Southcliff's REgathering Plan
SEVEN Things You Need to Know
1. Meeting On-Campus is Optional
We understand that many in our church family will not feel safe returning to worship on-site for a wide variety of reasons. We will continue to have livestreaming on southcliff.com and facebook.com/SouthcliffThrive at 9:20 AM, 11:00 AM, and 8:00 PM.
2. We Will Have two Services onsite this sunday (and three online)
You are invited to worship at Southcliff for the 9:20 AM service or the 11:00 AM service. Our Online Campus will also be in worship at 9:20 AM, 11:00 AM and 8:00 PM. Very thorough seating and sanitation guidelines have been given to churches by the Texas Governor’s Office. At Southcliff, we take your safety seriously and we want to meet or exceed these expectations. Our Parenting Room will be open during both services for your convenience.
3. Please Arrive EARLY (BUT NOT TOO EARLY)
Please arrive between 8:50 AM and 9:20 AM for the first service And between 10:45 AM and 11 AM for the second service. If you arrive on campus before the doors are propped open, please wait in your car until this happens. This is especially important for the second service because it may take longer to santitize the building between the services. The South and West Concourse entrances will be the only public entry points into the building.
4. there is a section for high-risk attendees
Two doors at the West entrance will be clearly designated for attendees who desire to sit in the section reserved for higher risk individuals. We will reserve parking near this area for those who attend this section. It is strongly recommended that everyone sitting in this section wear a mask.
5. THOSE ATTENDING THE FIRST SERVICE WILL NEED TO LEAVE QUICKLY.
After each service ends, please remain in your seat until Dr. Marr dismisses you. For those of you who attend the 9:20 AM service, you will need to immediately leave the building so that our staff and volunteers can sanitize the facilities in order to prepare for the second service. You may stay and talk with friends, but please do so outside.
6. Small group Ministry
On Sunday mornings, our preschool, children, preteen, and students (7th-12th grade) are meeting onsite at 9:20 AM. If you are between the ages of 18-29, our young adults are gathering at 11 AM in our Loft area. The adult department is gathering on campus on a limited basis. Please email the Grow office (email@example.com) for more information.
Wednesday nights: We have resumed full programing for preschool, children, preteen, and students (7th-12th).
7. We Will Minimize Points of Physical Contact
Our staff and volunteers will be encouraged to maintain social distance. Our staff and volunteers will be wearing masks. Doors will be propped open. Our coffee bar will be open, but there will be reduced options and no self-service. Our water fountains will not be operational. Bulletins will not be produced. We will not pass an offering plate (but collection boxes will be available). Things are different as we seek to gather together to worship together in a way that minimizes the risk of spreading disease.
frequently asked questions
What guidelines are the basis for your reopening plan?
Our pastor and staff have spent weeks evaluating the Texas governor’s “Minimum Standards Health Protocols” for reopening churches and the Center for Disease Control’s guidelines for “Community and Faith-Based Organizations.” While these are the basis for some of these decisions, our reopening plan will be constantly evaluated and updated by our church leadership as needed.
Is everyone welcome to attend the service?
Yes, everyone is always welcome. We do ask that anyone who has recently been exposed to COVID-19 or has the symptoms listed below choose to stay at home and participate online:
Cough - Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing - Chills - Repeated shaking with chills - Muscle pain - Headache - Sore throat
Loss of taste or smell - Diarrhea - Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit
NOTE: If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 or another contagious illness AFTER attending our service, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Am I required to make a reservation to attend?
Do I have to have my temperature taken up arrival?
No. But please do not come if you feel sick.
Will some people be required to sit in the special seating for at-risk people?
No. Sitting in this special section is voluntary.
How is this special section different than the others?
We have made efforts to create a section on the west side of our worship center where at-risk guests can enter and leave our building with minimal interaction with others. Also, we strongly recommend to those who choose to sit in this section wear a mask.
Will I be required to wear a mask?
Our County Judge has issued an Executive Order that all Tarrant County residents wear a mask when in local businesses. Although this mandate does not include churches, please adhere to this as you would while in a restaurant. Wear a mask unless you are seated in the Worship Center. Make every effort to maintain social distance.
Will hand sanitizer be available?
Yes. We have numerous stations throughout the building.
How will the seating be different?
You will no longer Be Assigned a Place to Sit. When we first reopened our facilities for worship, we had aisle hosts who insured social distancing. Now that most of you have become accustomed to this, we are allowing you and your party to choose your own seats while trusting you to keep a 6 foot distance between yourself and others. Every other pew will be blocked off. After the service ends, please remain in your seat until Dr. Marr dismisses you.
Can groups of friends sit together?
The guidelines from the Governor’s office state that “Two or more members of the same household can sit adjacent to one another, with two seats (or six feet separation) empty on either side. Two individuals who are not members of the same household but who are attending together can sit adjacent to one another, with two seats (or six feet separation) empty on either side.” This is our recommendation.
Will there be preschool or children’s classrooms available?
Yes. Discovery Lane, for preschoolers, and Kid Connection, for Kindergarten through 4th graders, is available at the 9:20 service only. Please send an email to email@example.com if you are bringing a child under the age of 2 years old, so we can be sure to have proper staffing in place. Children of any age are always welcome to sit with their families in the main worship center if that is more desirable. Parents can email firstname.lastname@example.org for information and a video link for children who bring online devices with earphones.
Will there be any teaching materials available for my child?
Yes, as you enter the worship center you can receive a brochure for your child that will have age-appropriate activities from Discovery Lane (Preschool), Kid Connection (Elementary), and Uplink (5th and 6th graders) You can also email email@example.com if you would like to receive age-appropriate videos for your child to view on your smart phone or tablet during the message part of the service. Please bring: a mobile device, headphones, crayons, a Bible, and paper for notes. Check out this video for more detail
Will we have live music during our worship services?
Yes, we will. Our singers and instrumentalists will be leading us as we worship and sing together (without orchestra and choir for now). We are following CDC guidelines concerning church worship services. In addition our entire worship services (including music) are available online Sundays at 9:20 AM, 11:00 AM, and 8:00 PM.
Will restrooms be available?
Yes. The restrooms in the center concourse will be open as well as the restrooms to the right and the left of the south foyer (main entrance).
Do I have to park in a particular area?
No. However, if you are an at-risk individual, we have reserved parking around the church office building just for you. Please follow the signs.
How long will the service be?
Approximately one hour.
Do I have to fill out any forms or sign anything?
No paperwork is required. If you are new to Southcliff, we would love to connect with you. Simply text the word “guest” to (817) 873-3808. There are just a few questions for you to fill out.
Will your staff and volunteers be screened on Sunday morning?
Yes. In accordance with state guidelines, all staff and volunteers will be pre-screened and will have their temperature checked upon arrival. They will be wearing masks to be as safe as possible.
Will there be translation in Burmese and Spanish in the service this Sunday?
The 9:20 AM Service will not currenlty be translated into Burmese. Check back for an update. The 11:00 AM service will be translated into Spanish. and rebroadcast at www.facebook.com/groups/southcliffspanish
How can I leave my offering?
There are boxes affixed to the wall at every door in the Worship Center and Fellowship Hall as you exit. You may also continue to give online or via text. See www.southcliff.com/give for details.
Have more questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org