Returning to Church Plan
Below you will find the guidelines we will be following as return to public worship.
1. The service will continue to be streamed live every week on our website, YouTube and Facebook for those who do not feel safe returning to public worship and for our shut-in members.
2. Hand sanitizer will be readily available in multiple locations.
3. Everyone is encouraged to wear their own personal protective equipment (Mask). Mask are now mandatory for gathering groups. We will have mask for those who do not have their own.
4. The doors will be propped open to allow for “no contact” entry into the building.
5. Please do not gather and congregate by the doors. Please move to your seat or out of the building.
6. After the service please remain in your seat and wait to be ushered out. We will dismiss slowly and ask that when you are dismissed that you would promptly move to the exits. If you wish to talk with someone, please do so outside while maintaining adequate physical distancing.
7. Please refrain from greeting one another with handshakes or hugs.
8. The collection will be taken in offering stations that will be placed ion a table in back of the sanctuary and the church lobby.
9. For the time being, children’s church and nursery will not be available.
10. Please be patient as we move through these “Un-Charted Waters”.
Mt. Zion is taking extra precautions at this time. This includes:
We will be taking temperatures with touchless thermometers as each person enters the facility.
All ushers will be wearing rubber gloves and face mask.
We will have hand sanitizer stations both upstairs and downstairs.
We have face mask and gloves for those that wish to have them.
We are wiping down all common area touch-points (e.g., doors, light switches, countertops, etc.) throughout the day with an EPA certified disinfectant.
We are performing added in-depth cleaning of our facilities on a regular basis.
In all of our Kidz ministry and access areas, after each gathering, our volunteers sterilize various surfaces used by our children. We will continue to follow our standard health protocols, not admitting any child with an elevated temperature (above 99.6 F). A child must also be fever free for 24 hours before coming to Kidz Church. You can help us by closely monitoring your children for any symptoms and being understanding if we feel we cannot accept your kids into our programs due to health concerns.
WHAT PRECAUTIONS CAN PEOPLE TAKE WHEN WE CAN MEET @ MT. ZION CHURCH?
We encourage everyone to take certain steps to protect themselves and others from the coronavirus, flu, and other illnesses, including:
· Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
· Using hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available;
· Not touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands;
· Avoiding close contact with people who are sick;
· Staying home if you are sick;
· Covering your cough or sneeze;
· Disinfecting objects and surfaces regularly.
HOW CAN I BETTER UNDERSTAND THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?
Coronavirus is a type of virus that causes respiratory illness — an infection of the airways and lungs. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus. It is part of the same family of coronaviruses that includes the common cold. The coronavirus outbreak was first identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Since then, the virus has spread to other countries.
The most common early symptoms appear between 2 and 14 days after infection. Symptoms can be mild to severe. They include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention. Most people recover from the disease without needing special treatment.
Like many other viruses, the coronavirus (COVID-19) seems to spread from person-to-person through a cough, sneeze, or kiss. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the risk in the U.S. is still low. They will update this status regularly on their website at cdc.gov/coronavirus. You can also find more information from the World Health Organization.
HOW SHOULD I RESPOND SPIRITUALLY TO THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?
The coronavirus (COVID-19) is yet one more reminder that we live in a fallen world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. Ultimately, none of us are immune to any of these things. But that’s why the gospel is such good news. God has not left us alone in this world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. He has come to us in the person of Jesus. The greatest news in all the world is that Jesus lived a life with no sin, died on a cross to pay the price for our sin, and rose from the grave in victory over sin and death. Now anyone anywhere who turns from their sin and trusts in Jesus will be forgiven of all their sin and restored to relationship with God forever. That means that through Jesus, we never have to fear sickness or death because we know we have eternal life with God.
If you do not know that you have eternal life with God, we urge you to put your faith in Jesus. And if you do know that you have eternal life with God, we urge you to share your faith in Jesus with others. Times like these remind us all of the fragility of life and the inevitability of death. So let’s spread the greatest news that death has been defeated and eternal life is available to all who trust in Jesus.
In addition to trusting in Jesus and sharing about Jesus with others, here’s some other ways you can respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19):
· Trust in God as the good and sovereign Creator and Sustainer of life upon whom we all depend.
· Pray for mercy for the sick, strength for doctors, insight for researchers, and wisdom for officials.
· Look for opportunities to love and care for others, whether they are sick, isolated, marginalized, poor, or oppressed.
· Avoid every semblance of prejudice or racism. In light of the origination of this virus in Asia, it has been grievous to see a rise in racist incidents against the Asian community. We want every Asian-American (as well as Asians around the world) to feel and know the love of Christ. So just as we do in any circumstance, guard against all prejudice or racism in your thoughts, your words, and your actions.
· Even if we are unable to gather at certain times, stay closely connected to the church family. Gather with smaller groups as appropriate, and participate in worship gatherings online if that’s the only option.
· Continue to faithfully give financial offerings online by clicking here:
or by mail so that the ministry of the church thrives all the more in the midst of difficult days.
Reflect often on the brevity of life, the urgency of eternity, and the beauty of the gospel.
May God protect, heal and bring peace to you and your family during this time,
Pastor Erik, our church board and leadership.