VIRTUAL VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

JULY 27TH - 31ST

Grades K-5

Covid-19 Protocol for Live Worship

 Safe, Happy and Together! This is the goal for Limona Village Chapel as we prepare to return to in person worship! The following is a protocol for our return to in person worship beginning on Sunday, September 20, 2020. This protocol has been carefully put together by your Covid19 Task force. The spirit in which this protocol was created was one of loving God while loving our neighbor. As United Methodists we value Wesley’s general rules for the church which are: Do No Harm, Do Good Always, and Stay in Love with God. As a team we value human life and we have put down our own personal preferences for the good of all people who may enter our worship space.

This protocol reflects phase 1.5 of returning to live worship. We have learned more about Covid-19 and this protocol reflects that new wisdom. Even so, we are uncertain of the future and the trajectory of Covid-19 we recognize that this is a starting place and based on future events these guidelines could become less or greater as time moves forward. Our goal is to provide a worship experience where no harm is done. It is our greatest prayer and hope that we will see less of a need to follow these strict guidelines in the future but find them necessary in our current situation. We ask that you carefully read each guideline and then prayerfully consider if you are able to submit to them before joining us for in person worship on September 20, 2020. The Covid-19 team will continue to revise these guidelines as needed on a monthly basis.

Who SHOULD Come?

  • People who are well (no recent contact with infected persons, not exhibiting flu-like symptoms)

  • Clergy, Worship Team

  • People who cannot attend online

  • People who feel it is the right time for their family

  • People who are willing to wear a mask and social distance until such a time they are not necessary.

Who Should CONSIDER Staying Home?

  • Children under 2 years of age

  • Elderly at risk

  • People who live in a nursing home or long care facility

  • People with underlying medical conditions including:

  • Chronic lung disease or Asthma or Compromised immune systems (cancer treatments, bone marrow transplant, etc)

  • People with severe obesity or People with diabetes or People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis

  • People with liver disease

Who MUST stay home?

  • People who are experiencing any flu like symptoms

  • People who have been exposed to Covid-19

  • People who have a fever of 100.4 or greater in past 24 hours

  • People who have traveled outside of the country in the past 14 days

  • People who have a sick family member at home

How to PREPARE to come to church

  • Consider if you are well enough to come and not putting yourself or others at risk

  • Choose to attend one service or the other so everyone can attend

  • Go to the restroom before you leave your home

  • Wash your hands before you leave your home

  • Make sure you have a cloth mask that covers nose and mouth

  • Make sure you have a small bottle of hand sanitizer

  • Make sure to bring your own Bible as all pew Bibles have been removed

  • Make sure you are ready to follow our guidelines – if you are not able to follow these guidelines, we ask that you stay home until you are able to or they are lifted

  • 9:30am attendees will park in Victoria Street Parking lot only and enter through North doors to Fellowship hall only

  • 10:45am attendees will park on Limona Road Parking lot only and enter through South doors to Sanctuary only

When you ARRIVE at church

  • Place your mask on before leaving your car

  • Use your hand sanitizer before entering the building

  • Allow greeters to open and close the doors for you

  • While on church property please keep a 6ft distance from one another at all times (please don’t shake hands, give hugs or high fives)

  • Don’t gather in groups but immediately go to your seat

  • Sit only in appropriate marked seats (please don’t move signs or chairs as they have been placed where they are to follow CDC guidelines)

  • Keep your masks on at all times

  • Please refrain from using restroom unless absolutely necessary and then it will only be one person/family at a time

  • Cover all coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of the elbow

What we have done to PREPARE for your arrival

  • Cleaned and disinfected all surfaces as recommended by the CDC prior to your arrival and after your departure

  • Marked off seating to keep in line with CDC regulations

  • Placed seating at appropriate distances from the Choir, Praise Band and persons speaking to ensure safety.

  • Removed all coffee and food items (you may bring your own drink but we ask that you refrain from bringing food)

  • Provided a bathroom attendant to clean after each use

  • Provided sanitizing stations at entrances

  • Have masks on hand for those who need them

  • Removed all items that could cause contamination (Bibles, hymnals, pencils, etc.)

  • Offering & Connect Cards will be placed in offering boxes at the rear of sanctuary

  • We will not pass the offering plates/baskets

  • We will not pass communion or come forward for communion

  • We will only sing if everyone has a mask on

  • Choir/worship and communicators will be no less than 12 feet away from congregants

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Limona Village Chapel United Methodist Church

408 Limona Road, Brandon, FL 33510

813-689-8385

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