Lakeview Church of the Nazarene
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
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LAKEVIEW CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE

RETURN TO WORSHIP GUIDELINES


The following are areas of interest in which decisions have been made regarding how we go about returning to worship and other activities at the church.


[We encourage everyone to consider these suggested guidelines . . . use your discretion, but please be considerate of others who may or may not be as comfortable with the return to worship as you might be yourself.]


Greeting / Social Distancing

  • Greeters and ushers need to wear masks
  • No handshakes
  • No hugs
  • Doors will be propped open to reduce contact
  • We will have a shoe-cleaning station outside
  • Reminders of social distancing will be posted in key locations
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be in numerous locations
  • Exterior doors will be closed and sanctuary doors left open during worship.
  • We will encourage people to enter through the back doors (foyer) and exit by the emergency exit at the piano.


Which service(s) will be opened up at first? 

  • Sunday Morning Worship Only [Phase II]
  • We will dismiss services pew-by-pew or section by section to avoid crowding in the foyer.
  • Who will return?
    • Only those not “at risk” (64 and under with no underlying conditions) [Phase II]
    • Others [Phase III]
  • Seating Configurations
    • We will block off even rows on one side and odd rows on the other side of the sanctuary
    • Families (same household) allowed to sit together / others encouraged to use social distancing.
    • Hymnals and Bibles and envelopes removed from book racks 
      • A packet of envelopes will be made available for those who want or need them on an “as requested” basis.
    • We will not pass the offering plates 
      • There will instead be locations conveniently located for people to give.

Handouts / Bulletins

  • Electronic Only
  • No printed hand-outs


Giving

  • No Passing of the Plates
  • Usher(s) at the door(s) (with gloves & masks)
  • On-Line Giving encouraged 
    • (Be mindful of 3% fees associated with each on-line donation; you can choose to cover that cost when you donate.)


Sunday School [Phase III and after]

  • Social Distancing will be kept - 1/2 of normal chairs will be removed (leaving enough for each student) and spaced out as much as possible.
    • Each class will be sanitized by teachers/students after each meeting, including Tables, Chairs, Door knobs, Light switches & plates, Anything used during the class, such as markers, scissors, toys, TV/VCR/DVD & other equipment students. [Students will have a “packet” of supplies that will be theirs or things like crayons that cannot be sanitized.]
    • Students will need to keep their own personal copy of curriculum with them and take them home between weeks.
    • Some Teachers are over 65 and therefore are in the “at risk” group. 
      • Who will teach?  
        • All teachers are allowed at their own discretion.
        • If you are a Sunday School teacher, what are YOUR plans for returning / teaching?
        • Teachers not planning to return and teach, please let leaders know in advance.
      • If there are not enough teachers for every class, we may combine adult classes upstairs and children classes downstairs.
      • For those not able to meet in person, teachers please do whatever is possible to bridge the gap with contacts and distance-learning.


Drinking Fountains Will Not Be in Use

  • Small water bottles will be made available in lieu of water-fountains, if available.


The Playground will be closed until Phase III.

  • Needs to be sanitized between now and then.
  • Equipment needs to be updated, replaced or removed to avoid injuries.
  • Check for wasps!


Bathrooms

  • Cleaning wipes available in every stall (DO NOT FLUSH SANTIZING WIPES! Trash cans will be provided for disposal of wipes.)
  • Each User will be asked, encouraged, and expected to wipe down before and after use, focusing on any touched surface, especially: Toilet seats, Door handles, Flushing handles,  Handicapped handles / rails
  • Hand-washing is REQUIRED of every person using the bathroom.


Sound/Video Techs

  • DO NOT COME IN SICK!
  • Who will be there, and when?
  • Follow the Schedule of who will be serving from week to week
  • Sanitize any touched surface at the end of service
  • Continue Recording for on-line services.


Cleaning (Volunteers needed)

    • As we go
      • High-touch areas (Wiped down with sanitizing cloth as church begins and after each service especially, Door knobs, Switch Plates, Restrooms, Pews.
    • Who will do this?  WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!
    • How will they do this?  Using Clorox-type cleaning wipes, or cleaning spray and paper towels if wipes are not available
    • When will they do this?  After each use of whatever facility is being used.
  • As a minimum at least once between services

Other

  • Counters wear gloves
  • Hand Sanitizers will be everywhere
  • Masks (bring ‘em if you have ‘em and USE ‘em at your discretion).
  • The Lower Level of the Church will be closed except for counters / administrative purposes.


Thank you for helping us to maintain the safety of every person who attends Lakeview Church!



Sincerely,


The Church Board