UPDATED – July 31, 2020
Dear CCQ Family,
We are writing to inform you that CCQ Leadership has been prayerfully and thoughtfully planning for reopening our church building for in-person services. As of this writing, we plan to reopen on Sunday, June 7, 2020, and we ask that you read the important information below regarding the protocols that are in place and what you can expect as you return to the church building. We are taking this slowly, evaluating week-to-week, keeping the health and safety of everyone in mind as our top priority. Thank you for your prayers, patience, and flexibility over the past few months. Just as the apostle Paul exhorted Timothy, what a blessing it is that our fellowship remains in the gospel from the first day until now, and God will complete His good work until the day of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:3-6).
PROTOCOLS FOR REOPENING THE BUILDING:
SUNDAY MORNING & WEDNESDAY EVENING ONLY – We are currently reopening the building for Sunday morning and Wednesday evening worship only, with services at 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM on Sunday, and 7:00 PM on Wednesday. Our Sunday evening service will remain closed until further notice.
ATTENDANCE & SEATING – Based on social distancing guidelines, limited seating will be available in the Sanctuary. To minimize the touching of surfaces and reduce the risk of spreading germs, interior doors will be propped open and printed materials will be removed (bulletins, info cards, Our Daily Breads, etc.).
NO CHILDREN’S MINISTRY – This ministry will not be provided during the initial stages of reopening. For those who believe their children can sit through the entirety of the service in the Sanctuary or Dojo, you are welcome to bring them.
THOSE WHO ARE SICK – If you personally or a member of your household feel(s) sick with any symptoms (i.e. coughing, sneezing, fever, runny nose, sore throat, GI disturbance, etc.), please stay home and do not attend church services, ministry meetings, or special events. We will continue to make the Sunday service available online.
FACE MASKS/COVERINGS – Based on CDC guidelines, the use of face masks/coverings during in-person worship services is encouraged but not required to attend services at Calvary Chapel Quakertown.
OFFERING – Offering boxes will be available at the front and back of the sanctuary during the service. Our ushers will not be receiving offering by the passing of baskets. If you desire to give online, please visit: www.ccquakertown.org/giving
FELLOWSHIP AFTER SERVICE – At the end of the service, ushers will dismiss those in attendance by row/grouping. During the initial stages of reopening, we are asking that anyone who desires to fellowship after church services to please do so off-site.
SANITIZATION BETWEEN SERVICES – Before and after our church services, the high contact areas/surfaces of the church will be sanitized, including chairs. As it pertains to air quality, our HVAC system enables us to properly ventilate while introducing fresh, outside air into the building. Lastly, our normal cleaning protocols remain in place during the week.
RESTROOMS – Will remain open and stocked with hand soap and paper towels. Please wash your hands often, especially prior to reentering the Sanctuary or Dojo.
HAND SANITIZER – Hand sanitizer will be available for use throughout the church building. If you would like to bring your own for personal use, you may do so.
CLOSED SPACES – During the initial stages of reopening, multiple spaces will be closed, including but not limited to, the Bookstore, Kitchen, and Overflow Room.
COFFEE, TEA, WATER – The coffee/tea counter and water cooler will be closed, however, you may bring your own coffee, tea, or water bottle into the sanctuary. Please use a lid for your drink container, and please take the drink container with you after the service.
COMMUNION – We will not be taking Communion until further notice.
HESITANT TO ATTEND – If you are uncomfortable attending church after we reopen the building, please do not feel burdened or pressured to attend services in person. We will continue to make the service available online for those at home via the following channels:
MINISTRIES AND HOME FELLOWSHIPS – Ministry meetings and Prayer meetings may meet in the church building while observing social distancing guidelines and sanitization protocols as is feasible. Home Fellowships can resume meeting in-person at the discretion of the home fellowship leader. Please visit www.ccquakertown.org/home-fellowships for a current list.
OUR PUBLIC WITNESS – We are a loving church filled with great relationships and many of us have not seen one another for months. While we understand the desire to fellowship with one another, we ask that you also consider our neighbors as a good witness to our community.
PLEASE PRAY AND BE PATIENT – None of us have ever been down this road before, and we want to navigate it prayerfully and carefully. We realize that many of these plans are quite different from our normal church setting. However, as the next few weeks pass—and federal, state, and local restrictions loosen—we have little doubt that we will be able to make additional adjustments in the hope of returning to something more closely resembling our known church setting.