covid response

we take this seriously

October 4, 2020
Treehouse Kids will be offered at the 9:45am service only, with precautions in place. All volunteers / teachers will wear masks, as well as kids in Kindergarten to 5th Grade. Masks not required for preschoolers. There will be no large group time, with classroom gatherings only. Hand washing and hand sanitizer offered and encouraged in all rooms, upon entering and exiting.
Nursery will be offered at 9:45am and 11:15am.
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Sept. 16, 2020
Under the Cedar Falls City Council mandate approved on Sep 8th  2020, we ask that masks are to be worn at all indoor gatherings at Trinity through October 21, 2020.
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IN-PERSON SERVICE TIMES
  • 8:10a: Vulnerable-friendly service | Face mask required | Traditional Music | No Congregational singing
  • 9:45a / 11:15a: Face mask requested per city mandate until October 21, 2020 | Contemporary Music | Congregational Singing
**We have adjusted service times to allow for ample cleaning time between each service. Online Livestream service will now start at 9:45a and is available through Facebook, YouTube, or watch the next day on our website or on the Cedar Falls Trinity app.

WHAT TO EXPECT:
  • God's inspired and infallible Word, amazing worship music, and a welcoming community!
  • A nearly touch-free environment. Communal items will be removed such as pens, Bibles, bulletins, and hymnals. Doors will be propped open, or opened for you.
  • Coffee, donuts, and water fountains will not be available.
  • Offerings can be placed in the offering boxes located in the sanctuary, or by giving online. 
  • All staff and volunteers will be required to wear face masks.
  • The North, West, and South entrances will be unlocked to enter and to exit the building. All other doors will be locked. 
  • Everyone will be ushered into the sanctuary by household units (families, students who share an apartment, etc.) to their seats to ensure proper seat spacing.
  • Surfaces/spaces such as chairs and bathrooms will be sanitized between services.

WHAT WE ASK OF YOU:
  • Face masks are required for the first service and are requested and encouraged for the second service in order to follow the mandate by Cedar Falls, until October 21, 2020. If you need a face mask, we will be offering free face masks at all entrances.
  • If you are not feeling well, please stay home and watch online.
  • Bring your own coffee, water, Bible, and pens.
  • Please exit the sanctuary immediately following the service to ensure proper cleaning between services. 
  • Avoid handshakes and hugging and practice 6 feet of social distancing whenever possible. We know this is a hard one!
  • Come with a heart prepared to worship God!
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Our Regathering Task Force is continuously monitoring data provided by local and state officials and to evaluate and assess the most appropriate measures to take. Regardless of where and how we worship, or with what accommodations, let us remember that we are still the Church. Please continue to pray for wisdom for our church leaders, healthcare providers, and government officials as we work through this pandemic together.
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The Regathering Task Force created a 4-phase re-entry plan in May 2020 to address safety and public health measures related to Covid-19, and established guidelines for what procedures to follow when we gather as a church body or in group ministries. There are 4 major factors the task force considers when deciding how and when groups, ministries, or the congregation gathers.

1. Respect for governing authorities. 1 Peter 2:16-17 says: "Submit as free people, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but as God’s slaves. Honor everyone. Love the brothers and sisters. Fear God. Honor the emperor." Even though we are free to gather, we don’t want to abuse this freedom. We want to honor and respect the social gathering guidelines put in place by our governing authorities; for example, when those guidelines limit gatherings to 10 or fewer people or require face masks or social distancing.

2. The Great Commandment: Love God. Matthew 22:37-40 sums up the Christian life by first saying: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind." We believe that it is possible for us to grow in love for Jesus even during these extraordinary circumstances where we aren’t gathering for public worship. Regular public worship is clearly modeled in the New Testament Church, but there are also examples in the New Testament where believers were able to thrive in their relationship with Jesus while unable to gather, such as the Apostle Paul while he was in prison.

3. The Great Commandment: Love your neighbor. Along with the command to Love God, Jesus also taught us to Love your neighbor as yourself. For Trinity, this means:
  • Caring about the public health of our community. We care deeply about human life because we believe that every person is created in God’s image. 
  • Giving grace to one another. There are a wide range of opinions about COVID-19, the government’s response, and how churches should respond. We need to extend grace to each other during this stressful time, and we ask you to extend grace to our leadership as we are all trying to do what’s best for our personal health, our church, and our community.
  • Unity as a body. Various churches in our community will phase in regathering at different speeds, and we aren’t going to try to compete with other churches. We ask you to stay committed to each other and to our local church during this time, as there is nothing the enemy would want more than to see this crisis result in a division in our church. We need to be unified and committed to one another now more than ever. As we begin regathering in the future, there are many who won’t be able to join us because they are especially vulnerable. We need to be considerate, gracious and bend over backwards to ensure that everyone feels included.

4. The Great Commission. Our mission is to make disciples who make disciples (Matthew 28:18-20). We envision a movement of spiritual generations that transforms the very fabric of our community. The last thing we need is to damage our reputation in the community. We want to be known as a blessing to our community, not as ground zero for a new outbreak. Additionally, as we come back together on Sunday mornings, we want worship to be a joyful and welcoming environment for you and for your “ones”.

In the last months, and during quarantine, we have seen that Trinity is much more than a building. We gathered together weekly to participate in online worship on Sunday mornings when we could not meet in person, and had newcomers join as well! We also started a YouTube Channel and posted daily Facebook Live videos to encourage spiritual growth and community. Our small groups met or are meeting on Zoom to study the Bible and to support each other. We have called each other and prayed for each other. We found creative ways to serve each other and to serve our community. We shared Jesus with friends and neighbors. Our church staff and lay leaders have been learning and growing and are utilizing new strategies that will allow us to better serve our congregation and community through this season and beyond. This disciple-making movement continues to grow even during this season! So be encouraged that we are continuing to press on in faith (Phil. 3:14), and that God is blessing these efforts.

questions?

for more information, contact our office & operations manager, trina landmesser.