May 12, 2020 COVID-19 Return to Church Procedures

May 13, 2020

 

Dear TCCC Family,

 

It’s hard to believe that we’ve been worshipping online for eight weeks!  Sunday, May 17th at 10:30 a.m. will be our first in-person worship service since the closure.  We’re excited to worship together, and have made a number of changes to adhere to social distancing guidelines.    Individuals choosing to gather in person are welcome to wear masks to service.   Please carefully read and follow the following procedures for our return.

 

Arrival:

  • The door will be held or propped open 

  • Bulletins will be unavailable

  • Take a bagged individual communion cup from the foyer table

  • Take a children’s bulletin for any children in your group

  • Choose a seat in the sanctuary.  Avoid congregating in groups before service.  

  • Announcements will be presented in the slide show on the screens

  • Secure offering boxes will be available for your offering as you enter the sanctuary.  You may also continue giving online at www.twincitiescb.org by clicking the $ link at the top of the page, or by mail to the church at 4220 Gifford Road, Council Bluffs, Iowa 51501

 

Seating:

  • Chairs and rows will be arranged to help members and guests maintain six feet of distance

  • Members of the same household may sit together

  • Fill in from the end of your row by having the first member of your group sit in either end seat and filling in each chair until each member of your party is seated.

  • Members and guests not living in the same household should sit six feet apart

  • Please leave three empty seats in your row between yourself and people not in your household to maintain distance

  • Most rows are arranged in groups of three and five.  Groups of one, two and three should first sit in the rows of three until all of these rows are full.   Once full, follow the above seating guidelines by sitting in the end seat and/ or leaving three empty seats between your party and others. 

  • Additional rows of seating are available in the entry

 

Worship Service:

  • After the communion meditation, please take your communion

  • Place your used, empty communion cup back in the baggie provided

  • Avoid handshakes, hugs, or other physical greetings

  • Use non-touch greetings such as verbal, waves, etc.

Dismissal

  • Rows will be dismissed from the sanctuary

  • Dispose of your bag with your used communion cup in the wastebaskets by the sanctuary entry

  • Exit the building after service

  • Avoid congregating in groups after service

Classes:

  • No in-person adult, youth, or children’s classes or cry room

  • Online children’s and youth lessons will continue to be posted as available

  • Online prayer meeting will continue to meet on Thursdays at 7 p.m. via Zoom- see FaceBook for details

 

Facilities:

  • Fellowship food, coffee, and water fountains will be unavailable  

  • High-touch surfaces will be sanitized between services

  • Playground equipment will be closed

 

In addition, remember to wash or sanitize hands frequently and maintain six feet of distance when interacting with others.   The board will continue to meet regularly to review  the current public health situation with COVID-19  and to determine additional changes as social distancing guidelines from public health officials are relaxed.  

 

We encourage those over 65 or in high-risk groups to consider continuing to worship at home.  Those who are ill or who have a cough, fever, sore throat, or shortness of breath, or who have been in contact with someone suspected of having COVID-19 in the last 14 days,  should also worship at home.  Sermons will continue to be posted online each week, and communion can be arranged for delivery by contacting the church.   

 

If you have any questions, please reach out to one of the church board members.  Please continue to pray for the church, our community, and the country as we navigate these challenging times.  

 

God Bless,


Twin Cities Christian Church Board

Howard DeVore, Elder

George Plunkett, Elder

Ab Wilson, Elder

Chad Booton, Deacon

Mitch Sivard, Deacon

John Stile, Deacon

Matt Beckner, Minister