Updated October 19, 2020 at 8:35pm
We appreciate your understanding, encouragement, and prayer over the last couple of weeks as we've shifted to online only worship and canceled all on-campus activities in order to stop the spread of COVID-19 among the church staff, our church family, and our community.
As you know, we planned to close the buildings for only two weeks and return to on-campus services and activities this Sunday. However, based on the amount of new positive Coronavirus cases within the church family and staff over the last week and the slow recovery of some of the first cases, the Lead Team has determined it unwise to rush back into gathering in person this Sunday. Here's what that means for the weeks ahead:
Sunday, October 25 - Online Only Worship
We will gather online only for one more Sunday. But now that some members of our staff are able to come out of quarantine, we will have a brand new worship set as well as a new message from Pastor Brian prerecorded just for this Sunday. Our Online Campus starts at 9:30am on our website and on Facebook Live.
Trunk or Treat Event Canceled
With the current presence of COVID-19 within the Connection Point family, we would be unloving neighbors if we moved forward with our Trunk or Treat event. So as not to put our community at risk, we are canceling Trunk or Treat on both campuses. For decades we have provided a safe Halloween alternative event to show our community how much we love them. This year, the best way we can keep them safe and show them love is by canceling this event.
On-Campus Activities Canceled Through October 31
Not only are we extending online only worship one more week, but we are also extending our on-campus activities cancellation by one week. This includes on-campus worship services, LifeGroups, support groups, choirs, MIDWEEK activities, and more.
Offices Closed Through October 31
We are also keeping our staff separated and working from home for an additional week just to make sure the virus does not spread any further. Though they are working from home, you may still reach out to the staff by phone or email. Find contact information for our entire staff team on our website.
Reopening on Sunday, November 1
We plan to reopen our buildings and gather in person for worship, LifeGroups, and all activities on Sunday, November 1. When we reopen, we will have additional guidelines in place to prevent another shutdown like this. Watch for more information about that coming soon.
Thank you again for your understanding and your prayer as we navigate this season. If you have any questions, please contact a member of our Lead Team or email email@example.com.
At Connection Point Church we take the health and well-being of our congregation, staff, and community very seriously. Our staff team is monitoring local and nationwide coronavirus (COVID-19) updates closely. In addition to our regular efforts to maintain a healthy environment at Connection Point, we have implemented additional measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. You will find those measures and other important information detailed below.
Worship online from home if you:
- have a temperature greater than 100.4
- have COVID-19 symptoms
- have tested positive
- are awaiting test results
- have been exposed to someone with symptoms or someone who has tested positive or is awaiting test results
NEW Guidelines & Measures
Our church has seen firsthand how devastating COVID-19 can be, and we want to do all that we can to prevent further harm. This is why beginning Sunday, November 1, we will have updated guidelines and measures the church family and staff will be required to follow each time we gather for worship, LifeGroups, and all ministry activities. Please read this information carefully so we can move forward in ministry as loving neighbors without worrying about being the source of spreading COVID-19. We don't want to have another staff outbreak or experience an even wider outbreak among the church family. Each member following these updated guidelines is our best chance to keep our doors open for worship, ministry, and life change. If you have any questions, please contact a member of our Lead Team or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MANDATORY CHURCH-WIDE GUIDELIENS
- Everyone in attendance is required to wear a mask for the duration of their time on campus. This includes but is not limited to the worship service, LifeGroups, lobby areas, and gatherings in the parking lot.
- Staff and volunteers will lovingly remind those without a face covering to wear a mask.
- Those who are excused from covering their face due to valid medical reasons are asked to lovingly communicate that should they be asked to wear a mask.
- Those engaged in social interactions should maintain appropriate social distancing and avoid physical contact.
WORSHIP CENTER – Limited Capacity & Distanced Seating
- Lee’s Summit Campus
- We are limiting capacity to 150 people (50% of capacity)
- Chairs are set up in socially distant sections
- A staff member will assist families and individuals with finding appropriately distanced seating
- Raytown Campus
- We are limiting capacity to 825 people (less than 50% capacity)
- We have closed off the recently opened seats, meaning alternating pews/rows have been completely blocked off
- 3 seats (equaling 6 feet) in the middle of each open row have been blocked off to separate attendees from different households
- Members and attendees are required to sit in an open seat and refrain from sitting in blocked off areas
- Health screening questions are posted prominently at all exterior entrances for self-screening for all members and attendees.
- All children and volunteers working with children have symptom and temperature checks prior to entering the children’s area.
- All musicians and speakers will receive a health screening form via text message every Sunday morning. The form must be completed before they arrive. Any individual with a fever or Covid symptoms will be instructed to remain at home.
- All staff receive a health screening form via text message every morning. The form must be completed before they arrive at work. Any individual with a fever or Covid symptoms will be instructed to remain at home.
In response to the recent Jackson County Health Order put into effect on Friday, October 9, we have made our Gathering Protocol available in print at the Connect Center and in each lobby area. You may also access the Gathering Protocol and Worship Center seating map for each campus here: