Please make careful note of the following specifications related to re-opening.  These were voted by the Church Board and include certain things that will be required of attendees.  

In re-opening the Carmel Church for in-person services, we will:

1. Encourage individuals 65 years of age and above, and those with an underlying at-risk health condition to watch services online.

2. Communicate to church members and friends that individuals should not attend if they are experiencing flu-like symptoms, have tested positive for COVID-19, or have been exposed to a person with COVID-19.

3. Take temperatures of attendees prior to entering the church building.

4. Register attendees upon entering the church building.

5. Require all church attendees to wear a face covering of some kind and have extra face coverings available for those who do not have their own.  (Face coverings are not required for children under 2 years old).

6. Ask church attendees to sanitize their hands upon entering the church building, and frequently, especially after touching things others may have touched.

7. Implement non-contact greetings (no handshakes or hugs)

8. Not hand out church bulletins or other materials and remove all materials from church pews.

9. Post information in the church regarding the WHO good hygiene practices.

10. Place hand sanitizers in high-contact locations such as entry/exit and bathrooms.

11. Clean & disinfect high-contact surfaces such as door handles and bathroom fixtures.

12. Seat attendees in alternating and horizontally staggered rows and block off unavailable pews.

13. Ensure 6-foot social distancing between individuals or family units during church services.

14. Require attendees to stay in the same seat for the Sabbath School and Church Services.

15. Dismiss attendees by individual/family and maintain 6-foot social distancing during dismissal.  Attendees will be encouraged to exit the building promptly after the services conclude.

16. Place a receptacle for Tithes/Offerings at the entrance/exit of the sanctuary.  Offering envelopes will be available at a table upon entry to the church.

17. Disable drinking fountains.

18. Have bottled water available.

19. Prohibit use of the kitchen or eating of food in the fellowship hall at this time.

As you can see, the Church Board has taken many steps to make returning to church as safe as possible by adopting all the recommendations of the State of Indiana regarding Houses of Worship, plus some other precautionary measures to ensure the safety of our members and guests.  We hope this information will be helpful to you in deciding whether or not to come to church at this time. If you have any questions regarding these safety protocols, feel free to contact me by email or phone.

Please share this information with anyone you think would be interested in this update on the Carmel Church.  Thank you for being part of the Carmel congregation!

Pastor Robb