household is experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19 along with fever and/or shortness of breath, we ask that you DO NOT attend. If you have tested positive, we ask that you DO NOT attend until you are medically cleared. Symptoms include: fever/chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty of breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, chest congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting and diarrhea. This list may not include all possible symptoms. This list is from the cdc.gov website.
Pastor Jimmy on behalf of the True Life Elders
P.O. Box 908
Talbott, TN 37877