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Covid-19 Re-Entry

Updates and Re-Entry Guidelines for Glad Tidings Church

All information on this page is current as of July 9, 2020. As changes occur, this page will be updated to reflect the latest as it relates to our re-entry back to holding services at our church facility. If you have questions, use our contact page to submit them or contact us by email or phone.

What Attendees Should Know

Due to the challenging logistics of meeting indoors, we will continue to hold our Sunday morning services outdoors for a little while longer; rain or shine!

Starting July 12th, all outdoor services will be held in the rear of the church @ 11:00 AM.

Phase One: Outdoor Services on the Lawn

GT Phase 1: What do attendees need to know about Back Lawn services?


1.   Bring a lawn chair, blanket, or other item to sit on. No chairs from the church will be used except those for people actively involved in the service.


2.   Dress comfortably for the weather. (Avoid heels, as you will be walking on the lawn.)


3.   If you want to sit in the shade, come early to claim your spot.


4.   Consider bringing sunscreen, a hat, or umbrella to shield yourself from the sun.


5.   If desired, bring your own water. The indoor drinking fountain will not be available.


6.   After parking your vehicle in the parking lot, attendees should move to the lawn on the South side of the parking lot. Use caution to avoid moving vehicles. People driving must use extreme caution, driving very slowly.


7.   Even though masks will not be required outdoors, masks will be required when using restrooms. Also, masks need to be properly worn covering both nose and mouth. Note: Extra masks will not be available to attendees. So, be sure to bring your own.


8.   This is a carry in/carry out service. Attendees are to take all their belongings and trash with them when they leave.


9.   It is suggested, families with young children sit towards the back of the lawn where parents can better attend to their children’s needs. Regardless of where families sit, children must sit with their family. Parents should not allow their children to play with people or children of other families.


10. Families with young children are encouraged to bring coloring books, quiet lap activities, or silent toys for their children.


11. For the common good, and for our witness in the community, interaction with others after dismissal should be limited and prudent discretion used. If people want to continue fellowshipping, they should move to their own homes.


12. During Phase One physical contact is not encouraged (i.e. shaking hands, hugging, etc.). It is important to realize the virus still exists in the community and is spread primarily through close contact. Therefore, we feel it is best to refrain from physical contact during this time. As we progress through our other re-entry phases, for the best show of love for one another… 1) Do not assume others are comfortable with what you are comfortable (i.e. shaking hands, hugging, close proximity, doffing masks); 2) If you are uncomfortable with something, in love, speak up. We should not assume others “know” what makes us uncomfortable; 3) If someone does “speak up”, we should respect their personal comfort level with the utmost love and grace, not thinking less of anyone.  


13. Restroom access will be available only for a short time after the end of service.


14. To mitigate the unnecessary spread of Covid-19, our goal is to have a touch-less service as best we can. As such, there will be no physical handouts as bulletins, song sheets, passing of offering plates, etc. However, an electronic bulletin will be available so you can follow the service using your smart phone. This electronic bulletin will have important announcements, words to songs and other items of interest to assist you in following the service. Information on how to access this bulletin will be provided when available.


15. People who have: (1) had COVID-19 symptoms in past 14 days, (2) tested positive for COVID-19 in past 14 days, (3) had close contact with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases in past 14 days; and/or (4) are having suspicious symptoms should remain home.



Back Lawn Service Procedure/Process


1.   Drive to the parking lot. Park every other spot. DO NOT PARK ALONG THE EDGE OF THE PARKING LOT NEAR THE TREES AND BASKETBALL HOOP. This space will be used as a seating area.


2.   Once parked, people will walk to where they would like to sit. If is it nice weather there will be space available on the grass and on the edge of the parking lot where there is plenty of shade. If you prefer to sit in the sun, no problem, please do.


3. Depending on the number in your party, distance yourself accordingly. Attendees are to maintain 10-12 feet between your party and the people of other parties.


4.   If you prefer to stay in your car for the service, you may. People in vehicles can listen to the service with their windows down or tune into our broadcast on FM 105.1.

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Phase One: Drive-In Services in the Parking Lot

Phase 1: In the event of rain, we will have a Drive-In service. Here are our basic Parking Lot Service Procedures.


1.   Drive into the parking lot. Park ONLY AS directed by attendants. Where you are directed to park will be based on the height of your vehicle and how many vehicles there are in the parking lot. This will help ensure that everyone will be able to see the stage area with minimal obstruction. It will also aid in a safe and orderly dismissal.


2.   If so desired, people may sit outside of their vehicle while maintaining safe distancing from people of other vehicles.


3.   Restroom usage will be the only in-building access. Masks will be required. Masks will not be handed out. Attendees are to bring their own. Masks need to be properly worn, covering both nose and mouth.


4.   This is a carry in/carry out service. Attendees are to take all their belongings and trash with them when they leave.


5.   For the common good, and for our witness in the community, interaction with others after dismissal should be limited and prudent discretion used. If people want to continue fellowshipping, they should move to their own homes.


6.   Access to restrooms will be available only for a short period after the end of service.


7.   People who have: (1) had COVID-19 symptoms in past 14 days, (2) tested positive for COVID-19 in past 14 days, (3) had close contact with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases in past 14 days; and/or (4) are having suspicious symptoms should remain home.


8.   Due to the unusual parking formation used during a Drive-In service, WAIT for parking lot attendants to direct you as to how to leave when the service is over.


