IN-Person Service Guidelines

Please read ALL information before attending church service

General Information:

In order to make adequate social distancing seating arrangements, a Church Service registration/reservation process will be implemented each week.

 Attendance Guidelines:

v  Each congregant/head of the family will be required to fill out a form before entering the sanctuary.  An online form will be available here and on the church website for those who would like to complete one prior to Sabbath. 

v  Each individual’s body temperature will be taken upon arrival.  If anyone exhibits a fever, they will be asked to leave and not allowed into the sanctuary.

 

v  Anyone with fever, body aches, chills, cough or otherwise feeling ill should not attend. Those with ACTIVE/CONSTANT allergy-related coughing or sneezing should also consider staying home.

 

v  Senior citizens and those with certain pre-existing conditions are at a higher risk and should prayerfully consider when to resume attendance.

 

For those unable to attend:

Ø  You are encouraged to watch our worship service on ZOOM.

Ø  Offerings may be given through AdventistGiving.org, offerings may also be sent to the church P.O Box address (PO Box 877, Fort Mill, SC 29716-0877).

 

What to Expect:

v  Please come early for Sabbath Services (Sabbath School and Divine Hour) seating! Our health-related protocols slow the process of entering the church.

v  Face masks are required. Please bring your own. Masks are not recommended for children younger than 2 years old, anyone who has trouble breathing and anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

v  Parents, we strongly encourage, that you keep your children in your control, at all times.

v  All attendees must enter through the front doors of the church.

v  All attendees must follow the signs on each door.

v  No-touch temperature checks will be administered as well as hand sanitizer dispensed prior to entering the building.

v  Each congregant will be provided with a color-coded bracelet to help communicate their personal greeting preference.  They will be encouraged to keep those bracelets and wear them each Sabbath.

 

v  Each congregant will be assigned a seat and families will be assigned seats together.  Seats are in groups of 2, 3 and 4 with proper 6ft spacing.  Assigned seating will be grouped by bracelet color. 

 

v  Deaconesses or Deacons will escort attendees to their assigned seats within the sanctuary.

v  Bulletins will not be distributed.

v  A Tithe envelope will be given upon entry. Envelopes should be deposited in the “Collection Box” upon exiting the church.

v  Hymnals have been removed from the sanctuary.

v  The drinking fountain will not be available. Please bring your own water.

v  Following the service, congregants will be dismissed by row.

v  There will be no fellowship lunch.

v  There will be no Cradle Roll/Kindergarten Sabbath School class in person. The Children SS class will be on Zoom.

 Sanitation Guidelines:

v  At least 6 feet of social distancing must be maintained.

v  Please – NO hand shaking, hugs, elbow bumps, etc. unless you wear color coordinated wristbands for greeting preference.

v  Face masks are required upon entering the church for the health screening until exiting the church after the service.

v  If you have a health condition is not allowed you to wear mask, you may enter the church after the health screening and continue to practice good hygiene:

v  Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer, especially after touching frequently used items or surfaces.

v  Avoid touching your face.

v  Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow.

v  Stay home if you are experiencing symptoms of illness.

 

  When communion services are held:

Ø  STRICT sanitation will be observed in preparing food and other items.

Ø  Individual disposable pure grape juice/bread packets will be used for the service.

Ø  Foot washing will be suspended, or only observed between those in the same household.

 

Plan for when a church member or congregant becomes sick:

 

v  The sick congregant must inform the present Church Elders/Elders right away that he/she is demonstrating symptoms of illness after/while attending the church.

v  Identify the area of your seating arrangement so that deacons and other volunteers can clean and disinfect that area and its surrounding thoroughly.

v  We will close off areas used by the sick person and will not use the area until after cleaning and disinfection. We will ensure safe and correct application of disinfectants and keep disinfectant products away from children.

v  Since we currently rent the facility, the church will abide by whatever the landlord decides, in regards to when we can return to In-Person services after any outbreak.  Sabbath services will continue on Zoom.

v  The Head Elder, Mike Ray will notify the Real-Life Church Pastor and local health officials ASAP if a person diagnosed with COVID-19 has been in the facility, and communicate with all church members/congregants about potential exposure while maintaining confidentiality as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or other applicable laws and in accordance with religious practices.

v  The Elders or Head Deacon will advise those with exposure to a person diagnosed with COVID-19 to stay home and self-monitor for symptoms, and follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.

v  The Elders or Head Deacon will advise church members/congregants with symptoms of COVID-19 or who have tested positive for COVID-19 not to return to the facility until they have met CDC’s criteria to discontinue home isolation.

v  All staff must implement cleaning and safety protocols and communicate clearly with congregants about actions being taken to protect their health.

 

PLEASE STAY HOME IF YOU ARE SICK AND HAVE SYMPTOMS OF ILLNESS/COVID-19 OR WHO HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 AND HAVEN’T CLEARED BY HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO LEAVE HOME YET.

Thank you very much for your cooperation during these trying times as we worship the Lord together in a safe and healthy way.

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In Christ,

 

Mike Ray

Volunteer Lay Pastor/Head Elder