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Posted: Jun 19, 2020

Church Activities Resuming


Live, on-site church services have resumed. We will also continue to have online worship opportunities on Sunday mornings through our Tree of Life Facebook page. Please click [more] to see our COVID-19 guidelines for onsite worship.


These are interesting times that we are living in. We have grieved our time away from one another during this pandemic. Your elders and pastor have prayerfully contemplated how best to navigate these unchartered waters.

There will be a Zoom bible class that will take place at 8:15am with no on-site bible studies or Sunday School at this time. 

Here are the rules that we are asking everyone who plans on attending worship to please follow with patience, vigilance and great care for the safety of all of our Tree of Life family. 

We encourage those that are 65 or older in age, and those with underlying health conditions, to continue to stay home and participate in worship services remotely at this time through the Tree of Life Facebook page. 

We ask that anyone exhibiting any symptoms, or that has been in close contact in the last 14 days with someone who is lab confirmed to have COVID-19, to please stay home. These symptoms include: 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 - Known close contact with a person who is lab confirmed to have COVID-19.

 

  • A registration e-mail through Google forms will be sent out each Monday before our weekly worship gathering. People who will be attending worship that week will need to register over e-mail or by calling the church phone and leaving a message with how many people in your family will be attending. This will make sure that we are able to practice proper social distancing during our worship gatherings at this time.
  • All people attending worship will be temperature checked with a non-touch thermometer to check for fever symptoms by one of our elders. You will be asked a few simple questions to make sure you have not shown any signs of COVID 19.
  • All worship attendees will be required to wear masks in the building at all times. TOL will have extra masks on hand for those who forget to bring their own.
  • Once in the church building, attendees should use the bathroom facility before worship as access during worship will be limited. Only one person will be allowed in the bathroom at one time.
  • We will have a guided walkway in the Fellowship Hall with no chairs available for socializing before worship. Please enter the sanctuary promptly upon arrival.
  • There will be no communion for the first few weeks back. This will be added once our current rules have become commonplace and we have had a few weeks of monitoring how it goes.
  • There will be no hugging or sharing of Christ’s peace during this time.
  • There will be no coffee or food available during gatherings at church.
  • Usher will dismiss everyone by rows following worship with the back of the church being dismissed first and the front being dismissed last.
  • In each pew, families may sit together but need to have six feet of distance between them and anyone else in their row. No exceptions.
  • The building will be disinfected after every church gathering.
  • Please take bulletins with you following church and do not leave them in the building.
  • Offerings will be dropped off on the back table and the offering plates will not be passed.
  • Ushers will do a head count and there will be no attendance sheets passed at this time.
  • We will not use prayer cards at this time. Prayer requests can be sent to the church office over e-mail or sent by text to Pastor before worship at (214) 908-0242.
  • Plan to arrive 20-30 minutes before worship to make sure there is ample time for everyone to be seated before 10:30am.
  • Hand sanitizer stations are present throughout the building and should be used as often as you see fit. 

Please contact Pastor Mark or your elder if you have any questions about these rules. Let us remember again to take extra care to love our neighbor at this time.  We are excited to worship together again!