Dear Church Family,

I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know how much we appreciate your support, prayers, and patience during this unprecedented time.

 

Enclosed, you will find the plan we will be implementing here at Columbus First. We do understand that several things will be different from before, but we do trust and pray any changes will be temporary.  Our desire from the very beginning has been the health and safety of our members and attendees. This desire will continue to be the case as we move forward.

 

With that said, opinions are numerous on the best approach for this, and while a certain set of procedures work in one area of the nation, there is no guarantee it will work for where we are. We appreciate your prayers for all of us in leadership that we will be led by faith and not fear as we go through the process of opening our doors.

 

As we begin to implement this plan here, we would prayerfully make one main request. We want to encourage each attendee to be filled with grace toward others. This grace could include the fact that you are a staunch believer in the value of a mask or face covering while someone else might not be.  Or, keeping six feet distance between you and another person out of your household.  Your “social distancing” may be a lot different than someone else's, and we can begin to become quite legalistic about a series of events that will possibly take place as we re-gather for worship.

 

While that may seem a bit “negative” to think about during this exciting time of re-gathering, all you need to do is visit your local store to see some of the things people say as they grapple with these issues.

 

While we may have some challenges ahead, I believe with all my heart that we are up to the task because as believers, we can be filled with grace.  Romans 12:10, “Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;”

 

We want this time to be a tremendous witness to the world of how things can be accomplished while seasoned with the grace God gives to the believers.

 

Please take some time to go over the enclosed guidelines. We will do our best to worship together again in a way that brings glory to God and encouragement to the believers. And, I might add, that we would see souls won into the Kingdom of God!

 

Blessings in Christ,

Pastor Jeremy Kamer

 

Services on Sunday Mornings Only starting June 21

  • As we are slowly resuming church ministries, there will not be any children’s classes, nurseries, youth events or services, Sunday School/Lifegroups, or Wednesday services. As time progresses, more of these events and services will be considered.

    • At this time, we will not be open for reservations involving personal events.

    • Funerals will be the exception.  Social distancing guidelines will still be followed.

  • High-touch areas will be thoroughly sanitized between services.  (doorknobs, restrooms, pews, microphones, switches, etc.

  • If you have any health issues, have a weakened immune system, or have a concern about gathering together at this time, please continue to worship our Lord on live-streamed on Facebook, YouTube, and the Church Website weekly.

    • Elderly people and those who are vulnerable as a result of illness should take additional precautions. People at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19, including elderly people and those who are sick, are urged to stay in their residence to the extent possible except as necessary to seek medical care. According to CDC, those at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 include people who are sixty-five years or older and people of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, including: 

      • People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma; 

      • People who have serious heart conditions; 

      • People who are immune-compromised; 

      • People with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher); 

      • People with diabetes; 

      • People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis; and 

      • People with liver disease.

  • Before you leave your home, we request that you do 3 things:

    • Be sure you are not showing symptoms of COVID-19; this includes, but not limited to coughing, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, or loss of taste or smell.

    • Ensure you have not been in contact or exposed to anyone diagnosed with COVID-19.

    • If possible, please check your temperature and make sure it is in the normal range.

Please observe the following precautions when attending service.

 

Entering the Building & Restrooms

  • The front door will be propped open at 10:10 to reduce the need of touching a major hot spot.

  • We are only opening the front door for entering and exiting to limit congestion in the hallways.

  • We will not be opening any other area in the facility, except for the sanctuary, foyer, and restrooms.

    • We will continue to monitor the restrooms and sanitizing after each use.

    • The only family group will be allowed to use the restroom at a time.

    • Please avoid wandering around the facility.

  • As you enter the church:

    • Please visit one of the hand sanitizer areas.

    • Please continue practicing “social distancing”. This includes:

      • Avoid shaking hands or hugging.

      • Once in the sanctuary, please find an open pew (someone will be there to help you), and please remain in your seat.  The pews will be taped off for every other pew.  Please set in a pew with only your household or those you came with.

Masks

  • The CDC currently recommends wearing a mask/face covering. We will ask everyone to wear a mask inside of the church, ages 4 and up.   We also ask that you bring yours from home.  However, we do have masks available if you do not have them.  

  • The Pastor and Staff will be wearing masks throughout the facility. Once on stage, they will remove them so the service can be conducted properly. It is difficult to preach, sing, or read Scripture with a face covering.

Worship

  • We will not be having a time of shaking hands, or gathered prayer or passing the offering plates.  We will still take up prayer requests and have that time of prayer.

  • If you would like to give an offering we will have a giving box by the back sanctuary door.  You may also continue to give online or mail in your tithe.

  • Those who come to the altar to pray during the altar call will have the pastor or another altar worker to come to pray with them.  They will have their mask on and gloves.  Gloves will be changed between each person needing prayer.

Dismissal

  • The pastor will dismiss each row starting with the back and ending with the front to prevent congestion in the aisle and foyer.  The front doors will be propped open.

  • Please respect others who may not want to linger after service as we do want to keep in mind the social distancing guidelines.

In the event of a confirmed cases.

  • We will keep a roll of everyone who attends each service for contact tracing.

  • We must immediately notify the local department of health of any attenders who tested positive for COVID-19.  As well as all who were in attendance at that time. 

  • We will then shut down the area(s) used by the confirmed individuals for deep sanitation, if possible. 

  • Services will move back to online service for three weeks. 

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