Almighty and immortal God, giver of life and health...
With the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic continuing to affect many aspects of our lives and with a mind toward providing a clean and healthy place of worship for all, we have set in place several policies in accordance with health officials. If you plan to join us in person for Sunday worship, please review the following questionnaire and protocol. In addition, please continue to pray for health and healing during this global crisis.
Self-screening prior to joining in person
Before joining Emmanuel for worship in person, all parishioners are asked to take their temperature. If a fever of 100.4 or higher is recorded, we ask that you remain home for your own health as well as others. (We may also require your temperature to be taken in person to insure you are not running a fever at the time of your entry. This just depends on what is considered “best practices” at the time of our services.) If your temperature is normal, you will be asked screening questions prior to entering the building. Please know that if you answer yes to any/all of the following symptoms you will be asked to return home for your own health and will not be allowed to enter the building.
• COVID-19 symptoms (that are not caused by another condition) include: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, recent loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.
• Within the past 14 days, have you had contact with anyone that you know had COVID-19 or COVID-like symptoms? Contact is being 6 feet (2 meters) or closer for more than 15 minutes with a person, or having direct contact with fluids from a person with COVID-19 (for example, being coughed or sneezed on).
• Have you had a positive COVID-19 test for active virus in the past 10 days?
• Within the past 14 days, has a public health or medical professional told you to self-monitor, self-isolate, or self-quarantine because of concerns about COVID-19 infection?
Protocols while meeting in person
Entrance to the building will be only from the parking lot entrance on the west side of the building.
Sanitation stations will be at the entrance and in the foyer of the sanctuary, to use when you enter. Please continue to be diligent in washing your hands using soap and warm water for 20 seconds or more. Personal sanitizer is also helpful.
Masks will be required to be worn by everyone attending while in the building, exceptions being granted to children under 5, people with certain disabilities or health conditions, and those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Fresh masks will be available for anyone who wants one if you do not have or forgot your personal mask. All ministry volunteers will be masked at all times while leading our liturgical worship. Everyone should stay masked until they are out of the building and away from others.
Social distancing rules and best practices apply. Our host church, Rock of Ages, has roped off pews in the sanctuary in order to make social distancing clear and to remove guesswork. We suggest family members sit together. Anyone in the same pew who is not of the same household should uphold the officially recommended “social distancing" practices of 6'.
Comfort zones vary from person to person. Please exhibit grace and thoughtfulness for others gathering who may have different opinions on what might be deemed comfortable proximity. Everyone should stay within their own comfort zone–6’ or more–and not allow anyone to encroach upon that. Please feel free to state to others what your comfortability zone is and let us all respect each other.
Communion of one kind will be observed with only the bread being offered, no wine or liquids. One communion wafer will be placed inside a small plastic bag and should be received in one of the following ways.
(1) people will stay distanced as they pick up their bag at the front
(2) one designated person from each household may carry the bags back to their household
(3) people may bring their own pre-consecrated wafers from home, which would have previously been delivered to them while we only gathered online.
When passing the peace you may wave, nod, or whatever friendly acknowledgement you wish as long as you remain at least 6’ apart. Hand shakes, elbow bumps, or hugs are not yet part of our safe protocols.
Thank you for observing these practices. You will be helping to make everyone’s life and health safer. This actually is the way of Christ–to consider others more significant than yourselves.