covid-19 guidelines

[Updated 8/10/2020]


Wellness Policy

During Phases 1-3 of our COVID-19 reopening plan (outlined below), the church will observe the following wellness policy for Sunday morning worship, for Community Groups, and for any other official gatherings of church members:

  • Individuals exhibiting any symptom of COVID-19, whether they receive a positive COVID-19 test or not, should not attend in-person church events until at least 14 days have passed since symptoms first appeared, AND they have been asymptomatic for at least 3 full days. According to the CDC, symptoms of COVID-19 include cold or flu-like symptoms, specifically fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea. 

  • Individuals who have had close, prolonged contact with someone else who exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 likewise should not attend in-person church events until at least 14 days have passed since that person first exhibited symptoms, AND that person has had no symptoms for at least 3 full days. “Prolonged contact” would include living in the same household or working in close proximity indoors. 

  • Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 within 14 days following attendance at a CABC gathering should notify the church office immediately [admin@crawfordavenue.org or (706) 738-2527]. 

  • Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 and have had no symptoms may attend in-person church events after 10 full days have passed since the test. 

  • Individuals who test negative for COVID-19 and have had no symptoms may attend in-person church events right away.

Out of concern and respect for others, individuals who flagrantly disregard this policy will be lovingly required to leave the premises.

To ensure adequate seating is available, please register in advance to join us for gathered worship. Registration is available for two Sundays at a time.


REGISTER TO ATTEND


We are currently in Phase 3 of our Reopening Plan.



Reopening PHASE 1

WATCH "PHASE 1" VIDEO SUMMARY


When does this phase begin?

Sunday, June 14th.


Will I have to pre-register before attending?
Yes, everyone who wants to attend must pre-register during this phase. Registration will be available on the web site, or by calling the church office. Registration will open at noon on Tuesday, June 9th. At that time, you may register to attend either the June 14th gathering or the June 21st gathering. Registration is first-come, first-served, and it will be capped when full.


Who may attend Sunday worship in person?

Maximum of 50 adults, age 12+, all of whom must pre-register. Children younger than 12 will need to remain at home.


What about those who remain at home on these Sundays?

Starting June 14th, we will provide a livestream of the worship gathering via YouTube for those who are unable to attend in person. This will be in lieu of the Home Worship Guide we are providing currently.


What's the plan for CG, Cohorts, and Bible studies?

Community Groups (CGs) and various Bible studies and book studies will continue to meet online, at the discretion of each group’s leader. 



phase 2

WATCH "PHASE 2" VIDEO SUMMARY


When does this phase begin?

Sunday, June 28th. 


Will I have to pre-register before attending?

Yes, everyone who wants to attend must pre-register during this phase. Registration will be available on the web site, or by calling the church office. Registration is first-come, first-served, and it will be capped when full.


Who may attend Sunday worship in person?

Maximum of 75 people of any age who pre-register. Children must remain with a parent or guardian at all times; Nursery and CrawfordKids will remain closed.


What about those who remain at home on these Sundays?

A livestream will be provided.


What's the plan for CGs, Cohorts, and Bible studies?

CGs and other small-group bible studies may resume meeting in person, at the discretion of each group's leader. For all gatherings, social distancing should be observed, and the Wellness Policy must be followed. Sunday morning Bible study cohorts will not yet resume.



phase 2.5

When does this phase begin?

Sunday, July 12th. This is a modified step we are adding to accommodate more people on Sundays while we wait to move to Phase 3. 


Who can attend Sunday worship in person?

Maximum of 100 people of any age who pre-register. Children must remain with a parent or guardian at all times. Nursery and CrawfordKids will remain closed. 


What about those who remain at home on these Sundays?

A livestream will be provided. If we remain in this phase for an extended period, we will consider other options to facilitate more people being able to worship in person. 


What's the plan for CGs, Cohorts, and Bible studies?

CGs and other small-group Bible studies may meet in person, at the discretion of each group’s leader. For all gatherings, social distancing should be observed, and the Wellness Policy outlined above must be followed.



phase 3

When does this phase begin?

Sunday, August 16.


Who can attend Sunday worship in person?

Maximum of 125 people of any age who pre-register. Children of any age may attend provided they are pre-registered, and remain with a parent or guardian at all times. Nursery and CrawfordKids will remain closed. 


What about those who remain at home on these Sundays?

A livestream will be provided. If we remain in Phase 3 for an extended period, we will consider other options to facilitate more people being able to worship in person. 


What's the plan for CGs, Cohorts, and Bible studies?

We hope to resume taking the Lord’s Supper and observing baptism. CGs and other small-group Bible studies may meet in person, at the discretion of each group’s leader. For all gatherings, social distancing should be observed, and the Wellness Policy outlined above must be followed.



phase 4

When does this phase begin?

When public guidance allows for relaxed social distancing, and there is no widespread illness in the church.


Who can attend Sunday worship in person?

Pre-registration will not be necessary, and there will not be a specific cap on attendance. Nursery and CrawfordKids will resume, starting small and gradually scaling up to full capacity.


What about those who remain at home on these Sundays?

The livestream will be phased out, as we are able to again worship together as one body. 


What's the plan for CGs, cohorts, and Bible studies?

Sunday morning Bible study Cohorts at the church will resume. 



additional details

At-Risk Populations

According to the CDC, individuals who are 65 and older, and those of any age with chronic, underlying health conditions are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. For individuals who are at higher risk, we want you to be safe at home while we are in Phases 1-3, and we will work to make the worship gathering accessible to you while you are at home. If you choose to attend in-person worship, you will be welcome. 


Guests

Our biblical mandate to make disciples has not been put on hold! Guests are welcome to join us at any phase of reopening, provided they follow the guidelines that have been provided. 


What else can I expect?

For the foreseeable future, expect the following additional adjustments:

  • Masks will be encouraged and will be available at the door for those who attend, as supplies allow. 

  • Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the building. Use of the restrooms will be discouraged, and limited to 1 person at a time.

  • Social distancing of at least 6’ will be observed at all times, with seating in the sanctuary rearranged accordingly. Social distancing also will be encouraged outside of the building and in parking lots before and after worship. 

  • Posted signs and volunteer greeters will direct you to enter and exit through designated doors. Doors will be opened for you by a greeter wearing a mask, to minimize contact with door handles. Passageways through the building will be restricted, and parts of the building not in use will be closed and inaccessible. 

  • Bulletins and Connection Cards will be placed in your seat before you arrive, by a staff member who is healthy and wearing a mask and gloves. 

  • Offering boxes will be available at the door; offering baskets will not be passed. 

  • Bottled water will be provided. Water fountains and the coffee station will be unavailable. 

  • The casual, after-worship fellowship that is such a special part of our typical Sunday gatherings will be outside, with social distancing observed. Casual fellowship indoors will not be possible. 

For those uncomfortable with restrictions

Anyone who is uncomfortable with the COVID-19 guidelines provided by the church, or who thinks it is unlikely they will be able to comply with these guidelines, may choose to stay home. These restrictions will be uncomfortable for everyone, but for some they may be uncomfortable to the point of distraction from the purpose of gathering. We respect this decision if you think it best serves you and your family.


Questions?

If you have any questions or are uncertain about what these guidelines mean for you, please contact the church office (admin@crawfordavenue.org or 706-738-2527) and we will be happy to assist you.