COVID Safety Guidelines
DCC will begin meeting indoors on Sunday morning October 11th, following a phased approach.
It is good to remember that rarely does a church get to publicly demonstrate to our local leadership and our neighbors our commitment to each other’s safety and our strong desire to be good citizens. Our church has a very long and collaborative track record (over 100 years!) working with our local leaders and we will, once again, support them during this challenging time.
- Phase 1 (Current Phase)– we welcome back our adults and teens, from middle school up. During this phase, we are asking families with young children to delay and watch on live-stream while we get used to managing the congregation and complying with the health orders. The nursery will be open for children up to 2 years old.
- Phase 2 (in the future) – we will welcome back the remainder of our families and will provide children’s ministry.
Requirements for holding our Sunday gatherings:
Self-Monitoring: If you are sick or in some way feel vulnerable, have been in contact with someone with Coronavirus, or are experiencing symptoms, please feel free to stay home and enjoy the live-streaming of the outdoor service… yes we will continue to live-stream.
Limit on Congregational Size: All indoor gatherings are limited based on space. We are not currently requiring sign-ups (due to low attendance numbers) though we are counting attendees and doing our best to make sure proper distancing and protocols are followed.
Protection and Safety: As with all public gatherings, wearing masks as well as 6 ft physical distancing are required between families. Please work hard to help us with this as we will likely have people observing us.
Seating: You must come in through the BACK DOORS (by the kitchen) and we will direct you from there. All other doors will be locked from the outside. We have three very large rooms and will seat you as appropriate given the space requirements.
Parking: You can park in the DCC parking lot (the north side of the park), the public parking lot next to the tennis courts (the east side), the public parking lot on the south side of the park, or the public parking lot between the police station and fire department (the west side).
Bathrooms: Facilities are available in the church. It is important to remember that only ONE person (or family) is allowed at a time.
Children: There is no children’s programming or during this phase. During Phase 1, we are asking families with young children to delay and watch on live-stream while we get used to managing the congregation and complying with the health orders. The nursery will be open for children up to 2 years old.
Communion and Offering: We will have communion tables set up in the Commons. After service you can go to one of the tables, receive a blessing, and partake in communion as you exit the building. There will also be offering baskets and sanitizing bottles at each communion table. There will be an elder at each table. They will not serve you but will bless you. We are complying with the state health order for touchless communion. It will be clear when you get there.
Whew! That’s a lot of rules. Please be in prayer for our church, our members who are compromised or sick, and our neighbors who will be observing us during this time. And… thank you for being flexible during this challenging time.