RECOMMENDED GUIDELINES FOR IN-PERSON WORSHIP SERVICES

 

 

The Church Leadership knows the value of meeting and fellowshipping together in person, however it is up to the individual to make their own decision for themselves and their family. 

Following are recommended guidelines for in person worship services.

The virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to others by infected persons who have few or no symptoms.  Even if an infected person is only mildly ill, the people they spread it to may become seriously ill or even die, especially if that person is 65 or older with pre-existing health conditions that place them at higher risk.  Because of the hidden nature of this threat, everyone should rigorously follow the practices outlined below.  The virus that causes COVID-19 is still circulating in our communities.  We should continue to observe practices that protect everyone, including those who are most vulnerable. Please note, we cannot anticipate every unique situation.  Individuals should stay informed and take actions based on common sense and wise judgment that will protect themselves and those around them.  Each individual should be familiar with the State of Texas guidelines and make decisions based on their particular situation and needs.  

 

Individual/Family Responsibilities:

  • Families should worship together.  No Children’s Ministry will be conducted until further notice.  

  • It is recommended that all individuals 65 years of age and older stay home and worship via virtual services. 

  • It is recommended that if you have pre-existing health conditions/concerns you should stay home and worship via virtual services. 

  • Individuals should self-screen before attending worship services for any of the following new or worsening signs or symptoms of possible 
    COVID-19:  If any of the following are exhibited, stay home. 

    • Cough, Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, Chills, Muscle pain, Repeated shaking with chills, Headache, Sore throat, Loss of taste of smell, Diarrhea, Feeling feverish or a temperature greater than or equal to 100 degrees Fahrenheit, Known close contact with a person who is lab confirmed to have COVID-19

  • Minimizing in-person contact includes maintaining 6 feet of separation from individuals outside their family. 

  • Within groups, individuals should, to the extent possible, minimize in-person contact with others not in their group, such as shaking hands, hugging, kissing or sharing common objects. 

  • All individuals over the age of 5 should wear face covering (over nose and mouth).

  • Individuals should wash or sanitize hands frequently.  Individuals should carry and use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol) regularly, especially after coming in contact with other individuals. 

  • Children should stay with their parents at all times.  

  • If an individual tests positive for the virus, that individual should contact their Worship Center Leader. 


 

Community Responsibilities:

  • The number of individuals inside any indoor facility as outline in COVID guidelines.    

  • There is no limit on the number of individuals who may be outside the facility, provided they are following proper social distancing guidelines and comply with the outside events protocols. 

  • Configure the facility such that individuals are separated by at least 6 feet from others not within the individual’s group (or family) while at the facility.  The individual’s group may not exceed 10 individuals who travel to the facility together. A group is defined as no more than 10 persons including the members of the household and those persons who traveled together to the facility.     

  • As appropriate, modify entry and exit procedures to ensure individuals are able to maintain 6 feet separation from individuals outside their group while entering and exiting the facility.  

  • Facilities that configure seating arrangements in rows, maintain at least two empty seats (or six feet separation) between groups in a row, except as follows:  Two or more members of the same household can sit next to one another, with two seats (or six feet separation) empty on either side.  Individuals who are not members of the same household, but who travel together can sit next to one another, with two seats (or six feet separation) empty on either side.  Alternate rows between patrons (every other row left empty), as appropriate.  

  • Where appropriate designate an area reserved for at risk individuals.  

  • If the facility has outdoor seating, individuals should avoid being in groups larger than 10 individuals.  

  • Individual communion should replace community communion trays. 

  • Ushers handing out individual communion should wear gloves.  

  • It is recommended that all touchable fixtures (door knobs, bathroom fixtures etc.) be wiped down with Clorox wipes before service and once/twice during service. 

  • Facilities solely owned/rented by the church should go through a deep cleaning prior to worship service. 

  • It is recommended that signs be used to remind individuals to wear face covering and to social distance 6 feet apart. Also provide entrance/exit direction for members. 

  • Ushers should be utilized for crowd control/flow and to remind individuals to wear face covering. 

  • It is recommended that hand sanitizer be made available for members use. 

  • If an individual notifies the Worship Center Leader that they (or a member of their family) has tested positive for the virus, the Worship Center Leader should then contact their Worship Center via email advising of potential exposure.  The Worship Center Leader should refrain from divulging the individuals name, or condition of the individual. 

  • These policies and procedures should be over communicated to church members and remind them that these steps are being made to protect their health and safety. 

 

 

Todd Asaad

Lead Evangelist 

DFW Church 

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