New Salem’s Response to the Covid-19 Crisis

 
     Your physical health and safety are important to us, but so is your spiritual health. Keep reading to find out about the precautions New Salem is taking as we plan to re-gather:

Are You Ready to Come Back to Church?

 
 

Here’s Pastor Alan to Explain When & How New Salem Will Re-Gather

If you are planning to attend in person this Sunday, help us be prepared for you!

please scroll down to the form below to let us know you are coming.

 

All other on-campus services and activities

remain canceled until further notice.

 

Please join us for a special worship live-stream

this Sunday at 10:45 AM

on YouTube and Facebook.

 
New Salem resumed in-person worship from our campus on Sunday, May 31. Please understand that these services are contingent on the continued improvement of conditions in our community, and on our ability to minimize the risk for those who choose to attend. Keep reading to learn how New Salem is preparing to regather safely, and what you can expect when you come to worship.
 
 
What is New Salem doing to prepare? 
  •  We are thoroughly cleaning and sanitizing the spaces we will be using.
  • We are removing hymnals, envelopes, pens, etc. from the auditorium to reduce the number of surfaces that people may come in contact with.
  • We are closing off every other pew in the auditorium in order to help families maintain the recommended distance from each other.
  • We have ordered items like no-contact thermometers, cleaning supplies, masks, and no-contact dispenser stations for hand-sanitizers. Due to high demand, some of these items are on back-order and may not arrive before May 31. However, we are working on contingency plans that will help us work around these delays.
 
What Can I Expect When I Come to Worship?

     Please understand that we will not simply be picking up where we left off on March 8. We will start slow, with only the 10:45 AM worship service. That means, at least initially, there will be:

  • no Sunday School or small groups on campus
  • no nursery care
  • no Children’s Church
  • no Youth meetings on campus

Those things may return in time, but we need to walk before we can run. In the meantime, we will offer online alternatives as much as possible.

     As we resume meeting we will need your help with special precautions designed to minimize the risk towards one another. These precautions are based on the recommendations of our government officials, health experts and denominational partners:

  • If you are sick with a fever or respiratory issues, or have been around someone who has those symptoms, we ask you please to stay home and enjoy the live-stream. We’ll be happy to see you again when you are well.
  • To help us better prepare for your attendance, we are asking you to let us know that you are coming. Scroll down to find a form that you can use to let us know that you are coming, or you can call the church office at (423) 842-3078.
  • We will limit attendance to 100 people in the main auditorium, with an overflow area set up in the Unity Building to accommodate another 100 people (we will project the service on a screen so those people can worship together). If it looks like we will need even more space, we will consider additional options.
  • We are strongly encouraging (but not requiring) all adults, teens, and older children to wear a mask while in the building. We will have extra masks available for those who do not have them.
  • Please enter the building using the main entrance.
  • As you enter, you will be scanned with a no-contact thermometer to verify that you are fever-free.
  • After entering, you and your party will be escorted to a seat by one of our host/hostesses. We are asking family members to sit together and for everyone to help maintain appropriate social distancing ( 6-foot distance between parties, limited physical contact).
  • Bulletins will be available for pick-up at stations in the main lobby.
  • We will not pass an offering plate. Instead, offering boxes will be placed near the exits so that you can deposit your offering on the way out. Our ushers will be stationed nearby to monitor the boxes.
  • After the service, we will dismiss by rows in an orderly fashion. Please remain in your seats until your row is dismissed. Then proceed out of the designated exits to the parking area.
     We realize that some of these measures may seem inconvenient, but for the moment they are necessary in order to keep each other safe. We appreciate your cooperation.