COVID-19 RESPONSE

As we begin to look at the possibility of re-opening our building, the leadership has spent the last several weeks seeking God’s face in prayer, talking to local and State officials, national leaders, as well as listening to your feedback regarding the re-opening of our building for regular meetings.

 

In an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 and because we love our neighbors and desire to protect them in any way possible, we have put in place the following re-opening guidelines.

 

Re-Opening Guidelines for Church Gatherings at the Church Building

 

  • WE WILL NOT BE OFFERING CHILDREN’S CHURCH DURING THE SUMMER; all children will need to sit with their parents and children, 11 years of age and younger, will not be allowed to roam around the building alone.  The children’s church staff is working on an action plan so that our children remain engaged in the things of God during the summer.  We will be working with the parents to ensure that all of our children are growing in their spiritual walk with God. 

 

  • Sunday, June 14th – Restricted Access – the following people will be allowed in the building:

  1. Worship Team and their immediate household family members. 

  2. Sound/Media Team and their immediate household family members. 

  3. Speakers/Translators and their immediate household family members. 

  4. Ushers’ Team and their immediate household family members. 

  5. Dance Team and their immediate household family members. 

  6. Intercessory Team and their immediate household family members. 

  7. Those with Internet/Technology accessibility Issues.

  8. Single AND vulnerable people suffering from social isolation. 

 

  • June 21st – ONLY 75 people will be allowed in the building – We will have an online registration form for those of you who would like to attend the service at the church building.  There will be a link on the website to register.  For those of you who cannot register online, there will also be a call-in option to register.  You will be able to register starting Tuesday, June 16th, to attend the 10am. Sunday service.  Every person in your family that will be attending will have to register.  Once we reach capacity, registration will be closed.  Only those who have registered will be able to enter the building.

 

  • June 28th – ONLY 100 people will be allowed in the building – We will have an online registration form for those of you who would like to attend the service at the church building.  There will be a link on the website to register.  For those of you who cannot register online, there will also be a call-in option to register.  You will be able to register starting Tuesday, June 23rd to attend the 10am. Sunday service.  Every person in your family that will be attending will have to register.  Once we reach capacity, registration will be closed.  Only those who have registered will be able to enter the building.

 

  • It’s advisable for you to stay home if you meet any of the following criteria:

  1. Older than 60 years old,

  2.  Pregnant,

  3. Have underlying health conditions, including those with compromised immune systems or respiratory conditions like severe asthma, o Have symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath),

  4. Have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, or

  5. Have returned from travel to areas with community spread of COVID-19 as defined by the CDC in the last 14 days

 

  • Disinfecting the building – Please know that we will be thoroughly disinfecting the auditorium, chairs, bathrooms, doors, and common areas before and after each service. 

 

  • Social Distancing – During the month of June, we will continue to practice social distancing by having families sit together six feet apart from each other.  We will remove some chairs from the auditorium and spread the remaining chairs throughout the room in order to meet the social distance requirements.  We will wait to hear from county officials as to the social distancing requirements for the month of July.  If the Holy Spirit is moving you to dance, we encourage you to do so, but please be respectful in keeping 6ft. of distance between you and others in attendance. 

 

  • Face Masks – We recommend and encourage everyone to wear a face mask as you enter or leave the facility and as you move about the facility for restroom visits.  While you are seated in our newly designed sitting arrangements that promote social distancing, you may remove the mask.  We will have face masks available for those of you that don’t bring a mask and would like to wear one, but we ask that you bring your own if possible. 

 

  • Hand Sanitizer – Due to the high demand for commercial hand sanitizer, the dispensers we ordered might still be in transit by the time we reopen our building.  In the meantime, we have numerous hand sanitizer bottles with hand-pumps stationed throughout our foyer, halls, and auditorium for your convenience and use.  Please do not remove them from any of their stations.  If you have your own hand sanitizer bottles that fit in your belongings, we encourage you to bring them for your own personal use. 

 

  • Water – Our drinking fountains will NOT be accessible at any time.  We recommend you bring your own reusable drink containers for all family members if needed.  Don't forget that food or coffee are not allowed in the auditorium, only water.

 

  • Restrooms – Our restrooms will be available, and their external doors will be propped open to minimize touch points.  It is your responsibility to wait OUTSIDE the restrooms, if stalls are filled, so there is no congregating inside the confined spaces.  While waiting outside, please be aware of social distancing guidelines.  Please use only one sink at a time for social distancing compliance.  Face masks are also encouraged to be worn en route to and during restroom visits as a courtesy to other users. 

 

  • Prayer Ministry – We will NOT have our traditional prayer ministry at the end of the service until that level of proximity and physical touch is prudent.  We believe in the doctrine of laying on of hands and the impartation God gives through human contact, but we are not allowing that practice at this time out of an abundance of caution and in order to respect and love our neighbors.  If you would like to pray with a pastor or someone from the prayer team, please let us know so that we can schedule a zoom meeting and/or make other arrangements. 

 

  • Parking – If possible, park ONE parking stall away from the next closest vehicle.  Observe social distancing guidelines as you enter and exit building, and please avoid non-familial congregating in the parking lot before, during, or after our gatherings. 

 

  • Exiting – At the end of the service, please gather all your personal belongings to minimize touch points for our custodial team.  Observe distancing guidelines as you exit the building and avoid any type of congregating inside the building with others.  We understand that this is very difficult to do, but we ask you to please be patient and understanding as we try to maneuver through this pandemic. 

 

  • July – As we get closer to the month of July, we will be providing you with more information about our Sunday services and Mid-Week services.  Prayer Meeting on Wednesdays will continue to be virtual through Facebook Live for the month of June.  We are hoping to start gathering in our building for prayer meeting in July.

ADDRESS

608-441-9408

 

6402 Schroeder Rd.
Madison, WI 53711

 

info@lighthouseinmadison.org

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