Elders Message 5/27/2020 – Update
The Eldership continues to remember all of you in prayer. We are looking forward to the time when we can all meet together again in the near future.
Last week we mentioned a phased approach to returning to worship and other congregational activities.
Phase one of that approach will begin Sunday morning, June 7th with our first congregational worship service since the recent COVID-19 protocols were put in place. We will only have one service on the 7th which will begin at 10:30. (There will be no bible classes on the 7th.)
Please see the attached document (Phase One Instructions) outlining the precautions that will be taken to protect the health of our church family. Once again we want to emphasize that our whole congregation needs each of your individual commitment, regardless of your personal comfort level or conviction, to graciously follow the plan and specific guidance we put in place – even though we recognize it will not be perfect.
We also strongly recommend that elderly and medically fragile individuals continue to worship from home during phase one.
In Romans 12:10 we read “Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.” A very practical way that we can apply this verse to our own lives is to consider the comfort level of our brothers and sisters who might not be as comfortable as you are to gather in a public assembly for worship right now. One way that we can “outdo one another in showing honor” is to follow the phase one instructions that we’ve set forth even though you realize “as do we” that they are not perfect.
We ask for your prayers and understanding that we make the best and wisest choices with the subsequent phases of our return to more frequent congregational activities.
If you know of any of our members who have needs or you have those you would like added to the prayer list you can contact the church office or contact the elders. The church office phone number is 770-926-8838 and the elders email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, if you are in a position to help those in need please let the office know.
Please remember as you study and worship the invitation of the Lord is always open. Even though we are separated, we can respond to God’s invitation to ask for prayers where we have need and we can certainly arrange for anyone to put on Christ in baptism and become a Christian. Please contact one of the Elders if you would like your response to be made public or if we can assist with a baptism.
• The building will remain closed and services suspended until June 7th.
• Matt will post a Sunday morning lesson this Sunday. This lesson will be available at 10:00am Sunday May 31st. Matt will also continue posting a midweek bible study each Wednesday at 5:00pm. Each of these lessons can be found on our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/c/woodstockchurchofchrist
• Your offering can be mailed to the church building. The building address is Woodstock Church of Christ, 219 Rope Mill Rd., Woodstock, GA 30188.
• We also have an online offering option for the congregation called “Givelify”. This can be used as an app on your phone or from the online site. Many were able to use this app over the past couple of weeks to make their offering. The link below will take you to the page. If you have questions regarding this payment method, we will be happy to answer your questions or help you set up the application. The following is a link to our page https://giv.li/6lyqwe
• If you have online bill pay with your bank, you can use that tool to make your weekly offering as well.
In Christ’s Service
PHASE ONE INSTRUCTIONS
3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
• Take your families temperature- If possible, take your family’s temperature before leaving for worship. If it exceeds 100.4 please do not attend the assembly.
• Please do not attend if- you are not feeling well, have a fever, or have had direct contact with someone who likely has or is confirmed to have COVID-19.
• Go before you go- Use your restrooms at home just prior to leaving for the building. This will minimize the need to use the facilities at the building.
• Please arrive 15-30 minutes early to allow for everyone to be seated and the service to start on time at 10:30.
• Be prepared to have temperature taken prior to entering the building. If temp is above 100.4 you will not be admitted.
• Stay together- All family members will be expected to stay together for the entire duration of the entry, seating, worship and dismissal. This will help social distancing as well as maximize seating capacity.
• Parents with young children- Parents with young children should keep their children with them at all times. This is necessary to maintain physical distancing for everyone.
• Observe the physical distancing guidelines of 6 feet between you and others (non-family members).
• Follow any directions given by the ushers.
• Facemasks- Facemasks are requested for the protection of your church family. Please wear your facemask upon entry into the building. Young children will not be required to wear facemasks. All ushers facilitating these procedures will be wearing masks for your protection.
• Entry to the building- Entry will be limited to the front doors, except for those who are physically unable to walk to the front doors. Only those unable to walk to the front doors may enter the drive-thru door.
• Auditorium entry- Entry will be limited to the two double doors from the foyer (please use both sides to limit lines).
• Observe the six feet distancing- while in line to enter and while entering, tape will be marked on the floor to aid in keeping the six feet of social distance.
• Communion- Pick up your communion supplies from a table upon entering. Please avoid touching any except your own individual cup/bread. Please bring the used package when exiting the building and deposit into provided trash receptacles.
• Offering- Place your contribution in the appropriate receptacle provided near the communion supplies (you may use the contribution method you have been using during online worship).
• The foyer and auditorium should be the only areas accessed (any other areas where access is permitted should be visited only as necessary).
• Restrooms will be accessible, but you are encouraged to use them only when necessary. Observe physical distancing when using restrooms (i.e., limit the number of people in them and adhere to the 6 feet physical distancing as much as possible). If you do use a restroom, please wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds. Use common sense.
• Please wipe down objects you have touched in the restroom with wipes provided in the restroom. (Please don’t flush the wipes please use the waste basket to dispose of the used wipes.)
• Nursery and cry room will be accessible but try to follow physical distancing as much as possible and limit what is used or touched in those locations. Please wipe down objects you have touched with wipes provided. Again, use common sense.
• Fellowship hall, hallways, offices, classrooms, basement, and rooms at the front of the auditorium must be avoided (except for baptisms).
• Ushers will direct you where to sit. Seating will begin at the front and in the middle of rows to assist with physical distancing. Please accept the seating that you are asked to occupy.
• Observe the six-foot distance between your party and any others on the same row.
• All pew back materials have been removed to eliminate unnecessary places for virus transmission.
• Remain seated after the closing song.
• Ushers will direct people to exit on a row by row basis (much like at funerals).
• Exiting will be done using the double doors closest to where you are seated at the rear of the auditorium.
• Proceed directly out the front doors (except those physically needing to leave by the drive-thru door.
• Do not congregate in the foyer or the parking lot. Please proceed directly to your cars.