Reopening Guidelines


We welcome you to join us for an in-person fellowship with limited capacity to ensure social distancing from November 1st. We are following CDC guidelines to ensure your health and safety.


Service:
10:00 am – 12:30 pm (check-in begins at 9:00 am)

Registration Opens: Wednesdays at 9:00 am
Registration Closes: as soon as we reach capacity

We have new signage and posters in place around the church building to enforce the new rules and guidelines during this COVID season.

Recommended Attendees: Members and friends

  • who are in good health
  • have no pre-existing medical conditions

*In an effort to protect those who may be at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19, we will encourage seniors and those with young children to remain remote and watch service via Livestream.


Safety Preparations:

  • The church building is professionally sanitized weekly with proper cleaning procedures
  • No one will be allowed into the building without a mask
  • Cleaning supplies/hand sanitizers/gloves and masks are available on site
  • Sanctuary will be rearranged in an effort to promote social distancing. Families are encouraged to sit together where possible. Please follow the instructions of the ushers


Entry Restrictions:

  • Due to occupancy restrictions, attendees are required to pre-register for service


Process for entering the building:

  • Check-in for the 10:00 a.m service begins at 9:00 am. There is one check-in station in the parking lot
  • Temperatures are checked by a nurse, then your name will be checked off from the list and you will be given a ‘checked-in for service’ wristband, at that time you will then be allowed to enter the building. Building entrance will be through designated entrance only doors
  • Face masks must be worn at all times by all attendees
  • In an effort to control the flow of traffic, the parking lot door has been designated for entrance, the front and side doors have been designated for exit only. All doors will remain open in an effort to limit the touching of surfaces


Operational Changes and Precautions:

  • We will continue to stream services via YouTube and Facebook
  • Classes will remain virtual via Zoom until further notice
  • Women’s and Men’s Ministries will remain virtual via Zoom until further notice
  • Children’s church will remain virtual and offered via Zoom
  • On Communion Sundays, you will pick up your elements on the way into the sanctuary from the trays located at the back table of the sanctuary
  • Ushers and Security will be reduced in the sanctuary, they will continue to be stationed at the front entry to assist in the flow of traffic and compliance
  • Drivers who park in the parking lot will be asked to fill out a contact card and leave it on your dashboard should there be a delay in you returning to your car to allow other vehicles to exit the parking lot


Bathroom Precautions:

  • Women’s bathroom- to be limited to 2 persons at a time
  • Men’s bathroom- to be limited to 2 persons at a time
  • Signage is posted to remind attendees of social distancing


During Service:

  • There will be no collection of offerings. If you have cash or a check you will drop it in the designated lock-box either before or after service, located at the back of the sanctuary
  • Online giving (text-to-give) will be encouraged in an effort to limit the use of handling cash and/or checks during offering
  • Physical touching and greeting (ex. hugging, kissing, shaking hands, etc) is restricted throughout service
  • During the altar call, if you are in need of prayer, you will be asked to raise your hand and we will pray for you from your seat
  • At the end of service, you are asked to exit the building and parking lot as soon as possible


At the conclusion of service:

  • There is to be no congregating in the church lobby. Maintain social distance at all times 

 

Frequently Asked Questions


Do I need to pre-register for service?
Yes, all attendees will need to pre-register every week for service.
 
Can I register for multiple services at a time? No, all attendees will need to pre-register every week.
 
When does registration open and close? Registration opens on Wednesday at 9:00 am and closes as soon as we reach capacity.
 
Where can I register for service? You can register for service by following the directions on our website.
 
Are temperature checks required? Yes, in compliance with CDC and governmental protocol, all attendees will need to comply with these precautionary measures
 
What happens if it’s raining outside? The check-in and registration process will be moved indoors to the lower fellowship hall.
 
Do I have to wear a face mask during service? Yes, all attendees MUST wear a face mask during their entire stay within the building.
What’s the best way to give? The recommended way to give is by using online giving. This limits our contact with cash/checks and helps to ensure the health and safety of all.
 
What are my options to give online? You can give via our text-to-give.
 
Will service be streamed? Yes, the service will continue to be streamed
 
If I attend a service since reopening and ultimately find out that I have been exposed to COVID-19, what should I do? You should contact the church office immediately so another health and safety protocol can be put in place as well as contact tracing.
 
I don’t have a computer or access to a device to register for service, what should I do? The church will be open on Wednesdays from 11 am -3 pm to assist you with online registration. You can call the office, the contents of the attached waiver will be read to you. You will be asked to acknowledge that you are aware of and understand the waiver.
 
Can a member register another member outside of the household? We encourage each household to register together for service so we know who is in your party. Any person registered for service is acknowledging their awareness and understanding of the waiver before registration is submitted.
 

Do visitors need to register? It is encouraged that visitors register before attending Sunday service. If not, should space still be available for that designated service, we will help them register when they arrive at the building for service.

 

Statement of Waiver of Liability and Assumption of Risk Related to Coronavirus/COVID-19

 

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, a pandemic. COVID-19 is highly contagious and known to spread mainly from person-to-person contact. As a result, federal, state, and local governments and federal and state health agencies recommend social distancing and have, in many locations, prohibited the congregation of groups of people over the past several weeks.

By attending God’s Battalion of Prayer Church (the “Ministry”), you acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19 and voluntarily assume the risk that you and your family may be exposed to or infected by COVID-19. You also acknowledge that the risk of becoming exposed to or infected by COVID-19 may result from the actions, omissions, or negligence of yourself and/or others, including, but not limited to, Ministry employees, contractors, volunteers, members, and participants and their families. You agree to assume all the foregoing risks, waive liability against the Ministry and any other listed parties, and accept sole responsibility for any illness, injury, disability, or death to you or your family, including all claims that may arise resulting from any of these.