Lodi UMC Safety Protocols for In-Person Activities
In this time of pandemic, our guiding principles have always been:
CONNECTION, COMPASSION, and CAUTION.
Guidelines for Lodi United Methodist Church In-person Gatherings
as of May 13, 2021
The purpose of this guideline is to create a safe environment where in-person activity participants, especially those who attend Sunday worship, can feel a deeper connection with their brothers/sisters of faith, and with God, in a sacred place.
We reopen our church building safely and faithfully.
Our guidelines reflect our understanding of two major respiratory virus transmission pathways: contact (direct or indirect, through droplets, between people and with contaminated surfaces) and airborne inhalation for hours in a closed room.
We are elated at the high percentages of vaccination for the age groups with higher risk of hospitalization. As of May 12, 88% of seniors ages 65+ and 66% of those in ages 55-64 in Columbia County have been vaccinated.
Beyond any practical principles, grounded is our belief in what we, as one body of Christ, ought to do. We covenant to love as Jesus has loved. In the post-pandemic world, this means we put the safety of others ahead of our personal preferences and honor the most vulnerable.
Our Sunday services at 8 and 10AM are open for you to attend in person. Both services continue to be livestreamed as well online at www.facebook.com/LodiUMC (no sign-in needed. Simply click the link.)
Before you come to the church building,
• please make sure your answers are ALL “NO” to these screening questions:
– Within the past 48 hours, have you been sick and been experiencing at least one of the following symptoms: shortness of breath, cough, loss of taste or smell?
– Within the past 48 hours, have you been in close contact (6 feet or closer for a cumulative total of 15 minutes) with someone who showed at least two of the following symptoms: fever or chills, muscle aches, headache, nasal congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting?
– Within the past 14 days, have you been in close contact (6 feet or closer for a cumulative total of 15 minutes) with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 or experience any symptoms consistent with Covid-19?
– Are you currently waiting on the results of a Covid-19 test?
• If your answer to one of those screening question is “YES”, please worship online with us.
• Let’s continue to stay connected, as we have been, through other means of church communication and gatherings. Make sure that you receive our email communications on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. If you don’t receive them, please consider signing up here.
While you are in the church building
We hope that your worship experience in the church building is found to be safe and meaningful. As we gather for worship, let’s do so in a covenant of Christian love.
1. All doors will be open prior to and after worship service, and if weather permits, will remain open during the service to maximize air flow.
1-1. If the weather is too cold to have the doors open, they may keep closed during the service, but for optimizing air ventilation, uv light tubes is installed and running in the air central system. With the system, air in the Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall is being exchanged 5 times per hour. In addition, one unit of air purifier will be running in the front area where worship leaders and pastor speak.
2. Upon your entrance into the church building, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer.
3. Following the latest CDC guidelines, those who’ve been fully vaccinated don’t have to wear a face covering. If you have not, you may pick up a mask in the entrance area and be conscious of keeping a safe distance. Pastor Peace has been fully vaccinated since the second week of April.
4. We hope you feel welcomed. Ushers will hand out a copy of the worship bulletin to you. It has lyrics, scripture passages, and information that will help you engage in worship more actively. If you need Bible, or hymnal, please ask the usher for help.
5. At this point, we ask you to place your offering in a plate in the front area or by the sanctuary door. Extra offering envelopes are available on the offering plate stations.
6. Please use, prior to and after exiting the restroom, hand sanitizer next to the restroom door.
7. If you are in a role of serving during our worship, please follow the additional guidelines communicated to you via email.
8. After the 8AM service, disinfecting procedure will be applied with the spraying of a safe disinfectant registered on the EPA List N for use against Covid-19.
9. Fellowship Hall is open between the two services for your visit with other church members and friends. If you haven’t been fully vaccinated, please be conscious of a safe distancing. For the safety of all we care about, we encourage you to be vaccinated as we praise God for it as a gift to us.
After you come to church
• If you become ill during the week, please call the church office immediately. Your information will be kept strictly confidential.
Our commitment to church cleanliness and sanitation is stronger than ever. These procedures are currently in place.
• Cleaning and disinfecting of the pews, doorknobs, light switches, handles and restrooms, will be performed on a weekly basis.
• Hand sanitizer stations will be located outside the sanctuary and restrooms for your convenience.
• Areas not to be used will be blocked.
• If you need to use the nursery room, please contact the church office first.
• When you plan to hold a meeting in the church building, please contact the office at 592-3480. We need to make sure the meeting space is available. We strongly encourage you to use the available cleaning kits (gloves, paper towels and disinfectant) prior to and after your meetings.
If you have any questions regarding these guidelines, please contact Pastor Peace at 592-3480 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org