May 13, 2020
In light of the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, we've updated a few timelines regarding our Sunday gatherings, community groups and midweek ministries. These changes are a result of much prayer, discussion, consultation with a variety of health care professionals and state/local officials AND valuable input from you.
1. Worship Gatherings - We will resume on-campus worship gatherings - with amended procedures and taking all necessary precautions - on Sunday, May 24 at 9AM & 11AM. There will be no nursery or children’s worship environments available at this time. We will also live-stream the worship service at 9AM on both our Facebook and YouTube pages (it will be available to watch later, as well). It is of the utmost importance that we follow the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) guidelines for places of worship. Some of those are highlighted below but we encourage you to read them all here.
2. Community Groups - Community group gatherings will continue to be suspended at this time (both on-campus and off-campus). Please still seek to communicate well and be proactive in finding ways/tools to encourage and care for one another (GroupMe, FaceTime, etc) and your neighbors.
3. Midweek/Weekday Ministries - All midweek ministries (MS/HS, College) and any other weekly meetings/events will continue to be suspended until further notice. Again, for the time being, there will be no gatherings at 4115 other than Sunday corporate worship.
What are the guidelines and/or what should I expect when I attend a worship gathering?
• If you have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, are experiencing a cough, shortness of breath or sore throat, have had a fever in the last 48hrs, have experienced new loss of taste or smell, have experienced vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24hrs or been in contact with anyone who has had any of these symptoms, we ask that you participate in our services remotely.
• We strongly encourage people 65 or older and anyone who is especially at risk to also participate in our services remotely.
• Everyone who attends on-campus worship services will be expected to practice social distancing. Please no handshaking, hugging, etc. The chairs in the auditorium will be set up in such a way that complies with the distancing guidelines. Two or more members of the same household can sit next to one another but there should be at least 2 empty seats between families. Masks/gloves are optional but certainly encouraged. Please feel free to wear them during worship.
• We will have a team of volunteers disinfect all surfaces between services and hand sanitizer stations will be placed throughout.
• Bulletins will be placed in seats prior to the service by a Serve Team member wearing PPE. Please bring your own pen to take notes.
• Offering baskets will not be passed during services but will be placed at the exits. You can certainly continue to give online or mail your offering to the church.
• Coffee/doughnuts will not be served and drinking fountains will be closed. We will have water available, if needed.
• Please enter and exit only through door(s) that are attended by a Greeting Team member wearing PPE. All other exterior doors will remain locked. Please also use the restrooms nearest to the auditorium. We will adjust these guidelines as needed.
• Please adhere to the Parking Team’s guidance as you would any other Sunday.
What about my kids?
Please feel free to bring your children into worship with you! We love the rustling sound of families worshipping together and certainly do not consider it a distraction. The services will be slightly shorter than usual, around 50 minutes or so. Ms. Amy and her team will also provide an awesome (sanitized) activity pack that will help your kids worship along with us!
What if I’m not ready to attend church or if I’m in an at-risk group?
Each person must decide when it is right for him or her to venture out in public again. We are offering the on-campus worship gatherings as an option for those who are able to attend, but no one should feel any pressure to do so (we don’t take roll!). Again, we will also be live-streaming the services until further notice.
REMEMBER, as we look forward to and prepare for returning to some form of regular on-campus ministry, we must do so with gracious caution and compassion. We must also be vigilant to make sure that we love and protect one another well - and the most vulnerable among us - by adhering to these guidelines. We are taking every precaution we can to make you feel safe and secure when you decide to gather with us in person. Also, please remember that not every member of our faith family will have the same views/stance on gathering as you. Diversity is part of God’s wondrous plan for the church! No matter our differences, let’s be a witness to the world around us by practicing hospitality and encouraging one another in both thought and speech.
We love you, Capstone Church! See you soon.
Elders & Staff