Refinery Church Pandemic Return Policy
Dear Church Family:
In scripture it says:
I was glad when they said to ME, "Let us go to the house of the LORD!”
Psalm 122:1, ESV
While that verse and song speaks specifically about God’s holy temple in Jerusalem, I think the spirit of that verse speaks to what we have been feeling in this season of separation, this season of social distancing, this next phase of Covid.
As you may have heard we have been given permission to reopen the church for in-person service inside of the Sanctuary. So this Sunday we will meet inside at 10:30am and offer kids and youth Sunday school during sermon time as we have been while outside.
Our Reopening Team’s top priority has been your safety. With that priority in mind, the team has determined the following steps moving forward.
All those who come to the church for in-person worship should plan to wear a mask (covering one’s nose and mouth) and maintain social distancing for the full duration of the service. If you are feeling even a touch of sickness please love others by watching online and staying home. A waiver will need to be signed to enter the facility and this helps us with compliance for contact tracing. Hand sanitizer is available for all to use upon entry and temperature checks are needed.
In accordance with government recommendations, we will not have coffee hour or child care during this phase.
A hospital grade covid disinfectant will be sprayed on all pews and touch surfaces before and after service. Cleaning teams clean on Wednesdays and Saturdays as well. You will see areas blocked off with do not enter signs to limit spreadable areas.
During all phases, we will continue to offer online worship via Facebook Live and our church website along with pre recorded sermons, youth and kids messages.
I continue to be mindful of the fact that many of us have very different comfort levels with regards to going out in public.
As you read the plan outlined above, some of you may be thinking: “It’s about time!” For others, your response may be more along the lines of: “Already? I’m not sure it’s the right time…” The decision of whether to return to in-person worship is a very personal one, and we honor your choice and love you and are praying for you every day.
Of course, even as we speak of “reopening,” we know the church has never truly been “closed.” While our building has largely been closed, our “church” is open, as the people of The Refinery continue to be “people blessing people and a light to others in our thoughts actions and deeds."