COVID-19 REOPENING PLAN

Policies & Procedures for a Safe Environment

Our Reopening Plan | Everything You Need To Know

This page will outline the policies and procedures that Renovation Church will be implementing as we prepare for each stage of reopening our weekly worship gatherings in line with federal, state, and local government guidelines and mandates. It is our desire to create a safe environment for all that attend.

As we continue to move forward, know that we are constantly praying, listening, preparing and anticipating.

We Are Praying

We're praying to seek the LORD’s wisdom and discernment in order to bring him glory. We're also praying to resist the temptation to hastily react to politics, pressure, and changing dynamics. With differing opinions on both ends of the spectrum, we want our attitudes toward each other to be gracious, patient, and kind.

We Are Listening

We're listening to God in order to stay in step with the Spirit and serve our community well. We're listening to our federal, state, and local government leaders & officials on gathering restrictions as well as local guidelines & mandates. We're listening to our partner churches to gain collective strategies and considerations we may not think of. We're listening to you in order to best serve the people of Renovation Church.

We Are Preparing

We're preparing for a safe return in accordance with CDC guidelines and recommendations and in consultation with NYS regulations for a safe & healthy environment through social distancing, group size & cleaning protocols. We've also considered our context in regard to our people and our building.

We Are Anticipating

We're anticipating potential fluctuations in service times and number of services as we plan to reopen RENOkids up to 1st grade on August 2nd. We plan to continue our Facebook Livestream indefinitely for those who are unable, unadvised, or anxious about returning. We are also constantly monitor community metrics and data on hospitalizations and infection rates and intend to follow all federal, state, and local government guidelines and mandates.

Stage 5 - Starting September 13th | One Service @ 10am w/ Weekly RENOkids 2yrs to 1st Grade

One service at 10am with masks required for the entire service. RENOkids will be available every Sunday for Toddlers [2-3yrs] and Jr. Kids [PreK-1st grade]. Our Family Room will remain available for families with kids who are uncomfortable sitting with them in the sanctuary and aren't ready to put them in RENOkids. We will continue to livestream the service on Facebook.

