Dear Midtown Family,
We are now open for onsite worship.
We are committed to doing everything we can to provide a safe and welcoming environment for our church. We are monitoring and following guidelines set by the CDC, Governor Holcomb, and Mayor Hogsett. We want to encourage you to worship with us however you see fit - whether you join us in-person or continue to watch the service remotely on Facebook Live. Whatever you choose, we love you, we are praying for you, and we are thankful to worship together whatever way we can.
Please read the following information carefully. We want to prepare you for what our new normal will look like for the time-being.
What will in-person worship look like?
- We will have ONE SERVICE. The service will be one hour at 10:00 am. We will add a second service when the need arises as more people decide to join onsite worship. We will continue live-streaming the service on Facebook Live.
- There will be a maximum of 70 people. While the sanctuary can hold 300 chairs, we will only have 70 chairs available. The number of seats available is also dependent on how the chairs need to be grouped together to accommodate family units and to ensure 6-feet between to abide by social distancing standards. There may be instances where we can't accommodate the grouping that you need. In this case, we will inform you on Friday afternoon.
- We are asking for people to reserve their seats (this includes seats for your children, even if they will be in your lap or in an infant car seat) for each service to ensure that all who wish to worship in-person will be able to do so safely. You can reserve your seat by visiting the homepage of the website. We ask that everyone sign-up by noon on Friday (two days before the service) so that we can have everything ready to go on Sunday morning. Only people who make reservations will be guaranteed a seat on Sunday mornings. If you show up without a reservation, you will be asked to wait until those who have a reservation have been seated. If there are still chairs available, you will be seated. If no chairs are available, you will be asked to worship at home for that Sunday so that social distancing is maintained.
- Following the lead of local and state recommendations, there will be no Midtown Kids this summer.
- Due to Mayor Hogsett's order, face masks are required for worship (except for children under 2).
- Entering/Exiting the building. In order to maintain social distancing, cones will be set up along the sidewalk, and family units will be asked to wait in line next to a cone as families enter the sanctuary one at a time. Families will be directed to their seats by a church staff member. Families will also be dismissed at the end of the service row by row to help maintain social distancing.
- When outside both before and after service, please be mindful of how you congregate. We know that you will be very excited to see one another, and we encourage you to socialize outside; however, please be mindful that our neighbors are watching, and by observing social distancing we can show love to our neighbors.
What is Midtown Church doing to ensure that the building is clean?
- Hand sanitizers will be placed throughout the building. A small number of masks will be available for those that need one and do not have one already.
- There will be a one-way arrow system to guide you in and out of the building to encourage social distancing. The basement door will be locked. Other than the restrooms, the basement area will be closed.
- We have removed all of the cloth chairs from the sanctuary and have replaced them with metal chairs that will be sanitized before each service.
- We will be wiping down all common area touchpoints (e.g., doors, light switches, countertops, etc.) with an EPA certified disinfectant regularly.
- No materials will be handed out. There will be no bulletins, Bibles in the chairs, donuts, or coffee.
- The offering plate will not be passed around during the service; rather, the plates will be placed in the back of the sanctuary. Feel free to drop off your offering in the plates or give online.
- Bathrooms will be cleaned before service. Bathroom doors will be propped open to help reduce high-contact touchpoints.
Should people come to Midtown if they are feeling sick?
While we do believe in the inherent value of meeting together, if you are feeling sick or running a fever, the best thing you can do is to stay home. We will be live-streaming the service on Facebook Live, so you can enjoy the service from home when you are feeling ill.
We do not want to bind anyone's conscience. If as an individual or family you feel it is best to not attend Sunday's Service, please do what you feel is best. We want to be mindful of protecting vulnerable populations. If you are pregnant, elderly, or have pre-existing conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, or lung disease, please take extra precautions and consider staying home.