COVID-19 Recovery Efforts at TOB Church

(All information is subject to change based on local and state mandates and church’s discretion)

 
  • We are currently in Stage 2 of our COVID-19 response and are doing our very best to keep each person who comes to worship with us as safe as possible. When you come to our in-person services, we require each person to wear a mask while entering and exiting the church. Once seated with proper social distancing, you are welcome to remove or lower your mask during the service for comfort. If masks are removed we ask that you are conscious of others and use proper techniques for any *coughing/sneezing you may experience, tissues are available.
  • *IMPORTANT, if you are currently experiencing symptoms of illness or have 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 estimated time frames on our 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
  • Estimated Recovery Timeline Addressed In 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), California State and Local governing authorities strongly recommend that we keep social distancing and wear masks when needed (Masks currently mandated as of June 18th by CA State authorities).

Throughout Stage 1 (most restrictive stage) 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 must be worn when in close contact with others.

During 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 months. There will be a desire for people to come in close contact with one another, which should be avoided temporarily in Stage 2. Our staff and congregation needs to be cautious of close-contacts even into Stage 3 to help create and maintain a safer environment for all.
 

Recovery Timeline and Stages

TOB Church recovery timetables are prayerfully predicated on the requirements set forth by first, the leading of our Lord’s Will, then 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 and church’s discretion.
 
  • Stage 1 – Restricted Operations (Started March 18 through June 8, 2020)

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 essential 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 for a Limited Time
  • Vulnerable: RECOMMENDED TO ENGAGE ONLINE ONLY
 
  • **Modified Stage 1 – Restricted Operations (Started July 13, 2020 through September 22, 2020)

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

  • Sunday Services: IN-PERSON (OUTDOOR) & ONLINE  (FaceBook Live / YouTube Live)
      • Children’s Ministry (Pre-School and Elementary Classes are now available)
          • 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: RECOMMENDED TO ENGAGE ONLINE ONLY
 
  • Stage 2 – Reduced Operations (Currently Started On September 22, 2020)

Stage 2 operations allows for the lightening of restrictions towards gatherings and will allow for smaller groups of people to gather together. During this stage we observe many safety protocols when meeting in person. We will have limited people capacity in this phase with limitations adjusted as we near Stage 3.  Fellowship events offered during this stage will be limited. 

During this phase, the following will be in place:

  • Sunday Services: IN-PERSON / ONLINE – Live Streamed (FaceBook Live, YouTube Live)
      • Children’s Ministry (Pre-School and Elementary Classes are available)
  • Wed. Service: ONLINE (FaceBook Profile Page Live)
  • Tuesday Prayer Meeting: IN-PERSON
  • Campus: OPEN WITH REQUIRED SAFETY PROTOCOLS
  • Fellowship Events: Limited
  • Office & Staff: Pastor / Essential Office Staff / Other Staff As Trained
  • Vulnerable: RECOMMENDED ONLINE ONLY – Strongly recommended to engage online at this stage
 
  • Stage 3 – Limited Operations (TOB CHURCH –TBD)
Achieving Stage 3 operations allows for the gathering of larger groups of people. It is expected that groups of 50% capacity will be able to gather over time. 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

  • 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 Refreshments & Other Events Limited
  • Office & Staff: Pastor / Office Staff / Other Staff As Trained
  • Vulnerable: ONLINE ONLY – Strongly recommended to engage online 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 PROTOCOLS
  • Fellowship Events: LIMITED
  • Office & Staff: ALL STAFF ON-SITE
  • Vulnerable: ONLINE ONLY – Strongly recommended to engage online 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 all 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 PROTOCOLS
  • Fellowship Events: ALLOWED WITH SAFETY PROTOCOLS
  • Office & Staff: ALL STAFF ON-SITE
  • Vulnerable: IN PERSON WITH SAFETY PROTOCOLS
 

Service & Ministry Adjustments

Protection and Safety of Members

  • People with compromised immune systems or anyone who is medically high risk are strongly encouraged to participate in our online services until at least Stage 3 (see description). 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 of COVID-19 for all safety.

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

  • Communion will be available in Stage 2 using individual single-serve communion cups.  Elements will be available upon arrival to the sanctuary for each person.  Serving of the communion elements may be reinstated in Stage 4.
  • An offering box will be available in Stage 2. Receiving of offerings may return in Stage 4 while continuing the offering box availability and electronic giving for 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 at least Stage 4.
  • Our regular “meet and greet” portion of the service is postponed until social distancing is eliminated.
  • Face masks will be enforced during all close contact with others and will be made available per request. (currently mandated as of June 18th by CA state authorities)
  • Social distancing (at least 6-feet between people) will be practiced until safe to disregard.

 

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, gloves and social distancing while serving

 

Children’s Ministry
The return of our Children’s ministry will depend on our church leadership discretion. There will be a significant increase in our oversight of interaction between the children. In addition, we have increased our sanitization in the children’s areas and the following precautions will be in place:

  • A sanitation checklist will be in place to clean rooms between services
  • All Children will be asked to use hand sanitizer before entering and leaving classrooms
  • All Children will have their temperature checked
  • All Children will be required to wear a face shield or mask during class
  • Any child displaying signs of cough, fever, runny nose will not be allowed to participate in class
  • All Teachers will follow strict safety protocols including but not limited to those of the children

 

Pre-Service Coffee and Donuts Fellowship

  • Coffee and Donuts Fellowship will be postponed during Stage 2.
  • Dependent upon guidelines outdoor coffee may be available in Stage 3.
  • A Stage 4 return is likely with increased safety and health protocols
 

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 sanitizing efforts.
  • Sanitizing efforts include:
    • High-touch areas (doors, computers, restrooms, counter-tops, sound equipment)
    • All retuned pens or handled items
    • Classroom tables, chairs, and toys and parent notification devices
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be located throughout the facility.
 

TOB CHURCH COVID RESPONSE CHART