update from the Life Spring Board of Elders

Ministry PLAN

LIFE SPRING CHURCH


UPDATE: August 28, 2020


As we continue to make adjustments to our ministries in response to the evolving health crisis we face, the Elders want to share the following information with you about future ministry plans. Like every such announcement we have make, this is subject to change as conditions in society change. 


We will continue with our Summer Schedule (one Service at 10:00; no Sunday school or children's activities) through September. If attendance warrants, we will resume a 2 Service schedule, and will advise you if that happens. We expect to continue with the current health protocols, including social distancing and wearing of masks, for the near future. 


Early Service at 9:00

  • No Nursery, Sunday School or Children’s Activities
  • One Hour in length

Late Service at 10:30

  • Identical to 9:00 Service
  • No Adult Sunday school
  • We will provide Sunday school/Children's Church for Elementary aged children
  • We will provide infant/toddler nursery

Our Nursery and Children’s Ministry Teams are working on plans and protocols for resuming these activities, and we will give further information in September.

 

We know that there are still many families with reservations about attending large-crowd events and who are hesitant to have their children participate in such activities. We respect that, and we continue to urge you to make decisions about what is best for you and your families.

 

As always, if you have questions or concerns, please contact one of our Elders.

 

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These plans are subject to revision in accordance with governmental and health directives, or as conditions change.

 

While we take a conservative approach to resuming services, we are mindful of those who still have concerns about being in public, and we will plan to offer an online alternative. We will attempt to record the early service and post it to our website by noon on Sunday. This is subject to the whims of modern technology, of course.

 

Prior to the first service, our custodial staff will undertake a thorough cleaning and disinfecting of all facilities.

 

Following protocols set forth by health officials, we will thoroughly clean all facilities that are open to the staff and congregation.

 

If you are sick, have a fever or cough or other symptoms, please stay home until the symptoms are resolved.

 

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There are rows of seats in the back designated for families with young children if you would like to sit in the back with your family. 

 

We will utilize the east set of doors into the main building for entrance, and the west set of doors for exit.  We will create a physical barrier between the Ingress and Egress lanes.

 

We will utilize the north doors into the Auditorium for entrance and south doors for exit from the Auditorium.

 

We discourage people from gathering in the Life Center. We ask congregants to immediately make their way into the auditorium and be seated, and to exit immediately after the service has ended.

 

We ask that there be no physical contact of congregants, including shaking hands, hugging or greeting one another with a holy kiss.  😊

 

We ask congregants to maintain a distance of at least 6 feet between families. This would include at least 3 empty chairs between unrelated families.

 

Door greeters will be posted at the front doors to welcome guests, but they will not shake hands with guests. If possible, greeters will hold the exterior doors open for entrance into the building.

 

Ushers will be posted at the entrance to the doors to the auditorium to welcome guests and answer questions, but they will not have physical contact with the guests. Following the Service, ushers will be posted by the tables on which the offering baskets will be placed.

 

The Welcome Center will remain closed for the time being.

 

We will not publish a paper bulletin. We will publish Sermon Notes online, and you can print them off before you come to worship.

 

We will not ask guests to complete a physical Next Step but will encourage those who attend to complete the online Next Step or check-in to the service.

 

We will not pass an offering basket, but we will place offering baskets in the Life Center and encourage guests to place their offerings in the baskets after Services or utilize online giving.

 

We ask guests who wish to visit with each other to do so outside and away from the building.

 

We encourage guests to wear facemasks while in the building. Volunteers will wear masks while on duty.

 

We will provide several places where hand sanitizer is available.

 

The rest of the Church Campus will remain closed for church activities and private groups through at least the end of September. This means no activities in The Neos or Suite 118 at this time. The main building will be used only for Sunday morning worship services and preparation for services.

 

The Church Office will remain closed. Staff members are available to meet by appointment.