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 email@example.com or leaving a message with our voicemail at 530-222-4092.