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1/22/2022

 

Clearly we’re experiencing a major spike in covid cases, both in the community and within our congregation.  Effective this Sunday, 1/23/2022, we’re going to tighten our controls as follows until further notice:

  • Suspend Sunday morning bible class.  We’ll meet at 10:30 for worship service.
  • Shorten services and Wednesday night class.
  • Limit singing to one or two verses.
  • Increase ventilation in the building.

Since this round of covid seems less virulent than past strains, we do want to keep the building open and available to those who are comfortable meeting in person.  We strongly recommend wearing N-95 masks for your protection, and those around you.  We’ll continue our on-line meetings for those not comfortable meeting at the building.  Do keep in mind, that the Ladies class room is available, and the parking lot is also an option.  There is a wifi hotspot on the outside of the office to service the parking lot. 

Based on evidence from other regions, this spike seems to be a steep but short one… the knife-edge curve they’re calling it.  We’ll relax our protocols again as soon as is possible… hopefully very soon.

 

The South Jacksonville Church of Christ will  worship at the building on Sundays at 10:30 am and Wednesdays at 7:00 pm. 

The elders have reassessed the situation and feel that we can resume meeting  for an hour on the first day of the week. This initially will be for worship service only. We have reviewed multiple data sources that suggest one of the more significant risks for infection occurs when people are gathered in a closed space with limited ventilation. Risk is time dependent and can be increased by vocalization that may aerosolize the virus. Therefore windows will be opened and the length of time for singing will be abbreviated for the safety of those in attendance.

Our Wednesday night services will be at the building and is expected to last an hour. The classroom time will be 45 minutes.  Remember, when you arrive at the building, please take your children, and go directly to your appropriate class; we will start our service in our classrooms When the classes are over (2nd bell rings), students will return to the auditorium to sit with their families for the remainder of the service.  In the auditorium, we’ll sing a song, followed by a short invitation by one of the men.  The service will close with announcements and a prayer.

For those who have chosen to worship from home, the service will be available on-line for your participation.

Our gathering together requires us to be considerate of the safety of those meeting, as well as the safety of the surrounding community. In order to help us to meet this goal we will follow CDC guidelines, as is reasonably possible, to allow us to worship properly and at the same time mitigate transmission of disease. Link to the CDC guidelines, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/index.html

To help decide whether to attend services at the building, each member should ask themselves the following questions:

  • Do I have a fever or chills?
  • Do I have a cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing?
  • Do I have fatigue, muscle or body aches or headache?
  • Do I have a new loss of taste or smell?
  • Do I have a sore throat, congestion or a runny nose? (Even if you think it is allergies)
  • Do I have nausea, vomiting or diarrhea?
  • Have I been exposed to someone who is suspected to have or documented to have Covid-19?

If you answer "yes" to any of these questions, then you should not attend services at the building for the safety of others. 

Prior to coming to services personal needs should be completed ahead of time as best is possible. Bathrooms will be available, but will need to be disinfected between each user for safe use by those who follow.

When meeting in the parking lot 6 foot social distancing should be maintained as well as when entering the building. As much as we have missed one another, direct contact with other members (handshakes, hugs) should be avoided.

We have determined that masks are optional.  We will provide masks at the building if you need one.

Hand sanitizer will be provided for your use. Please use sanitizer liberally to protect yourself and to help reduce surface contamination. Avoid touching surfaces as much as possible in the building.

There will be general seating for all in the auditorium. 

You are welcome to bring the bread and fruit of the vine that you have been using at home to partake of The Lord’s Supper. If you don’t have any, The Lord's Supper bread and fruit of the vine will be supplied in pre- packaged containers to minimize potential cross contamination. This will be available in the foyer and should be picked up on the way to your seats for use at the appropriate time. Collection plates will also be available in the foyer for members to contribute as they have prospered. Contributions can be made before or after services.

In the event the auditorium is full, or if you need social distance seating, seating will be available in the women's classroom where participation in the worship will be facilitated by live video feed. 

Additionally, folding chairs will be available for outdoor use with WiFi available for personal video streaming. You have the option to sit in your car and stream the service via WiFi from there. WiFi connection info for the various areas will be posted in those areas.

For those who have chosen to worship from home, the service will be available on-line for your participation.

The elders will continue to assess the situation and make changes as appropriate for everyone's safety. 

Sunday morning class and Wednesday night class subjects will be from our Reading the Bible Through schedule. 

 

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