Hey Church! We have been meeting on campus now for the past couple of months with a few tweaks to allow for “social distancing” and better protect those joining us! Some of you may still not be ready for meeting in-person on campus and THAT’S OK! You can continue to watch our services online LIVE on Sundays or ON-DEMAND throughout the week. If you are like many others and are ready to come back to the campus, here are some things to be aware of:
CAN ANYONE COME – DO WE NEED TO RSVP?
To help facilitate social distancing we have reduced the number of chairs in the auditorium to about 25% of capacity. We are using a simple RSVP system through our website or the app and it simply asks for your name, phone number and email along with how many adults and/or kids will be joining us. We understand things come up last minute so you can alter your RSVP up to 15 minutes prior to service. You can RSVP now by clicking here.
WHERE DO I PARK?
You can park in the same places you always have. Families with kids – please enter and park on the North side. You will see some friendly faces holding WELCOME BACK signs. We may have masks on, but believe us, we are smiling underneath those masks!
WHAT ABOUT THOSE MASKS?
We have all heard by now from the CDC guidelines, the best practices to protect yourself from the Coronavirus; wash your hands, cover sneezes and coughs, wear a mask, practice “social distancing,” and if you are sick stay at home. We ask that you wear a mask in all public spaces at church where social distancing is difficult or impossible.
HOW WILL I BE GREETED?
Being friendly and welcoming has always been a big part of Illuminate; that will not change. You will see friendly greeters welcoming you back and holding open doors. For your safety and ours we will be keeping our distance and not shaking hands, but believe us, we are SO glad you came. To help with traffic flow and ease congestion, child check-in will be in the back- north lobby.
CAN I GET COFFEE AND SNACKS?
For safety reasons, we will not be offering our normal food and drink options on Sunday mornings for now. However, we will provide water bottles, and as always you are welcome to BYOB! Also, things might look a little different as we have rearranged and removed some of the furniture to help with social distancing.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT IN THE WORSHIP CENTER?
You can pick your own seat as always! We have rearranged our rows to help facilitate social distancing. You can sit with your family or friends, but our friendly ushers will be “reserving” two seats on either side of each seated party to help facilitate social distancing. You can still find all announcements and the ability to take notes on our app. If you have not yet downloaded it, search “Illuminate Community” on your mobile app store. After each service we spray disinfectant on each chair and wipe down door handles throughout the building.
WHAT ABOUT MY KIDS, WHERE DO THEY GO?
We look forward to regathering together with our children and teaching them about Jesus beginning August 9th during our 10:30am service! Please read the following plans and procedures to help keep your children and our volunteers safe here. We know for a variety of reasons; some families are not ready to bring their kids to the building and will choose to continue to engage with us online. Please know, WE UNDERSTAND! You can find all our resources on our kid’s page on our website and social media!
WHAT OTHER THINGS HAVE CHANGED OR SHOULD WE BE AWARE OF?
We have been working hard to be ready for you to come and experience church service in person when you are ready. Here are a few other things you might want to know:
- We have enhanced cleaning and sanitization procedures throughout our building.
- We replaced the bathroom faucets with touchless ones and have added additional cleaning supplies. We will also have regular cleaning protocols in place for during and after services.
- Our drinking fountains will not be operational for your safety.
- We have placed extra sanitizing stations throughout the building along with several mobile stations.
- We will not be setting up tables, chairs, or games in The Lot to help with social distancing.
- All pencils and cards from the back of the chairs have been removed.
That’s about it for now. As you can imagine, things are fluid and may need to change so remember what Jason tells us, “Blessed are the flexible for they will not break!” Whether you continue to engage with us from home, with your community group, or here on campus, WE CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU!
If you have any questions or comments, please email our Executive Pastor Dana Erickson at danae@Illuminatecommunity.com.
We love you!