Join us for worship & Kids’ City (age 2-3rd grade) – Sunday at 10:30a

  Register adults and children so we are able to manage attendance.

Each week all Kids’ City volunteers and families must submit this
prescreening questionnaire electronically or by form located in Kids’ City.

Please see our phased reopening guidelines below.

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Phased Reopening

We are now worshipping every Sunday at 10:30a, with Kid’s City open for ages 2-3rd grade.

CDC guidelines allow for 50% of capacity, which is a much larger number than currently attended the 9a and 11a services combined. We can easily hold everyone who plans to attend while maintaining appropriate distance (and wearing masks still). As before, please register to attend and indicate if your children will attend Kid’s City.

With the increased attendance that accompanies the shift to one service, we’re asking everyone who attends in person to be especially vigilant about distance, masks, and hygiene, as well as staying home if you have any symptoms. Not everyone feels equally comfortable in public yet, so we want to show loving deference to our brothers and sisters in Christ. And, of course, we don’t want to see an outbreak just as we’re entering the final stages of the pandemic! To that end, we are asking everyone to follow our 4 Steps to Reduce Risk while in the building. We’ve developed these protocols in light of CDC and Restore Illinois recommendations, as well as the specific advice and direction of the medical professionals in our congregation.

1. Wear masks at all times in the building. Though debates continue to rage at the political level, the overwhelming consensus within the medical community is that masks do reduce the risk of transmission, especially when people are inside for a prolonged period of time (both of which are true for church services). The only exception to this rule will be those currently on the platform to announce, preach, pray, or lead us in song. And by the way, one of the primary reasons we opted to require masks is so that we can worship the Lord together in song again (though in a more limited capacity than we’re used to). With masks, the medical professionals in our congregation felt we would reduce the risk of transmission via singing greatly. Read: Why Cityview requires masks

2. Maintain social distancing relentlessly. Keep at least six feet of distance between you and anyone not in your household, both inside and outside the building.

a. Traffic Flow. To make this possible, we will have a dedicated entrance door (the far west side of the front entrance) and exit door (far east side), along with floor decals marking six feet in case a line to enter or exit forms. We will also have a staircase for entering the balcony (by the women’s bathroom) and a staircase for exiting the balcony (off the lobby) to avoid accidental congregating on the staircases.

b. Auditorium Seating. We have roped off every other pew to create distance within the auditorium, and will encourage every household to maintain proper distance within the pews as well. We will use all of our seating, including the entire balcony and the chairs up front, to maximize distance.

c. After the Service. Our church loves to chat after the service, which we love to see. However, at this moment in history, we are asking people to head outside as soon as possible (without creating a bottleneck at the exit!). If you want to converse with others after the service, please do outside and while still maintaining distance.

d. Building Restrictions. We have tried to close or restrict high-traffic areas as much as possible. Many of the hallways, classrooms, and staircases are closed for the time being. We have also closed CityBrew and turned off the water fountains, so please bring your own beverages. (We’ll have a limited supply of bottled water available.) Finally, we’re asking everyone to please use the restroom before coming to church. In an emergency, we’ll ask anyone who uses the bathroom to disinfect any areas they’ve touched using the disinfectant wipes we’ll have readily available.

3. Practice good personal hygiene. Sanitize your hands at any of our new hand sanitizing stations as you enter the building and before you touch any common-use items. In order to avoid multiple people touching the same object as much as possible, we will no longer pass the plate for the offering. You can make use of online giving or drop your offering in our new Donation Box. We will also not serve communion from a common plate, opting instead for prepackaged communion cups which will be on a lobby table. Although the disease doesn’t seem to spread through surfaces as easily as it does through aerosol droplets, we still want to remain vigilant.

4. Stay home if you have any symptoms. No one wants to miss church, especially if you’re confident that it’s just a cold or allergies. Nevertheless, we are pleading with everyone to stay home if you have any of the following symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, chills, shaking, or recent onset pain, headaches, or loss of taste/smell. Of course, if you’ve been in contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 14 days, you should quarantine yourself.

We have no doubt that some will feel we’ve gone overboard with our restrictions, while quite possibly some will feel we haven’t gone far enough. We’re reminded of the old joke that on the highway everyone going slower than you is a moron, while everyone going faster is a maniac. In other words, we tend to assume our response is the proper one, and can quickly fall into judging others who choose a different “speed.”

We have very definitely chosen to err on the conservative side of the equation. A recent article about a church that experienced an outbreak highlights why. Although this church took many precautions, they could trace the spike back to times when they relaxed their standards. In fact, much of the outbreak came from a few people who passed off symptoms as “allergies,” which is why we want to hold the line on that point especially.

We have chosen to take aggressive measures to reduce risk for two reasons. First, it is an act of love. Two recent articles (about wearing masks specifically) make this argument from an explicitly Christian perspective (1 2). We want to do all we can to protect the lives of those God calls us to love. In humility, we will value others above ourselves, not looking to our own interests (or opinions), but each to the interests of others (Philippians 2:3-4). Second, it is entirely selfish! Quite simply, we don’t want to have to stop meeting again. If someone who attends church tests positive, we will all have to quarantine for 14 days at a minimum. We’d much prefer to keep gathering, fellowshipping, praying, and worshiping together—so we ask you to help us make that possible by following these protocols strictly!

Thank you in advance for your cooperation!