What’s going on at Hope!

WE have reopened.  Please read the policy!

Hopes Covid-19 policy.   This has been drawn up by the Opening task force, and approved by Vision Council, and Worship Commission. Please read it thoroughly and follow all directives. We will be re-evaluating by the end of August. We are still looking at letting “in house” groups use our facility, and how that might look. At this time, NO outside groups will be allowed to use our facilities. Please ask all requests for use of building to the task force at this time. That is Todd Kasitz, Katie Chlumsky, and Kim Voth. If you have any questions, please inquire with the one of the members of the task force.
 
Hope Mennonite Covid-19 Policy – May 10, 2020
 
Hope Mennonite will tentatively resume in-person worship services on Sunday, June 21, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. The plan that Hope will follow will be in place through August 30, 2020. At that time, Vision Council will reevaluate the plan and determine if certain restrictions can be relaxed. Please understand that this plan is fluid and subject to change as we begin to gather again in person. Vision Council’s goal is to make our worship service as safe as possible for those who are comfortable to attend. We understand that not everyone will feel comfortable attending in person at this time. We also understand that despite our best efforts it is possible that attendants of in-person services could contract Covid-19. While we are doing our absolute best to ensure the safety of our congregation it is ultimately your decision whether you attend in-person services or continue to gather in spirit, remotely.
 
General Policies
 
1. The following questions will be posted on Hope’s front doors and e-mailed out to the congregation on Fridays.
a. Do you have a temperature of 100.4 or greater or have had one in the last 72 hours?
b. Have you had close contact with a person with a confirmed lab test (positive test) for COVID-19?
c. Have you tested positive (or have a pending test) for COVID-19 or have any reason to suspect you have COVID-19 within the last 14 days?
d. “Reason to suspect” would be any of the following symptoms:
i. Cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing;
ii. Body aches or chills;
iii. Fever;
iv. Fatigue or muscle pain;
v. Sore throat;
vi. Loss of taste or smell;
vii. Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.
e. If you have traveled to the following locations you need to quarantine yourself for 14 days and should not be attending Hope:
i. Connecticut
ii. Illinois
iii. Maryland
iv. Massachusetts
v. Rhode Island
vi. New Jersey
vii. New York
viii. Been on a cruise ship or river cruise
ix. Traveled internationally.
f. If your temperature is 100.4 or greater or you answer yes to any of the questions you will be turned away at the door.
 
2. There will be three hand sanitizing stations available: the front door and each door of the sanctuary.
 
3. The use of masks is mandatory.
 
4. Social distancing with other individuals who are not part of your household is required. Social distancing is maintaining a distance of at least six (6) feet.
 
5. On Sundays, the church office, kitchen, nursery, library and downstairs will be closed. Only the sanctuary, fellowship hall and bathrooms will be open.
 
6. Doors to the sanctuary from the fellowship hall will remain open during the entire service. Weather permitting the outside doors will also be left open.
 
7. There will be someone monitoring the doors during the service.
 
8. The Church has installed Merv filters in the HVAC system and have installed five (5) REME Halo’s on the HVAC units, in an effort to purify the air circulated throughout the church.
 
9. Servicemaster will continue cleaning the sanctuary, fellowship hall and bathrooms on Fridays. All high touch surfaces and chairs with will be cleaned with SaniMaster 6.
 
Worship
 
1. You will be ushered to your seat at the beginning of the service.
 
2. Chairs will be set up in groups of 4 and 5, with grouped chairs being approximately 10 feet apart in all directions.
 
3. There will be no hymnals or attendance pads in the chairs.
 
4. Congregational signing will be prohibited at this time. There will be other music within our service.
 
5. Attendance sheets and bulletins will be placed on the chairs prior to the Service. We are requesting all attendance sheets be filled in with name and phone number and then left in your seat. Attendance will be kept by the office in order to provide contact tracing if necessary.
 
6. During our time of offering, ushers will excuse each row and we shall have offering in a manner similar to First Fruits.
 
7. During our Sharing time, you will need to share from your row and will not have access to a microphone.
 
8. At the end of the service, you will be ushered from your row out of the sanctuary and fellowship hall to the outside doors. There will be NO visiting or congregating in the sanctuary or fellowship hall. Vision Council strongly discourages you from congregating or visiting in the parking lot as well.

 

 

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