In order to ensure social distancing and keep our seating capacity to a safe number, we are asking all attendees to register before attending a worship service. Registration will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration will open Wednesday at 5:00pm.
Step 1: Register your child for Southbrook Kids to ensure space is available. If not registering any children, skip to step 2.
Step 2: Register all individuals that will be in the main worship service.
Southbrook Students | 5:00- 7:00 pm
ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS
Registration can be done online by clicking your preferred service time above. Registration will open the Wednesday evening before the upcoming Sunday.
Registration is required due to our capacity being limited to 65 households per service in accordance with social distancing guidelines. This helps to ensure the safety and health of all of our guests.
Every household will be checked-in upon arrival, so we are asking for attendees to arrive between 8:40 am - 8:50 am for the 9:00 am service and between 10:40 am - 10:50 am for the 11:00 am service.
We have implemented enhanced sanitation protocols in all areas, with a particular focus on wiping down and disinfecting doors, handles, bathrooms, windows, counters, and other high-touch areas before, during and after services. Appropriate signage (e.g. The 3 Ws, Social Distancing) has been placed throughout the building. Additionally, all staff and volunteers serving on a particular Sunday will be required to have their temperature checked before entering the building.
We are continuing to monitor the situation closely and will make adjustments as needed based on developments, additional information and guidance from Federal, state and local authorities.
Please do not attend if you:
Have experienced COVID-19 symptoms or have tested positive, or if a member of your household has experienced COVID-19 symptoms or tested positive, or until you or your household member has been symptom-free and fever-free without taking any medication for at least seven days.
Have traveled to any of the high-risk countries in the last two weeks.
Have been in close contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or is suspected to be positive with the novel coronavirus.
All staff, volunteers, and attendees are required to wear a mask while in the building except while seated. Those with a platform role are permitted to remove their mask while on the platform.
At this time, wearing a mask is required in order to attend a service at Southbrook. If
you are unable to or prefer not to wear a mask, we invite you to continue worshipping
with us online.
Wearing a mask is a reasonable precaution to take based on scientific knowledge, especially when large groups of people are gathered indoors for an extended period. Wearing a mask also demonstrates to others in our congregation and community that we are concerned for their safety.
In order to create an environment that is safe and comfortable for everyone, we ask that you maintain social distancing at all times. Due to the resulting space constraints in the lobby, we request that you visit with people around your seat in the worship center and outside, before and after the service has finished.
In order to create an environment that is safe and comfortable for everyone, we ask that you maintain social distancing at all times. Therefore, physical greetings will not be possible. Although the culture at Southbrook is highly relational, not engaging in physical greetings at this time is actually an expression of love and care for others.
There will be no handouts, pens, notes, Bibles, or other resources available. If you are wanting to use these items, please bring them with you when you come. Notes can also be taken with our Southbrook App.
We encourage the use of contactless giving options like our app, website or text, as much as possible. Offering baskets will be located near the exit doors for those who prefer to give by cash or check. Our practice at Southbrook is to celebrate communion approximately monthly. On those Sundays, we intend to use individually pre-packaged elements that will safely be distributed before the service begins.
We will be providing coffee and cocoa outside after each service for a time of fellowsip.
Seating will be limited to 65 households and on a first come first serve basis. Households will be required to sit together and socially distanced from other households.
We will have Southbrook Kids avialable on Sunday morning for birth-5 years old (not enrolled in Kindergarten) and student programming will be on Sunday nights from 5:00-7:00 pm. We will continue to provide Kids Online and Students Online.
For kids that are attending the service with you, below are printable activity sheets your child can bring with them.
This plan indicates how we will reopen Southbrook Kids in the fall of 2020. Our goal is to open in a phased approach, dependent on the availability of volunteers who meet the guidelines set forth in our Child Protection Policy. We plan to remain open unless circumstances dictate otherwise; we believe we are well set-up to accomplish this goal. Listed below are some policies that will be in place to reduce the potential spread of the virus and to be able to track the spread of any contamination. These temporary policies have been created in accordance to guidelines from the North Carolina Department of Health and the CDC. This document will be reviewed and updated as new information is available and as we walk this out as a church body.
- We will eliminate the use of shared spaces.
- Classes will remain together and not be mixed with other grades or classrooms during the morning.
- Kids will not meet in the auditorium for worship or large group lesson.
CLASSROOMS AND FACILITIES:
- We will work to create individual Zip-loc bags of high-touch materials (i.e. crayons, markers, glue sticks scissors) to limit the transmission of germs.
- If it is necessary for any materials to be shared, there will be time allotted between the shared use, and the items will be disinfected.
- Kids should not bring materials back and forth from home.
- All classrooms will be equipped with hand sanitizer, disinfectant spray, wipes, and paper towels.
- Some furniture and other items may be removed from classrooms to simplify cleaning demands, reduce the number of contact surfaces, and to provide increased distancing.
- Kids will remain in assigned seats and will not rotate seats.
- Classroom doors, as well as non-fire hallway doors, will be kept open as much as possible to allow increased ventilation and airflow.
- Hand washing stations will be placed at the major entrances to the Kids’/Students’ building
- A professional cleaning team will be in the buildings during services, and high-contact surfaces will be wiped down throughout the morning, as well as between services.
PARENTS AND NEW GUESTS:
- Parents will enter through the front entrance of the Kids’ and Students’ buildings during drop-off with reversed traffic flow for pick-up.
- New guests (K-6th grade) will be checked in in the main lobby of the Kids’ building, and returning families will check in in the Kids’ waiting area (a staff member or volunteer will facilitate the check-in so that multiple people aren’t touching the computers). We ask that only one parent accompany child into the building. Teachers will then accompany kids to their classrooms. Parents and siblings will not be permitted in the hallways/classrooms.
- All parents and siblings Kindergarten and above are required to wear a mask or face shield when coming in the Kids’ or Students’ building for drop-off or pick-up.
- Masks are required for all Kids in Kindergarten and above per the governor’s Phase 2.5 mandate (9/2/20). All volunteers will wear masks while they are in the Nursery area, as well as in the Kids’ and Students’ buildings, or while they are in close contact with the Kids.
PHYSICAL DISTANCING AND MINIMIZING EXPOSURE:
- Upon entering the building, Kids will wash their hands.
- A staff member or volunteer will print out nametags in order to eliminate multiple people using the touch screens and printers.
- Kids will be encouraged not to share items with their classmates.
- Reminders will be displayed throughout the buildings (classrooms, hallways, bathrooms) for Kids and volunteers:
- Stay 6’ apart when possible
- Proper and frequent handwashing
- How to stop the spread of germs
- Worship and large group lessons will be streamed to classes to avoid large group gatherings. This allows us to keep potential exposure limited to individual classrooms and avoid larger-scale impact through cross-contamination.
IF SOMEONE CONTRACTS COVID OR DEVELOPS SYMPTOMS:
- If a child is diagnosed (tests positive), it is the responsibility of the family to contact us.
- We will communicate by email to all volunteers and parents whose children were in that specific class.
- All children and volunteers who had direct exposure (not secondary), will be required to quarantine for 10 days.
- Southbrook must contact Union County Health Department and report for tracking purposes. We are also required to communicate health/safety protocols and measures taken.
- Union County Health Department will determine if our measures are satisfactory and/or if any further or broader action must be taken.