Crossbridge Re-Gathering: Beginning September 20!

We're excited to gather again soon! But of course, we also know that we won't be able to gather together exactly as we did before. In order to worship together safely, we will all need to work together and be as helpful as possible! As a church, we'll implement new systems to help us reduce any potential for contamination or viral spread, but it'll also require some self-policing and co-operation from all of you. Check out the list below so you know what to expect before re-gathering together with us!

As you arrive: We ask that all Crossbridge attenders abide by the current Leon County mask ordinance and keep a mask or face covering on at all times while on the premesis (provided you do not meet one of the exceptions to the Leon County policy). If you do not have a mask, we will provide a free disposable one for you. Per the policy of Leon County Schools, all of those worshiping with us will be subject to a temperature check, and those registering a temperature of above 100* will be asked to stay at home. Of course, throughout your time at Crossbridge, we ask that you maintain 6' social distancing with others. We know it'll be hard, but we also ask you to refrain from hugging or handshaking with anyone who you do not have close physical contact with (i.e. partner, family member, etc.) through the pandemic.

During our worship gathering: Our goal is to provide a touchless worship experience. In order not to pass around items, you may give a physical offering in the black boxes and each seat will be equipped with a pre-packaged communion cup (along with a pen and connection card) so we do not have to pass around trays during communion. We will not be offering a phsyical paper bulletin at this time to reduce possible disease spread.

The worship area will not open to attenders until 10:15. In an effort to practice safe distancing, seating will be spaced apart six feet and we ask that only couples, families with children, or households (i.e. you and your roommates) sit together on the same seat. You may bring your own camping chair or other portable seat to sit in if you prefer. In order to help us practice social distancing, at the end of service we will dismiss row-by-row to exit, beginning with the back. You can still stick around and chat with friends... just outside and six feet apart for everyone's increased safety!

Increased sanitizing: While "touchless" is our goal in services, we will sanitize all benches, entry doors, and bathroom doors for your safety. Hand sanitizer dispensers will be located throughout the facility for your convenience. 

But what about...?

Kids Ministry? Cafe? We will not be offering kids ministry or cafe as we re-gather. Just getting back together is a big enough task and we want to devote our focus back on that. We hope to begin offering physical kids ministry gatherings again soon, with helpful precautions to keep kids and contributors safe.

What about online worship? We will continue to offer our worship experiences online as well, just as we have throughout the course of the pandemic. You are more than welcome to continue gathering from home until you feel comfortable getting together with others again. No rush.

What if there's a positive COVID case at Crossbridge? In the event we are informed of a positive case at Crossbridge, we will work together with that person to determine any people they had prolonged (10+ minutes) contact with, personally inform those people, and encourage them to be tested, along with any others who served on the infected person's ministry team that day. The church at large will be notified of the positive case via the Note from Wes (you can sign up for that here). 

It's worth noting that we have already had positive cases in our church community, and given the highly contagious nature of this virus, we should be prepared for this possibility. We are excited to re-gather, but everyone should do so understanding that while we can do things to reduce risk, there is still inevitable risk involved (as with any other time when you leave your home during the pandemic). 

What about positive cases at Oak Ridge? You can see the district procedure for positive cases in Leon County schools here. In the event case numbers at Oak Ridge become especially severe, we will abide by guidance from the school district. We stand prepared to return back to online only gathering or alternative gathering plans for a time if need be. 

I'm a contributor. Are there any precautions for me? As with the church at large, all contributors will need to be masked up while serving to reduce possible disease spread. During setup and teardown, doors will be open to encourage ventilation and teardown will not begin until the worship area is cleared of any extra people who are not contributing that day on a team. We have disposable gloves available to any contributors who would like to wear them. We encourage our contributors to be cautious. If you feel sick, let us know and stay at home. Our #1 priority is to keep everyone safe!

What about singing? While it does appear that singing can increase spread of the virus (you force more air out when you sing than when talking), it seems equally clear from current scientific data that as long as everyone is wearing a mask and distanced from each other, there appears to be no increased danger of disease transmission. We are currently unaware of any "superspreader" events at churches regathering after COVID where people have been following social distancing guidelines and wearing a mask. And the plus side? With a mask on, people might not be able to tell that bad note was you! So mask up and belt it out!