Note: Our Church Council discusssed and agreed on the answers to the following questions in December 2020. The following answers also reflect updates made by the Church Council in May 2021 (see now).
What is our goal and prayer during COVID-19?
First, we recognize that there are a variety of opinions on COVID-19 and how churches can and should respond to this novel virus. Second, we recognize that this time has been both difficult and disorienting for everyone. Thus, our prayer in these unprecedented days has been to continue to glorify God as the church family He has created and called us to be, faithfully serving Him and you. COVID-19 may alter how we do things, but it does not change who we are as a church or the mission God has given us to make disciples who know, love, and serve.
What is guiding our decision-making during COVID-19?
We seek to listen to and apply the guidance of healthcare officials in a way that best serves Green Level in line with two, core biblical guideposts or guiding principles: (1) we are to outdo one another in showing honor and (2) we are to count others as more significant than ourselves.
Romans 12:10: “Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.”
Philippians 2:3-5: “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others as more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus.”
Do I need to wear a mask/face-covering and practice physical distancing when attending or participating in a Green Level service, class, group, meeting, etc.?
No and Yes. To honor and show love for others, including the public officials God has placed in authority over us, we will simply ask you to practice physical distancing as much as possible. Masks are no longer required, but are still encouraged for unvaccinated adults. Masks are still required for children 5 years old and older* and our students when they are checked in and participating in our ministry activities and events. When under a parent's care inside the church, the parent may choose to have their child wear a mask or not. When outside, masks are optional for everyone. Our children's ministry and student volunteers and staff will wear a mask when involved with those ministry activities indoors.
* Our Children's Council voted to make masks optional for children and leaders during this summer's Vacation Bible School
Will we continue to offer two Worship Services?
Yes. We will continue to offer two identical Sunday morning Worship Services (9am and 10:30am). In addition to available Overflow Rooms, having two services allows us to practice physical distancing in our Sanctuary. We will also continue to stream both services live on our website.
Will we sing in our Sunday morning Worship Services?
Yes. We will continue to worship through singing, as normal, during our Sunday morning Worship Services. As noted above, however, we do recommend those who are not yet fully vaccinated to continue to wear a mask.
Do I need to preregister/sign-in to attend a Sunday morning Worship Service?
No. We offer seating in our sanctuary. Should that space fill up or you feel more comfortable with additional space, we have overflow rooms available with a live video feed of the service.
Do we offer in-person Sunday School Classes or childcare on Sunday mornings?
Yes. We have in-person Sunday School Classes for all ages, including children, at 10:30am on Sunday mornings. KidLevel, a children's worship and learning time for school aged kids, and childcare for pre-school and younger at 9am will begin Sunday, June 6. Our students in grades 6-12 meet for Sunday School at 10:30am along with our young adult class.
Do I need to register/sign-in to participate in other in-person Green Level classes, groups, meetings, etc.?
No. We do not ask that you preregister to participate in other in-person classes, groups, meetings, etc. Please note that children are expected to sign-in to participate in all Kids Ministry gatherings and activities.
What if I am uncomfortable participating in-person?
Join us virtually. If you are uncomfortable participating in-person, we invite you to join us virtually. While we recognize that this is far from ideal, we also recognize that this is a unique time and pray this season will pass soon.
What if I, or another family member, feel sick?
Join us virtually. If you, or another immediate family member, are feeling sick and/or experiencing symptoms for COVID-19, we ask that you not attend any in-person Green Level service, class, group, meeting, etc. until symptoms have resolved for at least 24 hours. For further guidance, we encourage you to contact your local healthcare provider.
What if I, or another family member, have been exposed to COVID-19?
Join us virtually for 14 days. If you, or another family member, have been exposed* to someone with COVID-19 and you are unvaccinated, you and your immediate family members should not attend any in-person Green Level service, class, group, meeting, etc. for 14 days from your last exposure to the infected individual. If, after 14 days, you are (a) not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and (b) have not received a positive COVID-19 test, we invite both you and your immediate family members to return in-person.
* We are using the CDC’s “operational definition” for “close contact,” which is “someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen) until the time the patient is isolated.” Though this is the operational definition, the CDC also notes that “close contact” can also be defined as (a) physical contact (hug/kiss), (b) sharing eating/drinking utensils, and (c) having an infected person cough and/or sneeze on you.
What if I, or another family member, test positive for COVID-19?
1: Join us virtually for 14 days. If you test positive for COVID-19, please quarantine and do not attend or participate in any in-person Green Level service, class, group, or meeting, etc. for 14 days from the day that (a) symptoms began or (b) you received a positive COVID-19 test. If, after 14 days (without a test) or 7 days (with a second test that returns negative), you are (a) not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and (b) have gone 24 hours without a fever or the aid of fever-reducing medication, we invite you to return in-person.
2: Contact us as soon as possible. In addition to staying home, please contact at least one of the following three individuals as soon as possible: (1) Senior Pastor, (2) Deacon Chair, and/or (3) Your Family Deacon.