GUIDELINES FOR GATHERING

(INSIDE & OUTSIDE)

GUIDELINES FOR INSIDE GATHERINGS

 

  • Masks are required for anyone who attends over the age of 2. According to the most recent public health order on the state of New Mexico, face coverings are mandatory in all public places. Our staff and volunteers will be wearing masks unless they are on the stage speaking or leading us in worship. We will have single-use masks available if you forget yours. We will be singing when we gather, but masks must be worn then too. We know that this is inconvenient, but we also know that there are studies that show that singing spreads aerosol particles and droplets further than talking does.

 

  • Social distancing measures will be required. Please do your best to stay 6-feet apart from one another if at all possible. When you arrive at the building, feel free to visit in the parking lot, but once you enter the building, please go directly to the worship center and be seated. We ask that there be no congregating in the foyer. When the service is over, please exit the building as quickly as possible. Feel free to visit with one another afterward, but please do it outside in the parking lot with your mask on and socially distanced. Please refrain from handshakes, fist bumps, elbow bumps, and other forms of physical contact.

 

  • Worship Center seating has been arranged for social distancing. Every other row in the worship center has been removed providing at least 6-feet between rows.  We ask that three chairs be left empty between families or groups that want to sit together. By the Governor's order, we are allowed to meet at 40% capacity. Our legal seating capacity is 312, so this means that we are allowed to have 124 people attend our worship gatherings right now. With social distance requirements in place, we are able to fit 160 chairs in the worship center. With the requirement of having 3 empty seats between family units, this will probably bring the available seating down to the low 100s. At this time, we don't think there is a need to have you reserve your spot, but this may change in time. We don't want to turn anyone away, so if we get to the point where we think we will exceed the allowed 124 people, we will consider doing a second service.

 

  • We will not be opening the nursery or offering "My Message" for our children at this time. We understand that keeping children in the service can sometimes be difficult. Therefore, we will work to keep the service time to one hour. Feel free to bring activity books, quiet toys, etc., and please don't worry about noise. Screaming or crying children can be a problem 😊 but occasional chatter is fine. We hope to have the service streaming in the Cafe if your children become too restless to be in the service.

  • Weekly deep cleaning and sanitation of the foyer, worship center, and main restrooms.  Every surface in these areas will be cleaned and sanitized before your arrival and re-cleaned and re-sanitized after you leave. We have added sanitation stations throughout the foyer, worship center, and restrooms, and we ask that there only be 3 people in the restroom at a time. The office area, classrooms, classroom hallway, back restrooms, and the youth room will be blocked off. Please make sure that your children don't wander off to those areas.

 

  • We will make our gathering as “touchless” as possible.  All doors will be open so that no doorknobs need to be touched. We will take communion together but will have pre-sealed bread and cup packets available in the foyer for you to grab before heading into the worship center. Of course, you may bring your own elements if you would like. Also, we will not be passing out worship guides but  - like with the Church in the Parking Lot - we will make the worship guide available to you prior to Sunday morning so that you can print off a copy at home or use your device to view it on Sunday mornings.

GUIDELINES FOR OUTSIDE GATHERINGS

 

  • The parking lot will be open 30 minutes before we start.
    Parking spots will be available on the north end of the building and in the Noah's Ark parking lot. If you are able to walk a bit, you can always park around the east end of Lynnewood Park (where we have our church picnics) and walk up to our parking lot. That would really help.
     

  • Please bring the following items with you:
    Lawn chairs for your family, blankets for the ground if you're OK putting them down on asphalt, hand sanitizer (we will also provide hand sanitizing stations), water for your family, and feel free to bring food to eat. This will be like a church picnic with no communal food and no mingling! :-(
     

  • Please set up your seating area at least 6 feet away from the nearest people.
    Find a parking spot and set up camp. Please keep the center section of the parking lot open for an aisle-way for people to walk in.
     

  • Please wear a mask before and after the service.
    You may take your masks off (if you feel comfortable doing so) during the worship service. If we were all indoors, we would ask that masks remain on, but since we're outdoors, it is much safer to remove them once we're settled in. However, when you're talking to people, please keep your mask on and stay socially distanced.
     

  • The building will be open for bathroom use.
    We ask that you wear your masks while inside and use hand sanitizer before entering the restroom and when you leave. Designated doors will be open for entering the building, and the less you touch anything inside, the better. And if possible, please limit the amount of people in the restroom at any given time to just a few people.
     

  • Please keep your children with you at all times
    We will limit the service time to 60-70 minutes tops, and you will need to keep your family together in your allotted space at all times (unless you're taking them to the restroom). There will be no children's program, but there will be a "My Message" children's message during the service. Feel free to bring things for your kids to do, and don't worry about noisy kids! There will be plenty of noise from the traffic on Tramway, so please don't worry about loud children.

WHO SHOULD NOT JOIN US RIGHT NOW?

Please stay home if you or any of your family members living with you are exhibiting or recently have been exhibiting the following symptoms. All of these have been identified by Centers of Disease Control as potential symptoms of COVID-19. Even if you believe you know of another reason for the presence of these symptoms, please stay home out of an abundance of caution.

 

  • A fever (100.4 or higher)

  • Cough

  • Chills

  • Sore throat

  • Shortness of breath

  • Muscle pain

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Gastrointestinal symptoms

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