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Reopening Plan for Worship

March 3, 2021 

 

Based on CDC Phase 2 guidelines for reopening and current Fond du Lac County/Ripon COVID dashboard data, the Worship Committee recommends that the church reopen to in-person services beginning Sunday, April 18, but only after determining that March and early-April data don’t show an upswing in cases or hospitalizations, or testing positivity exceeding 5%. 

 

IN ADVANCE OF THE REOPENING 

The church will begin holding live services in the sanctuary for the three services preceding the April 18 reopening date but attended by only service leaders (pastor, lector, music staff, guest musicians, CE coordinator, AV staff) and any congregants who have been attending previous Sunday Facebook screenings. These services on March 28, April 4 and 11 will be streamed live. 

 

REOPENING ON APRIL 18 

The service will be at 10:30 a.m. in the sanctuary. Attendance will be limited to 24 family units (individuals and families) seated two units per pew spaced out 6-feet apart and in every-other pew (attendance won’t exceed 65 people). Visitors will enter the building only through the side/office door, where they will be greeted by an usher reminding all age 3 and older that they are to wear masks upon entering with masks to be worn at all times, one family unit per elevator and to line up on X’s 6-feet-apart marked on the hallway floor leading up the sanctuary entrance. 

At the sanctuary entrance, they will be greeted by a hand sanitizing station, containers for offering gifts and a second usher who will escort them to a pew/chair row where they will be seated with no more than one other family unit no closer than 6 feet away. 

Visitors will register for the service by calling or emailing the church office in advance. 

 

THE SERVICE 

The worship service will be about 30 minutes long with an abbreviated sermon, few hymns, no bulletins/hymnals/Bibles and no group singing or communal response. It will be live streamed for people unable or unwilling to attend in person. Children will remain seated with their family during children's moment. 

 

RESTRICTIONS / LIMITATIONS 

1. Initially the church will not celebrate the sacraments of baptism or communion. 

2. Drinking fountains won’t be accessible and there will be no in-person coffee hour following the service, however Zoom fellowship will continue to be held at 11:30 a.m. 

3. No nursery services or choir will be offered. 

4. Restrooms will be 1-person for emergency use only. 

 

BEFORE AND AFTER CHURCH

Visitors will be asked not to congregate before or after the service. Following the service, they will be ushered to the sanctuary (indoor) entrance where they will be asked to continue down the hallway to the parking lot. 

 

RESCINDING IN-PERSON SERVICES 

The executive committee reserves the right to cancel in-person services should Fond du Lac County or Ripon data show an upward trend, or should it discover that a symptomatic visitor may have attended a service. 

 

Approved by the Executive Committee, March 2, 2021