As we enter the new normal, what should your church services look like? Each state has certain recommendations announced through their local CDC. However, keeping areas continuously clean and sanitized, and maintaining social distancing will remain important for the unforeseen future.
Here are 4 changes your church should consider making to adapt to the new normal:
Hold frequent staff meetings to stay updated on COVID-19.
- As new information is continually being discovered about the coronavirus, it’s imperative for your church leadership to stay on top of these changes. This will require communicating daily with your staff to make sure you are following state guidelines closely.
Rethink the way you do children’s ministry.
- Depending on the CDC guidelines in your state, you may be required to maintain certain levels of social distancing. This will certainly impact your nursery and children’s ministry. You may not be able to have a separate children’s ministry for a while but address the needs of the littlest members in your adult service. This will take creativity, flexibility, and planning ahead.
Limit or monitor restrooms.
- You may not be able to open the restrooms initially. It’s extremely important to assure your members the bathrooms are cleaned and sanitized after each use. In order for this to be possible, you may have to have someone monitor and continually clean the restrooms.
Invest in additional time dedicated to cleaning your facility.
- This element of preparation is essential for you and your congregation to feel safe and secure in worshipping together. Depending on the size of your building and congregation, it may be necessary to hire professional or additional help in making sure the level of sanitation is adequate.
It will be wonderful to have your congregation back in your building, worshipping together. The return to corporate worship is a tremendous step back toward normalcy. It requires leadership, working together, remaining flexible, and serving selflessly when things feel uncomfortable and uncertain. This new season will be full of the unexpected, but at least we will be able to be together, worshipping and encouraging one another!