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Dear Rushchurch brothers and sisters,
I am very excited to inform you that our Sunday Morning Children's ministry is reopening on June 28th. Laura Ramsey, Jim Hoffman, Cody Caudill and I submitted a plan to the elders of the church on Monday June 8th and they approved the changes made. It is quite simple yet effective. The following is the what to expect:
1. We will continue with three regular adult worship services through the summer. As a reminder these are: 8:00 am- 9:00 am, 9:30 am- 10:30 am and 11:00 am- 12:00 pm. The 8:00 am service will not change. No children's classes will be offered during this hour.
2. Children's Backyard classes will be offered during our 9:30 and 11:00 am services. This serves ages 5 through 6th grade. Hallway ministry, ages nursery through 4 years, will not open yet. It will happen soon but we want to adjust to the changes and take it one step at a time.
3. Here is the biggest temporary change: We are used to our children attending both hours of service; classes during the first hour and kids worship during the second. We will not be using this form for a while in order to reduce class sizes. Instead, each family will attend only one service. Your kids will attend only one hour in the Backyard while you are worshiping with the adults in the auditorium. After service you can pick up your kids and you and your family can go on with your day while the next service and new round of kids enters the Backyard after sanitation. We are doing this to reduce class sizes and allow for adequate and safe separation.
4. Along with this major attendance change, there will be multiple smaller, temporary changes in how we conduct our classes and the Backyard in general. If you are interested in these, they are available printed at the entrance of the auditorium for you to read (it would just take up a lot of space here).
If you have any questions please call the church office or talk to our Children's Minister, Laura Ramsey or our Elder Chairman, Jim Hoffman. As with so many other things right now, we must all continue to be patient and work with one another to see us through some temporary inconveniences. A few exceptions will have to be made for any teachers in the Backyard who are teaching both hours, but for the most part it is a fairly simple solution. If you feel comfortable letting your kids worship in this way, please do so. If you are not yet comfortable with this, that is perfectly ok. You can continue to join us on Sunday mornings and your kids can certainly join the adult worship as well (I've said before and I mean it: I love seeing whole families together and having our kids a part of our service). I encourage those without kids of Backyard age to attend the 8:00 service if possible, in order to allow more space for our kids worship plan. Frankly a much better explanation of all of this is posted on our Facebook Wed update from June 10th and I will explain it again on our Wed update for June 17th. Thank you all so much for helping out and playing along through all of this. You are a truly wonderful family and I love you all very much.
The following is the reopening proposal for adult worship affirmed by the
elders on Monday April 27th:
Reopening plan proposal
1. We will restart in person services on Sunday May 10th (Mother’s Day). This gives the church enough time to prepare, post the plan online and gather our team for between service cleaning. It further allows us (potentially) to see a week of reopening in the community.
2. We will move to 3 in person services plus continued recording. This provides the church with 4 opportunities to take part in the service. The services will be from 8:00am- 9:00am, 9:30am- 10:30am, 11:00am- 12:00pm. One of these services, most likely the 8:00- 9:00 service, will be recorded and put online as we have been doing. It may seem a little intrusive at first, but I’m sure the church will understand, and it will suffice until we can get a more permanent solution.
3. We will space out seating in auditorium. I don’t think using the foyer will be necessary at this time, though this is open to us if we need to modify. We will use every other row in the auditorium (direction/ reminders will be on the end of the rows) and encourage families or households to sit together, yet also spread out from other households if practicable. This gives us seating for approx. 120 people per service and still provides a 6ft buffer between used rows.
4. All used doors, except those leading directly to the outside and the bathrooms, will remain open all Sunday. All unused doors will stay closed all morning. Elders will volunteer to man the outside doors as people are arriving. We can remind people of the plan, answer questions or give advice as people arrive. This will require at least 2 elders per service (only 1 door will be used in the foyer to the outside. You can still enter and exit through the foyer, as well as the office door).
5. Communion and offering plate will not be passed. Offering plates will be in the hallway close to the sound room door for people to drop off their offering. 2 cup communion will be served by the deacons, or anyone available (Addison will orchestrate this). The plate will not be passed. As we are not using every row, the servers will be able to keep a hold of the plate and offer it to each person. Each person will keep their cup and it will be disposed of between services.
6. Printed bulletins will be available but not handed to people. They will be available for self pickup as you walk in the auditorium. The bulletin will also be on rushchurch.com. One elder will serve as greeter at the auditorium door, again, to assist anyone with questions or reminders.
7. Student ministry, Children’s ministry and nursery will reopen on June 28th. Student and Children’s ministry will continue to be posted online. Cry room will stay open. All parts of the church not being used will be shut and locked or signed off (backyard, foyer restroom, kitchens, hallway classrooms etc.) Tables will be removed from foyer and no coffee will be served. Laura R. will have small activities for children available for parents to utilize during the service if they wish.
8. No regular Sunday School classes. It will just be our proper worship time for a while, probably through all of May and perhaps June
9. Masks are recommended though not required, except by those preparing and serving communion. We have some available at the church entrances for those who do not have any.
10. We will still baptize into the body of Christ if the desire arises.
11. We have cancelled and will not schedule any non-essential or non-church related functions throughout June and July.
12. Pond area is closed to the general public (non-church members) until further notice. “No Trespassing” signs are in place to that effect.
I will continue to address the congregation via Facebook videos, rushchurch.com videos and this plan on the main page at rushchurch.com. Furthermore, this may need to be altered based upon any unforeseen changes or obstacles we must face. We will continually be reassessing what we do and how effective it is. Again, none of the restrictions have applied to churches in Ohio. This remains a church decision. I love seeing all of you and I hope to get back to close fellowship as soon as possible. Thanks for you patience and your love shown to one another.