Covid 19 - Response Update
Plan for Resuming Onsite Ministries

Our state and local officials have established a three-phase plan for opening up our communities. Our staff and church board have studied the recommendations and developed the following plan for resuming our onsite ministries.

The Big Picture:

● Phase One:

o Over 65/vulnerable remain “safer at home.”
o Onsite Worship. ▪ Those who are able and feel safe can gather in the sanctuary for worship at 10am

▪ Every other row seating in pews, no more than 6 people per pew - for safe distancing.
▪ Additional chairs to be set in overflow areas to allow for sufficient “distancing.”
▪ Sit with family: If they don’t live in your house, they can’t sit on your end of the pew

o Adherence to CDC recommended distancing and sanitation protocols.

▪ All touched surfaces to be sanitized
▪ No physical contact: If they don’t live in your house, don’t touch!

o Children's nurseries and ministries during worship will not open until phase 2.

▪ This is a sanctuary only gathering during phase 1.
▪ Children, student, and Adult group venues to remain digital until phase 2.

o Other Procedures: ▪ No food or drink (including communion)

▪ Use of the giving box rather than “pass” a plate.
▪ “Close off” unused portions of building
▪ Provide masks for the vulnerable if they insist on attending.

● Phase Two:

o Over 65/vulnerable remain “safer at home.”
o Children's nurseries and ministries during worship may re-open
o Small groups and Sunday School classes may resume
o Adherence to CDC recommended social distancing and sanitation protocols.

▪ In Classrooms that will require some re-arranging of chairs/tables

o Other issues:

▪ Food/drink can resume (though not recommended)

● Phase Three: o Resume regular ministry operations

o State to provide “further details” for phase 3 as the state enters it.

The Progression:

● The progression from one phase to the next is entirely dependent upon infection rates.
● The State and the city council of Bartlesville have determined that Phase 1 can commence after May 1, 2020.
● The exact date for moving into phase 2 and phase 3 will be determined by the State and City officials.

The Main Thing:

● We want to be very clear that above all, we prioritize your safety.
● So, we want to say clearly and unequivocally - if it is not safe for you to be here for our onsite gatherings, then please remain safer at home and join us online.
● We will continue to offer online worship and seek to do it with excellence.

Above All:

● Remember the words of the Lord to his people: Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9, NIV)
● Let’s show our community the difference following Jesus makes - especially in these difficult days.

Bartlesville First Church of the Nazarene 3650 Southeast Adams Blvd. Bartlesville, OK 74006

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