COVENANT CHURCH

SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE FAQ


Scroll to the bottom for a message from Covenant leadership regarding our Covid practices.

Wait - can you go over the morning schedule again? This 10:25am start time is confusing.

Sure! Here's the Sunday morning schedule:

9:00am - full Sunday morning service, livestreamed on our website and Facebook. Now open to in-person participants, reservations required. No children's classes.


10:25am - full Sunday morning service, livestreamed on our website and Facebook, and open to in-person participants. Reservations required.

Typically, classes available for toddlers through grade 5. Be sure to check the Events page for the latest information on Next Generation offerings.

Toddlers through PreK meet during the entire service.

Elementary school students will be dismissed before the sermon for their class.

Immediately after the service, junior and senior high students meet in the Chapel to discuss the sermon.


10:45am - We are no longer replaying our 9:00am service.  You can find the 9:00am service our website (scroll down to the Archive button) and Facebook (scroll down until you see the countdown).


I've been exposed to someone with Covid-19 within the past 14 days, but I've been tested and it came back negative. Can I still come?

On the advice of our medical advisory team, we have to ask that you wait the full 14 days after being exposed before coming to the Covenant campus. We recognize this is hard. Please choose to stay home out of love for your Covenant family.


Can we sing behind our masks?

Yes! Please do!


How far apart will the groupings be?

We plan to have 10 feet between each group.


Will we all come in the same door?

Yes. Everyone will enter through Door 2, the main Sanctuary door. If you have mobility issues, you may enter through Door 3, our handicap door.


If so, will there be a line to get in? How will we know how far apart to stand if we are in a line?

There could be a line. And just as in the grocery store, we will have places marked on the ground to space everyone out.


What if I need to go to the bathroom while there?

We will have the set of bathrooms closest to the Sanctuary open (just inside Door 1). We recommend that one person at a time use the restroom. Please use cleaning supplies provided to disinfect before use.


From Covenant Leadership:

We are aware that our county health department recently declared our county's Covid status as "red."

Our decision to continue in our present practices for Sunday worship, despite the status change, has been affirmed by the Medical Advisory Team.

 

Our practices are informed by our Guiding Principles:

  • We are committed to the value of gathering together in person for worship and to connect relationally with one another. For individuals to be seen, known, accepted, cared for, and enjoyed, while helping one another grow spiritually.
  • We are committed to abiding by the Governor's guidance, our medical community's advice, and the county council's parameters.
  • We as a church staff are committed to providing the most effective ministry possible. We see this time as an opportunity when we can grow and deepen as a church, and when we can become more creative and effective in our church’s ministry efforts.
  • We encourage our church family to be especially gracious to those whose decisions may be different from their own. Each person in the church has (or lives with those who have) different levels of vulnerability and we all have different comfort levels with taking risk. This is a time when it will be important for us to be gracious and understanding toward one another, being quick to bless and accept one another's decisions.
  • We seek to honor and glorify God in all we say and do.

 

If the Tippecanoe County Health Department moves to the next level of restriction, with groups limited to social gatherings of 25 max, this would be the one time we would take advantage of our exemption as a church and continue to allow 50 worshipers.

 

We know we cannot guarantee no virus spread, but we feel comfortable continuing with our current practices for the following reasons:

  1. The Sanctuary is very large, allowing us to spread out fifty worshipers with much more than six feet between clusters of individuals,
  2. The Sanctuary meets our four star rating (25% fresh air intake, ionized air, filtered air, and cleaned surfaces), and
  3. We've seen that many individuals are tracking the health department numbers and will self-select out of attending group gatherings altogether if they feel concerned about contracting the virus.  

 

If the Tippecanoe County Health Department were to move past that to the next level, at which point businesses and restaurants would begin to be close, we would eliminate the in-person dimension altogether and return to an exclusively on-line worship experience.

 

In our decisionmaking, we have been focusing on the restrictions for social gatherings not the restrictions for cultural, entertainment and tourism venues, presently limited to 50% of capacity. Even while churches are exempt from these restrictions, we would fall more in the cultural, entertainment and tourism venue restrictions than the social gathering restrictions. Consequently, if we look at the capacity in our Sanctuary (not including the Chapel), we are currently opening up under 20% of our capacity with the maximum amount of worship participants and those serving combined.

 

 As we have said often, we will continue to monitor the situation and make changes consistent with our guiding principles.