Go

Covid-19 Guidelines

 COVID-19 HEALTH SAFETY PRECAUTIONS AND PROCEDURES

This is an outline of precautions we are taking and the necessary procedures we recommend to those of you who plan to attend LHOPC. These precautions and procedures are a way for us to care for each other as brothers and sisters in Christ and to strive to protect our congregants.

Please plan to arrive early. Due to Live Streaming, we need to start the service promptly at 10:45am.  Given the guidelines outlined below, it will take some extra time to get everyone in and settled for the 10:45 start. 

We ask that if any of you have any symptoms of being sick, in any way, you please refrain from attending until you feel better.  Also, we ask that each of you plan to come prepared to accept the “precautions” we are taking to help ensure a safe and healthy reopening.  Those precautions are listed below, but at the very least:

  • we ask that you have a face mask and recommend you wear it before and after the worship service,
  • plan to sit in an appropriate “seating pod” for the number in your group,
  • plan to try to stay six feet apart (physical distancing) while visiting with each other,

Below we have listed the Precautions and set up that LHOPC has for this Sunday and into the near future.

 STEPS we are taking.

  • The church seating has been rearranged so that the “seating pods” are separated.
  • The church will be cleaned and sanitized prior to our gatherings.
  • Live Streaming and recording will continue into the foreseeable future.
  • We ask your help with carrying out the guidelines listed below.

FRONT ENTRANCE

  • The front door of church will be propped open.
  • Upon entering, hand sanitizer will be available for everyone's use if desired.
  • A limited number of face masks will be available for anyone who forgot their mask.
  • There will be NO programs or handouts. Everything needed for corporate worship will be provided on the overhead.

 NURSERY

  • The Nursery is open, but not staffed.
  • There is a changing table in the Ladies bathroom.

 BATHROOMS

  • All bathroom doors will be propped open and will remain open.

 SANCTUARY

  • All doors will be propped open and will remain open.
  • There is recording equipment at the back of the sanctuary, please be careful to not knock into it.
  • If you arrive early, and want to fellowship in the hall or auditorium, please continue to wear your mask until the service begins.
  • When the service ends, if you remain in the auditorium, please wear your mask and maintain physical distancing guidelines.
  • Hand Sanitizer will be available to use before and after the service for people on their way in and out of the Sanctuary.
  • A “Tithe Box” will be placed at the entrance to the sanctuary so you can place any tithes and offerings in it. NO collection will be taken during the service.

FELLOWSHIP

  • If you arrive early, and want to fellowship in the halls or auditorium, please continue to wear your mask until the service begins.
  • When the service ends, if you remain in the auditorium, please wear your mask and maintain physical distancing guidelines.
  • We highly recommend that, if the weather permits, you go outside after the service for fellowship.

We pray that the precautions and plans listed above will allow for us to worship in a healthy manner, while still providing a worship time that brings glory to our Father.

EARLY SERVICE (8:30 AM) Special Precautions

In addition to our regular 10:45am Worship service (that will be live streamed), we will be having a monthly early Worship Service at 8:30am (that will not be live streamed). This early Worship service is being held monthly on the first Sunday of each month. This early service is to accommodate those who prefer to maintain stricter Covid-19 protection and distancing guidelines to avoid contagion. Therefore, we ask everyone who is in the building before Sunday School to keep masks on at all times, and maintain strict physical distancing.

 

  1. The service will be approximately 55 minutes long and will be a shortened version of our 10:45am service.
  2. Music will be provided and the words will be on the overhead for meditation. (if you choose to hum or sing quietly to yourself, that is fine). There will be no congregational singing.
  3. While the confession and creed will be projected, Pastor Phelps will do the reading as everyone else reads to themselves. There will be no congregational readings.
  4. Communion will be offered to those who choose to participate. There is no expectation that everyone will be comfortable with participating and there will be no “judgment” if you choose not to participate.
  5. As a precaution, at the end of the service, we ask everyone to exit out the door IN FRONT of the auditorium (up by the piano) so as to not run into those coming into the building to attend Sunday School.

 

For those who are NOT attending the 8:30am service, but are coming to Sunday School at 9:45am, we ask that you wear your mask and physical distance until Sunday School begins.

Rev. 3/18/2021