In light of the present pandemic, we thank you for your warm-hearted deference to the well-being of others. As we continue to persevere
in love during this unprecedented time, join us in looking to our faithful and unchanging Savior. He is our rock, our fortress, and strong tower.
Let us not give in to fear or cynicism since he is our
“very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1).

 

COVID-19 livestream links, resources, and more

 

COVID-19 Policy | Fall 2020

While we are again gathering at Covenant for worship and ministry events, we are not encouraging nor suggesting that everyone needs to be in attendance. We urge each person to take the best precautions you can for your own health and safety. This is especially true if you are in the high-risk category. Please follow the general guidelines detailed below in deciding whether or not to attend. We cannot govern every scenario, but we believe that following these guidelines provides a reasonable approach to maintaining a healthy environment. (Detailed policies by ministry are available below.)

 

 

Medically at Risk: If you are medically at risk or concerned about other family members that could be affected, we recommend caution. The CDC has classed the  following as “at higher risk for severe illness and complications caused by COVID-19”: (1) People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility; (2) People who have chronic lung disease; (3) People who have moderate to severe asthma; (4) People who have severe heart disease; (5) People who are immunocompromised – many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including but not limited to, cancer treatments, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medication. (6) People of any age, who have class III or severe obesity; (7) People diagnosed with the following underlying medical conditions: diabetes, liver disease, and persons with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis.

COVID-19 Symptoms: Please do not attend if you have any of the primary symptoms of COVID-19 including fever or chills; cough; shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; fatigue; muscle or body aches; headache; new loss of taste or smell; sore throat.

Positive COVID Diagnosis: We ask that you abstain from attending ministry events until you have been symptom free (including being fever free without the use of fever-reducing medication) for 10 days OR you have been released by a physician to return to normal activity and have been asymptomatic for 72 hours. If you have recently attended a ministry event and been diagnosed with COVID-19, we kindly ask that you report to the church office via Marty Crawford ([email protected]) or Justin Richardson ([email protected]). For privacy concerns, such disclosure will be held in strict confidentiality. Positive COVID Diagnosis in the Immediate Family: If someone in your immediate family receives a positive COVID diagnosis ,we ask that you and others in your family abstain from attending any ministry events until you’ve received a negative test result. Awaiting COVID Test Results: If you or someone in your household is awaiting COVID test results, please wait for your results before attending any ministry events. If you or someone in your household receives a positive test result, please see the guidelines above. Self-Check Temperature: If you do decide to attend a ministry event, please self-check your temperature and those in your household to ascertain that no one’s temperature is above 99.9 degrees, without the use of fever-reducing medication, before choosing to attend. 

State of Alabama (Guidelines): Subject to Change, https://governor.alabama.gov/newsroom/covid-19/

CDC Guidelines: Please remember that the following CDC guidelines are still in effect for each of us when we go out:

Use of Masks: CDC recommends that people wear masks in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

  • - Masks may help prevent people who have COVID-19 from spreading the virus to others.
  • - Masks are most likely to reduce the spread of COVID-19 when they are widely used by people in public settings.
  • - Masks should NOT be worn by children under the age of 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • - Masks with exhalation valves or vents should NOT be worn to help prevent the person wearing the mask from spreading COVID-19 to others (source control).

Directional Signage: We ask that you please follow directional signage related to the particular ministry event that you might be attending. These include, but are not limited to, signs indicating seating availability, entering and exiting, safe distance floor signage (i.e. queue markings and flow of traffic signs), etc.

All events will require face coverings and social distancing. Our facilities staff will ensure that proper cleaning and sanitizing occurs.

 

Sunday School

We are dividing our Sunday School communities into two groups that will meet every other Sunday evening from 5:00-6:00 PM beginning September 13 and concluding November 22. We will have 30 minutes of teaching time in the Sanctuary followed by 30 minutes of fellowship and prayer in assigned classrooms. SEE DETAILS

 

Small Groups

We recommend that small groups be allowed to meet at the church following our guidelines. Small groups should reserve rooms through our website (covpres.com/room-request) or by contacting Justin Richardson ([email protected]). This will ensure that the rooms are sufficient in size for the group.

 

Officer/Women’s Shepherding Team Training

We will be having officer and women’s shepherding team training on Wednesdays this fall from 5:45-7:00 PM. The training will take place in Room 316 (Children’s Theater) to allow us to spread out safely.

 

Wednesday Evenings with Robby and Chrissy Holt

Two to three SS classes will gather on Wednesday nights this fall to get to know Robby and Chrissy better. These will take place on Wednesday nights in the Fellowship Hall. We will ask for RSVPs to track attendance. The pastor assigned to these classes will serve as the MC.

September 16 – Upper Room, Community, Open Doors (Marty Crawford)

September 23 – Threshold (Josh Johnson)

September 30 – Crosspointe (Josh Johnson)

October 14 – Cornerstone, Foundations, Lighthouse (David Driskill)

October 28 – Kingdom Builders, Living Stones (Dan Edwards)

 

Gospel Manhood

We will not be having Gospel Manhood in the Fall of 2020.

Hinged Bible Study

We are studying the book of Ephesians and using a study guide called “Hinged, Vitally Connected to Christ and His Church.” We will have lectures at church on Tuesday mornings at 10:30 in the Sanctuary. These will be livestreamed and recorded. We plan to have small groups on site after the lecture on the 2nd and 3rd floors as space allows. However, we will have small groups in homes and via Zoom based on preferences and schedules. Our current plan is to offer childcare on Tuesday mornings for the lecture and the small groups for children 5 and younger. (Information)

Hinged Fall Bible Study Schedule 2020

September 8 Week One, Ephesians 1:1-14

September 15 Week Two, Ephesians 1:15-23

September 29 Week Four, Ephesians 2:11-22

October 6 Week Five and Week Six, Ephesians 3:1-21

October 13 Week Seven, Ephesians 4:1-16

October 20 Week Eight, Ephesians 4:17-32

October 27 Week Nine, Ephesians 5:1-21

November 3 Week Ten and Week Eleven, Ephesians 5:21-33, 6:1-9

November 10 Week Twelve, Ephesians 6:10-24

 

Divine Design Discipleship

Divine Design Discipleship will be studying the topic of Expectations. DDD plans to have lectures at church on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 in the Fellowship Hall. They are planning to livestream and record the lectures. They will have small groups on the first floor as space allows and will also be offering off site small group options. Our current plan is to offer childcare on Tuesday mornings for the lecture and the small groups for children 5 and younger. (Information)

This fall, in light of COVID-19, CovPres Youth is planning the following ministry events, as well as procedures to ensure safety for students, volunteers, and staff. Staff will distribute our COVID Wellness Policy (see below) to parents at the beginning of the school semester and ask parents to digitally acknowledge their receipt of said policy. Cleaning staff will ensure that all rooms used by Student Ministry are sanitized regularly before and after each use according to their own cleaning schedule.

 

Small Groups: Small Groups will take place on Sunday nights during the Sunday School hour, 5:00-6:00 PM. Groups will take place in various rooms around campus, as well as in a few outdoor locations, such as the pit. Groups will maintain social distance and leaders/students will wear masks.

6th Grade Sunday School: 6th graders will meet weekly for Sunday school in room C321. Students and leaders will be socially distanced and wear masks.

Senior High Bible Study: Senior High students will have a weekly staff-led Bible study in the first-floor courtyard. Students and leaders will be socially distanced and wear masks.

Study Hall: Staff will make our Junior and Senior High rooms available for students on Tuesday mornings and Wednesday afternoons. Students will be socially distanced and wear masks.

 

Wellness Policy for Covenant Presbyterian Student Ministry

Help us as we work together to keep our families and children safe by adhering to the Wellness Policy when attending Student Ministry events.

SYMPTOMS TO CHECK

According to the Centers for Disease Control, these are the symptoms to look for regarding COVID in children. Please be aware of the following symptoms in your children:

 

- Fever (a temperature above 99.5ºF)

- Cough

- Nasal congestion or rhinorrhea

- Sore throat

- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

- Diarrhea

- Nausea or vomiting

- Fatigue

- Headache

- Poor feeding or poor appetite

- Loss of taste

IF YOUR CHILD HAS:

 

A positive COVID diagnosis:

You are prohibited from bringing your child to Student Ministry events until he or she has been symptom free (including being fever free without fever reducing medication) for 10 days OR has been released by a physician to return to normal activity and been asymptomatic for 72 hours.

We ask that you please report any COVID diagnosis to a Student Ministry Staff Member upon diagnosis, if you have recently attended a Student Ministry Event, so that we may notify the parents of children that may have been in contact with your child. Please note that, for privacy concerns, notification of a COVID diagnosis of a child will not include any personal information.

A positive COVID diagnosis in the immediate family:

You are prohibited from bringing your child to any church events until he or she has been asymptomatic (including being fever free without fever reducing medication) for 10 days Or has been released by a physician to return to normal activity and been asymptomatic for 72 hours.

A positive COVID diagnosis among other children that your child has been in contact with during a Student Ministry Event

We will notify the parents or guardians of all children that were in contact with the child diagnosed. Please note that, for privacy concerns, notification of a COVID diagnosis of a child will not include the child’s name or any other personally identifiable information.

Please watch your child closely for the development of any symptoms.

Any of the symptoms above:

You are prohibited from bringing them to church events until he or she has been symptom free (including being fever free without fever reducing medication) for 72 hours.

IF THERE HAS BEEN a positive COVID diagnosis among staff, volunteers, or teachers:

We will notify the parents or guardians of all students who were with the staff member, volunteer, or teacher in their classroom. Please note that, for privacy concerns, notification of a COVID diagnosis will not include the staff member's, volunteer’s, or teacher’s name or any other personally identifiable information.

The staff member, volunteer, or teacher will be allowed to return when she or he has been asymptomatic (including being fever free without fever reducing medication) for 10 days or has been release by a physician to return to normal activity and asymptomatic for 72 hours.

 

REMEMBER:

 

- Please take your child’s temperature before attending church ministry events

- Do not attend church ministry events if anyone in your family including siblings are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above

- Per CDC guidelines, face coverings are recommended for children ages 2 and up. We recognize the difficulties of this reality and our teachers will do their best to assist children.

- Please limit drop-off and pick-up at ministry events to one parent and when possible do not bring siblings

- When picking up from the ministry events, you are required to wear a face mask and adhere to the 6 foot social distancing guidelines.

- Please be readily available when your student is attending a Student Ministry Events including Sunday mornings, Sunday evenings, and or other events in case we need you to be available to pick up your child.

 

Ministry Events

Children’s Worship | Sunday Mornings | Ages 3 years old (by 9/1/2020) – Kindergarten

Sunday School | Sunday Evenings | Ages 3 years old (by 9/1/2020) – 5th Grade

Nursery | Sunday Mornings, Sunday Evenings | Infant – 2 years old

 

Sanitation/Safety

People

 

- Adults serving with children will be required to wear masks/face shields.

- Per CDC guidelines, face coverings are recommended for children ages 2 and up. We recognize the difficulties of this reality, and our teachers will do their best to assist children.

- Teachers/Volunteers will be trained/reminded prior to serving on best practices for social distancing, classroom management, symptoms, wellness policy etc.

- When entering/exiting classrooms, children/adults will “pump-in” and “pump-out” with hand sanitizer.

- Children should not bring anything with them to Children’s Ministry events. (Nursery age children may bring small bag with wipes, diapers, bottle, etc..)

Spaces

 

- Toys will be limited in classrooms to what can be easily cleaned; after each event toys will be sprayed with cleaner and given time to dry before next use.

- Classroom surfaces including tables, chairs, counters, etc. will be wiped or sprayed with appropriate cleaners after use and before next event.

- Bathrooms will be cleaned after use and before next event.

- Infographic signage (see attached) will be clearly posted throughout area with reminders about mask, hand washing/sanitizing, social distancing, and symptoms.

- Outside play/teaching time will be used when possible.

- Water fountains will be closed.

Practices

 

- Food/snack will not be served.

- Class size will be monitored/limited through reservation process to help maintain safe class sizes for social distancing.

- Individual supply packs will be provided to limit sharing supplies.

- Classrooms remain together, rotate together, etc. Children will not mix among each other within classrooms (exception would be the playground).

Check-In Procedures

Sunday Mornings

 

-Families with children nursery age and up will check-in at Nursery Welcome Desk. Staff will assist with check-in to limit contact with check-in stations.

- Socially distanced floor markers will be on the floor to help families maintain social distance.

- Families with children 3 years old (by 9/1/2020) and older may check-in in the Commons before entering the Fellowship Hall. Check-in will be staff assisted and floor markers will help maintain social distancing.

Sunday Evenings

 

- Families with children nursery age and up will check-in at Nursery Welcome Desk. Staff will assist with check-in to limit contact with check-in stations.

- Socially distanced floor markers will be on the floor to help families maintain social distance.

- Families with children 3 years old (by 9/1/2020) and older may check-in at the 2nd Floor Welcome Desk. Check-in will be staff/volunteer assisted and will have floor markers to maintain social distancing.

Traffic Flow in Children’s Ministry Building

Sunday Mornings

Drop-off Traffic Flow

 

- Families with children nursery age and up check-in at Nursery welcome area and then follow signs for drop-off that will help with social distancing and moving in one direction limiting cross traffic. We will encourage one parent on the hall at drop-off and, when possible, limit siblings on the hall.

- Families with children attending Children’s Worship will exit from the Fellowship Hall during the passing of the peace with a staff member and return to the Fellowship Hall before the benediction to join their families.

Pick-up Traffic Flow

  - Families will follow directional signage for pick-up and staff members will be on the hall helping with social distancing as well as limiting cross traffic. We will encourage one parent pick up the child from his/her classroom to limit the amount of people on the hall at any given time.

Sunday Evenings

Drop-off Traffic Flow

 

- Families with children nursery age and up will check-in at Nursery Welcome Area and then follow signs for drop-off that will help with social distancing and moving in one direction, limiting cross traffic. We will encourage one parent on the hall at drop-off and, when possible, limit siblings on the hall.

- Families with children 3 years old (by 9/1/2020) and older may check-in and enter on the 2nd Floor. Signs will then direct families to enter and exit the hall in a way that allows for social distancing and limited cross traffic.

- Elementary age children will follow signs to 3rd floor via stairwell or elevator as needed. At the entrance to the 3rd floor, a staff member or volunteer will greet children and direct them to their classroom limiting adults on the hall. A parent is welcome to walk his/her child to the classroom, in which case he/she will follow signage for entering/exiting the hall and maintaining social distance.

Pick-up Traffic Flow

  - Families will follow directional signage for pick-up and staff members will be on the hall helping with social distancing as well as limiting cross traffic. We will encourage one parent pick up the child from his/her classroom to limit the amount of people on the hall at any given time. At this time, all children need to be picked up by an adult to limit cross traffic throughout the building.

 

Covenant Presbyterian Children’s Ministry Wellness Policy

Please help us as we work together to keep our families and children safe by adhering to the Wellness Policy when attending Children’s Ministry events.

SYMPTOMS TO CHECK: According to the Centers for Disease Control, these are the symptoms to look for regarding COVID in children. Please be aware of the following symptoms in your children:

 

- Fever (a temperature above 99.5ºF)

- Cough

- Nasal congestion or rhinorrhea

- Sore throat

- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

- Diarrhea

- Nausea or vomiting

- Fatigue

- Headache

- Poor feeding or poor appetite

IF YOUR CHILD HAS: A positive COVID diagnosis

 

- You are prohibited from bringing your child to Children’s Ministry events until he or she has been symptom free (including being fever free without fever-reducing medication) for 10 days OR has been released by a physician to return to normal activity and been asymptomatic for 72 hours.

- We ask that you please report any COVID diagnosis to a Children’s Ministry staff member upon diagnosis if you have recently attended a Children’s Ministry event so that we may notify the parents of children that may have been in contact with your child. Please note that, for privacy concerns, notification of a COVID diagnosis of a child will not include any personal information.

 

IF YOUR CHILD HAS: A positive COVID diagnosis in the immediate family

  -You are prohibited from bringing your child to any church events until he or she has been asymptomatic (including being fever free without fever-reducing medication) for 10 days OR has been released by a physician to return to normal activity and been asymptomatic for 72 hours.

 

IF THERE HAS BEEN: A positive COVID diagnosis among other children that your child has been in contact with at a Children’s Ministry event

 

- We will notify the parents or guardians of all children that were in contact with the child diagnosed. Please note that, for privacy concerns, notification of a COVID diagnosis of a child will not include the child’s name or any other personally identifiable information.

- Please watch your child closely for the development of any symptoms.

 

IF THERE HAS BEEN: A positive COVID diagnosis among staff, volunteers, or teachers

 

- We will notify the parents or guardians of all children who were with the staff member, volunteer, or teacher in their classroom. Please note that, for privacy concerns, notification of a COVID diagnosis will not include the staff member's, volunteer’s, or teacher’s name or any other personally identifiable information.

- The staff member, volunteer, or teacher will be allowed to return when she or he has been asymptomatic (including being fever free without fever-reducing medication) for 10 days or has been released by a physician to return to normal activity and asymptomatic for 72 hours.

 

REMEMBER:

 

- Please take your child’s temperature before attending church ministry events.

- Do not attend church ministry events if anyone in your family, including siblings, are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above.

- Per CDC guidelines, face coverings are recommended for children ages 2 and up. We recognize the difficulties of this reality and our teachers will do their best to assist children.

- Please limit drop-off and pick-up at ministry events to one parent, and when possible, do not bring siblings down the hall for drop-off and pick-up.

- When picking up from the classroom, you are required to wear a face mask and adhere to the 6 -foot social distancing guidelines.

- Please be readily available and on campus when your child is present at Children’s Ministry events including Sunday mornings, Sunday evenings, and any other events in case we need you to be available to pick up your child. (Exceptions allowed when necessary.)

 

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