Our Covid-19 Task Force

Updates on Re-opening the Sanctuary

Our Pastor Peter Hebert & Leadership Team have created this Task Force to plan & execute the safety procedures for re-opening our sanctuary for large group worship.

 Our Services are on Sunday at 9 am and 10 am, and Wednesdays at 7pm.  We ask that all members joining us in the church wear a face covering/mask and follow social distancing guidelines. September 2021 we are pausing Potluck dinners and Barnstable Cafe’ at this time, due to the number of infected Covid 19 cases on the cape.

Following the lead of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, we will follow a phased or staged approach. Phases should be considered to exist on a continuum, with movement between stages being multidirectional depending on the levels of the Coronavirus on the Cape. (We may need to back up a phase if the numbers increase here on the cape) We will continually review and update the protocols as necessary. 

As we prepare for moving forward, I invite you to continue to pray with me that the Holy Spirit continue to guide us and bind us together as one people in Christ Jesus. I give thanks for all those who have helped us and continue to help us in each step of the way.

In Christ, 

Pr. Peter Hebert

 

Phase

Virus 

Actions

Phase I

Wandering the Wilderness

The number of positive cases is growing.

  • Building is locked down
  • Activity in the building is limited to staff and essential volunteers
  • Physical distancing, mask wearing, hand sanitation are mandatory when in the building 
  • All worship services are online
  • Only online meetings 

Phase II 

Given the Law to guide us

Number of cases is on a downward trend. And Massachusetts is allowing outdoor activities like the beach.

    • Outdoor worship may begin
    • Limited use of the building is allowed
    • Physical distancing, mask wearing, hand sanitation are mandatory when in the building 
  • People in high risk categories are encouraged not to participate in in-person activities
  • People who have recently travelled are asked to follow State guidelines for self-quarantining
  • Social Distancing – 
    • Attendees are limited so they can maintain 12’ of separation; attendees provide their own chairs.  
    • If attendance starts to excess capacity, develop process for preregistration and leave room for a few “drop-ins” 
  • Safety Precautions – 
    • All participants will be required to wear masks 
    • Ushers will ask people how they feel and remind them to maintain separation and properly wear their masks; they will also track attendance 
  • Use of restrooms – 
    • Recommend using Church restrooms accessed through the front door only, and only one person at a time
    • Follow arrows in and out of the building
    • A table with hand sanitizer, to be used prior to entering and signage to direct hand washing before exiting
    • Provide spray disinfectant (bleach solution) spray commodes/sinks before and after use 
    • Wait 72 hours before having Sexton clean the restrooms; Sexton needs N95 mask, face shield and adequate gloves 
    • Explore costs to have “touch-free” sinks and toilets  

●   Divine Service – 

    • Attendees will need to sit at pre-marked spots on the lawn 
    • Children attending remain with their “family unit”; nursery will not be available 
    • No community use of worship papers or physical contact
    • Limit singing, wind instruments and unison speaking 
    • Communion will be offered with just the hosts, using tongs and sanitary means of ministration
    • Encourage online giving and use an offering basket  
    • Once things are working well on Wednesday evening, we will consider adding a live service by the pond on Sunday mornings as well; this will only happen if we have enough volunteers to make this work
    • Recorded and live broadcasts will continue

Phase III

Seeing the Promised Land from across the Jordon.

Zero new cases on the Cape for three weeks, and outside the tourist season.

  • Services in the building may resume
  • Members only? How to handle visitors?
  • Social Distancing – 
    • Limit attendees so they can maintain 6+’ of separation
    • Designate seating areas with tape – determine the max number of participants 
    • Children attending, remain with their “family unit”; nursery will not be available 
    • Consider furniture and set-up to max our safe capacity (pews or chairs)
    • If attendance starts to exceed capacity, implement preregistration and leave room for a few “drop-ins” or consider adding more services
  • Safety Precautions – 
    • Entry through main entrance only 
    • Need hand-sanitizing station 
    • All participants will be required to wear masks unless they have a medical reason not to
    • Ushers will ask people how they feel and remind them to maintain separation and properly wear their masks; they will also track attendance 
  • Use of restrooms – 
    • Provide signage with proper instructions
    • Only one person at a time  
    • Have “touch-free” sinks and toilets installed
    • Provide hand sanitizer, to be used prior to entering and signage to direct hand washing before exiting
    • Provide spray disinfectant (bleach solution) spray commodes/sinks before and after use 
    • Wait 72 hours before having Sexton clean the restrooms 
  • Service – 
    • Plexiglass Barrier for organist and other areas of interaction as needed for both staff and volunteers
    • Determine if communion will be offered
    • Limit singing, wind instruments and unison speaking
    • No community use of worship materials or physical contact
    • Encourage online giving and use an offering basket placed at strategic locations to facilitate no contact offering 

Phase IV

Arrival in the Promised Land

There is a vaccine, no active viral cases on the Cape, or an effective therapy is developed.

Proceed, following recommendations of medical and church institutions


Check back for updates

 

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