Dear Friends,

 

The Session of St. Philip has approved a three (3) phase plan for reopening the church for services, which was recommended by the Safety Team. The session believes that the COVID-19 virus is a major threat to many of the members of St. Philip and to our community. This plan was devised with the purpose of keeping people safe. Below is a summary of the plan and what will happen as we gradually make our way back to our usual church activities.

 

  • The entire church will be professionally cleaned and disinfected and frequently used spaces will be re-cleaned regularly.

 

  • It is strongly suggested that people with symptoms to stay home and seek medical attention also, high risk individuals (people over 60 and those with underlying conditions), whether staff, volunteers, or program participants, should continue to shelter in place.

 

  • Everyone entering the church must wear a mask.

 

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Before the Church moves into Phase 1 - which means that the church will open to limited activities, the Session will look for two weeks of declining case counts of COVID-19. the widespread availability of testing, contact tracing and adequate supply of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) supplies before moving into Phase 1.

 

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Phase 1 - "Open to Limited Activities" includes:

 

  • Holding online streaming worship only.

 

  • Funerals and weddings can take place with less than 10 people in attendance.

 

  • The church office functions will be kept to essential operations.

 

  • Outside groups will be allowed with only limited participants and they must follow distancing (6 feet apart) and will be required to clean and disinfect after they meet.

 

  • The Session and committees of the church will be able to meet in person, but only if everyone is wearing masks and keep at a distance of 6 feet apart. (The Session and committees may choose to continue to meet online since some may be in the high-risk category.)

 

  • High risk individuals (people over 60 and those with underlying conditions), whether staff or volunteers, should continue to shelter in place.

 

  • Choirs (reduced numbers) allowed to continue providing music as long as they are 6 feet apart (No mask required.)

 

  • Faith Community Nursing on hold until further guidance. Faith Community nurse still available via telephone.

 

Everyone entering the church during Phase 1 must wear a mask except for:

 

  • Children age 2 and under and those with severe breathing problems.

  • Those in the building by themselves

  • The Live Streaming Team.

  • Pastors conducting the worship service

 

[Any group meeting outside on church grounds must be physically distanced and the Session must be aware and or approve the meeting]

 

 

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Moving into Phase 2 will be contingent upon a re-evaluation of two weeks of declining case counts of COVID-19, the widespread availability of testing, contact tracing and adequate supply of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) supplies.

 

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Phase 2 - “Open with Controlled Services” includes:

 

  • Continue holding online worship, streaming from the sanctuary with participation from small groups of people. People will have to allow for being 6 feet apart and an overflow area where people can be distanced will be available.

 

  • People attending church will be required to wear a mask or face covering while at church with the exceptions listed in phase 1. They will have to be distanced by 6 feet apart, but a family unit living together may sit together in one pew, with empty pews between others.

 

  • Communion will not take place, there will be no touch “passing of the peace,” a new way to give offerings and maybe a screen in the Sanctuary with the responsive liturgy and hymns displayed. No public singing will take place, only special music ensembles, or choirs who are physically distancing.

 

  • Weddings, funerals, and events like confirmations will take place in a traditional way with careful attention to guests to keep under 50-person limit that will be physically distanced.

 

  • Large group events during the summer months and later will not take place. This includes Mission Trips, Vacation Bible School and other events like this.

 

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Moving into Phase 3 will be contingent upon a re-evaluation of two weeks of declining case counts of COVID-19, the widespread availability of testing, contact tracing and adequate supply of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) supplies. It is possible that infections of the COVID-19 cases will increase and a movement from Phase 2 back to Phase 1 will take place. Progress through these phases will not necessarily be linear. But you can help by encouraging careful hygiene, following of the physical/social distancing recommendations, encouraging people to stay at home if they have any symptoms of illness, and to cooperate with contact tracers if you are diagnosed.

 

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Phase 3 - “Back to the New Normal for 2020” includes:

 

  • High risk individuals, (people over 60 and those with underlying conditions), whether staff, volunteers, or program participants, and not considered essential to the service and operation of the church should continue to shelter in place during Phase Three. Hospitals and care facilities are recommended to continue limiting visitors. This has implications for church program, pastoral care and business.

 

  • Face masks or coverings must be worn while at church and during community ministries.

 

  • Worship services will continue to be live streamed and recorded but:

 

  • Physical distancing will not be required. We recommend that people avoid crowding in the sanctuary as some people may want to continue to be distanced.

 

  • Communion may resume as normal, with the recommendations from public health officials and Grace Presbytery.

 

  • Public group singing may resume, and one time use bulletins and/or words displayed on a large screen will be offered.

 

  • There will not be a fellowship/coffee hour.

 

  • People are encouraged to leave the church building and not gather in groups after the worship. 

 

 

The Session will be continually guided by local health officials, the CDC, Grace Presbytery, and the recommendations from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) denomination.

ST. PHILIP
PRESBYTERIAN
CHURCH

To be a welcoming and growing church, as we share God’s love in the community and meet the spiritual needs of our members.

Worship Times (suspended during COVID-19)

8:30 a.m.-Prayer Service on the Lawn

9:15 a.m.-Sunday School

10:30 a.m.-Worship

745 West Pipeline Road

Hurst TX 76053

(817) 282-9181

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