Phase 1: First, we will continue online-only services through Sunday, May 24 (Memorial Day Weekend). This gives us time to prepare to reopen responsibly with all of the necessary health and safety precautions. It’s also important to know that our online worship services will be ongoing . Phase 2: Second, we intend to reopen beginning Sunday, May 31, at reduced capacity with three worship services at 9.a.m., 10:15 a.m., and 11:30 a.m.
These 45-minute, touch-free worship experiences will include socially-distanced seating, an overflow venue in the Fellowship Hall, and preregistration for the service you will attend. All of our staff and volunteers will wear facial coverings and we strongly recommend everyone attending to do the same.
We will not offer snack/coffee stations and we will not pass any plates during the service. Instead, prepackaged communion will be placed on every chair by someone wearing gloves and a mask, offering boxes will be available for giving, and we will clean in-between every service. Further, we will not offer Children’s Ministry Programming (birth-5th grade) or classes/groups for adults during this phase.
*Note: children and student ministry as well as classes/groups for adults will continue to meet online. Phase 3: Lastly, we will resume services at regular capacity as well as children’s ministry and classes/groups for adults. However, we do not yet know when this will begin or what ongoing guidelines will be recommended. When that information is available, we will send out an update. Throughout all of these phases, we encourage people to continue worshiping online until they feel comfortable returning to a physical gathering. New Hope—we are resilient! We will make it through this pandemic. And, we will come out on the other side stronger and more ready than ever to fulfill our mission.