The worship team met and decided not to increase numbers in August as originally planned. We will continue with a Sunday maximum of 50 in the worship area for service. In August, we will begin cycling through small groups of the congregation with online reservations. Once North Carolina enters Phase 3, we will begin to increase our service numbers incrementally as we evaluate how many we can gather in our space while still following our established protocols. If the state takes restrictive steps backward, we will alter our plans accordingly.
We realize that certain government exemptions would allow us to worship without regard to numbers, but that does not seem wise or responsible at this time. We will continue to move slowly and prayerfully.
- We will use the reservation system to determine seating, distancing, and capacity. Seats will not be available for those who have not registered.
- The Live-Stream of Sunday morning services will continue throughout this process.
- We will also continue our outdoor Wednesday evening prayer gatherings at 6:30, incorporating singing and other elements, as able.
What to expect when worshiping in the building…
Images from a trial service in July
Some of these details may change as we refine our procedures.
If you have any questions, please contact Anthony Moore.
Before coming, please be sure you can answer NO to the following questions:
In the last two weeks:
- have you had any symptoms of sickness?
- have you been exposed to someone with COVID?
- have you traveled outside the country?
No precautions are 100% effective. If you are in a high-risk group, are immune-compromised, or have any concerns, please feel free to cancel your registration.
If you develop any symptoms of illness before Sunday, please go to the registration link and remove your/your family name and contact Anthony.
What time is the service?
Service is still at 10:30 AM, but please arrive early to allow for additional COVID protocols – see below.
What should I expect when I arrive?
- Please park in the front. We are planning to enter/exit the building through the front doors only. Weather permitting, these doors will be propped open for touchless entry.
- Temperature checks will be done under the awning prior to entry.
- Once inside the door, you will go to a hand sanitizing station to clean your hands and to receive a mask if you forgot one
- From there you will be directed to your assigned seating in the worship area.
Are seats assigned by family?
Yes, you will be asked to sit with your family. We will use your registration numbers to group extended families together to maximize space.
Why must I wear a face covering?
In compliance with the state mandate, all worship service attendees (12 and older) are asked to use a face covering for the duration of their time indoors. Disposable face coverings will be available for anyone who forgets to bring one. Masks are suggested by the CDC for ages 3-11, but NOT recommended for 2 and under. We are following the CDC recommendation age for a school context instead of NC’s age 11 cut off which applies more to general public outings. Infectious disease doctor and Trinity elder David McClain recommends surgical masks as the best option for protection.
Weather permitting, we will have many of the side exits and sliding doors in the Worship Area open to allow for a cross breeze of fresh air.
We realize that opinions about masks and government mandates cover a wide spectrum. We are choosing to exercise our Christian liberty to seek the interest of others above our own. We pray that we will be known by the grace and mercy we extend one another.
Our family/accessible restroom in the adult wing hallway will be the only open restroom on Sunday. We ask that parents accompany their children.
- Bulletins: We will project all service content. Some bulletins will be available for those who want them.
- Singing: Congregational Singing will be at the end of the service and more limited to minimize aerosol particle exposure.
- Offering: Offering plates will not be passed during the service. There will be a basket as you enter if you want to give your offering that way. You can still mail in your offering or give online through the church center app or by following the link on the website home page
- Communion: We will not have communion initially, but consider options going forward.
- After worship: Our deacons will dismiss household units at the end of the service. Please gather outside to have conversations as you continue to social distance. This process will become more important as the numbers inside increase.
Will there be children’s programming?
At this time, there will not be childcare offered during services. Families are asked to worship together. You may choose to worship in the sanctuary or in the Family Worship room (see more information below).
Will there be a separate room for parents with kids?
Room 205 will be our Family Worship room in which the Live Stream will be available for viewing. Families will have designated tables with items specific for their use such as children’s bibles, fidgets, children’s worship bulletins, and crayons. You are welcome to bring your own fidgets, toys, and items to help your children during worship. Families will be asked to follow the same guidelines in this room as they would within the sanctuary in regards to masks: adults and school-aged children should wear masks, it is recommended children ages 3-5 wear masks, while 2-year-olds and under should not.
Will there be coffee/tea/food?
At this time, we will not be offering coffee/tea or food to avoid many people touching the same surfaces.
What happens if someone tests positive for COVID-19 who attended a worship service?
It will be requested of any person who tests positive for COVID-19 and has attended a Trinity worship service to notify the church office immediately. Privacy will be maintained; no individual names of any who disclose to the church office a positive COVID-19 test result will be publicized or made known to the rest of the church. We will notify everyone who attended the service.