elder update on attending church

We are excited to worship together.  Here is some important information:


When are we meeting?

Our church service will be held at 9:30 a.m. (Note this is a change from our normal 10:30 time.) Based on the survey responses, initially we will only have one service however the elder team will evaluate as we move forward to determine if two services are warranted.


Where are we meeting?

Since PBC is under construction, we will continue to meet at The Master’s University North Campus.


What rooms are we meeting in?

Our main service will be in the Music Recital Hall (MRH) which is the room we have been meeting in. However, based on the county order we can only have 77 people in the MRH. We will have an overflow room with video and audio feed in the English/History Center (EHC) 100, which is the room we had been using for children’s ministry. Based on the capacity we can fit an additional 57 people there. We will also have the audio of the service livestreamed in both the courtyard area between the MRH/EHC as well as on the grass area of the North Campus at the intersection of Quigley Canyon Road and Placeritos. We would encourage you to have a camping chair available to set up on the grass or in the courtyard and we will have some folding chairs available as well should we need them. We are not assigning seats or rooms. Please remember in your eagerness to attend to show preference for one another and to consider others as more important than yourselves as you choose your seating!


Will there be children’s ministry/childcare?

Initially we will not have any children’s ministry or childcare. As the county order changes and it becomes more practical, we will begin Foundations again.


What if I’m sick or someone in my family is sick?

While we know that you desperately want to be back at church, we ask that you please stay home if you are feeling sick. We are not going to be checking temperatures as you arrive but please self-test before you come.


Will we have to wear masks?

Per the county order “face coverings are required during services and celebrations except for children under age 2 OR others with impaired breathing or other at-risk conditions. We want to honor those in authority and this requirement has been generally applicable in all other places that have been recently opened. We ask that you wear your mask however, based on the order, feel free to take it off as your breathing is impaired or if you have a condition that wearing a mask might worsen.


What other protocols are involved?

The MRH and EHC will be laid out so family groups of various sizes can sit together. We have been asked to not have people from different households sitting together. If you are sitting on the grass, please keep a six-foot space between groups of chairs.


What cleaning will be done?

We will have hand sanitizer available as you enter the buildings. We will also be cleaning the chairs and other common areas. We are not able to provide seat covers but if you would like to bring a seat cover for your chair please feel free to do so.


Will live stream from home continue to be available?

Yes. Visit our live stream page here.


Will we sing?

Yes, we will sing. Please keep in mind that singing is one of the easier ways for the coronavirus to be spread so please wear your mask when we do sing.


What about communion/offering?

We will take communion on the first Sunday of each month. Instead of passing the elements, we will have deacons/elders/small group leaders at a table as you come into the MRH and other buildings so that you may take pre-packaged elements. We will not be passing an offering plate each week however you may continue to give in any or all of the ways you have been giving over these past couple of months; PushPay (visit online here), mail in checks, bank transfer, or drop off checks at the PBC office box.


What if I’m in an at-risk age or health group?

This is a decision that each person/family needs to make on their own. Our elders recognize that for some it may not be wise to be in larger groups of people and that people may choose to stay home. Know that if you choose to stay home you have the support of the elders and that we do not look at this as a disobedience to gathering together as a church. However, we know that many have been wanting fellowship and that you are missing your church family. We are taking and following all of the reasonable precautions given.


What about other ministries, small groups, youth group, etc.?

Our immediate goal this week was to be able to provide an opportunity for our church to gather together as one and worship corporately. We are actively looking for clarification and opportunity as to how and when we will start those ministries up again in person as quickly as possible but for now it is not possible to meet together in homes. While we know that Zoom is not preferable to face-to-face conversation, we encourage you to continue to meet with your groups online depending on how the group leader has scheduled it.

return to church plan & policies

INTRODUCTION

As we strive to serve and worship our Lord in meeting together as a church body, we also consider our government’s instructions for health safety. Below are guidelines we will be following.


SERVICE INFORMATION & ATTENDANCE

  • We will meet in person at The Master’s University in the MRH, EHC 100 buildings, and on the lawn beginning Sunday, May 31
  • We will have one service at 9:30 AM
  • Children’s, Youth, and Adult Equipping classes will not meet
  • We will not have food and beverages on campus
  • Bring your own chair if you will be sitting on the lawn
  • We will be live-streaming for those who stay home as well as those on the TMU campus
  • We will not be taking an offering. Please continue to give online or by mailing a check
  • We will not be distributing a bulletin or printed sermon outline. Check our website for bulletin information and sign up to receive our weekly email
  • Please stay home if you are ill or have had any contact with a known COVID-19 case

           The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (see resources 1) states the following:

           Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying                     medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Based on what we know now, those at high-risk for                   severe illness from COVID-19 are:

                       - People 65 years and older

                       - People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility

                       - People of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled including:

                                 - People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma

                                 - People who have serious heart conditions

                                 - People who are immunocompromised

                                 - People with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher)

                                 - People with diabetes

                                 - People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis

                                 - People with liver disease


SOCIAL DISTANCING & CONDUCT

  • Upon arriving at church, our ushers and greeters will assist you with seating and any questions you may have.
  • Please observe all posted signs regarding COVID-19
  • Ushers will be monitoring people for signs of illness
  • We ask that you please wear a mask throughout the entire time of being at the worship service
  • Please maintain six feet of distance from others at all times
  • Please leave the campus as soon as the service is over

          Do                                                                                             Don’t

          ▪ Wear a mask (age 3 and up)                                                   ▪ Come to church if you are sick

          ▪ Wash your hands before and after the service                      ▪ Shake hands

          ▪ Stay six feet from others                                                        ▪ Hug others

          ▪ Cover your coughs or sneezes                                               ▪ Touch your face, nose, or mouth

          ▪ Use hand sanitizer                                                                  ▪ Leave trash in the meeting area


FACILITY SANITATION

In conjunction with The Master’s University, we are following the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health Order of the Health Officer’s Protocol for Places of Worship: Appendix F(see resources 2) guidelines to support a safe and clean environment.

This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Use of EPA approved disinfectant to clean common areas such as the entry area/lobby, public worship areas, bathrooms, and meeting rooms
  • Hand sanitizer and tissues will be available - please feel free to bring your own if you prefer
  • Use of pre-packaged communion elements

RESOURCES

1. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-at-higher-risk.html

2. http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/docs/protocols/Reopening_PlacesofWorship.pdf


Other resources you may find helpful:

https://www.coronavirus.gov

http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/docs/community/GuidanceFaithBased-English.pdf

https://www.who.int


NOTE: This document may change as we receive new information.