REOPENING UPDATE 5-28-2020

Dear Trinity Family,
The pandemic has thrust us all into uncharted waters nowhere near being easy to navigate.  Adjustment and change is necessary for everyone as difficult and frustrating as that may be.  With everything we dislike about the effects of the pandemic, this can be a time of renewal, revitalization, and reinvigoration in the life of the church.  With positive attitudes and actions, we can move forward together.
Again, this means adjustment and change on the part of us all. Trinity’s re-opening plan is available in the newsletter, in an all-church mailing, and on the website.  Please read through it carefully.  We want to get back together, and to do so safely, comfortably, and positively. The plan is intended to be care-full and not burdensome in bringing us together. 
To implement this plan help is needed. 

  •  Ushers are needed and their role will be somewhat different in accommodating worshipers entering and exiting the Sanctuary.  Please let me know if you are willing to usher and at what service.
  •  A cleaning crew is needed between services to clean and sanitize.  Please let me know if you are willing to be on a cleaning crew.
  •  Live-streaming is planned so Trinity can continue to have an online presence.  To do so, some more volunteers are needed to run the camera, the computer for the camera, as well as an online host (which could even be done from home). Additionally, volunteers will be needed to run the PowerPoint slides in worship.  Please let me know if you have a willingness and some basic knowledge to serve technically.  Instruction on tasks will be provided.
  •  For those helping, a “dry run” for re-opening worship is scheduled for Saturday, June 6, at 10:00 a.m.   Please attend to help ensure re-opening plans go smoothly.
  • See our Reopening Volunteers page for additional information.
  • See our Sunday Information page for weekly updates.

Thank you for your patience, understanding, and willingness to help.
Blessings,
Pastor Kirk

YOUR REOPENING QUESTIONS ANSWERED

1. When are we reopening?
We are reopening the church building for worship on June 7.

2. What services will be provided on June 7?
Traditional Service at 9:00 a.m. This first service can be utilized by our more vulnerable members and will be a compromise of times from our former Traditional services Contemporary Service at 11:00 a.m.

3. When will we have childcare?
Childcare will launch slowly. During June childcare will not be available. We are watching children’s programing recommendations and will let you know when we are ready to open up a safe environment for our children and grandchildren.

4. Are there options for families this summer?
Our children’s ministry will be providing “Praise Packets”, gifts for children and simple activities, for families that wish to attend services. The sound of children in service will be welcomed at Trinity. We view this as an opportunity for Trinity kids to experience worship firsthand. We will also continue to provide a weekly Children’s Message video.

5. What about Adult Sunday School Classes?
Sunday School classes will not be in session at first. Your class leader will notify you when they will resume.

6. Will we continue on-line worship broadcasts?
Yes!!!! Though we are still looking for a team to provide on-line broadcasts indefinitely. The launch date is getting close, and we don’t know what this will look like right now. We know there will be changes to how the online service looks from recording ahead of time to streaming live. Please be patient and complimentary, and pray about how you can help with this new team. We appreciate people using their spiritual gifts to reach beyond our walls with our on-line broadcasts.

7. What are positions do we need filled for on-line worship?
For each service we will be looking for a camera person, a computer person, as well as an online host (this position could be done from home). We will also need someone switching the slides for both services.

8. What will church worship look like?
The focus, as always, will be on Jesus. We will practice social distancing while worshiping to protect all those who attend. Kindness and flexibility will be very important during this time.

9. Will we be singing during worship?
Hymnals and pew Bibles will not be used for the time being. Words will be projected for songs and Scriptures. Knowing how meaningful music is for worship, singing will be permitted with masks.

10. What do I do when I arrive for worship?
Please do not arrive more than 15 minutes prior to service – you may wait in your car until that time. We will ask you to space your family 6 ft. apart from other families for safety reasons. The pews will be marked for your convenience. Only two marked doors on the south side of the building will be available for entering and exiting. Bins for donated items will be available at these doors and receptacles for tithes and offerings will also be available at the doors.

11. How will we clear the building after the service?
We ask you not to linger in the building after worship. Ushers are being instructed to release worshipers, pew by pew, at the end of the service to exit the building safely. We have a limited time to completely sanitize everything before the next service and we want to be respectful of our volunteer cleaning crew’s time.

12. What parts of the building are open for use?
Besides the Sanctuary and rest rooms, the rest of the building is not to be in use. The balcony is also closed except for the worship team members. This will be vital so that the cleaning team can do a thorough job of getting the building ready for the next service in the short amount of time available.

13. Can I attend yet still give via mail or on-line giving?
Yes!!! We are grateful for your faithfulness to give during this time and celebrate the fact that God is providing for His church through His people and their faithfulness in giving. If you need any assistance with on-line giving please contact the church office.

14. Will we have bulletins or attendance cards?
Digital bulletins and attendance cards should be used by all those that are able. A small bulletin will be made available that includes an attendance card. Receptacles will be at the doors to drop in the paper attendance cards and to dispose of bulletins.

15. Can I wear a mask? Gloves? Etc.?
Of course, it is strongly encouraged. Please bring your own masks and hand sanitizer if you have them but we will have a limited supply available at church. Please remember, everyone will not have the same habits during this time, so we ask that everyone be kind, sensitive, and accepting of all who wear or do not wear protective gear. It’s a joy to meet together so let us keep our encounters positive.

16. When should I stay home and watch the live stream instead?
Please consider worshipping at home if: * You or anyone in your household is sick: including a fever, COVID-19 symptoms within the last 14 days, or has been exposed to anyone with COVID-19 symptoms * Your immune system is compromised * You simply do not feel comfortable attending at this time.

17. How can I serve during this time?
Besides the on-line streaming crew, we will need ushers and cleaning team members for both services. Also, if you feel led to be a guest on Ms. Dora’s weekly video, we would love to have your help.

18. What about Small Groups?
During the week, Trinity small groups/group meetings in the building can resume with recommended precautions in place (i.e. social distancing, masks, sanitizing etc.), and rooms must be scheduled through the office. Outside groups will not be able to meet until Phase 2 is implemented by the state of Ohio.

Sunday Information can be found here.