Gathering Guidelines for Small Group Communion

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The Coronavirus has impacted almost everything we do; church attendance has been affected too. When coming to church during the Governor’s “Stay-at-Home” order, please:

  • If you have a fever or are sick, please refrain from coming. Call Pastor Shawn, and let him know. We will keep you in our prayers.
  • Come on time, park in the back. If you are early, please wait in your car or wait outside. Unfortunately, we will not be able to socialize as normal inside the building.
  • We are asking that people enter through the backdoor. This is the door that people would use to go to the Preschool/Sunday School wing of the building. Please do not use the Fellowship Hall entrance or any other door to enter the building.
  • You will see a sanitizing station at the entrance, where we have liquid spray sanitizer, gloves and facemasks for your use.
  • Please respect others by maintaining 6 ft distance. Please do not crowd the doorways, hallways, or bathrooms, instead wait for others to move, or move out of the way. Social distancing now includes not shaking hands, so greetings will have to be touch-free.
  • If it’s not possible to be 6 feet apart in a public place, the Governor’s latest Executive Order says that we are to wear a facemask (unless you cannot medically tolerate a facemask).
  • Drinking fountain is closed. No food will be served. Bring what you need with you.
  • Use hand-sanitizer (provided) upon entering the building. Avoid touching people, objects, or surfaces as much as possible.
  • Proceed directly into the sanctuary following marked routes and signs. Find a place to sit so that you are six feet apart from others except those who live in the same house with you. Please note that some pews will be roped off and we kindly ask that you not use them.
  • After the service or meeting, please leave promptly, exit through the garden door. Please try not to stand around or socialize inside the building.

Life is always full of changes. These things seem so strange, but we do not want to have any incident of COVID-19 spread through Trinity. One, God tells us, “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established” (Romans 13:1, NIV). And two, if an incident happened, we would have to close the premises for cleaning and disinfecting pursuant to CDC guidelines, and those present would have to self-quarantined for 14 days. We want to avoid having to do this, so we really appreciate your cooperation.

We are not able to connect and visit with people in the same way as we did in the past, but we’ve developed these strategies to fellowship together for time being and continue ministry in a loving and respectful way. It’s not clear if or when we will return to services like we are used to; but one thing is for sure, we will change and adapt so that we can share the love of God and fellowship in Christ.

“My salvation and honor depend on God;
He is my strong protector; he is my shelter.
8 Trust in God at all times, my people.
Tell him all your troubles, for he is our refuge.”
Psalm 62:7‑8 (GNT).