Planned Phased Church Reopening
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
We are very happy to announce that Christ Church at Grove Farm has moved to Phase 3 of our Planned Phased Church Reopening, starting September 1, 2020! Our pastoral staff, Parish Council, and the Reopening Task Force (RTF) have prayerfully considered all factors involved in this decision and are carefully proceeding with opening to some groups.
So what is Phase 3 and when does it start?
Starting on Tuesday, September 1st, we will be opening certain rooms to groups to enable meeting within the church building. Due to extensive cleaning protocols we are limiting the number of rooms to three with use limited to one meeting per day per room. Beginning on Monday, October 5th, we will be adding additional rooms for smaller groups.
Which rooms are involved?
Wilson Hall, Fellowship Hall, The Barn, and The Sanctuary will be utilized based on a socially distant limitation. Wilson Hall is limited to 70, Fellowship Hall to 30, The Barn to 30, and The Sanctuary to 250 (for meetings). Due to the need to fully clean each room after each use we are putting a limitation on the minimum group size of 15. In the future additional rooms will be added for groups smaller than 15.
On October 5th we are adding Rooms 101 and Rooms 102 with a limitation of 15 per room.
What happens once I arrive?
Each group meeting in these rooms will have a facilitator who will assure that a sign-in sheet is completed including completion of temperature checks. All participants in the meeting are required to document their temperatures, wear a mask and observe proper social distance.
What about masks?
The CDC currently recommends wearing masks, so we will ask everyone over age 2 to wear a mask as a courtesy to protect others. Wearing masks upon entering and exiting the building and throughout the meeting is a sign of respect and love for others who appreciate and need this recommended safety measure. Once seating with proper social distancing some people will choose to remove their mask but that is at the discretion of that particular group
What about seating?
Facilitators and Leaders of groups will assure that proper social distancing is established, and that seating is arranging accordingly.
What precautions will CCGF be taking?
We will be making our church spaces as safe, spacious, and secure as possible, following the recommendations of the CDC. Precautions include:
- Thoroughly cleaned and disinfected the entire church, with all surfaces sanitized.
- Removed the soft fabric chairs and sofas in the Commons.
- Removed all unnecessary items from the pews, including attendance books, pens, and Bibles.
- Removed hangers from our coat room. All clothing and personal items are to be kept with you.
- Installed hands-free soap dispensers in the restrooms.
- Designated a touchless guest disinfection station providing wipes and hand sanitizer.
- Posted hygiene signs and safety guidelines for our guests and staff.
- Designated that there will be no food or drink, with the coffee bar and café closed.
- Trained our ushers, greeters, staff, and children’s helpers regarding COVID-19 health & safety training. We will continue to:
- Maintain social distancing between staff and guests. Unfortunately, this means no hugs, hand-shaking, or other physical contact with others.
- Sanitize every chair and table after each meeting. Extra sanitation is being completed throughout the church spaces, including the Sanctuary, the Commons, restrooms, reception desk area, seats, tables, and doors.
- Disinfect with a product that is hospital grade, non-irritating, EPA & FDA registered and effective against COVID-19 and non-toxic for our staff and guests.
- Provide a mask for you if you forgot your mask.
- Have our staff take their temperature upon arrival and if >100.4 degrees F., staff will be sent home immediately.
If you have had any of the following conditions prior to coming to a meeting or service, we encourage you to stay home and evaluate your health situation:
- fever over 100.4 degrees F. (38 degrees C.)
- shortness of breath, cough, or sore throat, respiratory or flu-like symptoms
- contact with anyone confirmed to have COVID-19 in the past 14 days
- living with or caring for anyone who is sick or quarantined
- traveled outside the U.S. in the last 30 days
What if I am in a high-risk group?
We encourage all attendees in a high-risk age group, or those who have a compromised immune system, to continue to seek online alternatives. There currently are bible study and prayer group alternatives, as well at the weekly livestream available online. If you do not yet feel comfortable gathering in person, we encourage you to stay connected through these alternatives.
High-risk groups include:
- People aged 65 and older
- People who have chronic lung disease, moderate to severe asthma, serious heart conditions, diabetes, chronic
kidney disease undergoing dialysis, liver disease, or severe obesity
- People who are immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune
What if I get sick from coming to a meeting?
COVID-19 is a highly contagious virus that spreads from person to person. In addition to the long-held and thorough sanitation measures CCGF has always adhered to, new preventative measures have been put in place to further reduce the spread of this novel coronavirus. However, these best practices still offer no guarantee regarding your potential risk of being infected. By attending a meeting, you voluntarily assume all risks related to possible exposure to COVID-19 or any other communicable diseases. If you get sick after coming to a meeting, we ask that you contact your group facilitator/leader to notify them of your illness. That leader has been instructed on confidentially reporting so that appropriate notifications can occur.
When will Phase 4 start?
Definitive criteria or dates have not yet been set for Phase 4, but we will continue to monitor the guidelines so we can fully reopen as soon as safely possible.
What if I have more questions?
We want you to contact us with any concerns or questions that you may have. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church info line at 412-741-7134. We value your thoughts and will strive to answer your questions and comments to the best of our ability.