COVID-19 Update

July 2, 2020

 

In light of the guidelines put forward by the California Department of Public Health, First Covenant Church of Eureka presents its regathering plan for in-person worship beginning Sunday, July 12, 2020.

 

Before you come to church

 

  • If you are not feeling well, have a cough, or a fever, please stay at home out of love for others.
  • If you are feeling fine but are still hesitant to congregate around other people, even in light of the precautions we are taking, we understand! Please feel free to remain at home and join us for online worship until you feel ready to come. We will continue to broadcast our service live online.
  • Bathrooms will be clean and open, but we recommend using your bathroom at home before you come to minimize unnecessary traffic at the church.
  • Please wear a facemask out of love for others, regardless of your personal concerns. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided for you. We understand, it is uncomfortable, but we are confident we can endure it for the benefit of others.
  • Children under 2 and those with respiratory conditions are exempt from the mask wearing requirement. Children under 12 are not required to wear masks but are strongly encouraged to do so.
  • Bring your Bible with you if you like to have a Bible during the service. Pew Bibles will not be available in the Sanctuary.

 

Children’s Classes and Nursery

 

  • There will be no children’s classes or nursery, however, children’s activity bags will be available at the entrances to help keep your ‘wiggly worshipers’ busy during the morning service. A limited number of tables will be available in the Fellowship Hall for families to use.

 

When you arrive at church

 

  • Worshipers can choose to attend either in the Sanctuary, until it reaches its reduced capacity of 50 people, or in the Fellowship Hall until it reaches its reduced capacity of 100 people. The service will be live-streamed from the Sanctuary to the Fellowship Hall.
  • Volunteer greeters and ushers will be ready to direct you into the building and towards your seats. They will be equipped with personal protective equipment (masks and gloves when necessary) and will work to remind and guide people to maintain 6ft. distancing minimums throughout the course of our service.
  • We will not be distributing bulletins, but we will continue to send announcements weekly through email and snail mail for those who don’t use email.
  • Signs have been posted at all entrances reminding people of the current guidelines.
  • Please wait outside until the people in front of you have gone through the doors. If you would like to socialize before the service, please do so outside and not in the buildings.
  • The main entry doors of the Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall will be propped open before, during, and after the service.
  • Our drinking fountain will be shut off.
  • Once you have been invited to progress into the sanctuary, please move to your seat as quickly as possible.
  • Every other row of the sanctuary will be closed for social distancing.
  • The hymnals, Bibles, pencils, and offering envelopes will not be available in the pews.
  • We are asking family units to please sit together and not let your kids sit with other families for now. We understand this is hard.
  • Please do not shake hands, share hugs, or have any form of physical contact with others if possible. This is so hard, but remember it’s not about you, it’s about those around you. Please respect social distancing to the best of your ability.
  • Remember that the service will be streaming live on YouTube, so there may be a time when a wide-angle shot will show you in your seats. Let’s do our best not to show the world any disregard for safety protocols.
  • Please keep your masks on when we sing.
  • The praise team will be further back on the stage so that praise team singers can lead the singing without wearing masks.
  • We will not be passing offering plates, but there will be offering baskets near the exit doors. If you prefer, you can keep giving online or by snail mail as well.
  • Instead of having members put their attendance forms in the offering, we will have volunteers taking attendance each Sunday.
  • On Communion Sundays, we will be handing out communion packets at the entrances of the buildings.

 

When the service is over

 

  • If you have a prayer request, you can fill out a prayer request form at the prayer request station. Take a “clean” pen to write with, and after you use the pen, place the used pen in the “used” pens container. Place the prayer request sheet in the offering basket at the exit. 
  • If you wish to socialize after dismissal, we request that the majority of socializing after the service takes place outside.
  • You will be dismissed by rows to cut down on traffic at the doors.
  • A volunteer cleaning team will clean and disinfect the buildings after the service ends each week.

 

Thank you for taking the time to read through our regathering plan. We understand this feels like a lot of unnecessary complications and restrictions, but for the sake of God’s glory and the good of others, and not for the sake of ourselves, we ask that you would do your best to respect and comply with these guidelines as you re-gather with us to worship our God in-person.