Greetings! We are pleased and excited to announce our plans for reopening our beloved Divinity. We have had many discussions between church leadership, members, and staff. Below, you will see the details of what we are calling “Phase 1” of reopening Divinity.
As of now, we are planning to open the weekend of July 11th and 12th. There will be two services each week, on Saturdays at 5:30 pm and Sundays at 10:00 am. We are hoping to have our praise band, Chosen, play on Saturday evenings, observing social distance as we play. Sundays will be a more traditional service. Sundays will also still be streamed indefinitely.
During Phase 1, we will not be holding baptisms, funerals, or meals of any kind.
We are working with our AA groups to utilize our fellowship hall as part of Phase 1. They will only be meeting in the fellowship hall. No other group or activity will be in the kitchen, fellowship hall or classrooms during Phase 1.
After each service, all surfaces and bathrooms will be cleaned, with particular attention to doors, pews, and offering plates. Additionally, pew cushions will be covered in plastic.
Perhaps most importantly, we are asking and expecting that our members will be thoughtful and prayerful as they consider coming to church to make the best decision. Please do not come if you are sick, have a fever, feel under the weather, or have an underlying condition. Please take your temperature prior to leaving for the service. Do not attend if you have a fever. Please also carefully consider attending if you are in a high-risk group.
This is a fluid situation, and subject to change. We are committed to providing worship to all of our members safely and smartly. Please be patient with us as we take all new information as it comes out, and plan accordingly.
Here is what to expect when returning for in-person services:
- We will be reserving spots for church attendance, allowing the congregation to remain at a safe amount. You will be able to reserve a spot online or by calling the office.
- When coming into the building, please enter through the main entrance doors. Other parts of the church will be closed.
- The doors will be propped open for a no-touch entry.
- Pews in the church will be marked with where to sit, in order to facilitate social distance.
- You will be required to hand sanitize into the sanctuary as well as on the way out. Hand Sanitizer will be available.
- Ushers will help you into the sanctuary, and give you a place to sit. There will be sections of the pews marked where people can safely sit at 6’ apart. Please sit where the ushers ask, as they will be seating people strategically to maximize social distancing precautions.
- We will ask that you respect the rule of no handshaking, hugging, and the like.
- Bathrooms will be open, but will be limited to one person occupancy at a time. Please knock to be sure the bathroom is vacant.
- Ushers will dismiss attendees by row. Please wait until you are dismissed.
- When exiting the building, please leave and go directly to your car.
- We will not be accepting food for our food pantry during Phase 1. Do not bring food to donate.
Here is what to expect during worship services:
- There will be no hymnals in the pews, and all words will be on the projector screen.
- Congregants MUST wear a mask. If you do not have one, one will be given to you. Please bring a mask with you if you are able, and put it on and take it off inside your car. Click here for information from the CDC on how to properly wear a cloth mask.
- There will be NO SINGING. Singing right now is not safe.
- Music will be performed by music staff only, and those designated by the minister of music.
- There will be no communion during Phase 1.
- When sharing the peace, no contact will be made, it will be a corporate response.
- Offering will be collected at the beginning and the end of the service, and can be dropped in an offering plate at each sanctuary door. Electronic giving will still be encouraged.
- The Pastor and Assisting Minister will wear a mask as they enter and exit the sanctuary. Once they are on the altar, their mask can be removed to facilitate the running of the service.
- There will be no acolytes during Phase 1.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we try to navigate the best practices for all of our members.
In the video below, Tricia Crane, Minister of Youth and Music explains Divinity's plan for reopening: