These will be updated as we move towards and into multi-service gatherings.
Who is considered high-risk and how are they invited?
- Based on our survey results, those who see themselves as high-risk and have been self-quarantining are welcome to attend. Some of you have let us know in our most recent care survey, but if you fall into this category and haven’t let us know, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is it safe for me to come to church?
- While we can’t eliminate 100% of the risk, we are referencing CDC guidelines and using recommended precautions when gathering. We are sharing our procedures for disinfecting and social distancing for services so that you can decide for your family if you feel comfortable gathering in person.
How do I know if I should stay home from a gathering of any size?
- You should stay home if you or anyone in your family has a fever, cough, or have been exposed to someone who is sick.
What is the plan for cleaning / sanitizing?
- The lobby, Worship Center, hallways, bathrooms, and classrooms will be thoroughly disinfected before and after every service. Touchless hand sanitizer stations will be strategically located throughout the building.
What will registration look like?
- Due to CDC social distancing guidelines and limited seating, registration will be required for each Sunday service. Registration links will be emailed and posted on social media.
What will entering and exiting the building look like?
- You will enter and exit the building as a family. Everyone will be asked to use hand sanitizer on the way into the building. An usher will seat you as a family. After the service, you will be dismissed as a family to exit the Worship Center doors into the gravel lot.
What about masks?
- During our high-risk services, we are asking for masks to be worn to and from your seat. A limited supply of masks will be available for those who don’t bring their own. Staff and volunteers will be required to wear masks when they are not on stage.
What will social distancing look like?
- We are choosing to follow CDC social distancing guidelines. Families will be seated together and there will be appropriate distance between families and additional space between rows.
How will I be seated?
- An usher will seat families together with appropriate spacing. At the end of the service, an usher will dismiss you in an orderly fashion.
How will the service be different?
- Our services will be touchless and shortened to accommodate more service times due to the social distance requirements and disinfecting procedures. There will continue to be a digital bulletin, Friendship Register, sermon notes, and online giving. Offering drop boxes will be available when entering and exiting the Worship Center.
Will we be singing?
- Yes. We will sing before and after the message.
Will bathrooms be available?
- Yes. A limited number of people will be allowed in at a time.
How will volunteers be screened?
- Each week, prior to serving, all volunteers will have a touchless temperature check and answer key questions about their health.
Can guests come?
- Yes. Beginning June 28, guests are welcome. We encourage them to register in advance. We ask that all guests come to the Guest Check-In table.
What is the plan for Children’s Ministry?
- There will not be Sunday morning Children’s Ministry during our high-risk services. Children will be in the service with their parents. We will continue to offer online lessons and resources for our Mission Kids.
When can my Small Group gather in person?
- Small groups will begin meeting in person the week of June 14. Each group will work toward a plan that considers social distancing.
Will my Small Group still meet over Zoom on Sundays?
- Small Groups will continue to meet on Sundays over Zoom until June 21 (for Myerstown Small Groups) and June 28 (for Lancaster Small Groups) when in-person worship services are available. Sunday Zoom calls may be shortened (to just a time for connection and prayer) as Small Groups begin to consider meeting in-person every other mid-week (socially distanced, outside, or at a park) after June 14.
What if I’m not comfortable meeting for Small Group in person?
- Every effort will be made to utilize technology so that you can stay connected and be a part of what is happening in your group.
We’ve worked hard to answer as many questions as possible. If you have additional questions, email email@example.com.