Stage 5 Policies
  • No more than 100 people in the sanctuary at any time. This includes children & infants, but does not include staff & volunteers according to local officials.
  • Masks must be worn for all individuals 2yrs and older for the duration of the service [sanctuary only]. If you do not have a mask, or forget one, one will be provided for you. This pertains to inside the building as well as on church grounds.
  • Social distancing must be practiced at all times. Avoid handshakes, hugs, and any other physical contact with others.
  • Med checks for all staff and volunteers with touch-less thermometer. Anyone with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher will be asked to go home.
  • Anyone showing symptoms or feeling sick in any way is asked to stay home. Use the Symptoms of Coronavirus page on the CDC website to determine your wellness.
  • Anyone that lives in or is in contact with those that are vulnerable should consider that before attending. Caring for those that you care for may require you to remain home for their good.
  • Family Room available as an option for families with children who are uncomfortable bringing them in the sanctuary. Our multi-space room under the parsonage, dubbed our “Family Room” for the time being, will be dedicated for this purpose. Tables will be set up within social distancing guidelines so that families can sit together. Unlike the sanctuary, masks are recommended at all times, but required only when you enter and exit the room, leave your seat and while singing. No activities will be provided for children, so parents are asked to bring things for their kids to do at their table if they wish.
  • Nursing Mothers Room will remain open. Use of the nursery and other kids classrooms is prohibited.
  • Only Sunday morning gatherings will be scheduled in the building. All other programs that occur at church (ie. ManUp, Ladies Bible Study, etc.) will continue to be suspended.
  • Missional Communities will continue as in-person + virtual. We encourage MC’s to continue meeting in person while also maintaining the virtual option. In person participants should keep in step with all policies & procedures for a Sunday morning gathering in this stage (ie. masks, social distancing when able, no snacks/drinks, etc.)
Stage 5 Procedures
  • A signup form will go out at noon the Thursday prior to the upcoming Sunday. Please sign each of your children up separately for the class they are attending. If your child is entering Pre-K this fall, they should be signed up for Jr. Kids.
    • Sanctuary | 65 person limit – Please include all members of your family that will need a seat, as well as those that may not (infants, children that will sit on your lap, etc.) as we need to account for each person attending.
    • Family Room | 6 family limit – 1 slot = 1 family. This is for families uncomfortable having their children sit in the sanctuary or sending them to RENOkids. Family units sit together at tables. The service will be streamed live to the room so you can sing, pray and worship the Lord together in corporate worship.
    • Babies 0-1yrs | 10 child limit – Currently unavailable
    • Toddlers 2-3yrs | 10 child limit – Please sign each child up separately.
    • Jr. Kids PreK-1st grade | 10 child limit – Please sign each child up separately.
    • Older Kids 2nd-4th grade | 10 child limit – Currently unavailable
  • Seating arrangements will accommodate physical distancing regulations. Once you enter the building, please come into the sanctuary or head down to the family room and find the section of chairs or table with the number you need for your family.
    • Sanctuary — Chairs in will be set up with your family in mind with the exact number of chairs you’ll need based on your sign up form spaced apart from other groupings.
    • Family Room — Tables will be set up with  your family in mind with the exact number of chairs you’ll need based on your sign up form spaced apart from other tables.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be available in various places in the foyer, sanctuary and family room. Please use them.
  • Keeping in line with CDC guidelines, please wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap after using the bathroom.
    • Sanctuary — Bathrooms will be cleaned/disinfected by a volunteer after each use during service.
    • Family Room — Bathrooms should be cleaned/disinfected by those that use it after each use. Disinfectant wipes will be available to wipe down the sink, toilet seat and handle and doorknobs.
  • Greeters will open doors for you to limit the number of people touching those surfaces.
  • No coffee or snacks will be served at any service.
  • Music team will be limited.
  • Those speaking or leading music from the stage will not be wearing a mask. Chairs will be positioned in the sanctuary to safely accomplish this.
  • We will not be taking communion.
  • A contribution box will be on the wall in the back of the sanctuary for those that prefer that form of giving over giving online. Feel free to put your offering in the box on your way in or as you exit following service.
Stage 5 RENOkids Policies
  • RENOkids classrooms are limited to 10 children in each class. Sign up early to guarantee their spot in class.
  • Nursery [0-3yrs] & Jr. Kids [PreK-1st Grade], due to our limited number of volunteers, is only available during our 9am service on 1st, 3rd and 5th Sunday’s.
  • Older Kids [2nd-4th Grade] is not available during this time. Please sign-up children in 2nd grade or older to sit with you in the Sanctuary or Family Room during service.
  • Please stay home if anyone in your family is experiencing any of the following symptoms:
    • New Muscle or body aches
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • New headache or fatigue out of the ordinary
    • Diarrhea
    • Cough
    • Fever or chills
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Sore throat
    • New loss of taste or smell
  • Please stay home if anyone in your family has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
  • Please stay home if anyone in your family has had contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 without appropriate protective equipment in the last 14 days.
  • Please stay home if anyone in your family has a temperature of 100.4F or higher.
  • Face Masks
    • Teachers | Required at all times
    • Toddlers & Jr. Kids [2yrs+] | Required at all times
  • Snacks will not be provided or distributed in any classroom.
  • Toys will be limited in our Babies and Toddler rooms to ensure sanitation protocols are met.
  • Social distancing will be practiced as able, but not mandated, per CDC guidelines. During the lesson time in Jr. Kids, masks may be able to be removed based on the number of children in the room to comply with social distancing guidelines of remaining 6′ apart.
Stage 5 RENOkids Procedures
  • A signup form will go out at noon the Thursday prior to the upcoming Sunday. Please sign each of your children up separately for the class they are attending. If your child is entering Pre-K this fall, they should be signed up for Jr. Kids. If your child is entering 2nd grade or higher this fall, they should sit with you in the Sanctuary or Family Room, depending on which you prefer.
    • Sanctuary | 65 person limit – Please include all members of your family that will need a seat, as well as those that may not (infants, children that will sit on your lap, etc.) as we need to account for each person attending.
    • Family Room | 6 family limit – 1 slot = 1 family. This is for families uncomfortable having their children sit in the sanctuary or sending them to RENOkids. Family units sit together at tables. The service will be streamed live to the room so you can sing, pray and worship the Lord together in corporate worship.
    • Babies 0-1yrs | 10 child limit – Currently unavailable
    • Toddlers 2-3yrs | 10 child limit – Please sign each child up separately.
    • Jr. Kids PreK-1st grade | 10 child limit – Please sign each child up separately.
    • Older Kids 2nd-4th grade | 10 child limit – Currently unavailable
  • Prior to entering the building, every child will be given a temperature check and every family will be asked 3 med screening questions. Any family with a child with a temperature of 100.4F or higher will not be able to enter. This will take place inside the first set of doors during inclement weather.
  • Only parents/guardians are allowed to drop-off and pickup their children. Please limit 1 parent/guardian per family for drop-off and pickup kids to reduce the volume people in the hallways and stairways.
  • When dropping your children off, please go down the stairway in welcome area as you enter the front door, drop your kids off to their classroom(s), and then use the stairway in the Jr. Kids room to exit the RENOkids area. Ask any volunteer for help if needed.
  • Please pickup your children directly following service.
  • When picking up your children, come to their classroom doorway and wait for them to come to you. Please practice social distancing as you wait for the doorway to become available if another parent is waiting for their child(ren).