Changes We're Making During Covid-19

 

Dear PassageWay Church Family,

We understand and appreciate there are many who will choose to refrain from joining us in person in the following weeks due to a desire for continued social distancing.  We would encourage you to continue to make your own personal decision about this for you and your family. Please do not feel any pressure from the Elder Board or PassageWay Church to go against yours or your physicians’ health recommendations. We recommend that if you are sick, or have had any symptoms of illness at all, that you continue to watch our services online from your home.  If you are in any high risk category, you may consider the same.  We are excited to see you when you are ready.

If you are planning to attend on July 12, we want to help you know what to expect when you arrive. We have a need for expectation-building on two fronts, both with a new property and also for being in compliance with our local directed health measures.  We have followed the guidance of expert medical advisories from UNMC and Three Rivers Public Health to thoughtfully prepare for public gatherings again.

Masks

Going with the current advice of infectious disease specialists, we are recommending that all attendees age 2 and over wear face masks.  All pastors, staff, elders, and those volunteering are required to wear masks unless they are speaking from the stage, distanced from the seating.

Social Distancing

Both the CDC and World Health Organization suggest keeping individuals (or for worship services in Nebraska, family units) at a six-foot distance from one another and reducing the number of people with whom an individual interacts directly. Chairs will be set up for the service with every other row missing to create distancing for the depth of the seating.  When a family chooses their seats together in a row, the next family is asked to leave 3 chairs between themselves and the already-seated family.  We also have family-style round tables available in the rear the worship space for those needing a little more room.

Communion, Coffee, Bulletins & Busy Bags

Currently, we are limiting what is handled and passed from person to person.  Single-use communion packets have been purchased and will be placed under chairs on the Sundays when communion will be served. The coffee bar is open for made-to-order coffee and tea. Bulletins will continue to be emailed prior to the Sunday service and placed in each row for those desiring hard copies. Busy Bags are currently unavailable for children at this time.

Cleaning Procedures

Our facility will be cleaned weekly prior to Sunday services. All door handles, railings, countertops, and restroom areas will be cleaned at a higher frequency, following protective measures. In our facility we have available 2 restrooms for men and 2 restrooms for women. Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the building and restrooms.

Looking Ahead

It is a priority to continue to follow our county’s Directed Health Measure guidelines and restrictions to protect our congregation and to be above reproach in the community. Our church staff and elders will continue to monitor the situation and communicate with you as we know of any need for future church calendar revisions or changes to the social distancing guidelines.

We greatly appreciate your patience and flexibility. It is our privilege to be praying for all of you and to be co-laborers with you as God uses all of us to reach our neighborhoods and community with the Gospel. It is our desire and prayer that our weekly checkpoints of Sunday services, either in person or online, are a boost and encouragement to you as you seek to know God and make Him known to those around you.

Sincerely,

PassageWay Church Elders - Joel White (Chairman), David Oldberg (Vice-Chairman), Lonnie Mahr, Nick Bank, Curtis Isaacson, & Andy Petersen