Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Romans 13:1
On Wednesday May 12th, Governor Ducey announced that the stay-at-home order would be lifted Friday, May 15th. As a result, the churches in Arizona will be able to have public services as long as they follow Arizona "Guidance for Places of Worship.” Our leadership team is taking the necessary time to think through all the implications for reopening, taking into account the priorities of safety and experience. We know there are varied and strong opinions on all of this, so we ask that you pray for us to have wisdom for what is ahead.
While we are excited to be meeting again, it is going to look a little different, at least for a little while. While we are used to hugging and shaking hands, for the time being, we are going to have to take in consideration current governmental guidelines. While we are not afraid, for we have not been given a spirit of fear, we have been given a spirit of self-control. This means we are going to move forward in faith, but also in wisdom.
We will be taking the health and safety of every person who steps foot in our church seriously, so here are our initial plans and guidelines for our first day back on May 31st, 2020. And remember, some of these may change as we move forward. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate these uncharted waters.
We plan on reopening on Sunday, May 31st, 2020, on our regular schedule. Prayer meeting at 9 am and Service at 10 am. In addition, the youth group will have their regularly scheduled meeting at 5 pm.
We realize that the church building is not a particularly large space, but we will do our best to maintain the recommended 6 foot spacing between people who are not in the same party/group. This means keeping empty seats between groups, and rows if possible, while seated in the sanctuary. In addition, we would ask you not to hug or shake hands for the time being.
The church will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized between gatherings. In addition, during gatherings, we will enact the following practices:
- Make hand sanitizer available to all members & visitors.
- Keep doors open so you do not have to touch door handles and to keep fresh air circulating.
- Lids will be removed from trashcans so you don’t have to touch them to discard your trash.
- Their will be no food or beverages services.
Due to the size of our classrooms, and the nature of children, distancing can be difficult. So as long as the weather permits, Children’s church will be held outdoors, in the grass area next door.
We believe the church should be setting the example for the community, so the leadership team and volunteers (worship team, children’s workers, greeters, etc.) will be required to adhere to the following preventative & hygiene practices during church gatherings.
- Stay home if they are sick.
- Wash hands/use hand sanitizer regularly.
- Wear masks.
- No physical contact (hugging, hand shakes, etc.)
For the members and visitors attending our services and gatherings, we recommend they follow the CDC guidelines which are as follows.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Stay at least 6 feet away from other patrons.
- If you are at higher risk for severe illness, you should avoid places of worship.
- People at higher risk for severe illness include adults 65 or older and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.
- After leaving the place of worship, use hand sanitizer.
- When you get home, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
In addition, we would ask that you do not wear gloves. If you are not changing them after every time you touch something, you are just contaminating every new thing you touch with whatever you previously touched. Instead, ensure you are washing and/or sanitizing your hands regularly.
UPDATE: On June 19th, 2020, the Pima County Board of Supervisor enacted a resolution requiring everyone to wear masks while in public. You can read the resolution here. In summary, it states that every person must wear a face covering that completely and snugly covers their nose and mouth when they are in a public place and cannot maintain a distance of six feet from all other persons unless they meet the requirements for exemption.
We ask that all members and visitors abide by this ordinance.
We will also continue to stream our services online for everyone who would still prefer to stay home. The live streams will be available on Facebook, YouTube, and our website, at the following locations.
As you can imagine, there is no tried and true method or instruction manual for gathering in the midst of these unique and difficult times. Thanks again for your patience and understanding as we attempt to operate in faith and wisdom. Please continue to pray for the leadership team as we have to make difficult, and potentially unpopular decisions.
If you have any Questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out via phone or the form below.
Church Phone: (520) 235-5989
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7