FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, HOPEWELL, VA
July 2020 IN-PERSON WORSHIP PLAN – THE WORSHIP SERVICE
The worship service will consist of the following components to comply with Phase 2 COVID 19 requirements:
Call to Worship
Special Music (at least one selection)
In addition to posted signage, the pastor will provide a reminder of protocols at the beginning of the service (e.g., social distancing, face coverings must be worn at all times, no handshakes or hugging, etc.) The pastor will remind the congregation about the necessity of registering with the church every week that they plan to attend.
The words to hymns will be spoken rather than sung. Instructions related to hymns will ,be provided prior to the first hymn. Special music will be instrumental only. The Call to Worship, Scripture, Prayers, and Hymns will be projected onto a screen at the front of the sanctuary. The pastor will explain when and where offering can be given.
Prior to Holy Communion, the pastor will explain when and where those in attendance should pick up and partake of the pre-packaged communion elements.
At the conclusion of the service, the pastor will provide a reminder about traffic flow, both in the building and in the parking lot, and including which exits are to be used.
IN-PERSON WORSHIP PLAN – PREPARATION
An email message will be sent to all members informing them of the Virginia United Methodist Conference requirements for in-person worship. A phone call will be made advising members without email to call the church office (804-458-8076) to receive specific information. The VAUMC requirements for in-person worship will also be posted on our church website (fumchopewell.org).
HEALTH ACKNOWLEDGEMENT FORM
Each attendee must complete a Health Acknowledgement Form prior to attending the first service. (It is strongly suggested that this be done prior to the first registration.) Copies of the health form will be available in the church office, or the form can be completed on the church website (fumchopewell.org). Attendees may also call the church office for assistance in completing the form via the telephone (804-458-8076).
Any person wishing to attend an in-person worship service MUST register at least 4 days before the date of the worship service (not later than Wednesday), so there may be adequate time for capacity planning. Persons may register on our church website (fumchopewell.org) or call the church office (804-458-8076). The church office will prepare a list of all persons registering for a specific in-person worship service and place the list on a registration table at each entrance.
The complete physical address of the church will be posted at each entrance and in the Narthex for quick reference in case emergency personnel should need to be contacted.
All touchable surfaces in areas designated for use will be cleaned and sanitized prior to the worship service. Hymnals, Bibles and all other items will be removed from Sanctuary pews. There will be no paper bulletins or handouts. Specific pews will be designated for use, leaving an empty pew between occupied pews, and specific seats will be marked.
A volunteer will be in the church parking lot to direct attendees to leave an empty parking space between each vehicle if possible. The volunteer will remind attendees to have their face coverings on when leaving their vehicle and to observe 6-foot social distancing while walking to the church building.
Greeters will be wearing face coverings when entering the building and will verify that the following sign is posted on the outside of the doors at designated entrances.
NO ONE WITH A TEMPERATURE OVER 100.4 OR SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19 OR ANYONE WHO HAS BEEN EXPOSED TO A COVID-19 CASE IN THE PAST 14 DAYS WILL BE ALLOWED IN THE BUILDING.
Greeters will verify that this sign is posted at entrances and in hallways.
FACE COVERING AND SOCIAL DISTANCING IS REQUIRED AT ALL TIMES
At least two greeters will be stationed at each entrance (more will be needed as the number of attendees increases).
Greeters will wear face coverings at all times.
a. One greeter outside to open door, verify that attendees are wearing face coverings, and to monitor social distancing. Attendees will have been asked to check their body temperatures at home before coming to the service; if not done, the greeter will check for an acceptable temperature with a non-contact thermometer before admittance is allowed. If temperature is above the allowable 100.4, the attendee will be asked to return home.
b. One greeter inside to confirm that attendees have completed the health Questionnaire and pre-registered to attend the service. If either has not been done, the attendee will not be admitted. If an attendee states he/she is not feeling well, he/she will be asked to return home.
The inside greeter must remain behind a table or desk to maintain separation from those entering the building.
Ushers will wear face coverings at all times. Ushers will unlock only the two doors being used for in-person worship (parking lot and elevator entrances). Following our normal safety procedures, doors will be locked 15 minutes after the service begins. (Crash bars allow for exit without unlocking if required.)
Ushers will verify that the following sign is posted at the bottom and top of the Sanctuary stairway and inside the elevator.
FACE COVERING AND SOCIAL DISTANCING IS REQUIRED AT ALL TIMES
Ushers will verify that offering plates have been placed on the altar rail by each exit door at the front of the Sanctuary, so offerings may be dropped off as attendees leave the service. The tellers will pick up the offerings at the end of the service.
Ushers will verify that all worship materials (hymnals, Bibles, etc.) have been removed from the pews, and that appropriate pews have been closed off in order to maintain the 6-foot social distancing requirement.
Ushers will ensure attendees choose seats that meet the 6-foot social distancing guidelines. VAUMC Guidelines suggest that attendees should sit at each end of a pew, and that only family members who reside together may sit close to each other. With the longer length of First UMC pews, for three single attendees it will be permissible for the third attendee to sit in the middle of a pew with one at each end.
Ushers will monitor the congregation to ensure no one removes a face covering. If that occurs, the usher will quietly remind the attendee that he/she must replace the face covering or leave the service, or the service will immediately end.
Ushers will observe attendees during the service for anyone who seems to become ill and will escort them out of the sanctuary and call for medical assistance if necessary.
Ushers may sit with their family members during the service as long as they are able to efficiently perform all required duties.
At the end of the service, ushers will dismiss the attendees in an orderly manner, one pew at a time, to assure that social distancing is maintained.
SANITIZING SURFACES IN AREAS DESIGNATED FOR USE
PREFACE: Researchers report the Corona virus can live on surfaces up to four to five days. That considered, if only Sunday services are held, weekly sanitizing all areas would not be required, since the virus would die before the next service. Otherwise, after each in-person worship service, it shall be the responsibility of the staff custodian(s) to sanitize with color-safe and/or wood-safe disinfectant all surfaces in areas to be occupied. That responsibility includes, but may not necessarily be limited to the following.
Areas designated for use will be prepared and sanitized as follows:
Sanitize with color-safe disinfectant all tile floors in designated hallways and restrooms in the Education Wing and in the Fellowship Hall restrooms.
Sanitize with color-safe disinfectant all light switches, door handles and handrails, including those at building entrances and exits, Sanctuary doors, and the elevator control panel and handrails.
Sanitize with color-safe disinfectant all restroom fixtures, door handles and handrails, commodes, faucets, etc. Remove trash and liners from all trash containers after each service. Close the liners securely, dispose of promptly, and place new liners in trash containers. Post the following hand-washing reminder signs in all restrooms.
WASH HANDS BEFORE LEAVING THE RESTROOM
Sanitize with wood-safe disinfectant (70% alcohol with 30% water only) the backs of all pews and pew ends in the space designated for use, the Pulpit and Lectern, the Communion rail, and the hardwood floors between used pews.
Vacuum carpets weekly in Sanctuary and in all surrounding areas.
Kitchens will remain closed, and no beverages or food will be served anywhere in the church.