Currently, Shepherd Park Christian Church is planning to fully implement the reopening of our church in two phases, following the guidelines issued by the Christian Church Disciples of Christ (DOC) and the DC Government.
The tentative dates for implementation of in person worship services are June 6, June 20, and July 18 2021. During the month of August, we will worship virtually until Rev Terri is back from sabbatical.
Below is a list of guidance the Committee has developed that all members, guests, and visitors of SPCC must follow as of September 5,2021.
- A maximum of seventy-five (75) persons, 49 plus liturgical staff (pastors, worship leaders, choir director, choir members). SPCC will follow CDC guidelines when it comes to other events being held in the church. 49 represents the people who can sit socially distanced in the actual pews. Not including the volunteers on the choir, there are approximately 14 persons who make up the liturgical staff. 75 represents 25 percent of the total capacity of the church. This was determined
before the latest guidelines and could be revisited if we think it will create issues in terms of rental/ outside usage
- Outside usage of the church will follow DC Guidelines as well as CDC Guidelines.
- The task force agreed to stagger the guidelines behind the DC guidelines intentionally.
- Families that live together would not have to socially distance themselves.
- Vaccination does not eliminate contracting or spreading COVID therefore, we are not requiring vaccination or proof of vaccination. However, all persons that are not vaccinated will be required to wear a mask.
- Employees and/or hired contractors entering or working in the building, must be vaccinated or have a negative COVID test result (dated within 7 days) to enter the building.
- The requirement to wear a mask is for the safety of all, since we currently do not know the vaccination level within the church, yet alone those who maybe visitors/ family/ friends.
- All persons entering the church MUST fully understand and comply with posted guidelines.
- All persons entering the church MUST NOT show symptoms caused by the COVID-19 virus.
- Persons who are sick, preregistration forms must be filled out. Persons who have had close contact with any person or persons with COVID-19 MUST also complete the preregistration forms prior to entering the church. Temperatures WILL BE checked for any persons entering the church as well as confirming they are NOT asymptomatic; have NOT encountered anyone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
- All persons entering the church MUST always wear a face mask covering except for children 12 years and under.
- SPCC will maintain hand sanitizing stations throughout the Narthex (area outside the sanctuary).
- All persons entering the church MUST adhere to social distancing guidelines. Alternating pews will be closed off to facilitate social distancing practices.
- All persons entering the church MUST refrain from greeting one another by hugging, kissing, or shaking hands.
- All SPCC provided Bibles and hymnals will be removed from the pews. All persons attending services are encouraged to bring their own. SPCC will utilize visual aid equipment (i.e., screen and projector) to help facilitate scriptural readings.
- SPCC will encourage persons to submit tithes and offering online through the church’s website. Collections plates WILL NOT BE PASSED during the services. However, there will be a designated place to deposit your tithes and offerings during service. This location will be announced during the service.
- The SPCC CHOIR WILL gather to sing music selections during services. All music will be pre-recorded or sung live by either the music Director, three vocalists and a drummer practicing social distancing.
- In addition to the choir preparing pre-recorded pieces, much of the CHOIR ACTIVITY is contingent upon volunteer engagement and comfortability within person worship.
- Communion plates WILL NOT be passed during services. A GREETER will be stationed at the entrance to the Narthex (area outside the sanctuary) to hand out the prepackaged communion elements. The greeter MUST wear gloves.
- Both the sanctuary and the restrooms WILL BE sanitized prior to and after each service. The upper and lower levels of the church will be closed to minimize access.
- Sanitization for the next Sunday service WILL BE done between Thursday and Saturday.
- No children should be permitted to wander outside of the church’s main sanctuary or restroom without adult supervision.
- The administrative office WILL BE limited to authorized staff only on specified days.
- All persons will be discouraged from gathering in groups outside on the church property. Any persons lingering outside the church MUST maintain social distancing practices.
- Upon completion of the services, all persons WILL BE instructed to immediately exit the premises and to NOT congregate, dawdle, or participate in group conversations inside the building. There will be no in-door coffee fellowship or gathering taking place before or after church service.
- Any person failing to comply with any of the above set guidelines WILL BE asked to leave the church premises.
The guide to resuming Sunday Services in person will be contingent on the following
• NO COVID-19 INCIDENTS REPORTED IN THE CHURCH
• ADHERENCE TO THE CURRENT GUIDELINES
• AVAILABILITY OF CONSISTENT SERVICE FOR SANITIZATION
– Ensures adherence to occupancy limits
– Provides Check-In Roster
– COVID 19 Pre-Registration: https://form.jotform.com/211545790509156
– Allows completion of screening form prior to arrival therefore reduces risk of exposure and discovery at check-in.
– Reduces wait time at check-in.