Summitview Reopening Plan
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. – Hebrews 10:24-25
This coming Sunday, June 14th, we are going to reopen the church building for the Sunday morning service. This past week the state released guidelines for churches and so we are moving forward with a plan that will allow us to worship together under the same roof, while at the same time trying to honor the heart of the state guidelines. The plan we have will certainly need to be updated as we put it into practice each week, but we believe that this is a good place to start.
For those of you who are not going to be attending, know that we are still going to live stream the services. If you are sick, showing symptoms of illness in any way, or if you are considered to be “high risk” we ask that you stay home and enjoy the service through the live stream. We certainly will miss seeing you, but we understand there can be varying reasons that people will stay home at this time. As always, the stream will be viewable here.
One Location, Four Sections
The church building will be divided into four sections of fifty people each. Within that section all households will be seated six feet apart from the nearest household. Each section will also have it’s own entrance/exit, but there will still be shared restrooms which will be cleaned well before and after the service.
The sections are: the lobby, the west side of the auditorium, the east side of the auditorium, and a generic “overflow” section that may utilize the Gospel Project classroom closest to the lobby, possibly even the warehouse if absolutely necessary.
The current guidelines require fifty people per room, however we are doing two sections of fifty in the auditorium. Those sections will be spread out enough to where it should not be a problem. We also spoke with local authorities who advised us that we should be fine to try it out. Of course, if we need to re-evaluate any of this, we will.
We do think that we are doing all we can to meet the heart of the guidelines while at the same time, pursuing what we should for the sake of unity and worship.
Each household will need to reserve their seats online prior to attending. This will help us to set up the right amount of chairs for each household and it will allow us to maintain the guidelines more effectively.
Each household will get tickets for the section of their choice, choosing the same quantity of tickets as there are people in the household who are attending. Once the seats have been reserved, you will receive a confirmation email with your e-tickets. While it is not necessary to bring these tickets with you, it may help us make sure that you are in the right section. You can reserve seats for this Sunday, June 14th, here.
Please do not choose the “overflow” section until all other sections are completely reserved. Also, if you use the Buy on Map tool, you will need to click on or tap the section you want multiple times to add more than one ticket to your order. We suggest going to Ticket Type where it says Free, clicking on that and choosing your section and the amount of tickets you need. Please do not choose Best Available.
What to Expect When You Arrive
As mentioned before, each section will have its own entrance/exit. The Lobby entrance is the main entrance or SW doors. The Main Room A entrance will be the W side doors of the auditorium. The Main Room B entrance will be the E side doors of the auditorium. For the overflow section, there may be room in the auditorium sections for you, or you may be in the Gospel Project room which will be accessed through the SE doors at the front of the building.
Please arrive early so that we do not create a bottleneck trying to get everyone in their seats by 9:30. Summitview has always had a culture of “running late”, so now is the opportune time to change that habit. Greeters and ushers will be at the building at 9am to help people find their seats, so we would ask that you begin to show up closer to 9 than to 9:30. We can do it!
When you park, please park within close proximity to your entrance/exit. At each door there will be a greeter to welcome you and to make sure that you are at the correct doorway for your section. An usher will then take you to your chairs. We will only be allowing one household to enter the building at a time, so please be patient. You are free to wait in your vehicle or you can interact with others outside. We would ask that you try to maintain the six foot distancing rule while outside as well.
We are not requiring for anyone to wear a mask at this time, however you may wear a mask if you would like. We will not be providing masks, so please bring your own.
Once you are in your seats please remain there during the service unless you need to use the restroom. Feel free to use the time before the service to pray or talk with your household or with those closest to you in your section as long as you stay seated while doing so.
Once the service is complete, we ask that if you choose to stay in the building that you stay in your section and maintain proper social distancing while talking with one another. When you leave the building, please exit one person/household at a time. The guidelines for outside are much less strict, although we do advise that you maintain six feet distancing if you are able.
Also, we would ask for each household to stay together whether that be inside or outside of the building. Children must stay with their parents while on the premises. Parents, please let you children know that although it is disappointing, they will not be able to run around with their friends in the parking lot.
There will be cars parking and backing out before and after the service, and it would be terrible if something were to happen to any of our children. If your children want to be near other children, please move your entire family together and stay as one unit for the duration of your time at the building.
No Sunday School
Due to the current guidelines, we will not be having Sunday School at this time. This may change in the weeks/months to come, but for the time being families will need to sit together. This will be similar to having the service at home, but at least there will be other families in view!
We understand that this may create difficulty for families with young children, so please bring whatever you need to help your children sit through the time as long as it does not make noise.
No Coffee, Tea, Cookies or House Bibles Provided
We know, we know, how will we survive?! With that being said, we will not be serving coffee, tea or cookies at any time during the service. Feel free to bring your own coffee or tea, but please throw away any paper cups prior to leaving the building.
We also ask that you bring your own Bible to the building so that our cleaning crew doesn’t need to disinfect every house Bible each week. While we understand this isn’t optimal, it is somewhat necessary at this time to mitigate any risk and lower the workload of our crew.
We Need Your Help
As you can see, this will be a challenging service to do well, but we believe that we can do this with your help. The first thing we need is volunteers to be greeters and ushers. We will also need a crew of about four people to organize and re-oganize chairs before each Sunday service.
We will need four greeters and four ushers, ie. one of each per section. Please sign up for one of these positions. The more people we have signed up, the more we can spread those crews out over the next few weeks. The sign-up form can be found here.
Volunteers are not required to wear masks but they can if they so choose. Again, we have no issue with anyone choosing to wear a mask before, during, or after the service.
A lot has to happen before Sunday for all of this to work, so please sign up to volunteer and get your tickets as soon as possible. There may be people who show up without reserving seats and we will try to accommodate them as best we can, but if more than a few people do this it will make the morning much more difficult.
We understand that this is going to be a very different service from what we have experienced in the past. Please extend grace towards others in this season. There are certainly many kinks that will need to be worked out as we try to implement this, but with all of your help we believe we can do it.
We look forward to meeting with you all again to worship our lord Jesus together!