9.   Offering will be received near the stop sign at the corner of the church building as vehicles leave.

 

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We want you to feel comfortable and confident we are taking proper precautions. So, we have been crossing our "t's" and dotting our "i's" to make sure we have a safe, healthy re-entry. Although this is not a complete list, we want to give you a snapshot of the types of protocols we have in place. By doing so, we hope you will feel confident we are making prudent decisions for the common good of all who choose to attend our services.

Phase One: General Guidelines (These are mostly for the Church Leadership and Ministry Teams, but for those who are interested, here they are.)

General Re-Entry Guidelines and Procedures for Glad Tidings Church Services


Updated: July 9, 2020


Using resources from the CDC, NYS, NY Ministry Network of the Assemblies of God, and other churches, the following guidelines have been adopted for the common good of all who choose to attend services at Glad Tidings Church during our Covid-19 re-entry.


These guidelines are relatively set, but may change. To stay up-to-date with the latest information, visit this page often or join our Facebook group called The Loop.


Our Phase 1: Outdoor Services (on the church back lawn, or parking lot, depending on weather)


So that people may feel confident we are doing our due diligence to provide a safe, healthy experience as we re-open amid Covid-19, GT’s Phase 1 General Guidelines are…


1.  Disinfecting and cleaning are happening before and after each service. This includes all hard surfaces, chairs, restrooms, light switches, doors, etc... basically anything that potentially is touched.


2.   6-foot social distancing is the rule of thumb being used for all gatherings. When singing is involved, people are to maintain 10-12 feet from those not of their household.


3.   People are to respect the boundaries of others (physical, conscience, comfort level, etc.)


4.   Masks are optional outside (except when entering building).


5.   Restrooms will be the only in-building access, and only with a mask. Those without masks will not be admitted into the building. Masks need to be properly worn covering both nose and mouth.


6.   Restroom Usage: Only two unrelated people OR one family unit are to be in the restroom at a time. In keeping with our Child Safety Guidelines, all children younger than grade 6 need to be accompanied to the bathroom by their parent or older sibling.


7.   People are to follow safe hand-washing protocols. In addition, hand sanitizer will be available on a table at the exit of the restroom in a pump dispenser (non-touch dispensers are on order).


8.   There will be no children's ministry (KidZone, Nursery, etc.) until church leadership feels the time is right.


9.   Families with young children are encouraged to sit towards the back of the lawn where parents can better attend to their children’s needs. Regardless of where families sit, children must sit with their family. Parents should not allow their children to play with people or children of other families.


10. Families with young children are encouraged to bring coloring books, quiet lap activities, or silent toys for their children.


11. Vulnerable individuals with health risks, or are opposed to, or for conscience sake, are not comfortable attending public gatherings should stay in their vehicle or choose not to attend.


12. If all goes well, we will transmit live on FM 105.1 to car radios. The range of this broadcast is approximately 400 feet line-of-sight.


13. If the service is a Drive-In service, people are to park where directed by attendants. If people exit their vehicle, they are to stay in close proximity of their vehicle and maintain 6-foot social distancing from people of other vehicles.


14. To mitigate the unnecessary spread of Covid-19, our goal is to have a touch-less service as best we can. As such, there will be no physical handouts as bulletins, song sheets, passing of offering plates, etc. However, an electronic bulletin will be available for people so they can follow the service using their smart phone. This electronic bulletin will have important announcements, words to songs and other items of interest to assist people in following the service. Information on how to access this bulletin will be provided when available.


15. A table designated for giving will be available to receive tithes and offerings for Lawn services . In addition, people are encouraged to give online. Links to online giving can be found on our church website.


16. Due to the complexity of equipment needed, there will be no translation of services into Spanish during Phase One.


17. The drinking fountain will be unavailable and covered.


18. GT specific information and guidelines will be communicated via a combination of signage, training meetings, email, web page, social media, phone calls, etc. This information will be updated as needed.


19. GT provided face masks will only be available to workers (if we have them), but workers are still asked to bring their own. Face masks must be cleaned or replaced when soiled.


20. The stage area will be setup with people properly distanced unless they are of the same household.


21. People who have: (1) had COVID-19 symptoms in past 14 days, (2) tested positive for COVID-19 in past 14 days, (3) had close contact with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases in past 14 days; and/or (4) are having suspicious symptoms should remain home.


22. During Phase One, physical contact is not encouraged (i.e. shaking hands, hugging, etc.). It is important to realize the virus still exists in the community and is spread primarily through close contact. Therefore, we feel it is best to refrain from physical contact during this time.


23. As we progress through our other phases of re-entry, for the best show of love for one another… 1) Do not assume others are comfortable with what you are comfortable (i.e. shaking hands, hugging, close proximity, doffing masks); 2) If you are uncomfortable with something, in love, speak up. We should not assume others “know” what makes us uncomfortable; 3) If someone does “speak up”, we should respect their personal comfort level with the utmost love and grace, not thinking less of anyone.  


24. Additional guidelines and procedures related to disinfecting, cleaning logs, tracking, and what to do in the event someone tests positive will be followed if the need arises.  


25. Small Groups of 10 or less may meet in the church building, with prior approval, providing they faithfully adhere to the protocols established for such meetings.

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Our Phase Two: Indoor Services - Information Coming Soon!

Our Phase Three: Indoor Services Expanded - Information in Due Time