Church Becoming Survey for Lord of the Hills
First, the question at hand is not about “reopening the church.” Although our buildings have been closed during this pandemic, the church itself is not a building. The church is the called people of God, marked by the cross of Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit for our life and witness in the world. The church of Jesus has never been closed; it has taken new shape and form during this pandemic. More than ever, in ways we could never have anticipated, we have been experiencing what it means to be church becoming. The pandemic is not an interruption in our life as the Body of Christ, after which we will return to “normal.” Rather, in the hands of our God who brings life from death, this pandemic—with all of its pain, suffering, disorientation, and frustration—is serving as a means by which we are being reshaped for our ministry and witness. We will never be the same; we will not return to what we once knew. We are Christ’s Church Becoming, becoming what the Spirit needs us to be for the life of the world. Thank you, Bishop Jim Gonia, for these words and guidance.
In that light, your responses will not guide us back to something that once was. Instead, your responses—taken together—invite us to embrace our becoming and invest in the Spirit’s continuing work as we love, serve and grow as Lord of the Hills Lutheran Church.
Thank you for your participation in Church Becoming at Lord of the Hills.
Which of the following would you prefer for our church? (Select One)
Resume in-person worship services as soon as possible
Meet virtually online until there are no group size limits
Once we are able to host in-person church services, following safety recommendations, concurrently to hosting our Virtual Services on Zoom, would you be more likely to attend in person or continue to view online? (Select one.) *
I would likely return to church the first week I was able.
I would likely wait a few weeks after church re-opened before returning.
I would likely wait for a COVID vaccine before returning.
In addition to our local government lifting its ban or guidance against public gatherings, are there other signals you would want to see before your return to worship at church? Select all that apply
All Local businesses are open again
Local restaurant seating inside areas are open again
Schools resume with in person instruction
The number of COVID-19 cases near me is very small
Most social distancing recommendations have been lifted
CDC gives the all clear
My health care provider says its okay for me to be in public
None of these
Would you be willing to serve on a deep cleaning team to prepare the facilities for in-person gatherings?
I would be willing to make an extra donation to have a professional service do the cleaning
Would you be willing to serve as a regular cleaning team to uphold the CDC recommendations for cleaning required for regular facility use?
I would be willing to make an extra donation to cover regular cleaning costs
Which of the following describes the attendance level at which you would be comfortable attending a worship service? *
Filled to capacity (every seat taken)
Three-quarter filled (some empty seats through out but no empty rows)
Half-filled (most people have empty seats beside or in front of them)
One-quarter filled (most people have empty seats beside and in front of them)
None of these (at least not right now)
What precautions, if any, do you plan to take when you return to a worship service? Select all that apply *
I will wear a face mask
I will stand and sit in places where I will be at least 6 feet from others (beyond my own family)
I will avoid shaking hands
I will avoid any physical contact
I will avoid crowded hallways
I will bring hand sanitizer
None of these
What precautions, if any, do you expect Lord of the Hills to take for worship gatherings? Select all that apply *
Limit handouts of any kind (e.g., worship guide, notes pages, etc.)
Use a new method for distributing Holy Communion
Use a new method for collecting the offering
Encourage social distancing in sanctuary seating
Prop doors open so people do not have to touch handles
Set up one-way foot traffic entering and exiting the building and sanctuary
Provide hand sanitizer stations
Discourage shaking hands
None of these
Is there something we could add to our Virtual Zoom Services to help improve your worship experience? (Optional)
As we begin to think about returning to in-person worship services is there anything else you think we should consider? (Optional)
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