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Journey Fellowship Reopening Strategy

By executive order, Governor Abbott has defined essential services to include “religious services conducted in churches, congregations, and houses of worship.” The governor and attorney general have also issued guidance to Houses of Worship during this COVID-19 crisis. Based on this information and additional information from Guadalupe, Bexar and Comal Counties we will begin our reopening strategy.

Given the size of our gatherings, our reopening strategy will probably look a little different from other churches and from what was normal for us in the past. We are taking special care to be as cautious as possible about gathering in-person. Rows will be marked off and chairs will be arranged to practice social distancing. We will initially only allow access to 50 percent of our capacity in our Worship Center as outlined by local authorities. We will also require everyone to PRE-REGISTER on-line at our website for the service you will be attending.


Phase One

Sunday May 31, 2020 Register now!

Phase One of the strategy allows us to continue doing what we are currently doing safely (Drive-in Church) as well as opening our building in a safe way with one special limited one time only in-door worship gathering for Seniors 65 and older. Older adults, 65 years and older, are at higher risk for severe illness, so this special service will be to communicate how we will accommodate this group of our congregation as we begin our Reopening Strategy.

  • We will continue with Drive-in Church at 9:30am and 11:00am.
  • We will continue the Facebook Live service on-line at 1:00pm.
  • We will have one special “Senior Service” worship gathering at 1:00pm in the Worship Center for those who are “65 years and older” only. (Younger spouses will be admitted with spouse who is 65 and older) Register now.


Phase Two

Sunday June 7, 2020 thru Sunday June 21, 2020 Register now!

Phase Two of the strategy allows us to continue doing what we are currently doing safely (Drive-in Church) as well as opening our building in a safe way with two worship gatherings inside the building. Worship Gatherings inside the building will be much smaller than what we are used to at about 300-400 capacity.

  • We will continue with Drive-in Church at 9:30am.
  • We will continue the Facebook Live service on-line at 1:00pm.
  • We will have a 11:00am Worship Gathering exclusively for “Families with children” in the Worship Center.
  • We will have a 1:00pm Worship Gathering exclusively for “Adults 16 years and older without children” in the Worship Center.

*There will be a special recommended section of seating for those 65 and older at the 1:00pm Gathering, the North Entrance doors will be exclusively for entry of those 65 and older. This is optional* 


Phase Three

Sunday June 28, 2020

Phase Three of the strategy reopens our building in a safe way with three worship gatherings inside the building. Worship Gatherings inside the building will be much smaller than what we are used to at about 300-400 capacity.

  • We will discontinue Drive-in Church.
  • We will continue the Facebook Live service on-line at 1:00pm.
  • We will have a 9:00am Worship Gathering “Open to all” in the Worship Center.
  • We will have a 11:00am Worship Gathering “Open to all” in the Worship Center.
  • We will have a 1:00pm Worship Gathering “Open to all” in the Worship Center.

*There will be a special recommended section of seating for those 65 and older at the 1:00pm Gathering, the North Entrance doors will be exclusively for entry of those 65 and older. This is optional *


Special Instructions for Gatherings in the Worship Center

  • We are asking you to PRE-REGISTER on-line at our website for the service you will be attending to control crowd size. There will be a limit of six per family (Those who live under the same roof). If you need a larger number of seats you can call the office at 210-651-1463. There will initially only be seating for a total of 350 people.
  • Families should sit together, but there must be at least two seats between you and the next family or individual sitting on your row.
  • There will be no reserved seating.
  • We ask everyone to maintain six feet of social distancing as you move into the building. Once in the building Ushers will guide you in and out of the worship center. Please do not leave your seat until you are dismissed by an Usher.
  • We will clearly identify “entrance” and “exit” doors. Adults with children and adults without children will enter through the large center glass doors on the IH35 side of the building, those 65 and older we enter through doors on the North side of building. Everyone will exit through the doors on the North side of the building.
  • Entry into the building for Seniors 65 and up will be at 20 minutes prior to service times.
  • Entry into the building for Families with children and Adults with no children will be at 15 minutes prior to service times.


Face Coverings

  • May 31, 2020 thru June 21, 2020 Consistent with our local authorities and the CDC we will require that everyone 4 years and older wear face coverings at all times when in the building.
  • June 28, 2020 Consistent with our local authorities and the CDC we ask that everyone 4 years and older wear face coverings when entering building. Face coverings may be removed once you are seated. Face coverings must be put back on prior to exiting your seat.


Communion

  • May 31, 2020 thru June 21, 2020 We will not be taking communion in the building at this time. Disposable communion will be available to pick up on your way out. We encourage you to take communion with your families at home.
  • June 28, 2020 We will begin taking communion together. Disposable communion will be available to pick up on your way in.


Hosts/Ushers

  • We will have Hosts/Ushers to give important information, to guide you to and from your seats, and to help everyone practice social distancing.
  • Hosts and Ushers will be wearing gloves and face coverings. Doors will be propped open, so you do not have to open the doors. No handshakes, fist bumps or hugs.


Hand Sanitizer

  • We encourage everyone to sanitize hands upon entering building.
  • We will have hand sanitizer everywhere, especially in all lobbies and restrooms.


Housekeeping

  • In addition to our normal cleaning services we are upscaling our cleaning with new commercial disinfectant sprayers to sanitize all armrests, tables, chairs, door hardware, all equipment, etc.
  • Our facility we be disinfected between all services.
  • Our Worship Center HVAC units are equipped with High Efficiency Filters that will be disinfected and changed as per CDC guidelines.


Giving Envelopes

  • Giving envelopes will be available to place in on-site giving boxes. We also encourage you to give on-line or through our Journey Fellowship APP.


Bulletins

  • There will be no programs. For up to date information please visit our website or Facebook page.


Water Fountains

  • All water fountains will be shut off or blocked off.


Coffee

  • There will be no coffee available at this time.


Nursery/Journey Kidz

  • There will be no Nursery or Journey Kidz services or classes other than what we are currently offering on our social media platforms.


Journey Students

  • There will be no Journey Student services or classes other than what we are currently offering on our social media platforms.


Ministries

  • Again, we will NOT open with all ministries, activities, or even all services at this time. Thank you for your patience!

If you have any concerns, underlying at-risk health conditions, or feel sick, we strongly recommend you remain at home and watch our on-line services which will continue at 1:00pm Sundays.

This Reopening Strategy will give us time to monitor the COVID-19 crisis, listen for updates from our local leaders as well as ramping back up our staffing and procedures to be able to minister safely and effectively.

We will continue to monitor this situation closely and will make decisions based on what is best for Journey Fellowship and our community.

“Walking together on life’s journey, pursuing true hope in Christ”

Don Story

Executive Pastor