Guidance for Church Body and Visitors for Attending In-Person Services at LCC

General Guidance

– Please remember to follow national, state, and county health orders, including physical distancing and good hygiene, before and after each service to protect your own health and the health of your brothers and sisters in Christ.

– LCC guidance about what to do before, during, and after services is posted at our website, smartphone app, social media, office voicemail, and/or through direct mailings.

– Anyone who is “at higher risk for severe illness” must not attend, such as any individuals with underlying medical conditions (including, for example, asthma, HIV, diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease and/or cancer).

– Anyone who has had contact with known COVID-19 cases in the past 21 days should stay home to protect the health of others.

– Even though LCC will do the best we can to provide a safe place to meet, there are many factors out of our control that constitute risk of contracting COVID-19 or other illnesses.

Reservations for On-Site Services

– In order to comply with the current state-required capacity limitation of 25% of a buildings capacity or 100 people, whichever is less, LCC will implement a reservation signup on our web site. If you do not have access to a computer or the internet, please call the church office for assistance with signing up for a service.

– If we offer multiple in-person worship services during the week until state requirements change, please sign up for the same service day and time to limit the number of people to whom you are exposed.

– If you arrive without a reservation, those with reservations will be seated first. When our limited capacity of 100 attendees is reached, we will not be able to let any more people into the service. If you are graciously turned away at the door, please remember that you can watch the live-stream from your car, at home, or view the recording at a future time.

Before Arriving

– LCC will continue to offer live streaming that are also stored on YouTube for later viewing for those who are vulnerable to COVID19 or those who choose to stay home to reduce their risk of infection or infecting others.

– Although LCC may offer non-contact temperature checks at the door, please take your temperature at home prior to attendance, and stay home if you have a fever or flu-like symptoms. Seek appropriate medical advice.

– Please consider refraining from food and drink immediately prior to the service, unless medically necessary, to reduce the need to use restrooms.

– Please use your own bathroom at home immediately prior to attending services.

– State and county health departments recommend washing clothes you will wear to the service, prior to attendance, to reduce possible virus transmission.

– The CDC, and state and county health departments strongly recommend wearing face coverings at all times when around other people, to prevent transmission of the virus from you to others.

– Please bring your own face coverings, and disposable gloves if needed.

While at LCC Facilities

– Please read and follow any posted instructions, markings on the ground, and verbal instructions from staff and volunteers when entering and exiting parking lots and buildings. The flow of vehicles and foot traffic are designed to limit physical contact.

– When at all possible, please leave an unoccupied parking space between vehicles to allow for physical distancing when getting in and out of cars.

– You may be screened for temperature and/or symptoms prior to entering services on site, and you may be asked to use hand sanitizer and to wear face coverings.

– If attending as a household, please arrive and leave in a single group to minimize crossflow of people.

– Children must attend with their own parents or household guardians and remain under parent/guardian control. The playgrounds will be closed.

– Please discuss social distancing practices in advance with your family members, especially your children, and seriously consider whether these expectations are reasonable for your children or whether a live-streaming service would better suit the family.

– Everyone must maintain at least 6 feet between themselves and others. However, those residing in the same household may sit closely together, leaving a minimum 6-foot space around them for other individuals and households.

– You may use cloth face coverings that shield your nose and mouth. Face coverings might prevent transmission of the virus to others near you, if you are infected but do not have symptoms. However, face coverings should not be use by children under 2 years old.

– If you sneeze or cough, please do so into a tissue or into the inside of your elbow. Throw tissues in the trash and wash your hands.

– Please leave the facility right away if you become sick. Ask for assistance from Staff or volunteers if needed.

– Common areas, such as the foyer/lobby, will be closed other than for access to the Worship Center where services will take place. The Information Counter and visitor display will be closed. Please contact the church office if you need verbal or printed information.

– Please do not engage in hand shaking or other physical contact between households. LCC encourages other forms of greeting, such as head nodding, waving, and verbal greetings from a distance.

– Drinking fountains may be turned off to reduce risk of infection, so you may want to bring your own water bottle.

– Avoid using the restroom, if possible, or touching surfaces commonly touched by others. Please do not enter a bathroom if it will cause less than 6-foot minimum physical distancing.

– Please wash hands before and after services, after using the bathroom, and after touching any commonly touched surfaces. Hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol may be used in place of hand washing as needed.

– Please do not hand any items to someone outside your household, such as Bible, communion elements, tissues, etc.

– Although no-touch receptacles are provided near entrances or exits for tithes and offerings, please continue to give online, through the Church app, or by mailing to the Church office to streamline work for the Church staff.

– If communion is to be observed at in-person services, the Church will distribute the elements safely rather than ask the Church Body to pass them down rows of chairs.

