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 Sunday Divine Service will be Outdoors at our church on July 12, 2020 @ 9:30 am. Please register to attend here: https://firstlutheranchurch5.flocknote.com/signup/6855

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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