Return to Onsite Worship - "Caring for Others Through Love"

Return to Onsite Worship - "Caring for Others Through Love"


August 12, 2020

Dear Trinity Church Family,

Grace and peace to you and your households in the name of Jesus Christ. Our Reopening Team has set a reopen date for onsite worship for this Sunday, August 16, one service at 10 am. I am asking those that can worship online to continue doing so at least until August 30th. We have limited seating due to Social Distancing measures in place. We will reopen Worship only at this time. We will reopen other ministries and small groups on campus when it is safe to do so. We are also prepared to temporarily suspend onsite worship again if it becomes necessary due to: a Covid-19 exposure in our worship space or a surge in the infection rate on the recommendations of health officials and our Conference leadership. If you are an at-risk individual or would rather not return to onsite worship immediately, we encourage you to worship with us online.

In our Baptismal Covenant, you and I promise to “love and… nurture one another in the Christian faith and life and include these persons [each other]… in your care… in the way that leads to life.” In John’s Gospel, Jesus said “I give you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, so you also must love each other. This is how everyone will know that you are my disciples, when you love each other.” Out of love, and concern for each other, we are asking for you to faithfully covenant with us and follow the guidelines as we apply Phase 2 of our “Caring for Others Through Love, Return to in-Person Worship Plan.”

I will emphasize the main points of Phase 2 in this letter:

  • Social Distancing: Be sure to stay a minimum of 6 feet apart (except for families who live in the same household). Enter and exit the Sanctuary through the front door as directed. Please follow directions of our ushers and signage for seating.
  • Mask are Mandatory- Properly wear a mask at all times (in example: do not pull it down to speak): One out of three people infected with Covid 19 show no symptoms at all. Wearing a mask is for your safety and for the safety of the person(s) whom you may encounter on campus. We ask you to bring your own mask - masks will be provided if you don’t have one. For everyone’s safety/comfort, we are asking everyone to keep their mask on during your time in or on all church properties and buildings.
  • No handshakes, fist bumps, or hugs. Greet one another from a distance with a smile, wave, or other appropriate gesture.
  • Temperature Scanned as you enter the building. If your temperature checks over 100.4°F, go home immediately, including those that traveled with you. Do this without being asked to do so by a volunteer or staff. You will not be allowed to enter the sanctuary. Please be understanding.
  • Health Screening Questions: You will be asked the following questions, if the answer is yes to any of these three questions do not come inside the building and go home:
    • 1. In the past 14 days have you knowingly been directly exposed or been around anyone who has been exposed to the coronavirus known as Covid-19?
    • 2. In the past 14 days have you or anyone in your household exhibited flu- like symptoms ( fever, cough, shortness of breath)?
    • 3. In the past 14 days, has anyone in your household been subject to quarantine by an employer or any other entity?
  • Restricted seating: Sit in areas marked with green tape (please do not sit on the tape), follow directions of the ushers.
  • Hand Sanitizer (you are encouraged to bring your own, or use one of our stations)
  • Wash hands frequently.
  • Stay Home: If you or a household member feels the slightest bit sick, please worship with us from home (this is for any day of the week). See Who should NOT attend in-person worship in our Return to Worship Plan
  • Children will stay with parent or guardian at all times, the nursey will not be staffed and we will not have Children’s Church during this phase.
  • No Congregational or Choir Singing, Soloists or instrumentalist will provide music or singing.
  • Restrooms: Please use the restrooms located in the Office/Gym area if you are physically able and let those that are physically challenged to use the restrooms nearest our sanctuary. The intent is to keep from having a bottleneck of people waiting to use the restroom.
  • Be Patient: Show love and grace to each other, we are all trying to do the best we can under these unprecedented circumstances.

Thank you for your faithfulness, prayers and support.

In Christ,

Rev. Murray Snow