Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Guidelines and Precautions for In-person Worship Attendance, beginning Sunday, June 7th.

–There will be one service at 10:30 AM, with seating in the Sanctuary, and, if needed, Madden Hall, the upstairs Children’s Department Assembly Room, and downstairs Youth Room. In the Sanctuary, seating will be socially distanced: individuals and families who have been together at home will be asked to sit 6 feet from other individuals and families, on every other pew. In Madden Hall, the Children’s Assembly Room, and the Youth Room, the service will be livestreamed on the big screen, with seats spaced 6 feet apart. Chairs may only be moved to allow those of the same family to sit together. The combined capacity of the Sanctuary and Madden Hall will be approximately 75 people.

–Nursery and Childcare will not be provided until a later date.

–Offering plates will not be passed by the congregation but carried by ushers who will walk down the empty pews between those where people are seated in the Sanctuary. Ushers will also carry plates through Madden Hall and other needed rooms.

–Masks will be available, but not required.

–Bulletins will be stacked near entrances, rather than handed out by greeters. Included in the bulletins will be inserts with the hymns and Scripture texts, so that the use of hymnals and pew Bibles will not be necessary.

–The service will continue to be broadcast on WBRY and streamed live on Facebook, YouTube, and the church website. Those who are showing any symptoms of Covid-19, have a fever, or have recently been in contact with someone who has tested positive, and those who are in the groups most vulnerable to its effects, are asked to continue joining by livestream rather than attending for the present time.

–The choir will not resume at the present time, but there will be congregational singing.

–There will be a Children’s Message, but children will remain with their families rather than coming forward to sit at the front.

–The water fountains will not be turned on.

— The invitation and dismissal will be adjusted to minimize contact between worshippers.

–All Sunday School literature will be available in one central location.

–Sunday night and Wednesday services will re-open for in-person attendance at a later, to-be-determined date.

–These guidelines will remain in effect for the present time as we monitor developments; changes will be announced well before taking effect.

Steps to protect yourself:

  • Clean your hands often
  • Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Clean and disinfect

For information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and to learn what to do go to the Center for Disease Control’s website at  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html or the Tennessee Department of Health at https://www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html .

Check this website or the church Facebook page often.