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Re-Open Plan Phase 4

3/23/2021

Conduct one 9:30 AM Worship Service that is also live-streamed for members that are either unable to attend, should not be attending, or not comfortable attending just yet.  Current guidelines that restrict churches of our size to 75% capacity are currently in effect. We will be inviting all to attend.  During this phase, the following changes will be instituted to ensure that our gatherings are as safe and health conscious as they can be:

The nursery will reopen in a “lite” mode for worship service. It will be available to a smaller group of children and staffed by a rotation of volunteer parents of those children. The nursery and the limited toys will be sanitized before each service.

No food or drink served following the service.  No tables/chairs would be set up in the social hall.

Greetings involving touching (handshakes, hugs, etc.) would be discouraged…and greeting time at beginning of service would be verbal greetings only. We will not have welcome greeters at west entrance.

All frequently touched surfaces using disinfecting spray like Lysol would be sanitized both before and after the worship service. The back of the pews will no longer be cleaned as we only have one service each week.

Bibles and Hymnals will be put back in the pews.

Sanitizing hand pumps will be available at all entrances to church and on social Room sound cabinet.

For those worshipping in the sanctuary, masks (covering both nose and mouth) must be worn by all      for the entirety of the service.  The only exceptions to this rule are for the pastor while he is leading the service and the praise team singers while they are singing. These exceptions are in compliance with guidelines provided by the City of Racine Health Department so long as they remain more than 6 feet away from the congregation while preaching/singing.

For those who are not able/not required to wear a mask…we hope that you will still join us, but we ask that you sit in seats that will be set up in the narthex and social hall (behind the glass wall that separates the sanctuary from the narthex). 

To assist members who prefer not to exit through the social hall area…we will be making the double doors on the Southeast corner of the sanctuary available for both entrance to and exit from the sanctuary.   In addition, members are reminded that the “front entrance doors” (facing Illinois and Kinzie) and the door out of the reference library remain as lower traffic options and will also be available to enter and exit.   Hand sanitizer stations will be available at all those enter/exit options for those who choose those doors for entry and exit.

Offering plates will be on stands ….and available for receiving offerings at exits of sanctuary at close of service.

The first Communion service will take place on 8/2 with prepackaged Cups that include a wafer and juice. Elders will pass out cups in between the rows. Face Masks can be removed for partaking in Communion.

Seating will be in every pew, but alternating in “edge/center/edge” seating pattern …. with different family units separated by 6 feet in the pew.   All people should be ushered in, and not select seats on their own. Chairs will be added back in to make the front row of seats available.

The balcony, narthex, and social hall would be used to seat people for worship while still maintaining social distancing guidelines.

For Tracking purposes, we will take a photo all worshippers from the balcony or the front during the worship service.  We have added photos of the Narthex and social hall. These photos will assist in providing additional tracking information if a COVID case is identified some days later by anyone that was at worship.

Announcements/Updates

  • Pastor Francisco Golon

    We are saddened to have experienced the death of our Team member and Ministry Partner, Pastor Francisco Golon, who passed away on Monday, June 22, 2020. He was born in Tiquisate, Guatemala.  His ministry began as a Church Planter for the Hispanic Ministries in Buena Park, Anaheim, and Artesia CA where he was a member and minister of the Christian Reformed Churches. Moving to Racine in 2007, he served at Racine and Kenosha Christian Reformed Churches and originated The Great Commission Hispanic Ministries (La Gran Comision) where he served until his retirement in February of this year.  At the time of his death he had just completed his term as an Elder in the Racine Racine Christian Reformed Church.   We commend the Golon family to the care of our Loving Heavenly Father as they walk in this shadowy valley and trust that they may feel his presence with them each step of the way.    

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