In the cult-classic film, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, the title character remarks that, “life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” These are certainly solid words to live by, they don’t readily apply to the regulations of the State of Colorado at present. Everyone here on staff was doing our best to heed Bueller’s wisdom, and when we turned our heads back around to our work, the rules changed on us! Thankfully, we are still just ahead of the newest shift and can bring to you an update on how to prepare for the weekend ahead.
Some of you may be aware that Governor Polis gave a press conference this week that reconfigured the dial that determines the operations of businesses and houses of worship within the state. With this new dial, Boulder County will find itself on Friday, November 20, in Phase Red on the dashboard. But, for the time being, places of worship will be allowed to operate under Phase Orange regulations. This time around, Phase Orange requires that seated, indoor services are to be capped at 50 people inside of any one facility, not including staff. Because of this, we will be inviting 50 of our members/partners to join us for our regular church service at 9:30am inside of the Sanctuary with no additional overflow seating available.
Anyone not on the registration list will not be permitted to enter the building under order of the State of Colorado, so please check that you are confirmed before attending. For anyone coming for the first time since we reopened, please review the list of requirements (under Requirements for Attending menu option on this page) as you prepare for your time inside the Sanctuary. And as an additional note, the weather forecast shows that boulder will experience a a high of 52 degrees. So dress warmly and bring lots of layers to hide underneath as our windows will be open and the ventilation fan will be running!
As always, keep us in your prayers as we continue to lift you up in ours. Be well until we see you again!
There is limited seating available, if you would like to save your spot, please register here. Registration opens each Thursday at 9 am.
Please note that if you do not register before the service you will not be allowed in the building.
Requirements for Attending
- During the “Safer-At-Home” Phase of this pandemic, the public safety guidelines provided by the State of Colorado request that anyone over the age of 65 consider not attending any public gatherings at this time as your age presents a greater risk of experiencing adverse symptoms to COVID-19 were the virus to be transmitted to you.
- In order to abide by the protocols in place in Boulder County, a registration system has been put in place to reserve “tickets” for each service. Beginning on the week of October 3, a limited amount of reserved spaces will be released to the public using the Registration app on Planning Center Online. After the designated number of seats have been filled, the service is full and no additional seats will be made available for that service. Starting the week of November 14, seating will be restricted to those available in the Sanctuary within the allotted parameters of Boulder County guidelines (50).
- As required by the Boulder County Public Health Department and the State of Colorado, masks/face coverings are required for anyone on church property for the entirety of their visit. If you do not have a mask/face covering of your own, own will be provided to you.
This includes anything outside of a personal vehicle in the parking lot, inside or out of the building, during the worship service, while traveling throughout the hallways, and while participating in Connect Groups. If you willfully remove your mask/face covering at any point during your your visit, a Deacon/Usher/Staff Member will request that you place the mask over your face. If a request must be reiterated, you will be asked to leave.
- Visitors should remain 6 feet apart from anyone they are not actively quarantined with inside or outside of the building while on church property.
- During the service, please refrain from singing during the Special Music segment as there is an increased risk of spreading aerosol droplets to those surrounding you beyond six feet.
- Bathrooms are only be used one person or family unit at a time.
- Visitors are to check the signage at the entrance to the parking lot to confirm whether or not they are experiencing any symptoms related to COVID-19 and decide on whether or not they should travel on to the property. This same signage will be posted at the entrance to the church on the corner of Mapleton and 4th Street*.
- Upon arrival, visitors will need to check in with the Attendant at the entrance to the building where they will be asked a series of questions relating to their health before being admitted into the building. Information will be stored in a secure Google Drive folder which will only be accessible by the Staff. Files will only be stored for 21 days before being deleted permanently.
- During the service, two photos will be taken of the congregation seated inside each room so as to provide a method for exposure notifications were there to be a visitor whom reports that they have symptoms related to COVID-19. These photos will be stored in a secure Google Drive file accessible only by the staff, will not be shared publicly, and will be deleted once the mandated contract tracing period has expired for that service.
- If it is reported that someone has contracted COVID-19 and was seated near you or a member of your quarantine family, you will be notified immediately of a potential need for you to be tested.
- In following social distancing guidelines, the Sanctuary seating has been arranged in such a way that certain pews are unavailable while others have been sectioned off for specific seating needs.
- While our worship service will begin at 9:30am on Sabbath, please make arrangements to arrive early to allow for the above systems checks to be facilitated before the service begins.
- In order to decrease the chances of the spread of the virus, we will not be offering any of our regular refreshment items in the foyer at this time. Please make arrangements to bring your own breakfast/coffee/etc. or eat ahead of your arrival.
- Upon entering the building, please follow the directional arrows on the floor throughout the building so as to avoid passing anyone in the aisles or in the hallways.
- Please refrain from engaging in any form of physical touch (handshakes, hugging, etc.).
- Each participant will receive a microphone and after use each microphone used by members will be wiped down with an alcohol swab in between uses to ensure the safety of our platform participants. The headset microphones used by our pastoral staff are designated for use by one single user and will be sanitized between uses each week. Guest speakers will be given a headset microphone which has been thoroughly sanitized before use.
- To allow for the best use of time and space, our services have been modified to fit the needs of our services in this time of the pandemic. Because of that, we will no longer be including the Kids Life section of our service. Additionally, we will only be offering one worship song (which will be performed by a single worship leader as a “special music” piece where audience participation is forbidden. As we are able to expand the use of the platform, we have plans to include a second (non-singing) musician to the stage for the worship section of the service.
- It is requested that you do not approach any of the desk spaces where our audio/ProPresenter/LiveStream/Camera operators are working as there is only enough space inside of each area for one person to abide by the six feet of social distancing required.
- During the hours in which visitors are inside of the building, exhaust fans will be running and all windows will be ajar to allow for proper air circulation regardless of season or outside temperature. We will do all that we can regulate the temperature inside, but please dress accordingly.
- To allow for the use of the exhaust fan in the Sanctuary, the center projector will not be operational. Instead both side projectors will be used for any visual presentations.
- Tithe and offering will be collected using the receptacles available at the rear of the Sanctuary as before.
- Sensors have been installed inside of the Sanctuary to monitor the CO2 levels which will be checked regularly by the Ushers and Deacons. If readings increase to a level above 600 parts per million, adjustments may be made to reduce the levels.
- Hand sanitizer is available throughout the building for your use.
- The building will be cleaned and sanitized between each use on Sabbath to ensure the safety of our members and visitors.
- At this time, Connect Groups will not be conducted inside of the building. The COVID-19 Safety & Response Committee is working on a proposal to host all of our Connect Groups outdoors during the month of October starting on the 10th (weather permitting) while we work on a strategy to bring our Connect Groups together inside of the building as the weather shifts.
* The entrance accessible from the parking lot will be used for exiting the building and as and entrance/exit for anyone with special needs.