COVID-19 Recovery Efforts at TOB Church

(All information is subject to change based on local and state mandates)

 
  • *IMPORTANT, if you are currently experiencing symptoms of illness or been in recent contact with anyone experiencing symptoms or diagnosed with COVID-19, please refrain from coming to any services and our campus until medically cleared to do so. We offer many online options to connect you to our church ministries.


Purpose of this Information

To provide clarity and time frames on recovery efforts for TOB Church operations, services, facility, and staffing in response to COVID-19.  Please note that all we are doing in regards to our COVID-19 response is based on our concerns for the safety and welfare of our church family and our community that we are privileged to be part of.

This document provides guidance for the following:

  • Social Distancing / Close-Contact / Masks
  • Recovery Timeline and Stages
  • Service & Ministry Adjustments
  • Facility Changes / Sanitization / Preparation

 

Definitions: Vulnerable Members: People with compromised immune systems or anyone who is medically high risk.
 

Social Distancing / Close-Contact / Masks

The Surgeon General, Center for Disease Control (CDC), California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and California State and Local governing authorities strongly recommend that we keep social distancing and wear masks when needed (currently mandated as of June 18th by CA state authorities).

Throughout Stage 1 we will maintain social distancing (at least 6-feet between people) and wear masks at all times, which may be relaxed in later stages. As we conduct services during Stage 2, social distancing needs to be adhered to and masks are strongly recommended when in close contact with others.

In Stage 2, the return to services will likely result in many members wishing to return to see those they have been apart from over the last few months. There will be a desire for people to come in close contact with one another, which should be avoided temporarily in Stage 2, and for our staff and congregation to be cautious of close-contacts even into Stage 3.
 

Recovery Timeline and Stages

TOB Church recovery timetables are prayerfully predicated on the requirements set forth by the CDC, CDPH, local and state governing authorities and the Assemblies of God / SoCal Network Leadership.

While some TOB Church services will continue during all stages, they may have different expressions (online vs in-person gatherings) depending on the stage we are currently under.

  • Stage 1 – Restricted Operations (Started March 18 through June 8, 2002)

Stage 1 operations have the strictest requirements due to concern for spread of the virus, where we have the most responsibility of doing our part to keep social distancing and isolation of staff. No gathering of staff or congregation is authorized with the exception of production of streaming church services and recording of special communications to the congregation. Only facilities personnel and excepted staff may be on campus without consent of the Pastor.

During this phase, the following will be in place:

  • Sunday Service: ONLINE ONLY (FaceBook Live / YouTube Live)
  • Wed. Service:  ONLINE ONLY (FaceBook Profile Page Live)
  • Tuesday Prayer Meeting: ONLINE ONLY (FaceBook Profile Page Live)
  • Campus: CLOSED
  • Fellowship Events: POSTPONED
  • Office & Staff:  Pastor / Essential Office Staff Only and Limited Time
  • Vulnerable: ONLINE ONLY
 
  • **Modified Stage 1 – Restricted Operations (Started July 13, 2020 – after new mandated closures)

During this modified phase, the following will be in place:

  • Sunday Service: ONLINE ONLY (FaceBook Live / YouTube Live)
      • Essential staff will be on premises to produce live-streamed online worship service
  • Wed. Service:  ONLINE ONLY (FaceBook Profile Page Live)
  • Tuesday Prayer Meeting: IN-PERSON
  • Campus: OPEN WITH REQUIRED SAFETY PROTOCOL
  • Fellowship Events: POSTPONED
  • Office & Staff: Pastor / Essential Office Staff / Other Staff As Trained
  • Vulnerable: ONLINE ONLY
  • Stage 2 – Reduced Operations (Started June 9, 2020 through July 13, 2020 – new mandated closures)

Achieving Stage 2 operations allows for the lightening of restrictions towards gatherings and will allow for smaller groups of people to gather together for a limited amount of time. During this stage we will follow all mandated safety protocols when meeting in person. We will have limited people capacity in this phase with limitations adjusted as we near Stage 3.  No children’s ministries or extra fellowship events will be offered during this stage. 

During this phase, the following will be in place:

  • Sunday Services: IN-PERSON / ONLINE – Live Streamed (FaceBook Live, YouTube Live)
      • Children’s ministry on hold, children are welcome to sit with parents in service
  • Wed. Service: ONLINE (FaceBook Profile Page Live)
  • Tuesday Prayer Meeting: IN-PERSON
  • Campus: OPEN WITH REQUIRED SAFETY PROTOCOL
  • Fellowship Events: POSTPONED
  • Office & Staff: Pastor / Essential Office Staff / Other Staff As Trained
  • Vulnerable: ONLINE ONLY – Strongly recommended to stay home at this stage
 
  • Stage 3 – Limited Operations (TOB CHURCH –TBD)
Achieving Stage 3 operations allows for the gathering of larger groups of people, and the local government has yet to provide the number restrictions. It is expected that groups of 50-75% capacity will be able to gather over time, however, based on size and social distancing requirements, our attendance levels may be kept to less than allowed capacity.  Church leadership will determine which activities will be allowed during each of these representative gathering levels, focusing on health, safety, and security of all who gather.
 