After Services

– State and county health departments recommend that all attendees wash the clothing they wore to services after the service in case you come in contact with contaminants.

– It is extremely important to contact the church immediately if you experience any flulike symptoms after any services. Please seek medical advice promptly.

– Please share any reflections, comments, and suggestions with LCC by emailing us at info@lccredding.org or leaving a message with our voicemail at 530-222-4092.

Guidance for Home Groups

Preparing the Meeting Location

– Please do not invite more than your home can safely host within physical distancing and sanitation guidelines. LCC may be able to help you determine capacity, so please call the church office if needed.

– Give consideration in advance to whether your situation lends itself to adults only or families with children.

– Outdoor areas may provide additional space and ample fresh air, so they may be more desirable than indoor meetings when the weather cooperates.

– Please disinfect the interior spaces that home group members will use prior to the meeting. If necessary, review and follow CDC and state guidelines to disinfect interior spaces thoroughly.

– Consider whether bathrooms need to be cleaned after each individual use, after a specific number of people use them, or after only every meeting. This is mainly dependent on the number of people, how much they use the bathroom, and how well they clean up after themselves.

– Make signs visible for individuals that display protocols for the meeting. These can be provided by LCC.

– Provide no-touch trash cans readily accessible to the home group members.

Prop doors open to avoid physical touching of door handles during entry and exit.

– Increase ventilation as much as possible, opening windows and doors, weather allowing.

– Close any adjacent rooms or spaces not necessary for the worship service to encourage proper social distancing before and after the service.

– If the meeting includes singing, please consider extra distancing between individuals at least during that time.

– Remind attendees not to socialize on or near your property without proper physical distancing, before and after the meeting.

Guidance for Home Group Members

General Guidance for those Attending Home Groups

– LCC can promote home groups only if they are spiritually centered. Please do not gather simply for social reasons.

– Please remember to follow national, state, and county health orders, including physical distancing and good hygiene, before and after each home group meeting to protect you own health and the health of your brothers and sisters in Christ.

– Anyone who is “at higher risk for severe illness” must not attend, such as adults 65 years old and older, and any individuals with underlying medical conditions (including, for example, asthma, HIV, diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease and/or cancer).

– Anyone who has had contact with known COVID-19 cases in the past 21 days should stay home to protect the health of others.

Before the Home Group Meeting

– Please take your temperature at home prior to attendance, and stay home if you have a fever or flu-like symptoms. Seek appropriate medical advice.

– Please consider refraining from food and drink immediately prior to the meeting, unless medically necessary, to reduce the need to use the restroom.

– Please use your own bathroom at home immediately prior to attending meetings.

– State and county health departments recommend washing clothes you will wear, prior to attendance, to reduce possible virus transmission.

– Please bring your own portable chairs, face coverings, and disposable gloves.

– The CDC, and state and county health departments strongly recommend wearing face coverings at all times when around other people, to prevent transmission of the virus from you to others.

During Home Group Meetings

– Please read and follow any posted instructions, markings on the ground, and verbal instructions from your host when entering and exiting. The goal is to limit physical contact as much as possible.

– Please do not engage in hand shaking or other physical contact between households. We encourage other forms of greeting, such as head nodding, waving, and verbal greetings from a distance.

– Please use cloth face coverings that shield your nose and mouth at all times, even during singing. Face coverings might prevent transmission of the virus to others near you, if you are infected but do not have symptoms. However, face coverings should not be use by children under 2 years old.

– If you sneeze or cough, please do so into a tissue or into the inside of your elbow. Throw tissues in the trash and wash your hands.

– Children must attend with their own parents or household guardians and remain under parent/guardian control.

– Please discuss social distancing practices in advance with your family members, especially your children, and seriously consider whether these expectations are reasonable for your children or whether you should stay home or get a sitter.

– Everyone must maintain at least 6 feet between themselves and others. However, those residing in the same household may sit closely together, leaving a minimum 6-foot space around them for other individuals and households.

– Please leave the home right away if you become sick. Ask for assistance from the host if needed.

– Avoid using the restroom, if possible, or touching surfaces commonly touched by others.

– Please wash hands before and after meetings, after using the bathroom, and after touching any commonly touched surfaces. Hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol may be used in place of hand washing as needed.

– Please do not hand any items to someone outside your household, such as Bible, communion elements, tissues, food, etc. Consider asking all attendees to bring their own drinks and snacks, if any food is desired for the meeting.

After Home Group Meetings

– State and county health departments recommend that all attendees wash the clothing they wore after the meeting in case you come in contact with contaminants.

– It is extremely important to contact the church immediately if you experience any flu-like symptoms after any services. Please seek medical advice promptly.

– Please share any reflections, comments, and suggestions with LCC by emailing us at info@lccredding.org or leaving a message with our voicemail at 530-222-4092.