IN PERSON CHURCH - FAQ

We have officially moved to offering in person services.  Below is an FAQ we created to help you be prepared for what these services are like.  We are constantly following all updates/changes from the CDC & all Covid-19 guidelines laid out for King County by our Governor.  To see our detailed Sunday Service Covid Protocol CLICK HERE.


If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please contact us HERE.   


FAQ on Indoor In Person Sunday Services

We have been meeting in person since Sunday June 27th.  Based on our experience and changes to the Governors and CDC Guidance, 

we are changing our protocols starting Sunday July 25.  If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please contact us HERE.


Introduction

We want to welcome you all back to meeting together safely.  We have done a lot of work to improve ventilation and ensure that we are safe.  As an elder board, we have decided to continue with mask wearing to ensure we keep all our community safe as we have children in the building who cannot yet be vaccinated.  


This document is intended to answer some of the questions, we expect you will have.


What will happen when I arrive at church?

OneLife will be operating the following protocols:


Using our online registration form... 

  • We will be using an online registration form as our primary tool for making seat reservations for our in person church services. Part of this registration process will include a self certifying attestation process for each member of your family/party to make sure you are well.   This process will need to be done before your arrival.   

  • We will be sending out details of how you will need to do this nearer the time. Parents will be asked to certify for their children.  The information we will be asking you to confirm is: 

    • That you have not been in contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID or is in the process of being tested;

    • That you have not returned from outside of the US within the last 14 days;

    • That you have not been advised by a medical professional to quarantine.

    • That you have not experienced Covid-19 symptoms in the last 48hrs. 

  • A member of the staff or greeting team will be outside to let you in.  

  • We will ask you to give us your name and contact details to confirm your reservation and so we can contact you in the event that it becomes apparent that someone with COVID-19 attended the same service as you.  We will hold this information for 3 weeks and then destroy it. 

  • Once you have checked in we will make sure you know where to find your seats.

  • We will ask you to wear a mask

    Adults and children who are not vaccinated should continue to be physically distant from anyone who is not in your family or group.

  • We will ask you to follow these protocols even if you have been vaccinated to ensure everyone remains safe.

What about guests that show up without a reservation? 

  • We will always have seats available for guests that did not reserve seats ahead of time.  

  • A member of the staff or greeting team will be outside to let you in.  They will have you go through an attestation process, including having your temperature checked [making sure you are not showing signs of a fever].  The information we will be asking you to confirm is: 

    • That you have not been in contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID or is in the process of being tested;

    • That you have not returned from outside of the US within the last 14 days;

    • That you have not been advised by a medical professional to quarantine.

    • That you have not experienced Covid-19 symptoms in the last 48hrs. 

  • We will ask you to give us your name and contact details so that we can contact you in the event that it becomes apparent that someone with COVID-19 attended the same service as you.  We will hold this information for 3 weeks and then destroy it.

  • Once you have checked in we will make sure you know where to find your seats. 

  • We will ask you to wear a mask.
  • Adults and children who are not vaccinated should remain 6 feet away from anyone who is not in your family or group.

Will I need to wear a mask?

Current CDC Mask Guidelines defer any and all masking decisions to the local/organizational level. To ensure the comfort, health, and safety of all those attending our services, especially those most vulnerable in our community, OneLife Community Church will continue to require masks when attending in-person services regardless of your vaccinations, unless you or someone in your family has a medical condition that means you cannot wear a mask.  We are following the Governor’s guidance on K-12 COVID-19 Requirements for Summer 2021 and the 2021-22 School Year.  That guidance recommends that children who are under 2 should not wear a mask.


We will continue to monitor the local situation and adjust our guidance accordingly. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.


How many people can attend a Sunday service?

We will be increasing our capacity to 118 starting July 25.   Rows will be separated by three feet and there will be a two seat separation between groups/families.  All children attending KidsLife will be in the Commons for the full service.


How will I know if there is a space for me and my family if I want to come?  

We have an online booking system to ensure we have everyone appropriately spaced.  To reserve a seat for our in person services CLICK HERE. 


Can I sit with my friends?

Yes - if your group is no more than 14 people.  Chairs will be arranged by groups with 3 feet between each group in all directions.  You may choose that your group is only your family unit.  


Will we be sitting in a circular arrangement or in rows?

Before the pandemic, we had switched the seating arrangement so we were sitting in a the round.  We will be changing back to sitting in rows to maximize air flow and ensure that the chairs are spaced according to the current guidelines.


Will there be a vaccinated section separate from individuals who are unvaccinated?

No.  We have decided not to implement a vaccinated section because we do not want to create barriers between individuals, physical or otherwise.   


Can I sing?

Yes!  But we will require you to wear a mask all the time.  We will provide masks for those that need them.


