Greeting my Brothers and Sisters in Christ!
We thank God for his immeasurable love and sustainability during these unprecedented times. While we are excited and anxious to see each other again, we must ensure that our reconvening is done in a way that is safe and presents minimal risk to all. We have been closely monitoring the guidelines presented by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and look to adhere to them stringently. The following information is provided so that we remain on one accord during this crisis. Please read it carefully.
As you know, cleaning and sanitization supplies are not free. We are asking you to consider donating towards our goal of $5,000 to cover additional costs we will incur as part of instituting these new processes. You will find the donation button below.
Let us continue to be in prayer for our church, our families and our friends believing that God is leading us to something greater.
Remember, God loves you and so do I.
In order to best protect the safety of our church attendees we are doing the following according to the guidelines presented by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For more information you may visit their page specific to communities of faith here:
SUPPORT THE COVID19 CLEANING CAMPAIGN
Estimated Expenses for this $5,000 Purchase
Initial Cleaning and Sanitization $1500
Disinfecting Machine $1000
Disinfecting Supplies $1500
Additional Cleaning Supplies $1000
Please select COVID19 Campaign in the Giving Options.
You may also mail your check to:
First AME Church
2045 Massachusetts St.
Gary, Indiana 46407
WHAT IS THE CHURCH DOING
Cleaning & Sanitizing
An initial complete cleaning and sanitization will take place prior to re-entry into the sanctuary using a professional cleaning company.
An ongoing cleaning and sanitization will take place three days after every worship gathering including cleaning, disinfecting and a final application of disinfectant spray throughout the church.
Masks are required. Masks will be available upon entry for those who are not wearing one. Did I say, Masks are required?
Markers will outline where people are allowed to sit, ensuring a distance separation of six feet.
To prepare congregants coming in, a sanitization station will be near the entry.
The church will be limited to the new wing namely the Sanctuary, Grace Hall, and the Bathrooms behind the sanctuary.
Signs will be posted explaining the need for face masks and social distancing (6ft apart).
All hymnals, Bibles and common place literature will be removed from the Sanctuary.
There will be no printed materials provided, e.g. bulletin.
Large open (touchless) trash containers will be available for tissue and other trash.
WHAT IS THE CHURCH asking of you
Please do not attend church if you have tested positive for Covid-19 or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 or has recently been ill.
Please do not attend church if you display any of the following symptoms:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Be mindful of social distancing when entering the church.
Wear a mask and please do not remove it while in attendance.
Stop at the Sanitization Station upon entry where you will:
- Receive a mask if you do not have one.
- Have your temperature checked.
- Sanitize your hands thoroughly.
Please refrain from any physical contact including hugging, kissing and handshaking. Elbow bumps are acceptable.
Please be mindful of your children and make sure they are practicing social distancing.
All children must be accompanied by an adult when using the restroom.
Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds if using the restroom.
Follow the directions of the ushers and pulpit regarding sitting, moving and leaving.
Maintain a cooperative spirit understanding that none of this is ideal for anyone involved.