Reopening and Social Distancing Guidelines and Updates
Update – 7/18/2o2o
Greetings Crossroads Family;
I want to write a quick letter to inform you about the OKC mask restrictions passed in the OKC city council meeting yesterday. This ordinance is in place until Sept. 8th (unless changed by city leadership). The ordinance says that masks should be worn indoors by persons 11 years of age and older. Allow me to line out what this means for us, specifically in regards to our Sunday morning worship experiences.
The first thing we need to understand is that along with the mask ordinance, city leadership included a list of “exceptions.” On this list is religious gatherings. The exceptions reads:
“people at a religious service or ceremony where social distancing is observed between groups of people from different households”
This is what this exception means for us:
- Masks are not “required” for entrance into the worship service; nor is it required to enter the building
- People will not be turned away if they enter without a mask
- People will not be made to put on a mask if not wearing one
- This exception is NOT a blanket exemption from social distancing
- The church must and will continue to adhere to “social distancing” protocols including distanced seating, volunteers and staff wearing masks while performing their duties, limiting entrances and bathrooms to minimize surface touches, etc.
- I am asking that our church family self-adhere to “social distancing protocols”
- All church family members are encouraged to wear masks when interacting with others (within 6′)
- All church family members are encouraged to socially distance
- All church family members are encouraged to wash their hands
On a personal note:
We do not live with a spirit of fear. Thus, we do not want to be ruled by fear. We believe in God’s protection, power, and healing. We live in liberty and freedom and not bondage. However, Paul writes, “In your liberty, do not cause another to stumble.” We must always be aware that those around us may not hold your opinion when it comes to face masks. Some may view the ordinance as a breach of our freedoms. Others may view it as a necessary step to keep the public safe. A difference in outlook does not sever the bonds of spiritual brotherhood among us. Let us also be considerate of our family members who are “vulnerable individuals.” For those who are immuno-compromised or elderly, the sheer act of coming to church with a mask may be a huge step of faith. For others, the act of remaining home and not attending the church they have made their home so they can remain safe may also be a huge step of faith.
I know everyone has very strong feelings about this pandemic, face masks, and the situation our world is in; no matter what side of the issues you are on. We all have opinions and thoughts. Let us lead our city; not with opinions or thoughts, but with love. Let us walk through this pandemic together; as a family. Let’s be patient and filled with grace with each other.
I love all of you and I can’t wait to worship with you either on-campus or online.
Purpose: To give a clear and concise timeline as well as guidelines safely re-open the operations of Crossroads Church. This includes congregational meetings, small group meetings, and daily operations. The guidelines contained in this plan were compiled after careful review of Federal, State and Local guidance and guidance from the Assemblies of God presbytery.
*all guidelines for people 65+ and Vulnerable Individuals (per White House guidelines) will be in alignment with White House strategies and will only change upon directive from Government Agencies.
*All guidelines and timelines are subject to change based upon guidelines provided by our local, state, and national Government Agencies.
What this includes: Sunday Morning AM Service at 10:30AM. All other ministry must wait for further guidelines.
Timeline: Crossroads Church will begin meeting together May 10th, 2020 at 10:30AM with a modified meeting format and schedule. This will change and expand as the threat of Covid-19 decreases.
Phase 1: May 10th
Pase 2: June 7th
Phase 3: TBD
Phase 1 Guidelines:
- Sunday AM service will be a family-style service with no children’s ministries nor any discipleship classes provided.
- Any congregant running a fever or showing symptoms of illness should stay home.
- All congregation members 65+ and vulnerable individuals (per White House guidelines) should follow “safer at home” guidelines and remain at home.
- Doors will open no more than 30 minutes prior to service.
- Every 3rd pew will be open for seating, including the balcony (Pew designations should insure that no filled pews are directly across the aisle from each other.)
- All interior doors will be left open to minimize surface touches.
- Entrances will be limited to the 3 circular drive though areas, which have automatic doors and will have greeters assisting.
- All attendees are encouraged to wear masks while inside the building. Masks will be made available upon request.
- Volunteers dealing directly with people are required to wear masks while performing their duties (with the exception of being on stage). Masks will be provided, if needed.
- Staff are required to wear masks while performing their duties (with the exception of being on stage). Masks will be provided, if needed.
- A limited number of bathrooms will be open to ensure proper cleaning and disinfecting during service time as well as allowing proper monitoring of capacity.
- Offering buckets will be placed across the main auditorium and will not be passed.
- No food or beverages will be sold or made available.
- There will be no meet and greet time during the service. All forms of contact greeting are discouraged – use “air” handshakes and hugs.
- Only people that reside in the same household should sit together and no more than two households per pew sitting on opposite ends.
- Signage will be in place throughout the campus regarding proper distancing, non-contact greeting, seating guidelines and hygiene.
- All items in the back of pews will be removed.
Phase 2 Guidelines (same as Phase 1, except for the following changes)
- Discipleship classes will begin meeting
- Social distancing practices are still encouraged (i.e. wearing of masks, no physical contact)
- Children’s ministries will be provided
- Workers/Volunteers should wear masks when interacting with children within 6ft
- Food and Drink will be available
- Workers/volunteers should wear masks
- Any congregant who feels they are high-risk should remain at home until they are comfortable returning to services/meetings.
- Off-Campus Groups semester re-structure
- June 7-21 thru Aug. 9th
- September 6-20 thru Nov. 15th