Three Worship Experiences Each Sunday:
Our Sunday morning on-campus worship does not mirror what we are broadcasting online; it looks different in person.
The Sunday On-Campus Schedule Looks Like This:
- 9am worship in the sanctuary
- 10am cleaning and preparation – with a lot of fellowship and conversations and relational ministry
- 11am worship in the sanctuary
How will seating change on June 20, 2021? The governor’s restriction of 6 feet of social distancing will be lifted on May 28 and room capacities will go back to the numbers set by the Fire Marshal. We can EASILY accommodate 240 people in the sanctuary (with only 6 people on each row). All rows will be open for seating.
What About Masks? The governor and the CDC (May 15, 2021) have lifted the mask requirement for those who are fully vaccinated. If you are not vaccinated, we encourage wearing a mask out of respect for others but we do not require one to attend here. If you do not wear a mask, we assume that you are fully vaccinated or have a medical condition that prevents you from wearing a mask. HIPAA and the fourth amendment prevent us from asking about your condition.
The Online Service Continues at 10:00
- Many people will not leave their homes and will choose to continue worshiping at home (at kgbc.us/live).
- Several people who have been tuning in do not live in our area.
- Those who work on Sunday mornings are able to join us and worship at a different time.
What About Sunday School? [ Click Here for Information about Small Groups on Campus in 2021 ]
BELOW is Small Group Information DURING this 2020 COVID-19 Crisis:
- Classes were not meeting in the building on Sunday mornings.
- Social distancing was not possible in your classrooms or in the hallways.
- Even if classes could social distance in their rooms, people exiting the classrooms into the hallways would violate the 6 foot rule, and we could not effectively monitor social distancing.
- What about a class with a large room?
- To be fair, if all classes couldn’t meet in their rooms, then no classes should meet in their rooms.
- On a strategic level, the size of our rooms and the number of people involved on Sunday mornings will continue to limit growth and launching of new small groups (so our NEW PLAN will be launched in June 2021).
- So, to put our church in a posture for growth, we developed a plan for groups to meet at times other than Sunday morning (evenings during the week or even weekday mornings or afternoons, allowing retired people to get together without coming into a crowded building).
- Our Sunday focus was (and is) on providing a meaningful worship experience and keeping areas as safe as possible for those coming on campus.
- The 10am hour will be used for cleaning, and community, and preparing for the 11am service.
- The Discipleship Leadership Team and your Sunday School Director had met to discuss and plan for the return of adult classes on campus DURING COVID-19 (see the POST-COVID PLAN HERE).
- Each class would meet in one of two larger locations (the fellowship hall or room 18/20), separated by days or hours.
- These rooms were kept keep clean and disinfected.
- These rooms provided for appropriate social distancing.
- We set up an online calendar of class times and building use.
- Koinonia Class – Sundays at 12:30pm (Room 20).
- Good News Class – Sundays at 6:30pm (Fellowship Hall).
- Pure Desire – Mondays at 7:00pm (Rooms 3, 5, 7, 8).
- Life Group – Wednesdays at 6:15pm (Room 18/20).
- Spiritual Journey Class – Thursdays at 7:00pm (Room 18/20).
- Several groups met online using Zoom.
- Bible Study Fellowship Class – Sundays at 9:45am.
- Tuesday Ladies – Tuesdays at 9:15am and 6:45pm.
- Men of Steel – Wednesdays at 7am.
- Wednesday Life Group – Wednesdays at 6:30pm
- Teachers were invited to poll their classes to determine the best time to meet on campus or online.
Points to Ponder (During the 2020 COVID-19 Crisis):
- We could not have a full program of activities, so returning for corporate worship was our first step.
- Governmental guidelines allowed 50% capacity with social distancing of at least 6 feet, so we anticipated up to 80-90 in the sanctuary for each service. While it may seem like a normal Sunday (in numbers), each of us needs to be willing to sit in the designated “sit here” locations, so basically, you couldn’t expect to sit in our usual seat.
- On-campus Bible Study and Sunday School would not return on Sunday mornings because our focus on Sundays was on meaningful community worship in a safe environment.
- Children’s programming and Preschool child care has been happening at 11:00am on Sundays (since we came back to church on June 14, 2020).
- Many older adults (especially those with health considerations) chose NOT to return to worship due to health risks, which was doctor or family advised and respected.
- Many of the “normal” activities on a usual Sunday still does not happen.
- The greeter and usher teams were not back on duty, so we all could keep our distance.
- Deacon responsibilities were shifted to welcoming those in attendance, guiding people to proper seating locations, and cleaning/disinfecting after each service.
- The offering plate was not passed to avoid touching anything that someone else has handled, (we continue to use the offering box in the foyer).
- Bulletins were not printed (same reason, too many people handling the paper before you get one).
- Face masks were not required but were encouraged. Many removed masks while in their seats (like you would at a restaurant). Some people called us reckless but we encouraged personal responsibility and autonomy for a virus that infected 1/5th of 1% of our population (meaning Americans had a 99.98% survival rate).