COVID-19 GUIDELINES

June 14, 2020

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has impacted many churches forcing them to rethink their daily operations to ensure the safety of their congregations and support personnel. Godley UMC considers the health and safety of all involved one of our highest priorities. To help slow the spread of COVID-19 and safeguard our congregation, Godley UMC has created an action plan for responding to COVID-19. This plan, which is based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidance, highlights the responsibilities of GUMC and outlines the steps Godley UMC is taking to address COVID19.

         How the congregation can safely return to the church,                                                                                                           When the congregation should return to the church,                                                                                                             Protocols to be followed while in the church

 

RETURN TO CHURCH

This plan gives guidance on expanding and contracting church capacity depending on the situation in our local community.

As of June 21, 2020, Godley UMC will be returning to worship and will mark off every other pew in the sanctuary to limit the contact between various family units. It is likely that even after return, the church will not be at 100% participation so remote services will continue. We are aware that not all will be able to return to the church in person so virtual services will be available for your spiritual wellbeing.

The congregation is encouraged to return to church, but only if they feel comfortable. If the congregation is comfortable and wish to return, it is recommended they respect and follow social distancing guidelines.

Church Procedures

  1. Anyone not feeling well should stay at home.
  2. There will be only one place of normal entry and exit with additional exits available for fire safety.
  3. All attendees who are 65 and above or have underlying health conditions are encouraged to stay home and watch services online.
  4. Ushers and greeters will be equipped with gloves and masks and will record attendance and take the temperature of all those who enter.
  5. Attendees will be required to sit with their family units, use social distancing between each unit.
  6. Clergy will dismiss attendees by family unit starting at the back, maintaining social distancing.
  7. Staff should sanitize seats, doorknobs and handles, bathrooms, water fountains and other frequently touched surfaces between services.
  8. Offering plates will not be passed during services. There will be an offering basket at the back of the sanctuary for gifts to be placed into upon exiting.
  9. During communion the sacraments will be distributed through individual, sealed celebration cups.
  10. There will be no pew hymnals, bibles, or programs available to limit contamination through the handling of multiple people.
  11. There will be no Sunday school, child care or other small group gatherings at this time.
  12. Face masks/coverings are strongly recommended whenever entering the building and should remain on while occupying the building.
  13. Upon entry the congregation should wash hands or use hand sanitizer.
  14. The congregation should minimize contact in common areas such as the kitchen, lobby and foyer.
  15. The congregants who leave the building and then return to the church must follow building entry protocol when reentering.

Routines to Minimize Risk

  1. Adhere to social distancing- keep at least 6 feet of space between individuals who you are not normally in contact with.
  2. Minimize person-to-person conversation to outside. Maintain the minimum of 6 feet apart from individuals you do not normally encounter daily. Do not gather in groups inside the church.
  3. Wipe down all areas you inhabit and other high touch areas in the church that you visit; at a minimum this must be done at the beginning and end of your entry.

General Safety Policies

In order to keep everyone safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19, Godley I-JMC requires the following protective measures:

  1. Temperature checks will be conducted on all who enter the church. Anyone who has a temperature of 100 degrees or higher will be asked to join us virtually.
  2. Any member of the congregation who exhibit signs or symptoms of COVID-19 will be asked to join us virtually.
  3. Access to alcohol-based hand sanitizers will be provided to the congregation and should be kept in its place so it can be easily located and accessible.
  4. The congregation can voice COVID-19 concerns by contacting Pastor Randy Tucker — 972-977-3750.
  5. Godley IJMC will ensure every other pew is marked off to accommodate social distancing requirements.
  6. It is the responsibility of the member / members family to contact Pastor Randy Tucker of any positive diagnosis.

ANY WHO HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO OR DIAGNOSED WITH COVID-19

Exposure Situations

GUMC has response plans in place for situations when someone exhibits symptoms of or test positive for COVID19. Notably, anyone who is symptomatic or who have tested positive should not return to church until the conditions outlined in the table below are met:

Return to Worship Considerations

symptomatic but was not tested for COVID-19.

tested for COVID-19.

may enter the church if:

They have not had a fever for at least 72 hours and have not used fever-reducing medication during that time.

Coughs and other symptoms have improved. 14 days have passed since they first experienced symptoms.

may enter the church if:

They no longer have a fever.

•       Coughs and other symptoms have improved.

•       They have received two negative COVID-19 tests in a row.

If a member tests positive for COVID-19 who has been in the church within the last 14 days, deep-cleaning procedures will be triggered. Furthermore, members who have been in close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be instructed to self-quarantine. It is the responsibility of the member / members family to contact Pastor Randy Tucker of any positive diagnosis.

Service Schedule

6/21/20 and every Sunday following

8:45 am Live at 8:45 via Facebook

8:45 am in person service

11:00 am in person service

This document can and will be amended as the situations dictate.

ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCIL SIGNATURES OF APPROVAL – JUNE 14, 2020: