EMMANUEL WORSHIP GUIDELINES AND SAFE PRACTICES
The following are to be followed until such time that it is deemed safe to remove such guidelines.
- We will follow the directives and recommendations/orders of Gov. Mike DeWine, Dr. Amy Acton and the Centers for Disease Control. This includes the wearing of masks, safe distancing, size of gathering limitations and so forth.
- Any person entering worship must be asymptomatic.
- Masks should be worn by all clergy and laity while in the building. Masks (donated by Kim Royer and Donna Stamper) will be made available for anyone needing one.
- To encourage safe social distancing, every other row of seats will be removed; We will be able to seat 40-50 people in the sanctuary and a few in the lobby if necessary. If needed, we can provide a second worship service.
- The traditional ‘passing of the peace’ will be eliminated from the service. People will be discouraged from greeting one another in the traditional manner of physical touch (handshakes, hugs, etc).
- There will be no gathering in the lobby before or after service. All seating and the coffee bar will be removed. People will be encouraged to bring their own drinks. Doors will not be unlocked until 15 minutes before service starts. People will be encouraged to move directly to the sanctuary.
- Tithes and offerings will be dropped in a box placed in the rear of the sanctuary. (no passing of plates)
- The Worship Team will rethink how to implement the sacraments (baptism, communion).
- Sunday School and Bible Study is suspended until further notice.
- Congregational singing and responsive readings will not be used. The praise team will provide music while practicing safe practices.
- All hymnals, bibles, papers and pencils will be removed from the sanctuary.
- Bulletins will be electronically sent before Sunday morning. The projector system will also be utilized as a form of communication during the service. There will be no printed bulletins.
- No childcare will be offered.
- When weather permits, all doors will be propped open to diminish the touching of door handles. Otherwise, volunteers will be utilized to keep handles of all doors sanitized.
- An attempt will be made to keep accurate attendance records in case contact tracing needs to be done.
- People will be dismissed from the service 1 row at a time.
- Hand sanitizer and wipes will be readily available in all areas.
- Areas will be sanitized thoroughly from week to week.