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.
1. We are meeting outside at 10:30 again this Sunday, the 14th. The weather forecast projects it to be cooler this Sunday than last Sunday.
2. We are planning on moving back inside on the 21st. It is Father’s Day so we will be doing baby dedications. Let Jessica know at the church office if you are interested in dedicating your child.
3. Beginning on the 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 are not setting up the chairs to social distance. We are taking a few out, but we could not really functionally meet and practice strict social distancing without doing more than two 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.
4. For the 9:00 service, we are going to set up the multi-purpose room with a tv with the live stream feed. That room will be entered through the doors on that end of the building, will be closed off to everyone else, will be strictly social distanced, and masks will be required. It is really primarily for people who have circumstances that require those precautions. If you would like to participate in this way in this area of the building, we need you to let Jessica Chunn know because we can only accommodate a small number of people. You can park in the area outside the multi-purpose room. When you leave the church property, you cannot drive under the overhang at the front doors. You either need to drive around the back of the church building or the preferred way would be for you to enter and exit through the gravel lot of the new property. That’s how I (Pastor Jimmy) enter and exit on Sunday mornings. At least one of the elders will come and welcome you around the beginning of the service.
Discovering True Life will take place during the 10:45 service in that area of the building beginning on July 12th.
5. On June 28th, we are planning to do a special service that focuses on things that we could not do while we were online like worship, communion (we have purchases pre-packaged communion elements as one of our safeguards), baptisms (if there are people who want to be baptized), honoring our graduates, honoring the Men’s Leadership Training graduates, and other special things but with very minimal preaching.
- 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 multi-purpose room will be moved outside 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.
- We will be separating the two and three year old’s in the 2nd service ONLY in order to prevent overcrowding in the preschool classroom. The two year old’s will meet in the existing walkers classroom and the three year old’s will continue to meet in their usual preschool 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