Can I bring my own Bible?

Yes, but we ask you not to share it with anyone outside of your household/group.


Will the full band be playing?

Yes!  All vaccinated band members who are singing are allowed to do so without masks.


Will I get a bulletin/connection card?

For now, we are going to remain digital.  If you want to contact the church for any reason, please use our online connection card posted at www.onelifeseattle.org/live or email us at onelifecommunitychurch@gmail.com


How will communion work?

The communion elements will be individually wrapped for each person and placed on each chair before the service starts.  There are two parts to it.  First peal back the top layer that holds the bread/wafer once you have done this peal back the second layer to be able to drink the juice.  You can leave these under your seats after you have taken communion and we will make sure to come around and dispose of them after the service.  Note:  communion containers are recyclable. 


Will there be prayer available like before?

We believe prayer is important!


Most weeks we will have a prayer team in the sanctuary who will be providing prayer for those in the sanctuary and those on the online platform.  If you are in the sanctuary, please come up to the front and we will pray for you in the pastors’ office with the windows open.   The same team will also be providing prayer to those on the online platform so please be patient if we cannot pray for you right away.


There will be other weeks over the summer when we are going to offer prayer via the online platform only.  


On those weeks, those in the sanctuary should use the online platform to connect to the prayer team.

We can also receive prayer requests via email.  We are happy to call you & pray for you over the phone.


Will there be KidsLife?

Starting Sunday, July 25th, we will be having KidsLife (preschool up to 5th grade) downstairs in the Commons, in the outdoor spaces outside the Commons, & the playground, but there will be some changes to avoid children and parents walking around the building during the service.

  

Parents will be asked to select whether their children are going to be with them for the whole service in the sanctuary OR at KidsLife for the whole service. We will not be running the nursery, but the cry room will be available for parents with a live feed of the service provided. 


We will still be providing our awesome age appropriate KidsLife online resources.


If you want your child to come to KidsLife, we highly recommend signing up your children online during the week. There is a specific KidsLife sign-in section on our website.  This allows us to be prepared for your children with supplies and to make sure we are appropriately staffed. 


What will be the protocol for children at KidsLife?

This is the information parents need to know:


Will there be something for teens?

Yes!  The Mix Youth Cooperative, our Jr. & Sr. High youth ministry will be in the worship service and then transition to the youth room after announcements.  The youth room door and windows will be open to ensure ventilation.  Masks and social distancing will be required.  The online zoom link used on Sunday's will continue & the Mix is launching in person midweek youth group as well!  To find out more CLICK HERE.


Will the pastors be wearing masks?

It depends!  The person giving the sermon will speak without a face mask. 


How will the restrooms work?

One person will be able to enter the restroom at a time to meet the requirement of being 6 feet apart from others except those in your family or group.  Parents will be able to be in the restroom with their child(ren).   Anyone waiting for the restroom will need to stand 6 feet apart in line.  There will be markers on the floor. 


If I have been vaccinated, do I need to follow these restrictions?

Yes.  OneLife wants to ensure the safety of everyone in the congregation so we are asking that everyone follows the guidelines whether they have been vaccinated or not inside and outside of the building.  


Can I bring a guest who is not on the list to attend?

Yes, there will be some spots for guests, and they will be able to sit with your family unit as long as there are no more than 15 people in your group, & other seats in your row were not reserved ahead of time.  All guests who did not reserve seats ahead of time must sign in & go through a self-attestation process in order to participate in our service.


Will there be coffee time provided at the beginning/during the service?

No.  So that we can all be wearing masks all the time, we are asking you not to bring food or drinks into the building, except for water bottles with a straw.  


Will there be coffee time afterwards in the Commons?

No.  We know this is an important part of being community so we encourage you to gather afterwards in small groups in alternative venues if you feel comfortable doing so.


Can the kids use the play equipment either during or after the service?

Yes. We ask parents to supervise their children and that all children wear masks and use hand sanitizer before and after using play equipment.


What happens if someone who attends the service later develops COVID-19?

We will let you know if that happens, which is why we are asking you to give us your contact details when you arrive.  We will also ensure that if someone who has COVID has been in the building and the building is scheduled to be used again within 24 hours, there will be deep cleaning, in accordance with CDC guidance.


What cleaning will be happening between services?

Regular cleaning will happen between services.  If a person who has been in the building develops COVID and the building is in use within 24 hrs of that person attending, there will be a deep cleaning , in accordance with CDC guidance.


Can I still watch at home?

Yes.  The online platform will continue.


Will the online experience be different once some people are back in the building?

We are committed to providing an excellent online experience for those who want to stay at home.  You may see some differences in how the cameras are placed, but the overall experience will be the same.