COVID-19 GUIDELINES FOR IN-PERSON GATHERINGS
Our seating is spaced comfortably to better allow for physical distancing. Please arrive early to allow yourself plenty of time to get you and your family seated. As you exit the worship center and facility, please be mindful of not overcrowding the passageways. Take your time, there’s no rush.
Face coverings are highly recommended. Our hosts—ushers, greeters, and staff—will be wearing a face covering when physical distancing cannot be maintained, out of love for those who could be at risk. For the most up-to-date CDC recommendations, visit their Coronavirus Page.
Gospel City Kids is open with limited room capacity and extra health & safety protocols. Room availability is first come, first served. So please arrive early. For details, visit: mygospelcity.org/kids
We will not be passing offering bags. There will be giving boxes available at the entrances of the worship center where you can deposit checks or cash. The most convenient and widely-used method for giving is through automated giving (online, or through your bank). As always, you can continue to give online or via text, as well as by mailing a check to the church office.
We will not be passing the connection register. We will continue to provide our digital connection register at mygospelcity.org/sunday for you to communicate your attendance and share your prayer requests.
There will be several safety protocols in place, such as the availability of multiple hand sanitizer stations and the sanitization of high-traffic and high-touch areas between services. We will not hand out materials (ie. bulletins), pass offering bags and registers, nor shake hands.
ONLINE WORSHIP AVAILABLE
There are many who still may choose to participate in worship with us from home for a time. We will continue to provide the same high-quality and high-impact worship through our streaming services (YouTube / Facebook). Let’s continue to be missional and invite your friends to worship online.
Whether gathering with us in-room or online, both services (9am + 11am) will be LIVE to provide a unified experience.
PLEASE STAY HOME IF…
YOU ARE SICK – If you or another member of your household are sick, or think you might be sick, please help protect others by staying home. If we notice you’re sick, we will kindly ask you to leave for the safety and health of others attending the services.
YOU ARE AT RISK – COVID-19 has been particularly harmful to those who have certain pre-existing medical conditions. If you are in a specific category of risk that makes you susceptible, we encourage you to continue to participate in worship with us online until restrictions are further lifted. Ultimately the decision is yours, but we’d rather you not risk it.
YOU ARE UNCOMFORTABLE – It’s okay if you’re not yet ready to attend services in person. We will continue to stream our gatherings online just like we always have. We would rather you be home and happy than here and miserable.
What about physical distancing?
To the best of our ability, we are providing those who wish to distance themselves the opportunity to do so. Greeters will wear face coverings and hold the doors open for you. Rows of chairs will be spaced further than normal, and ushers will not seat you directly next to others outside of your household. We now have increased space for fellowshipping in the lobby with each other. Our hosts are holding doors so you can enter through them easily. We also have more parking, a new entrance, and larger lobby space if you enter on the north side of the building.
What if I need more time before I return?
Please know that we fully understand you! We want you to return when you feel comfortable and when it is safe for you. We encourage you to gather with us online, and to stay connected to the body through small groups.
What is available for my kids if we choose to stay home?
We recognize that many of you are uncomfortable or unable to return in-person in this current season. We would encourage you to lead your own Family Worship with your kids: read the Word, worship, and pray together. Let it be a sweet time of fellowship with your family that will reap benefits for many years to come as you slow down and seek His face together!
Each week we’ll provide the current passage of scripture we had planned for each week so that you can read it with your kids and talk about it with them with the accompanying questions and prayer points. In addition, we will give you a link to a short video version of the story. Check out the at-home family worship kits on our kids page.