COVID-19 Church update
(Updated: Friday, May 15, 2020)
Hello Meadowdale Family!!
I hope this finds you well. I know this trying time has been a challenge and hopefully soon there will be a light at the end of this tunnel. The deacons and staff are excited to bring you information on our plan to reopen Meadowdale. The date we are tentatively aiming for is May 31, 2020.
Before we get into the details, we need to consider a few things. Think about what you've been missing at church. The smiling faces? They will be there. The community of other Christians? Other Christians will be there. Experiencing God in worship? We will be 100% live and in-person. Freely joining together with one another in order to get closer to our God? You will be able to worship however you need to.
Think about the church experience that we had before this quarantine started and try to narrow down exactly what details are you missing now that we are forced to gather in an online format. It's important to think about these things when we consider what coming back to church will be like. As I stated in our last update, it will be different. Although the experience will be different, He is still the same God, we still serve the same mission, and there are still people who need Jesus. Even though we will function under different circumstances and not be as close to our fellow Christians as usual, consider this as an opportunity to wholly fix your focus of your church experience on God and experiencing Him in a different way. Sometimes God uses interruptions to bring light to his plan for us. Sometimes he uses interruptions to bring light to our faults. Sometimes he uses interruptions to give us an opportunity to reboot areas of our lives in which we may not have fully given to him. We have been closely watching the recommendations of state and local leaders for what church should look like now. Due to the restrictions of social distancing, for the foreseeable future, the deacons and staff have created the following plan for reopening.
- We will only have our 11 AM Sunday morning worship service. We will not have Sunday night groups or Wednesday night meetings at this time.
- We will not have MKids children's church.
- We will not have have either nursery.
- We will not have campus groups.
- We will only use the main lobby entrance for the sanctuary. For those needing shorter travel distances due to physical limitations, volunteers will be at the other entrances for assistance, but those doors will be locked from the outside.
- Upon entering the sanctuary, volunteers will escort you to your seats quickly to keep the number of people in the lobby low. Please stay in your seats until the service begins.
- Only family members who reside at a single residence will be allowed to sit together. There will be a six foot separation between all families.
- We ask that the restrooms be saved for emergencies only. If the restrooms have to be used, only one person enters at a time.
- If you are elderly, feel sick or are immune deficient in any way, or if you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to someone who has these symptoms, we ask that you stay home and join us online.
- We will not be passing the offering plates during the service. We ask that you please use the giving stations if you prefer to give in person, or continue to give online.
- Use the "smile and wave" policy instead of handshakes and hugs.
- If you are uncomfortable with coming to a gathering at this time, we completely understand and encourage you to continue to join us online.
- We encourage you to bring your own PPE (masks, gloves, etc.).
- When you park, park with one space in-between each car
- We will exit the sanctuary by row to control the amount of people in doorways and lobbies.
- All items have been removed from the backs of pews.
We are excited to get back to church and be able worship together. At the same time, we are very conscious of the safety of our congregation. The church will be medi-cleaned and sanitized before the service. This situation that we are in is always changing and we are being very aware of how this process is unfolding. If there are any changes in dates we will notify you immediately. Please stay safe and continue to pray for those affected by this virus.
We look forward to seeing you!
Meadowdale Deacons & Staff