Effective 5-24-2020 at 10:45 AM Old Union Church will begin in building worship services. We will meet weekly thereafter, Sunday mornings only. For now there will be no Sunday School, no Sunday night services and no Wednesday night services.
Attendance in the sanctuary will be limited to no more than 33% of the building occupancy capacity,(Estimated capacity of 225 divided by 1/3 equals 75) including clergy and staff-employees, while maintaining social distance between household units of at least six (6) feet. This means that there must be six (6) feet between individuals on a row and individuals between rows, such that a six-foot radius is maintained around all household units. A place of worship that cannot maintain this space must further reduce its occupancy capacity until it is achieved. The pews will be taped off to create required spacing. Only set in the non-restricted seating. The first 75 to arrive will be seated in the sanctuary. A cumulative count will be made at the time of entry into the building. The service will also be broadcast in the Fellowship Hall and the excess number of members will be seated in the fellowship hall observing social distancing.
Everyone over the age of 2 years will be required to wear coverings (e.g., paper mask, cloth mask, or bandana) over their mouths and noses while attending services. If you did not bring PPE with you, a supply will be available to you before entering the Church building.
Singing during services creates a higher risk of spreading infectious particles. For the present there will be no Choir and no Choral singing. Each Sunday before the start of Worship Service a vote will be taken to have or not have Congregational Singing. If the majority vote is yes, individuals should continue to wear face coverings. For those members that are concerned with being in the service while singing is occurring they are at liberty to relocate during the singing service to the fellow ship building and watch and listen from there. Then rejoining the worship service in the sanctuary at the conclusion of the singing. If the majority vote is have no Congregational Singing, the worship service would continue with prayer, testimonies, and preaching.
A health safety station will be located outside the front doors to check temperatures with a non-contact thermometer. (Note: two such thermometers have been on order for three weeks and have not yet arrived. So for now please check you temperature at home before coming to Church. If you have a temperature of 100 degrees or greater do not come to Church). If you have a cough, runny nose or otherwise feel sick do not come to Church. If you have been exposed to COVID-19 within the last two weeks, do not come to Church. Please use the hand sanitizer at the health safety station before entering the Church Building. We need two greeters to conduct the health safety screening and hand out masks for those who need one. A table will be at the front steps with the supply of masks and hand sanitizer. Only the Sanctuary front doors will be open and everyone is asked to enter and exit those doors. All other doors are to remain locked and everyone is requested to only use the Sanctuary doors even if you have keys to the locked doors.
The offering plates will be placed on the Lord’s Supper Table in the front of the Church. Members are encouraged to place their Tithes and Offerings in those plates. The plates will not be passed around to the members.
Restrooms must be used by one adult person at a time and all portions that are regularly touched (e.g.,door, sink, and toilet handles) are appropriately disinfected after each use. It is also recommend each surface that will be regularly touched be cleaned before use. Sanitizer and wipes will be available in each restroom.
Places of worship conducting in-person services must, to the greatest extent practicable, provide hand sanitizer, handwashing facilities, tissues, and waste baskets in convenient locations.
The water fountain will be disabled. No food, drink, etc. should be commonly used on the Church Property. If you require water, it should be brought with you and not shared with anyone else.
No congregating should occur in any common areas such as entry way, hallways and Church aisles. If there is a desire to visit, it is suggested that be done out of doors in small groups and maintaining social distance.
Because of the requirement to socially distance at least six (6) feet apart, for the current time there should be no handshaking, handholding, or hugging.