First Sundays Back: What to Expect
This information takes into account the TArrant County Executive Order issued June 25, 2020 and the Governor's Executive Order Issued July 2, 2020.
We are excited about returning to an onsite worship service, but we do so with precautions in place to protect our church family and guests, especially those who are most vulnerable.
We all have an individual responsibility for the sake of our whole church family as we choose to attend on Sundays. Because of this, we join with health professionals and government officials to encourage you to stay home if:
- You have been in recent contact with others affected by COVID-19.
- You feel any common cold or flu symptoms, especially fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
- You are or are concerned about being a high risk person for serious illness.
- You are not ready to be out and around.
We want all of our members and guests to benefit from our onsite worship services. To this end we plan to begin live streaming the first Sunday we return to the building. You can access the live stream on Sundays at 10:15 am on our website. You can also find us live on Facebook. Be sure to let us know you are watching by leaving a comment or sending an email to the church office.
When You Come On Sundays
To create a safe environment at the building, we are implementing some new practices:
- Face mask: Except when leading an aspect of our worship service, all attendees 10 and over are required to wear a mask when not seated. Face masks are strongly encouraged when seated.
- In accordance with CDC guidelines face masks are NOT recommended for kids under 2 years of age.
- In accordance with executive orders any person with a medical condition or disability that prevents wearing a face covering is exempt from face mask policies.
- Greeting: Our doors will be open and greeters will welcome you (at a distance) with great smiles but no hugs, handshakes, or fist/elbow bumps.
- Signs: Throughout our building you will notice signs posted with reminders about our recommended practices: wash your hands, maintain social distancing, and practice non-contact greeting.
- Closed: During this first phase of returning to the building First Cup Café will be closed, there will be no Bible classes, and the nursery will not be available. Water fountains will be closed and restrooms available for essential use only. We recommend taking care of bathroom needs at home as much as possible.
- Space for Young Families: The Gathering Room and Chapel will be empty of furniture to provide floor space for parents to sit with young children during the worship service—keeping social distance between family units.
- Family Packet: Someone from each family will pick up a small bag with a pen, a connection card, and a copy of Altamesa Life and then pick up the number of communion packets needed for the family. The bag will be used to dispose of the empty communion packets. Throw the bags in the trash when leaving after the service, but leave the pen and the completed Connection Card on the pew.
- Seating: We will open the side sections to allow people to spread out leaving every other row unused. Family units will sit together and at a distance from other family units.
- Communion: No passing of the trays. We will use the individual packets.
- Contribution: If you are not giving online, you have the opportunity to give when you attend. At the end of the service, collection trays will be on the communion tables at the back of the worship center. Leave your contribution as you exit the worship center. A volunteer will be standing by.
- Connection Cards: Fill out your card and then leave it with the pen on the pew.
- Dismissal: We will dismiss the congregation by rows from back to front. If you wish to stop and visit, please do so outside the building.