Planned Phased Church Reopening
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
We are very happy to announce that Christ Church at Grove Farm will be moving to Phase 2 of our Planned Phased Church Reopening, starting June 21, 2020! Our pastoral staff, Parish Council, and the Reopening Task Force (RTF) have prayerfully considered all factors involved in this decision, including the state and county restrictions, church resources, CDC recommendations, and the feedback from the recent congregational survey. Our goal is to reconvene as soon as safely possible, yet still care for our church family, our neighbors, and our community.
So what is Phase 2 and when does it start?
Starting on Sunday, June 21st, we will celebrate coming together again in our Sanctuary for the 9:00 am and 11:15 am service times. Church will look a little different as we resume our worship services, in order to make the worship experience as safe and sanitized as possible.
How do I plan to attend?
We will be limiting the number of people for each service to 250 including worshipers, staff, greeters, and ushers, to allow for appropriate social distancing. This means that you will need to register the number of people attending, including children and students, who will be seated with you. If you are not able to attend the service of your choice, consider reserving space for the other service each Sunday. You can register for church services by going to www.ccgf.org/reopening beginning on the Monday preceding the service. The first day to register will be Monday, June 15, for services on June 21.
What happens once I arrive?
Greeters will be available to guide you through a touchless experience. Everyone will enter through the Sanctuary front doors. Our team will be wearing masks and will open the front doors for you as you enter and as you exit. We will assist you in maintaining a 6’ safe distance between family groups. Greeters will give a friendly smile but will not offer to shake your hand or hug you. We ask that you move directly to and from the Sanctuary when entering/exiting, waiting until you are outside to stop and talk with others in order to preserve social distancing. Ushers will assist you in finding seats for your family that permit social distancing. We will not have service sheets and all materials in the pew racks have been removed for your safety.
What about children and students?
Kids’ Ministry will be offered ONLY at the 11:15 am service for children from birth through 5th grade, also by pre-registration. You will be able to register your children on the same form you use to reserve your seats for the 11:15 am service. Enter by the front doors of the church, using the main staircase to take children to Kids’ Ministry, as the lower back doors will be locked. Older children can join your family in the Sanctuary for the service.
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, and throughout the service is a sign of respect and love for others who appreciate and need this recommended safety measure. When children reach the Kids’ Ministry area, they may remove masks.
What about seating?
You and your family will be able to sit together. There will be a 6’ spacer board in each pew that you will place between you/your family and other worshipers, allowing others to safely maintain social distancing in the pew. Every other pew will be roped off to maintain social distancing in front and behind you.
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. Since June 1st, we have:
- 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 trainingWe 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 pew prior to and in between each service. Extra sanitation will be 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.
What precautions can I take as I come back to worship?
Attendees should refrain from hugging, shaking hands, or otherwise touching others. We will pass the peace with a hand wave or head nod, not handshakes or hugs. Wearing a mask throughout the service and frequently thoroughly washing your hands or using hand sanitizer will keep you and your family safe as well as protect the safety of your fellow worshipers.
If you have had any of the following conditions prior to coming to a service, we encourage you to stay home and worship online:
- 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 worship with us online. If you do not yet feel comfortable gathering in person, we encourage you to stay connected by watching the livestream service.
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 church?
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 an onsite service, you voluntarily assume all risks related to possible exposure to COVID-19 or any other communicable diseases.
When will Phase 3 start?
Definitive criteria or dates have not yet been set for Phase 3, 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.