COVID-19 Update: Regathering Plan

Over the past few weeks, our church leadership has been discussing a re-gathering plan. These are not easy decisions as we consider the safety of our family and friends as well as our desire to be together again as a church. In order to seek wisdom, we have assembled a task force of doctors who are experts in their field to assist us as we move through these difficult times together. Our plan includes four different phases based on data from Hamilton County and wisdom from the task force. All aspects of the plan are fluid and subject to ongoing review and adjustments as needed in keeping with future governmental guidelines. We must remain flexible as we navigate these unique days.

• Throughout these phases we will continue to offer an online Weekend Service for those who are uncomfortable or unable to join us in person.
The CDC states that anyone age 65+ and/or with underlying medical conditions are at higher risk and should stay home if possible. This is not something we will mandate, but rather we will trust each individual in this category to act at their own discretion.
• During this time we will take extra measures to keep our facilities sanitized and clean. Sections of our building will be closed to reduce traffic in unnecessary areas. We will also suspend all food and beverage services such as donuts, coffee, and water fountains until these are deemed safe again.
• As we prepare to enter each new phase, we will communicate more detailed information.

We are currently in Phase One. Phase One has involved moving all ministry online, including Connection Classes. We will continue to offer an online Weekend Service and encourage our small groups to meet regularly through online platforms.

Commencing with this announcement date Friday, May 8, after two consecutive weeks of plateau or decline of new coronavirus cases in Hamilton County, we will begin a two-week transition into Phase Two. With this runway, the earliest we would begin onsite gatherings at our building would be early June.
• In Phase Two, we will continue an online Weekend Service. Additionally, we will offer three onsite Weekend Services to allow for appropriate social distancing—one on Saturday evening and two on Sunday morning. Each service will have a maximum capacity of 200. We will ask that anyone attending these services register in advance.
• During these services, we will practice social distancing as family units, and we will ask everyone in attendance (except those age 2 and under) to wear a mask in consideration of those around us. Masks will be provided for those who do not have their own.
• We will not provide childcare or any family ministry services. Families are invited to join us in the Weekend Service.
• Connection Classes will meet primarily using online platforms. However, we will begin to allow adult groups desiring to meet onsite to do so by reservation at other times throughout the week, excluding Saturday and Sunday.
• Our team will continue to monitor new cases of coronavirus in the general population of Hamilton County, as well as seek wisdom from our task force of doctors. If we see a rise of new cases and the task force recommends a return to a previous phase, we will implement that transition immediately.

Movement into Phase Three will be based on two additional weeks of plateau or decline of new coronavirus cases in Hamilton County and recommendations from our task force.
• In Phase Three, we will continue an online Weekend Service, as well as increasing the capacity of our onsite Weekend Services to no more than 50%.
• Childcare will not be provided on Saturday evening. However, we will begin to offer childcare for ages 0-4 for Sunday morning services. Parents must register their children (ages 0-4) for the service they plan to attend each week so that we can appropriately plan for their care.
• Connection Classes will meet primarily using online platforms while allowing opportunities for groups to meet onsite at various times throughout the week (excluding Saturday and Sunday) by reservation.
• wpStudents will begin offering an onsite experience on Wednesday evenings. The details of these services will be communicated by wpStudents’ staff as we prepare to transition to this phase.
• Once again, our team will continually monitor new cases of coronavirus in the general population of Hamilton County, as well as seek wisdom from our task force of doctors. If we see a rise of new cases and the task force recommends a return to a previous phase, we will implement that transition immediately.

Movement into Phase Four will be based on two additional weeks of plateau or decline of new coronavirus cases in Hamilton County and recommendations from our task force.
• Transition into Phase Four will allow full capacity at all onsite Weekend Services, while still maintaining an online Weekend Service. As circumstances allow, we will permit Connection Classes and family ministries to meet onsite on Sunday morning.
• Anyone age 65 and older as well as anyone considered medically at risk are encouraged to return as you are comfortable and believe it is safe for you.
• It is worth saying again: our team will continually monitor new cases of coronavirus in the general population of Hamilton County, as well as seek wisdom from our task force of doctors throughout these transitions. If we see a rise of new cases and the task force recommends a return to a previous phase, we will implement that transition immediately.

Thank you for your patience and grace as we navigate these uncertain days together. Isn’t it good to know that God is sovereign in all of this? His Gospel and His Kingdom cannot be stopped. We eagerly look forward to welcoming you back to the building. Until then, remember this—the Church is not a building. You are the Church! Let us continue to encourage surrender, equip believers, and engage our world for the glory of God.

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