Stage 3A: With Social Distancing Enforced

  • Sunday Services: IN-PERSON / ONLINE – Live Streamed (FaceBook Live, YouTube Live)
  • Wed. Service: IN-PERSON / ONLINE (FaceBook Pages Live, YouTube Live)
  • Tuesday Prayer Meeting: IN-PERSON
  • Campus: OPEN WITH REQUIRED SAFETY PROTOCOL
  • Fellowship Events: Outdoor Coffee Possible / OTHERS POSTPONED
  • Office & Staff: Pastor / Office Staff / Other Staff As Trained
  • Vulnerable: ONLINE ONLY – Strongly recommended to stay home at this stage

 

Stage 3B: Limiting Only By Capacity

  • Sunday Services: IN-PERSON / ONLINE (FaceBook Live, YouTube Live)
  • Wed. Service: IN-PERSON / ONLINE (FaceBook Pages Live, YouTube Live)
  • Tuesday Prayer Meeting: IN PERSON
  • Campus: OPEN WITH REQUIRED SAFETY PROTOCOL
  • Fellowship Events: LIMITED / TBD
  • Office & Staff: ALL STAFF ON-SITE
  • Vulnerable: ONLINE ONLY – Strongly recommended to stay home at this stage
 
  • Stage 4 – “New Normal” Operations (TOB CHURCH –TBD)

Achieving Stage 4 operations is the “New Normal” for TOB Church, keeping many protective measures in place, but allowing and encouraging the return of our vulnerable members.

During this phase, the following will be in place:

  • Sunday Services: IN-PERSON / ONLINE – Live Streamed (FaceBook Live, YouTube Live)
  • Wed. Service: IN-PERSON / ONLINE (FaceBook Pages Live, YouTube Live)
  • Tuesday Prayer Meeting: IN PERSON
  • Campus: OPEN WITH REQUIRED SAFETY PROTOCOL
  • Fellowship Events: ALLOWED WITH SAFETY PROTOCOL
  • Office & Staff: ALL STAFF ON-SITE
  • Vulnerable: IN PERSON WITH SAFETY PROTOCOL
 

Service & Ministry Adjustments

Protection and Safety of Members

  • People with compromised immune systems or any who are medically high risk are strongly encouraged to participate in our online services until at least Stage 3 (see chart). Volunteer staff in this category will be encouraged not to serve until at least Stage 3 is achieved unless medically cleared to serve. All volunteer staff are required to wear face masks while serving and in close contact with others. All volunteer staff will be verified to be symptom free for our safety.  This information will be communicated via multiple methods (including mailer, social media, one-call).

Service Elements
Until further notice, service elements that come into close contact with multiple people will be changed to reduce contact between church members.

  • Communion will be available in Stage 2. Individual single-serve communion cups will be used.  Elements will be available upon arrival to the sanctuary for each person.  Serving of the communion elements may be reinstated in Stage 3 and continue with individual single-serve communion cups.  Stage 4 will be determined.
  • An offering box will be available in Stage 2. Receiving of offerings may return in Stage 3 while continuing the box availability and electronic giving both online and in-person.
  • Common use items in chair racks (Bibles, pens, offering envelopes, connection cards) will be distributed at the welcome desk only upon request until Stage 4.
  • Our common “meet and greet” portion of the service is postponed until social distancing is eliminated.
  • Face masks will be strongly encouraged during all close contact with others and will be made available for those that request. (currently mandated as of June 18th by CA state authorities)
  • Social distancing (at least 6-feet between people) will be practiced.

 

Welcome and Prayer Teams
The welcome ministry team (greeters, ushers, parking lot, security) that interact with people and typically are in close contact with church members will keep social distancing and wear masks. Until further notice, TOB Church volunteer/staff will not engage in physical contact when greeting, a simple wave and a friendly greeting is sufficient to welcome people into the church. Even if our volunteers feel comfortable greeting with a handshake or hug, it may make others uncomfortable. Training will be conducted prior to returning to services on site. The following will be practiced by the Welcome Ministry Team:

  • Refrain from handshakes, hugs or contact until further notice
  • Provide individual items (pens, offering envelopes, connection card, Bibles, new guest information packets (sealed in bag)) at information desk only
  • Wearing of face mask and gloves and social distancing while serving

 

Children’s Ministry
Children’s ministry will not be available in Stage 2.  The return to Children’s ministry will depend on social distancing mandates and likely to be Stage 3.  However, there will be a significant increase in oversight for interaction between the children. In addition to the increased disinfection in the children’s areas, the following precautions will be in place:

  • A disinfection checklist will be in place to clean rooms between services
  • Children will be asked to use hand sanitizer before entering classrooms
  • All children displaying signs of cough, fever, runny nose will not be allowed

 

Coffee and Donuts Fellowship

  • Coffee and Donuts Fellowship (and all food fellowships) will be closed during Stage 2.
  • Dependent upon guidelines coffee may be available in Stage 3.
  • Stage 4 return will be with increased safety and health measures
 

Facility Changes / Sanitization

The following facility updates are being enforced to protect the congregation before, during, and following services on campus.

  • Additional cleaning service team members added to support additional disinfecting efforts.
  • Disinfecting efforts include:
    • High-touch areas (doors, computers, restrooms, counter-tops, sound equipment)
    • When available – classroom tables, chairs, and toys and parent notification devices
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be located throughout the facility.
 

TOB CHURCH COVID RESPONSE CHART