Governor Edwards announced on Monday, May 11 that he would be lifting the stay at home order effective Friday, May 15! This is such great news. It moves Louisiana into “Phase One” of the plan to open our economy up. Here are the details you need to know, as well as our guidelines for attending our first gathering back from quarantine.
The church can have 25% of its maximum occupancy present, which means that our building can hold roughly 50 people in it and still be within those guidelines and maintain a proper distance between households. We will not have a time of greeting, and we would ask that you not shake hands or give hugs until further notice. Give a smile, speak with someone from a distance, and be grateful that our ability to gather together in any capacity has been restored!
Here are some important points related to our gatherings until further notice:
- If you are uncomfortable coming for a few weeks, do not feel a sense of compulsion to be here; remain at home and watch live.
- We will not require wearing masks. If you would prefer to wear one, you are free to do so.
- Please do your best to stay 6 ft. away from others (who do not live in your household) until we announce a change in that policy.
- We will use individual cups for communion until at least June*. Please approach one of tables one household at a time, take your elements back to your seat, and then wait to partake. We will observe the eating and drinking together over this time.
- Restroom use protocol will be as follows:
- Try to avoid using the restroom if possible; however, if you need to, you are welcome to do so.
- Before exiting, wipe down toilet handle then toilet seat with a supplied Clorox wipe.
- Wash your hands for 20 seconds.
- After this, use an additional Clorox wipe to turn off the faucet and wipe the soap dispenser and faucet handle down.
- Open door with paper towel and discard.
- Leave the lights on. We will turn them off at the end of the service.
- Life Groups may meet outdoors with no children/childcare and maintaining 6 feet of distance*.
- This will be difficult to do, but it will basically be sex-specific meetings for a while (for instance, guys meet without children one night (outside) and ladies meet without children a different night that week or the next week).
- There will be no Sunday School classes until June*.
- There will be no children’s classes until at least the month of June*.
- Sportsville will not resume until August after our VBS. We will use VBS as a launching point for resumption of that ministry.
- Please let Zach know if you are planning to attend on May 17; you may text, email, or respond on Facebook.
*Governor Edwards said that June 1 is the proposed end of Phase One, at which point he will reassess whether or not we should stay in Phase One or move to Phase Two. The elders will also be paying attention to his briefing on that day, and we will reassess all of these guidelines once again at the same time and announce any necessary changes to our plan moving forward. Please continue to pray for wisdom and courage for our governmental leaders as well as your elders in making these decisions.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Josh, Kevin, Mike, or me.
TWO NON-COVID ANNOUNCEMENTS:
We are going to have a work day on the inside of our building on May 16, from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. We had originally planned to work outside, but it will be wet/raining. We will clean the church building, do some odd jobs, and rearrange the sanctuary chairs for Sunday morning.
SUMMER BOOK CLUB! Anyone who is interested can let Zach know, and purchase the book Christ and the Future, and begin reading chapter 1. These meetings will begin on May 25. More information to come; here is the schedule for those meetings: Christ and the Future Summer Reading Group Schedule. The first meeting will take place at the church building, in the Fellowship Hall. After that, we will hopefully meet at Hidden Grounds (if it’s open to the general public and depending on the comfort level of the participants).