COVID-19 UPDATE FOR TPC

by anthony
March 12, 2020

BUILDING RE-ENTRY

We have increased our service numbers to up to 140, which feels like a good maximum capacity, according to North Carolina guidelines.

  • We will no longer use the reservation system to determine seating, distancing, and capacity.
  • Rows will be spaced six feet apart. Feel free to save extra seats on your row to keep physical distance between yourself and those not in your family.
  • The Live-Stream of Sunday morning services will continue for the time being.
  • We will also continue our Wednesday evening prayer gatherings at 6:30.

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What to expect when worshiping in the building…

Look for new images after Sunday!

Some of these details may change as we refine our procedures.
If you have any questions, please contact the church office.

Before coming, please be sure you can answer NO to the following questions:

In the last 10 days:

  • 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 gather with us “virtually”.

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What time is the service?
Service begins 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.
  • 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 counted as you enter the Worship Area to find seating.

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. HEPA-13 purifiers have been placed in the worship area as an added safety protocol.

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.

Restrooms
We ask that parents accompany their children.

SERVICE CONTENT

  • Bulletins: We will project all service content. Some bulletins will be available (as you enter the worship area) for those who want them.
  • Singing: Congregational Singing is now scattered throughout the service.
  • 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 are using pre-packaged communion elements. Grape juice and a communion wafer are combined in one unit. Here is a 36 second video that shows you what to expect.
  • After worship: Please gather outside to have conversations as you continue to social distance.

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.

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TRINITY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN AMERICA (PCA)

17 Shawnee Trail, Asheville, NC 28805
(828) 299-3433 | info@trinityasheville.com

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