May 17 Worship Reservation and Re-entry Plan

Dear Friends,

I pray this finds you healthy as we navigate the pandemic. As disciples of Jesus we are called to follow Him through uncertain times. We are sustained by the hope of the Gospel, which tells us that nothing can separate us from the love of Christ (Romans 8:38-39).

 

I am writing to you today to inform you of

  1. Our Sustainability during the stay-at-home order and
  2. Our plan to begin Phase 1 of the Re-entry plan to have physical assembly

 

Sustainability

  1. We are making disciples. Two people made a profession of faith last week and were baptized. Five people will become members of Wesley Chapel this month.
  2. On-line worship is reaching over 1000 people each Sunday.
  3. Sunday School continues to be offered through ZOOM.
  4. Youth and Children’s ministry continues to happen with electronics and social media. Our youth and children’s leaders are doing a great job.
  5. We continue to maintain sustainability through on-line giving and USPS mail. You may give online by following this link: https://onrealm.org/wesleychapel/-/give/now or by mailing a check to Wesley Chapel, 2100 Highway 150, Floyds Knobs, Indiana, 47119.
  6. We have applied and been notified that we will receive a loan under the Payroll Protection Program. The loan can be forgiven if we apply 75% of the loan to payroll. This will help us keep all our employees at their current status for eight weeks.

 

Re-entry: Phase 1

We hope to implement Phase 1 of the Wesley Chapel Re-entry plan on May 17 provided that Governor Holcomb, Bishop Trimble, and the Wesley Chapel leadership team maintain the current timetable for implementation.

 

  1. Phase 1 Protocol
      1. Vulnerable individuals should continue to abide by the stay-at-home protocol. CDC guidelines consider vulnerable individuals as people “with serious underlying health conditions, including high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma, and those whose immune system is compromised such as by chemotherapy for cancer and other conditions requiring such therapy.” (whitehouse.gov)
      2. Masks will be required. Wesley Chapel will have masks at the door.
      3. Practice good hygiene, wash your hands, and minimize contact with surfaces.
      4. Individuals who are sick or have a fever of 100.3 or higher need to stay home.
  1. Phase 1 Worship
      1. Physical assembly worship will start May 17: Traditional at 8:30 am, Modern at 9:45 and 11:00 am.
          • Worship capacity under social guidelines is 100 plus servants.
          • Reservations must be made through REALM or by calling 812.944.2570 by 2:00 pm by the Wednesday prior to service.
          • Reservations will be taken one week at a time.  To make reservations click here.
          • Groups of chairs will be six feet apart to allow couples and families to sit together while maintaining social distancing.
          • Physical contact will be limited.
          • Bulletins will not be available.
          • Offering baskets will be place near the exits.Chairs will be sanitized between services.
      2. Kid’s rock for Kindergarten through 4th grade at 11:00 am in Room 118
      3. Online worship through YouTube and Facebook Live at 8:30 and 11:00 am. You may find us online at the following link: youtube.com/c/WesleyChapelUMC.
      4. Online Kid’s Rock for all 4th graders and younger on Facebook. Find us on Wesley Chapel Kids of Southern Indiana at 11:00 am. Send a request to join the page.
      5. Youth and children are invited to worship with parents.
      6. No nursery will be available during worship.
      7. Only the first floor will be open. Enter through south entrance and follow flow pattern.

 

  1. Phase 1 Sunday School
      1. Sunday School will continue by ZOOM after 1:00 pm. Each class sets its own time.
      2.   Youth and children will continue Facebook Live and ZOOM. Check with your leaders.

 

  1. Phase 1 Activities
      1. All events scheduled for May have been cancelled. New events can be scheduled but event planners must consider new protocol of social distancing.

 

  1. Vacation Bible School
      1. Our Children’s Outreach team is looking to offer a virtual VBS in June. More details will be coming from the team.

 

The leadership team will continue to monitor the situation and will make decisions for future Wesley Chapel gatherings and events on a weekly basis. The Wesley Chapel Church property has been, and will continue to be, thoroughly cleaned and sanitized regularly. We are committed to providing a safe environment for everyone who uses this facility. Doors, handrails, windows, and all surfaces will be regularly cleaned. For anyone using the facility hand sanitizer has been placed throughout the building. Please continue to pray for our church, for our leaders, for the people in our communities, and for the world.

 

Grace and Peace to you,

Pastor Tony Alstott


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