COVID-19: Responsible Restart
Our Mission: Rooted in Christ’s love, we are devoted to growing together in God’s Word and to proclaiming Christ in our community and world.
 
The Plan
  • Lord willing, we will begin holding socially distanced in-person worship at church beginning on Pentecost, May 31st at 10:30am.
  • We will continue live streaming our entire service at www.lambofgodcolumbus.org.
  • We will offer Holy Communion again during the worship service on the second and fourth week of each month beginning June 14th.
  • We will continue to offer times for members to schedule private communion until the pandemic is over.
 
The Precautions
  • We encourage use of a cloth face covering. Disposable masks are available in the narthex for anyone who needs one.
  • Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes are available in the narthex.
  • High traffic areas are disinfected between services.
  • The center doors will be the main entrance. The doors nearest the mailboxes will be the exit.
  • The ushers will open the door for you, seat you and usher you out after worship.
  • We will not use the mailboxes for the time being.
  • We will practice social distancing in the building and in the pews.
  • Every other pew has been removed so that worshippers who do not live in the same household will be able to be at least six feet apart.
  • Pews have been placed in the Fellowship Hall where there is dedicated Audio/Video feed of the service projected on the screen.
  • There is also a pew in the Parents’ Room.
  • Worship bulletins with hymn verses printed out will be spaced out on a table in the narthex for worshippers to pick up on their way in to church.
  • Offerings will be placed in the plate in the narthex or can be mailed in or given online.
  • We encourage members to socialize in the parking lot or the back lawn.
What should you do?
  • Rejoice! Rejoice for Jesus is risen from the dead and ruling all things for the good of the Church, and even for us who live and work in this corner of his Kingdom.
  • “Wash” and pray. Continue to practice good hygiene, especially washing your hands and worship with the Lamb of God family in-person or online.
  • Be prepared for things to take a little more time as enter and leave church, remembering the words of David, “I rejoiced with those who said to me let us go to the house of the Lord” (Psalm 122:1).
  • Practice social distancing when in public, and monitor how you are feeling. If you are not feeling well, stay home.
  • Contact your pastor or elders if you need spiritual care or assistance of any kind.
  • “Give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
 
“Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forger not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases” ~ Psalm 103:2-3
 
 
 
 
Here is a more detailed list of things Lamb of God is doing in line with CDC suggestions:
 
Hygienic and cleaning practices
  • We have been encouraging virtual options for worship and Bible Study. We will continue to offer online streaming for our shut-in members, for any who don’t feel comfortable returning yet (or who shouldn’t for health or work reasons), and as another way of proclaiming the gospel to the ends of the earth.
  • We encourage congregants who are sick to stay at home and worship with us online.
  • We have been following specific CDC guidance for educational programming for children and offer Sunday School for the younger children via YouTube videos and for the older children via Zoom.
  • We will encourage use of a cloth face covering at all gatherings and when in the building by everyone except children aged less than 2 years old. (Not using a cloth face covering may also be appropriate at times for some individuals who have trouble breathing or need assistance to remove their mask.) Pastor will take his mask off for leading worship and for preaching (and will be more than 6ft away from any worshipper).
  • We have adequate hygiene supplies, such as soap, tissues, no-touch trash cans, hand sanitizer and Clorox wipes.
  • We clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at least daily and shared objects between use.
  • We have ensured that out ventilation systems operate properly.  
 
Promoting social distancing
  • We have spaced out the seating so that worshippers who do not live in the same household will be able to be at least six feet apart when possible by removing every other rows and placing those seats into the Fellowship Hall where there is dedicated Audio/Video feed of the service projected on the screen.  and the Parents’ Room.
  • We have suspended use of our choir for the time being, and when the congregation sings during worship we will be wearing masks.
  • Pastor is conducting most visits by phone or online instead of in homes or at the hospital except for certain compassionate care situations.
  • We have temporarily limiting the use of frequently touched objects, such as hymnals by printing the entire service with hymn verses in the bulletin, as well as projecting the service on the screen in the fellowship hall.
  • We have modified the methods used to receive financial contributions. Our offering plate will serve as a stationary collection box for members to place their gift on the way in or out of church. Members have been and can still use the mail or drop off gifts during the week by private appointment. We have also added an electronic method of collecting financial gifts of thanksgiving.
  • We have temporarily suspended our before and after church fellowship time of shared food and drink as well as potlucks or shared meals.