Covid Plan

WEST MAIN CHRUCH OF CHRIST
Return to Worship Plans

There was no way to foresee or plan for what the church would have to endure and adapt to in the past few months. We have striven to use prayer and reasonable judgement regarding both the spiritual and physical health of our body of believers. Our love for one another and desire to worship draws us together, but this same love also calls for us to be considerate and careful in conducting our gatherings so that we keep everyone safe. When we resume in person worship, we will need to do it carefully using the following procedures. Please know that all online worship services will continue in the event you are not ready or able to assemble at the building. Our plan for returning to in person worship is based on the state’s Safe Worship Guidelines.

What should you consider before attending?
The CDC and state health officials continue to urge those who are at-risk to remain safer-at home. At risk is defined as anyone who is age 65 or older or anyone with underlying health conditions such as chronic lung disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma, those who reside in a long term care facility or assisted living facility, and those whose immune system is compromised by chemotherapy or chronic corticosteroid use.
You should continue to worship at home if these facts apply:
You are concerned about becoming infected or infecting others because you are exposed at work.
You have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
You have experienced any symptoms in the past 48 hours such as fever, loss of taste, cough, chills, or shortness of breath.

Services
Starting out, we will have one worship service per week. We will separate this into two groups.
For those members who are age 65 and older and those at elevated risk—we will have one service at 8:30 AM at the FACE.
For all other members, we will have one service at 10:00 AM in the auditorium. This service will be available live on the church website and our YouTube page later in the day.
Until further notice, we will have no Bible classes, nursery, Sunday evening service or Wednesday evening service. This schedule will be updated and amended as needed.
The online services and Bible studies will continue as they have been for the last few weeks.
We will continue to schedule some outdoor services.
Anyone who may feel uncomfortable being in a crowd, especially senior citizens or those with health issues, are encouraged to stay at home and view the service online.
If you are sick, have recently been sick, or have a fever, please remain at home.

Social Distancing
There will be no handshakes, hugs, touching, or passing materials.
Ushers and security team members will open doors and greet verbally. They will also wear a mask and be available at doors to assist you and answer questions.
We strongly encourage all attendees to wear masks. If you need a mask, one can be provided to you. Masks may be removed during communion. The men leading services will be at least 12 feet away from others and will not wear a mask while at the podium.
Hand sanitizer stations will be available in the foyer and at other sites.
All in attendance will be expected to maintain 6 feet of separation, except for immediate family members, i.e., those who live in the same house together.
The water fountain will not be operational. Bring a bottle of water if you feel you need one.
Prolonged fellowship and conversation in the foyer will be discouraged, as it is unsafe and will hinder the smooth flow of traffic. Ideally, conversations should happen in the parking lot.
Bulletins will continue to be e-mailed. Song books will be removed from the pews but will be available at your request if needed. These will be sanitized immediately after use.
It is recommended that you come 10-15 minutes before the start of service so that you may find a seat.
The offering plates will not be passed. We encourage you to continue your offering online if you are already doing so. Offering plates will be available near the doors at dismissal.
Following the service, we know you will want to visit with brethren, but please exit the building and maintain social distancing in the parking lot as you visit.

Restrooms, Foyer, and Hallway
We need to limit the number of people in the restrooms to no more than 2 at a time.
If you use the restroom, please wipe down your sink, faucet, and toilet/urinal flush handle after usage. There will be wipes that will be provided in the restroom. Please dispose of those wipes in the trash can.
Please do not gather in groups or stand around in the hallway and foyer.

For Those Attending the 8:30 AM Service at the FACE

Ushers will be at the doors, and those doors will remain open.
There are multiple doors in the FACE, so we ask that all doors be utilized and everyone not crowd or attempt to enter/exit that same area.
You may bring a lawn chair, or the ushers can direct you to the seating area for you or your group.
Individual communion supplies will be available on tables near the doors. We ask that you please pick this up on your way in. Trash cans will also be available for the cups as you exit.
Contribution trays will be available near the doors as you exit.
We ask that families sit together as well as those members with whom you were already associating prior to returning to worship.
We will dismiss by sections at the end of service. We ask that you please exit the building upon dismissal to help ensure that everyone can leave with minimal physical contact.
Following the service, we know you will want to visit with brethren, but please exit the building and maintain social distancing in the parking lot as you visit.

For Those Attending the 10:00 AM Service in the Auditorium

We will use the doors nearest the auditorium, the fellowship hall doors, and the south entrance doors ONLY. Ushers will be at the doors, and those doors will remain open.
We ask that you enter the auditorium and be seated promptly.
We will tape off every other pew and the sections in the middle of the pews to promote social distancing.
The balcony will also be open and taped off for seating. The seating areas will be clearly designated.
Individual communion supplies will be available on tables near the doors. We ask that you please pick this up on your way in. Trash cans will be available for the cups as you exit.
Contribution trays will be available near the doors as you exit.
We encourage all attendees to avoid touching your face, pews, and handrails for your safety as well as the safety of others.
We ask that families sit together as well as those members with whom you were already associating prior to returning to worship.
Single adults may sit 6 feet apart on a pew.
We will dismiss by sections at the end of service. We ask that you please exit the building upon dismissal to help ensure that everyone can leave with minimal physical contact.
Following the service, we know you will want to visit with brethren, but please exit the building and maintain social distancing in the parking lot as you visit.

If you get sick…
If you develop any symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 after attending a worship service, please contact the church office or one of the elders immediately.
We are excited to get back to worshipping together! Please continue to pray for the church and our congregation as we take this next step in moving in the direction of “normal”. We understand that these guidelines may seem a bit restrictive, but at this time they are seen as necessary for your safety and the safety of others. Our process for gatherings will continue to be amended to include Bible classes and other gatherings. You will be informed of these as those plans are made.