Pastor Dave is here on video to outline our church reopening plan. I will also be posting here the attestation that we submitted and committed to with the Yakima Health District to reopen. May the Holy Spirit continue to guide us and leaders all across the world as we walk out this unique season we are in.
Yakima Vineyard COVID-19 Safety Plan September 1, 2020 1. In accordance with the Yakima Health District’s COVID-19 Safe-Start re-opening plan, the following safety practices will be administered at the Yakima Vineyard Church while under our current Modified Phase 1 status. As a church community, we agree to adopt this comprehensive COVID-19 exposure control, mitigation and recovery plan prior to opening. 2. COVID-19 safety information and requirements shall be visibly posted on the information rack on the back wall of the West Sanctuary and at the Information Desk. 3. Only the posted main entrance will be used to enter the Sunday Morning service. All other access points shall be closed and locked from outside access. The ramp door will be unlocked for handicapped access as needed. 4. All staff, members, and visitors in attendance shall wear face coverings before, during, and after the service (whether indoor or outdoor). Masks need to cover both mouth and nose. 5. We need to avoid physical contact between all those who attend, including staff. Handshaking, hugging, or ‘laying on hands’ to pray for someone should not occur during this season. Communion will not be presented to the those in attendance in a communal container or plate, there are packaged communion options that will be available. The coffee bar will remain closed until phase 3. 6. Worship may continue on-stage, but individuals must not remove their face coverings to sing. An option may be to stay behind a transparent shield (glass, Plexiglas.) We will also be moving worship to the end of the service rather than beginning. (This is due to the ability for aerosol particles to stay in the air for as much as an hour.) 7. Restrooms access must be limited to no more than 2 people at a time. Individuals waiting to use the restroom must maintain at least 6 feet of distance between each person. 8. Soap and running water shall be abundantly provided at locations for frequent hand washing. Staff and volunteers working with daily outreach are encouraged to wash their hands regularly, and required to do so before and after going to the bathroom, before and after eating and after coughing, sneezing or blowing their nose. Alcohol based hand sanitizers with greater than 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol should also be provided and used, but are not a replacement for the water requirement. 9. Disinfectants must be available. Internal cleaning supplies are adequately replenished. Outsourced cleaning provider will always maintain adequate cleaning and disinfectant supplies within the facility. 10. Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces frequently—including personal work-stations, mirrors, chairs, headrests and armrests, doorknobs, handrails, restrooms and breakrooms—using soapy water, followed by the appropriate disinfectants. 11. There must be adherence to physical distancing of six feet of space between those in attendance; this includes people working within the facility. 12. We will use barriers between pew rows and mark 6 ft distance within the pews to help manage social distancing and help those in attendance Sunday mornings to know where to sit. Members of the same household may be seated together as a single unit. Only people living in the same household may use the seating in the West Sanctuary. 14. We’ll ensure adequate tissues and trashcans are placed throughout the facility. 15. All attendees must self-screen for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 before arriving at the location. • All attendees take their temperature before each service. Any individual with a temperature of 100.4°F will not attend the service or attend work on site. • Any individual with a household member who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or with symptoms of COVID-19 (including a fever above 100.4°F) may not attend the service or attend work at the church. 16. In-home services or life groups are permitted to convene up to 5 individuals, excluding church pastoral/leadership staff. These individuals do not need to be from the same household. However, individuals must wear face coverings and practice social distancing when individuals from outside of the household participate. Video message from Pastor team
One final thought is to be open to the speaking of the Holy Spirit as to how you are to reach out to and love those around you. I am reminded of the words of C.S. Lewis in his brilliant book the problem with pain. “ We can ignore even pleasure. But pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”
What is God saying to us in this very moment and how will we respond to Him?