Elder’s Protocol for COVID-19 Gathering Phase 1 Plan for Lewisville Bible Church
As we continue to receive updates from our Local, State, and Federal Government officials, here is our current response plan as a church body for the month of May.
Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Romans 13:1 (NKJV)
God, who rules over all, calls us to obey earthly rulers without violating His Word. Therefore, the following plans will be used to guide the ministry of LBC based on the guidance of the governing authorities (GA-18) and may be updated as conditions change, or further guidance becomes available.
Phase 1 guidelines:
- All vulnerable individuals should continue to shelter in place. According to the CDC, the high-risk population for COVID-19 includes:
- Individuals over age 65.
- Individuals with serious underlying health conditions, including high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, chronic heart disease, diabetes, liver disease, obesity, and moderate to severe asthma.
- Those whose immune system is compromised by disease or by therapies such as: chemotherapy treatment for cancer, kidney dialysis, or recent organ transplantation.
- Those who are themselves not at risk, but who live with individuals who are vulnerable.
For the start-up of LBC gathering:
- The worship assembly can reopen under strict physical distancing protocols
- On May 17, we will open physical worship to those who are well, (high risk individuals can decide to come or continue to worship at home). We will worship at our normal times: 10:30am / 12pm Latino Service
- The livestream will continue to occur at 10:30 am for those unable to physically attend and 12pm for the Latino service
- For the worship service, a nursey for infants to 3yrs old only.
- No one will be allowed in the nursey except the nursey workers
- You can drop you infant or toddler off at the door
- All workers and infants-toddlers will have a temperature check before allowing in
- Children and youth gatherings will not occur in-person on Sunday mornings as it is impractical to practice strict physical distancing
- Sunday School will not physically gather in a traditional classroom. The wonderful remote activities performed by our ministry teams are greatly appreciated and encouraged to continue.
- The specifics of Executive Order GA-18 coupled with our own space realities means we will only be able to accommodate about 48 persons in the sanctuary per service. Once the sanctuary is full, we can seat an overflow in the fellowship hall which can hold about 20 more.
- Every other row in the sanctuary will be marked off and tags will be placed on the remaining pews for where you can sit. Chairs will be set up at the proper distance in the overflow fellowship hall.
- High-traffic surfaces will be thoroughly wiped down after the service. Per the Governor’s order, seats will be sanitized after each service.
- Offering plates will not be passed. Please use the boxes as you exit or give online.
- People will enter the sanctuary via the front foyer doors and exit via the side hall sanctuary doors and into the parking lot. We will dismiss by rows.
- For Overflow Room: People will enter the fellowship hall by the south side doors and exit the same way. We will dismiss by rows.
- When offered, the Lord’s Supper will be received single-user style.
Throughout the building:
- Greeters will set doors open and stand well back to wave and welcome.
- Gloved and masked ushers will hand out bulletins. Additionally, we will continue to post our digital bulletin for those worshipping remotely.
- Signage will be placed throughout the building to encourage people to prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses.
- Hand sanitizer will be available throughout our facilities.
- Masks will be available, as supply allows, for people who do not wear their own mask yet desire one.
- Handshaking, hugging, and other physical contact should be avoided. Other methods of friendly interaction from physical distance – such as waving, smiling, or yelling “I love you!” – are encouraged.
On the Texas Executive Order GA-18, you will see a suggestion that churches provide a particular “area inside the facility reserved for the high-risk population.” LBC cannot do so during Phase I due to space restrictions. The church instead asks all high-risk individuals to worship from home.