UPDATE AS OF JULY 22:
Dear Elevate Hope Centennial Family,
Hey, Elevate Hope Centennial! We wanted to update you on what we think will be a great change to our in-person worship this coming Sunday!
We have received permission from Homestead Elementary to worship OUTSIDE on the front lawn just outside the front doors.
We are excited about this because we can still keep each other safe while relaxing some of the requirements for meeting in person, and we can hopefully be a blessing to the community as we are present outside in worship together.
AND we may have just created a new summer tradition for Elevate Hope!
So, here some updated things for us about meeting outside this Sunday, July 26th at 10am at Homestead Elementary:
- Bring your own chair! This will be a great way to be comfortable and keep the service even more touchless. But if you don’t have one, or forget, we will use Homestead’s chairs.
- Masks will be strongly recommended but not required IF we are able to social distance properly. Masks are still required for outdoor gatherings where people are not able to social distance.
- We won’t be taking temperature as we meet outside, but hand sanitizer stations will still be available.
- Bathrooms will be available just inside the front doors.
- Most other things from our previous information releasewill still apply.
- PLEASE DON’T FORGET TO REGISTER FOR SUNDAY MORNINGS HERE!
See you on Sunday either in person or online on Facebook at 10am! We love you and you are prayed for!
As always, feel free to ask any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. See you soon!
UPDATE AS OF JULY 15TH:
Dear Elevate Hope Centennial Family,
I hope this finds you well. I know I say it often, but you are loved and prayed for! I can’t believe it has been 4 months since we have worshipped together in person together!
God has gotten us through thus far and He will continue to superintend all the craziness that is going on with COVID for the glory of His name as hard as that is to believe.
But some great news for us is that Cherry Creek School District is excited to have us back worshipping at Homestead Elementary!
We were able to be back in Homestead on July 5th, but we thought it best to wait until July 26th to make sure we were ready to safely resume in-person worship, care for everyone well, and abide by all of the District and the State’s guidelines for resuming worship.
So… we will relaunch in-person worship on July 26th at Homestead Elementary at 10am!
Below you will find the guidelines that we are required by the District to abide by. We will joyfully submit to these as a testimony to the love of Christ present in us.
I know that wearing masks, staying home, social distancing and all of that can be a divisive issue in our communities, our families, and even our churches. So, no matter what we personally think about the guidelines, we get to be the fragrance of Christ to our public schools as we joyfully submit and love our neighbors and one another well!
If you have any concerns or want to talk about any of the guidelines below, please don’t hesitate to contact me at email@example.com.
We also will be committed to providing the same quality online worship experience that we have been, and will now be able to live stream our worship service from Homestead to Facebook Live and YouTube. So, feel free to take advantage of that and continue to worship at home if you don’t feel comfortable resuming in-person worship.
So, here is how things will look when we resume in-person worship on July 26th.
You can find the official rules from the CDC here. Below is a summary of all of the rules we will need to abide by according to the school district in addition to the State and CDC rules:
- If you are symptomatic in any way, you are required by law to stay home! Join us online until you can be tested and confirmed to be COVID free.
- If you are in a high risk category, feel free to worship online at home. Don’t feel the pressure to come to in-person worship. We would love to have you, but even more so want to see you kept safe.
- We are only allowed to rent the Gym and the Cafeteria and are not allowed to have Elevate Hope Kids ministry. This means that kids of all ages will be in worship with us.
This has been a value for EHC from the start—to be a family friendly church, so this won’t bother us a bit!
We will provide resources for your kids at the door like coloring pages, etc, and will still be committed to the shorter service like we have been doing online. However, we do realize that each kiddo and family is different, and if that is too much of a challenge, we totally understand! So, know that they are welcome, but also feel free to continue to worship online at home. No pressure to try to make something work that is stressful for you, but also know that chaos and kids are always welcome at EHC! =)
- We will have temperature stations at the door. Greeters will verbally greet you, but will take your temp instead of offering a handshake! If you have a fever, you will not be allowed in the building.
- We will have hand sanitizer available at all entry and exit points, but please bring your own if you have it.
- Masks will be required. This is part of the District policy, so we don’t have a say in this. Please bring your own, and we will also have some available for anyone who forgets. If a mask causes breathing problems or other issues, just let me know and we can figure out something. Masks are not required for children under the age of 2.
- We will resume celebrating the Lord’s Table together! I am super excited about this! On each chair, or handed to you by someone with gloves, we will have pre-wrapped, individual wafer and juice packets that we will take together. Not quite the same as coming forward together, but Jesus’ body and blood are still given for us! Hallelujah!
- We will practice social distancing of 6 feet in all our interactions as best we can. Our worship space will have no problems holding everyone, but when you arrive, you will notice pockets of chairs that are spread out. There may be two chairs for a couple, and then six feet from that a group of chairs for a family of 6 and then six feet from that a single chair, etc. This will feel strange, but at least we will be together!
- Some churches are needing to deal with singing spreading COVID more readily than simply speaking. This won’t be a big issue for us since masks are required. The pastor and worship leader will be more distanced from the congregation than usual. The pastor and worship leader will wear a mask at all times except when speaking or leading worship elements.
- Only one set of bathrooms closest to the entry doors will be available. The school will sanitize the entire facility completely per the CDC’s recommendations each time we use it and before we come in. It’s great we don’t have to do this!
- We will not have coffee and donuts or an indoor fellowship time anymore. Feel free to bring non-messy snacks for kiddos into the gym during the service if needed (fruit gummies, cheerios, goldfish, etc).
AND Homestead has some amazing playgrounds and baseball fields as well as the Little Dry Creek running nearby, so please plan on still hanging out outside. Kids can play on the playgrounds, and maybe even a social-distanced teens vs. adults game of kickball will develop one Sunday…? But please feel free to hang out outside as long as you want.
- We will implement a registration system for each Sunday where you can let us know you are coming. This allows us to be sure we have enough seats with our capacity limited by social distancing requirements. You can find that registration page here.
These are some big changes! But I am thrilled that we get to be together again and to see your beautiful mask-covered faces again soon!
Again, if you don’t feel comfortable resuming in-person worship again, please don’t feel bad about that, it is completely understandable. Feel free to worship with us online, and we will have touch points available to do things outside together in the near future.
Thank you for being the church out in the world. God’s kingdom is here and we are His ambassadors to a watching world. Thank you for loving Metro Denver well and bringing the real and lasting hope of Jesus to our communities.
As always, feel free to ask any questions firstname.lastname@example.org. See you soon!