COVID Building Reopening Plans
PCO COVID Task Force (CTF) Update: June 22, 2021
Beginning Sunday June 27, 2021, there will be no restrictions on the number of people who can attend church services. To allow for COVID tracing, all people attending will sign in at the Fellowship Hall entrance. The sign in process will include the option to document vaccination status. A mask will still be required to enter the building. In the event that all attendees have signed in and have documented a fully vaccinated status the usher will notify Pastor Peggy. Pastor Peggy will have the option of announcing that all attendees can remove their masks. There will be no congregational singing and social distancing will still be practiced.
Church Office Guidelines
If you need to come inside the building to do church business, The COVID Task Force (CTF) asks you to complete the following steps before you proceed to the work of the church:
- If you feel sick, please leave.
- Please sign in by date and time, your first and last names, and, as an option, your vaccination status. Then complete the COVID questionnaire. You do not have to check your temperature.
- Please sanitize your hands by handwashing or by hand sanitizer.
- Try to avoid touching surfaces, unless necessary, such as doorknobs and office equipment.
- You may wish to use a sanitizing sheet to disinfect any surfaces you may have touched while doing your work.
- Any employee or church member doing church business who is not fully vaccinated must wear a MASK at all times when unable to maintain at least 6 feet of distance from other individuals.
- Employees and church members who are fully vaccinated are not required to wear a mask when performing church business.
- When using the church office (Anna’s office) there can be no more than 4 people in the office at any one time.
- Thank you for your compliance to these steps.
We will continue to follow the guidance of the state of Michigan, the CDC, and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and we will always err on the side of safety and caution when faced with multiple guidelines. For a congregation as large as ours, reopening may happen in several phases. There may be times when we return to earlier, stricter, phases, before opening back up for a second or third time. We have to be flexible in adapting to the guidelines, and we will continue to clearly communicate how to participate in church ministry at every step of the way.
Sunday Worship & Sunday School
Even as the building begins reopening, we will continue to offer worship online using our website and YouTube channel. We know that some of our most beloved worship practices such as congregational singing are not recommended right now. In addition, online worship allows fellow members and friends to join worship while out of town, either temporarily or long-term. For these reasons, we will continue to worship online for Sunday mornings. These worship services will be available live and as recordings on our website and YouTube channel.
Weddings and Funerals
We will evaluate how we conduct weddings and funerals as the need arises depending on the safety recommendations of the moment. We will work with families to create a plan that honors their loved one, honors their grieving process, and keeps everyone safe.
Building Rentals and Support Groups
We will not open up the building to rentals and support groups at this time. Our Administration Committee will communicate with our outside groups about meeting requirements and timelines for reopening.
Looking Ahead Long Term
Although there is still a lot about the future we do not know, we believe we can anticipate these things:
There will be some continued change that feels like a loss, and some that feels like an opportunity. It is okay to grieve the changes in our rituals and gatherings. It is also okay to look for the ways our creativity is drawing us into new, more accessible, ministries. We are in this together, and there will surely be a wide range of feelings that we are all processing. We will continue to create space for us to share and process our experiences together.
Our staff and church leadership are prepared and poised to take on these new challenges. They have been working together for the past year and a half to ensure the safety of our congregation and to bring PCO’s ministry to life in new ways. With the help of God, may our church continue to be a beacon of hope and a touchstone of care for all who encounter us.
In hope and love,
PCO Session and
COVID Task Force Members: