sunday morning protocols
(See #7 for information on resumption of children's church)

Greetings Friends and Family of Foothills Fellowship:
 
Our initial Re-Opening Worship Services have been quite successful! It's been good to gather once again in the House of the Lord to worship and praise Him.

Below is a list of safety guidelines that are in place at Foothills for Sunday services. These guidelines follow the order and recommendations provided by the Governor.

Please note that live-streaming of our Worship Services will continue for those who are not able to attend in person.

1) Masks - Face coverings are required in the building. We will have masks for those who forget to bring their own.

2) Coffee - We will again be setting up a coffee and donut station after the service in the parking lot. We encourage everyone to use this fellowship time as an opportunity to catch up after such a long time. Of course, we request that social distancing be observed.

3) Seating arrangements - Ushers will assist in seating everyone. Congregants will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis, from the front of the sanctuary towards the back. This will enable us to comply with the social distancing requirements.

4) Physical distancing & outside fellowshipping - We request that the social distancing guideline of 6’ be observed and that there be no fellowshipping while in the church building. While outside of the building. as mentioned above, we encourage everyone to safely fellowship. Masks outside are optional.

5) Nursery/child care - For the near-term there will be no nursery/child care offered.

6) Sunday School - For the near-term there will be no Sunday School classes.

7) Children's Church - We are so excited to be able to re-open our Children’s Church program on Sunday mornings. This section provides an overview of the safety protocols that we are implementing.   As Foothills Fellowship restarts our Children’s Church program, the safety of children is paramount, and extra precaution is necessary and appropriate.  Due to health and safety concerns, related to COVID-19, we will be adjusting some of our programming, but we will still have a “God-centered” experience for our children.  Below is an overview of the safety protocols that will most impact parents and children. Please thoroughly read this so that you are fully prepared to return to Children’s Church.  
 
Face Coverings for Children and Staff
Children three years of age and older are required to wear masks. If the mask is creating discomfort or resulting in the child touching their face frequently, staff will address if this is appropriate for each child on a case by case basis.
 
Parents
All parents who are dropping off and picking up children should wear masks while at Foothills Fellowship.
 
Staff
Masks are required for staff caring for children and interacting with parents to the extent possible and as long as it doesn’t impact the health of the wearer. Also, at times, staff members may remove their masks to assist children’s communication skills.
 
Drop-off
Sunday morning, beginning at 8:45 am, we will have a drop off area set up to assist parents with children signing in for the service. Children will be checked in at the church house yard. The check-in process requires a sign in by the parent to include their contact information in the case of any issue. This will be followed by a quick health check and application of hand sanitizer to their hands.  Signs will be there to help direct you. Parents and children must maintain 6 feet of social distancing while waiting to sign in. Once signed in, children will be supervised by Children’s Church staff as they enter their classrooms.  Please allow extra time for this process.

Health Checks
All Children will receive a health screening.  Children who show any signs of illness will not be allowed to attend Children’s Church. This will be strictly enforced!
 
Health/sick policy 
  • Children must be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications before they can return to Children’s Church. At Foothills Fellowship, a fever is considered a body temperature that is 100 degrees or above.
  • Children with nasal discharge, cough, or who are fussy should be kept home.
  • Children who have had vomiting or diarrhea cannot come to Children’s Church unless they have not had a reoccurrence of vomiting or diarrhea for a 24-48-hour period.
  • Children who are overtired should be kept home to prevent more serious illness later. 
 
In the event a child shows signs of illness during the Children's Church, they will be isolated, and parents will be called to pick them up. Children will not be allowed to return to Children’s Church unless they are completely symptom-free.