Updated 05-20-2020


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Please carefully read the guidelines and be prepared to follow them when you arrive for worship. We will be observing strict social distancing protocols and congregants will be required to wear a mask and pass through a brief screening process before entering the church facilities.

Reopening Guidelines and Protocols 

Governing Principles

  1. Our first priority will be the safety and health of our congregation and staff.
  2. We will adhere to the federal, state, and city guidelines for opening up.
  3. We will continue to consult with city leaders, other churches, and medical professionals.
  4. We will stay informed on current trends of the COVID-19 virus.

What you need to know before you attend

  1. Live streaming of both 9:30am and 11:00am services will continue on Sunday mornings.
  2. We will initially meet in the Sanctuary for services at 9:30am, and 11:00am.
  3. Gathered worship will take place in the Sanctuary only.
  4. Fellowship Hall and Harper Chapel will be used as overflow areas.
  5. The 11:00am service is a traditional worship service.
  6. The 9:30am service is a contemporary worship service; the Ignite worship team will participate.
  7. No small groups, Sunday Schools, or Sunday Life Groups will be held on campus until further notice.
  8. Small groups, Sunday Schools, and Sunday Life Groups should plan to continue meeting electronically at their convenience.
  9. Children under five years old will be asked to remain at home with their parents.
  10. There will be no Children’s Sunday School or Youth Life Groups on campus.
  11. Each person will be screened before they enter church property.
  12. Face masks are required while on church property. Please bring a face mask with you; if you are unable to do so, one will be provided at the screening station. Face masks will also be required throughout worship.
  13. Please do not attend if you fall into one of these categories:
    a. Individuals with: chronic lung disease, moderate to severe asthma, serious heart conditions, immunocompromised including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, prolonged use of corticosteroids or other immune-weakening medications, severe obesity, diabetes, chronic kidney disease and undergoing dialysis, liver disease
    b. Those who are or have recently been sick
    c. Children under five years old
    d. Those who have recently traveled out of state
    e. Those who have any symptoms of COVID-19: fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell
  14. Social distancing protocols will be in place; your cooperation will be appreciated.
  15. The bathrooms on the main floor (near the main reception area and the Parlor) and those on the first floor (near the choir room and Fellowship Hall) will be open.
  16. The sextons will be responsible for sanitizing the entrance doors and restrooms.
  17. Volunteers will wipe down and sanitize the Sanctuary, Chapel, and Fellowship Hall at the close of each service.

Preparing Facilities and Campus for Worship

  1. Our Sextons have completed a deep cleaning of our facilities.
  2. Hand wipes and sanitizers will be available in bathrooms, hallways, and entrances.
  3. A limited number of entrances will be available: choir room entrance, main reception/portico, and Memorial Hall entrance.
  4. All other entrances will be closed.
  5. A one-way system for moving through the campus will be in place.
  6. Entrance doors and exit doors will be propped open at the appropriate times.

What to expect when you arrive

  1. Entrances will open 30 minutes prior to the beginning of each service.
  2. Health screening tables will be set up at each entrance and, if necessary, at the courtyard entrance to Fellowship Hall.
  3. Be prepared to answer the following COVID-19 Screening Questions:
    a. What is your name?
    b. Have you had contact with individuals with known COVID-19 infection?
    c. Have you had fever or chills?
    d. Do you have a new cough or difficulty breathing?
    e. Have you recently traveled outside South Carolina?
  4. You will be asked to use hand sanitizer and wear a mask when you arrive.
  5. Signage will be placed throughout the facilities reminding people of social distancing and general hygiene.
  6. Tape will be placed at six-foot intervals at all queuing areas (hallways, entrances, etc.).

What to expect in our Worship Services

  1. Live streaming of services will continue each week.
  2. Sunday morning television broadcasts will continue at 10:30am on Fox Carolina.
  3. The target date for restarting worship was May 17, 2020.
  4. We will initially conduct three services – 8:00am, 9:30am, and 11:00am. Please note as of May 18, 2020, service times have changed to ONLY 9:30am (Ignite) and 11:00am (traditional).
  5. The worship services will not exceed 50 minutes.
  6. All services will be held in the Sanctuary.
  7. Harper Chapel and Fellowship Hall will be used as overflow areas.
  8. Every other pew in the Sanctuary and Chapel will be roped off.
  9. Upon entering the Sanctuary, you will be seated by an usher. This will enable us to sanitize each pew that has been occupied after the close of the service.
  10. Members of the same household can sit together; however, social distancing must be maintained with other congregants.
  11. Fellowship Hall will be set up with six feet between rows.
  12. The music at 11:00am will be supervised and provided by Tom Barrett and musicians. There will be no choir or orchestra during this transition period. Small musical ensembles may be used.
  13. The music for the 9:30am service will be provided by Graydon Tomlinson and the Ignite worship team.
  14. Offering plates will be placed at each entrance and exit in the Sanctuary, Chapel, and Fellowship Hall.
  15. Please place your offering in the plate as you enter or exit. Alternatively, you can continue to give online.
  16. Communion will not take place during the initial startup period.
  17. No childcare will be offered.
  18. No Kids Church will be offered. No Children’s Sunday School or Youth Life Groups will meet.
  19. No one-on-one prayer will take place after services.
  20. Pastors will be assigned to each worship space.
  21. The pastors will dismiss the congregation by sections with the ushers’ guidance.
  22. You will not be able to exit through the door you came in.
  23. No bulletins or other publications will be distributed.
  24. We will remove hymnbooks, Bibles, and other literature from racks in pews.
  25. No printed Order of Service will be available.
  26. A medical professional will be available at each service.

Miscellaneous

  1. No food or coffee service will be available in public areas.
  2. The Vineyard bookstore will be closed during worship services.
  3. Literature racks will be empty. No publications will be made available in public areas.

Volunteer Base

  1. Numerous volunteers will be required. All volunteers will be screened prior to active service.
  2. Elders and deacons who are not in the high-risk categories will be recruited and trained to serve as traffic monitors, sanitizers for wiping down of worship space and overflow areas, and screeners.
  3. We will identify and train supervisors for:
    a. Screening stations and volunteer screening
    b. Sanitizers for worship spaces
    c. Traffic monitors
    d. Ushers