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Covid-19 Reopen Plan

Why are we not gathering for worship yet?

The greatest commandment is to love God and the second is to love your neighbor. Our neighbor is the most vulnerable among us. We will continue to love God and Love people by sheltering in place and limiting social contact until it is safe to do so.


How will the church determine it is safe to gather again?

Pilgrim believes that science is a gift of God. We trust the medical professionals and the epidemiology experts. Rev. Scott and the Church Council will continue to follow recommendations made by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Institute of Health (NIH).

We believe the City of Chattanooga has laid out markers for reopening based on the best medical advice and will be gathering in person using their approach.


What are the markers for reopening?*

1. Disease transmission under control - Sustained decrease in cases maintained for 14 days

2. Detect every case - 1 test per 100-150 residents per week; results within 24 hours

3. Isolate every case - Interview cases within 1 day of test results. Capacity to contact cases daily and support isolation at home or alternate location established.

4. Trace every contact - Close contacts interviewed within 2 days of case report. Capacity to support quarantine at home or alternate location established.

5. Sources of exposure identified and preventive measured instituted - Case interviews identify likely source of exposure, and prevention plan developed for identified “hot spots”

6. Risk of importing new cases can be “managed”

What will coming back to the church building look like?*

The church building will reopen in phases:


Phase I (current)

· Anyone over the age 65 and those who are deemed high risk are advised to stay at home.

· Staff and Council allowed in building with a face mask and gloves. Social distancing of 6 feet apart will be kept

· No more than 10 people will be allowed in the building at any one time.

· Hand washing encouraged. Hand sanitizer available.

· Worship will continue to be available online. Pastoral care will be done by electronic device. Food delivery will be available.

· No hymnals or Bibles

Phase II (Marker 1-2 met)

· Anyone over the age 65 and those who are deemed high risk are advised to stay at home. Worship will continue to be available online. Pastoral care will be done by electronic device. Food delivery will be available.

· The building will receive a deep cleaning.

· Those who wish may gather for worship on Sunday.

· You are asked to self-check your temperature before leaving. If you have a fever, stay home. A forehead thermometer and cleaning wipes will be available at the entrance.

· You are asked to please use the wood doors that face Third Street for entering the building. You may use any door to exit.

· Mask and gloves will be available before you enter the building and are required.

· Hand washing encouraged. Hand sanitizer available.

· Pews on both sides of the sanctuary will be open. However, some pews will be closed off to allow social distancing between rows.

· Passing of the peace will be done by remaining where you are seated and greeting others with waves.

· Communion will be served in individually wrapped containers. Usher will direct a few people at a time to the altar.

· Offering will be made online. There will also be an offering plate in the entry of the sanctuary as you come in. You may leave your offering there. At the proper time an usher with gloves and mask will bring the offering to the Altar for a blessing and then take it right to the treasurer safe.

· No hymnals or Bibles

Phase III (Markers 1-4 met)

· Anyone over the age 65 and those who are deemed high risk are allowed to gather as they feel comfortable. Worship will continue to be available online. Pastoral care will be done by electronic device. Food delivery will be available.

· A forehead thermometer and cleaning wipes will be available in the Narthex.

· You are asked to please use the wood doors that face Third Street for entering the building. You may use any door to exit.

· Mask and gloves will be available in the Narthex and are optional.

· Hand washing encouraged. Hand sanitizer available.

· Pews on both sides of the sanctuary will be open. Social distancing between rows is encouraged.

· Passing of the peace. Worshipers can circulate around the room while keeping a social distance. Waves and smiles are still the best way to greet others.

· Communion will be served in individually wrapped containers. Usher will direct a few people at a time to the altar.

· Offering will be made online. There will also be an offering plate in the entry of the sanctuary as you come in. You may leave your offering there. At the proper time an usher with gloves and mask will bring the offering to the Altar for a blessing and then take it right to the treasurer safe.

· No hymnals or Bibles

Phase IV (Markers 1- 6 met)

· Anyone over the age 65 and those who are deemed high risk are allowed to gather as they feel comfortable. Worship will continue to be available online. Pastoral care resume in person.

· A forehead thermometer and cleaning wipes will be available in the Narthex.

· All entrances open

· Mask and gloves will be available in the Narthex.

· Hand washing encouraged. Hand sanitizer available.

· Pews on both sides of the sanctuary will be open. Social distancing between rows is encouraged.

· Passing of the peace. Worshipers are encouraged to use fist bumps, smiles, and waves

· Communion will be served in individually wrapped containers. Usher will direct a few people at a time to the altar.

· Offering will be made online. There will also be an offering plate in the entry of the sanctuary as you come in. You may leave your offering there. At the proper time an usher with gloves and mask will bring the offering to the Altar for a blessing and then take it right to the treasurer safe.

· Hymnals and Bibles with mask and gloves only

*Each phase and markers met are subject to change based on recommendations of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Institute of Health (NIH)

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