In Person Worship
Yes, we are gearing up for an in-person worship restart. Starting with the 8:45am worship on July 5, we will begin opening up again. Depending on how this goes will inform our date for the 11am worship in-person restart.
Be aware, however, that there are specific requirements for worship.
- Required—Register with the church to let them know you are planning to attend a worship service. This will help determine capacity and other logistics (depending on demand, there may need to be more than one service. Any child that can comply with the requirements of the TAM may attend in-person services in this stage.
- Required—Individuals must do a pre-attendance temperature check (temperature must be less than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit—means no fever). If you have a fever or you are sick without a fever, stay home.
- Required—Everyone must wear a face covering at all times when attending a service on church property. The church will not provide face coverings. Bandanas work just fine. The nose and mouth must be covered at all times. We will have hand sanitizer available.
- If a person is not able to wear a face covering, the person cannot attend an in-person service in this stage or any stage where a face covering is required. If a person has breathing difficulties and cannot wear a face covering, the person cannot attend an in-person service or any stage where a face covering is required.
- Required—Review your own health using the Health Acknowledgment Form before attending an in-person worship service. We have developed a fillable Health Acknowledgement Form that anyone can complete online on the Conference website at https://www.evc.vaumc.org/home/ After it is completed, the form goes directly to your local clergy. If you need to complete the Health Acknowledgement Form manually, you can download it and print it and send it to the church. You can download the form from the button at the bottom of this article. If you are not able to complete the form online, call your local church clergy and complete the form over the telephone. A verbal acknowledgement will be noted by the clergy for those that can only complete this over the telephone.
- Required—Every person that attends an in-person worship service will be required to register before attending the service and each person will be asked before entering the building the day of the service whether anything has changed with the Health Acknowledgement Form. No clergy, member, guest, or volunteer will be allowed to attend an in-person service in Stage 2 if:
- He/she has two or more symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 14 days; or
- He/she came in contact with anyone else with COVID-19 symptoms in the last 14 days; or
- He/she has symptoms of COVID-19 and he/she is waiting for the results of a test or is waiting for the symptoms to subside to the point of being recovered; or
- He/she tested positive for COVID-19 and is still suffering from COVID-19.
- The Health Acknowledgement Form and other health related information will be reviewed by the local clergy only at the local church level and it will be secured in a confidential folder in a locked file cabinet or other secure location. The Health Acknowledgement Form and other health related information about a staff member, church member, guest, or vendor will also be available for review by the District Superintendent, the Cabinet, the Office of the Bishop, or the Chancellor. Also, the local church, District Superintendent, the Cabinet, the Office of the Bishop, or the Chancellor will cooperate with any federal, state, or local health agency that request the Health Acknowledgement Form or other health related information for legitimate purposes, including, but not limited to, COVID-19 contact tracing by the Department of Health.
- Required—Comply with and enforce strict physical social distancing (stay 6 feet or more away from others) protocol at all times. Seating in the building will be 6 feet apart from those that are not immediate family members that have been together in one location since March 12, 2020.
- Families with children in attendance at a worship service in Stage 2 should sit near the exits during the in-person service in case the child removes the face covering and will not put it back on. This allows a parent or guardian to remove the child from the service, if necessary. The child and parent/guardian that leave the service cannot come back in the service once they leave over a face covering issue. The service should not have to end if a child has issues keeping the face covering on his/her face.
- No shared worship materials and limited access to church facilities, including restrooms.
Enforcement of rules, requirements, and protocols for everyone. If someone removes his/her face covering, they will be asked to put the face covering back on. If the person refuses, the service will be stopped, and everyone will leave. The person that violates the “mandatory face covering rule” will not be allowed back on church property until he/she agrees to comply with all of the requirements. The same is true for failing to abide by strict physical social distancing (staying 6 feet or more away from others). If someone fails to abide by the physical social distancing requirement, they will be asked to do so. If the person refuses, the service will be stopped, and everyone will leave. The person that violates the “physical social distancing rule” will not be allowed back on church property until he/she agrees to comply with all of the requirements. The safety of everyone is of utmost importance and we will not allow anyone to endanger the safety of our members, guests, and the community.Health Form