Reopen Process for Hickory Chapel Wesleyan Church

Date: 5/28/2020

What does that look like exactly? The following is a list of recommendations we encourage everyone who attends to follow. If you have any questions, please contact the church office. The purpose of this document is to ensure everyone is safe to the best of our ability.

The CDC has published a list of “People Who Are at Higher Risk”. It is recommended that you review this website in helping you decide which service to attend. Please take a moment and review their guidelines. That website is:

  1. We have hired a new cleaning company with specific guidelines making sure our facilities are sanitized properly.
  2. We will offer 2 services each Sunday. 1st service will begin at 9:00am.
    1. Masks will be mandatory for everyone who attends this 1st service.
    2. If you are in the high-risk category with chronic medical conditions, we encourage you to attend.
    3. Masks are necessary to protect others not the mask wearer.
    4. Those who are on the platform will wear a mask except when speaking or singing.
  3. The 2nd service will begin at 10:45am.
    1. Masks will be highly recommended for those who attend the 2nd service.
      *Choosing to attend either service is your option.
  4. Masks will be provided if a congregant does not bring theirs from home.
  5. Services will be shorter in length with less singing, announcements & message. We will clean common surfaces between services.
  6. Congregation will be encouraged not to sing.
  7. Online services will continue even as we reopen.
  8. There will be no Sunday School in the building until further notice. Zoom classes will be offered instead and can be scheduled at different times and will be posted on website, email, & through bulletins.
    1. Boomer Class
    2. Faith & Fellowship
    3. Teen
    4. Children’s Church dept. (also teachers may offer sending SS material through postal services to students)
    5. Midweek evening Wednesday 7:00pm. “Welcome to our Home”
  9. Children’s church & Nursery at the church will be offered at a later determined time.
  10. Berean & Golden Rule classes will resume in the next few weeks.
  11. No Van Ministry at this time but later to be determined.
  12. Midweek 11:00 am. study will begin the 2nd week of June using the Fellowship Hall. COVID precautions outlined for service in the sanctuary will also be practiced at the midweek study meeting, to include hand hygiene, social distancing, and wearing of face coverings.
  13. There will be signs posted to ensure social distancing in the sanctuary, classrooms & fellowship hall with use of tape, removal of chairs, signs, cones, etc. to indicate the distance needed. Seating will be according to household family units and individuals with distancing between units. To ensure adequate separation every other pew will be blocked off.
  14. Posted signs encouraging all who attend including guests to employ non-contact greetings such as waving the hand. Restrooms will be limited to 1 person at a time unless child is accompanied with parent. People using restroom will be encouraged to sanitize the area’s touched with Lysol wipes that are available before leaving.
  15. Signs are posted in restrooms with proper hand washing instruction.
  16. There are sanitizing stations at each exit throughout the facility.
  17. All equipment that gets touched during the service such as microphones, headphones, computers, laptops, etc. after every use will be sanitized following service.
  18. People will be encouraged to enter the building and go straight into the sanctuary–avoid congregating in areas where social distancing may not be possible.
  19. Volunteers when needed will be limited to those without preexisting conditions and under 65 years of age.
  20. No handout bulletins – announcements will be on TV screens & announced from platform. Bulletins will be sent via email & post office following Sunday’s service until further notice.
  21. There will be offering plates or drop boxes set in place at the exits where people can place their offering as they leave following service.
  22. No hymnbooks or bibles where people sit. All music & scripture will be on the TV screens.
  23. Choir members will keep social distancing (at least 10 feet apart) while practicing & singing from the platform. Choir continuing will be determined at a later date.
  24. Worship team will keep social distancing (at least 10 feet apart) while practicing & on the platform Sunday AM. Each singer will be assigned a specific microphone with their name so that no one is sharing a mic.
  25. Weather permitting the doors leading into the building & sanctuary will be propped open so no need to touch doorknobs while entering or exiting.
  26. Congregants are encouraged to park in a way making sure social distancing is maintained.
  27. The congregation will be dismissed from the service in an orderly fashion that avoids having people walking in close contact with one another as they exit the sanctuary. Pastor initiates dismissal.

Those who serve in a position at Hickory Chapel Wesleyan are volunteers and those who attend do so by their own free-will apart from those who are paid staff.

Remember that if you are feeling sick or having symptoms, we are asking please stay home.

In the attempt to do what we believe is in the best interest of health for the church, those attending and those who may attend; the Local Board of Administration has with much prayer and conversation put together this working document. It will be re-visited in the coming weeks and may need to be adjusted. We thank you for your prayers and patience as we continue to be the church Jesus called into existence.

By order of:
Hickory Chapel Wesleyan Church Board of Administration