Returning to In-Person Worship at SFCC
As Spring approaches and cases of Covid-19 continue to decline in our area, Smithville First Christian Church is exploring the possibility of returning to in-person worship as early as April 18th, 2021 (with live-streaming online of each service for those who choose to continue watching from home). We need your input to help inform our decision. Resuming in-person services will require added energy, volunteer participation, and planning. The purpose of this survey is to help us determine if there is interest, energy, and volunteers to make this happen, as well as to inform you of the details of our plan.
**Before you take the survey, please take time to review how the plan would be carried out:
-Masks and hand sanitizing required before admittance.
-Prepackaged elements will be distributed to those wishing to receive communion as they enter the sanctuary.
-Worshipers will be directed to their seating (every other pew is empty) with members of their household and social distancing between each group.
-During this initial return phase, capacity for each service will be 50 people. Reservations will be required and must be requested by 11 am on Friday. If more than 50 people sign up for a Sunday, a randomizer will be used to select those individuals/families that get slots for Sunday. Anyone who does not receive a slot will automatically receive priority for the following Sunday. You will be contacted by Saturday afternoon if you DO NOT get a spot -- no news means you DO have one.
-Electronic offering will be encouraged (available from your smartphone). Physical offerings will be received at the end of worship to be placed in baskets as worshipers exit the sanctuary.
-The sanctuary and restrooms will be sanitized after each worship gathering.
-Food and beverages will not be permitted.
-Persons in attendance will be expected to leave the building shortly after the conclusion of the service.
Since the onset of the pandemic, I have: (check one)
Regularly participated in online worship at SFCC
Sporadically participated in online worship at SFCC
Started attending a different church in person
Started attending a different church online
Stopped attending any form of worship
Started participating with SFCC for the first time
Once SFCC returns to in-person worship, I plan to: (check one)
Attend SFCC in person
Continue attending SFCC online for the time being
Continue attending SFCC online from now on
Attend a mixture of online and in-person services at SFCC
Continue attending a new/different church
Not return to in-person worship or online worship of any kind
Are you able to watch a worship service online?
Yes, and I enjoy it.
Yes, and I actively dislike it.
Yes, but I will not.
No, I do not have the technology/equipment/or ability to watch an online service.
Recognizing that childcare and children's ministry won't be offered in this initial phase of re-opening, how might this affect your family's participation?
Not applicable, I do not have young children.
It would not affect our participation at all.
I would attend, but wouldn't bring my child(ren) to worship.
I will not attend worship without childcare.
Before I return to in-person services, I need: (check all that apply)
Nothing is needed. I'm ready to return today.
To receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
A longer period of lower infection rates in the KC Metro.
To see a period of successful adherence to safety protocols.
Children's Ministry to resume with appropriate protocols.
Including myself, the number in my household attending worship would be:
I am willing to volunteer to: (optional, check all that apply):
Arrive early to help prepare the church
Help with cleaning after worship
Serve as a greeter (help people use hand sanitizer, offer masks to those who need a new one, etc.)
Serve as an usher (help people find their way to available seats)
I agree to the following Covenant for In-Person Worship: (please check EACH statement to indicate you have read and understood)
If participating in-person, I will register my attendance in advance by making a reservation with the SFCC office (816.532.0773).
I will not come to the church if I've been exposed to or diagnosed with COVID-19.
I will not come to the church if I have symptoms of any communicable illness (flu, cold, etc.).
I will wear a mask the entire time I am in the church.
I will follow social distancing guidelines when inside the church.
I will sit with members of my household as directed (or take the seat offered to me by an usher if I am sitting alone).
I will promptly leave the premises after worship.
I will avoid physical contact with other congregants.
I understand that childcare, children's ministry, and Sunday school classes will not be available in the first phase of our return to in-person worship.
I will refrain from bringing food and beverages into worship.
For those who cannot or do not choose to return to in-person worship, how can SFCC best support your continued online worship experience?
Please share any comments or thoughts that you believe are important for us to consider when making decisions about returning to in-person worship.
Thank you for completing this survey and for being a beloved part of our community at Smithville First Christian Church!
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