INFORMATION FOR TPC’S PHASE REOPENING
Worship Service Times: Worship will be in the sanctuary at 9:00 and 10:45 a.m.
RSVP Process: We ask that everyone RSVP every week for the service you plan to attend. We will have limited seating of 120 during this phase of our reopening. As with Phase 1, we will use Sign-up Genius for RSVPs. Click HERE to sign up for either the 9:00 a.m. or 10:45 a.m. service.
Worship Service Information: For the most part, services during Phase 2 will follow the normal liturgy. We will sing together, although we won’t sing our regular amount of songs. We will not have an extended greeting of peace in order to maintain responsible social distancing. We will have a designated for you to place your offering in the foyer either before or after the service. Finally, we will have communion, but we will ask that everyone come forward, pick up their bread and wine/grape juice, and then return to their seats with them so that we can all partake together.
Wearing Masks: We will recommend masks but we will not require them. Due to the heightened risk of singing, we believe it is prudent for all (excluding children under the age of 2) to wear masks during the service.
Entering and Exiting: We ask that everyone enter and exit through the main front doors of the church building. All other doors of entry and exit will be locked.
Online Worship Changes: Our online worship service will continue for the foreseeable future. We will Live-stream the worship service at 10:45 a.m. via Facebook.
Other Important Information:
Hand sanitizer will be available as you enter the building as well as the sanctuary
We will not serve coffee
The front bathrooms will be open
The nursery will not be available but children of all ages are welcome in worship
CE for adults, students, and children will not be available
Lastly: It would be safe to assume that we are all ready for everything to get back to normal. We are not there yet but we hope we will be soon. In the meantime, the Lord has given us an opportunity to extend charity to one another for Jesus’ sake. As followers of the crucified Lord, we are not to be a people who demand our rights, but who lay aside our rights for the love of the other (see I Cor. 8-9). As the Apostle Paul tells us, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interest but to the interests of others” (Phil. 2:3-4). May the sacrificial love of Jesus be evident in our community as we seek to love and serve as we have been loved and served by our King.
1. What if I still don’t feel comfortable attending worship at this time?
That is perfectly okay and understandable. We encourage but will not require those who are at risk or who have underlying conditions to stay home. Our service will continue to be online. No one should feel obligated to stay or come during this unprecedented time. This is a matter of conscience, not spiritual maturity.
2. Do I have to wear a mask?
We encourage you to wear a mask but they are not required; especially since we will be singing together. In our assessment of the situation, we believe that singing heightens the risk of exposure. However, we are willing to take that risk because we believe that singing is central to our worship. It is for the purpose of limiting possible exposure that we are recommending masks.
3. Where will we enter and exit the building?
We are asking that everyone enter and exit through the main front doors of the church building. All other doors will be locked on Sunday.
4. What parts of the building will be open?
The only parts of the building that will be open are the sanctuary, the front entry, and the foyer.
5. We will have access to bathrooms?
Yes, the bathrooms at the front of the church will be open. We ask that if there are more than three people in the bathroom that you wait outside.
6. Will we have a nursery?
To maintain social distancing protocols will not have a nursery at this time.
7. Are little children welcome in worship?
Yes and yes! We know this will pose challenges but we welcome little children. We are a covenant family after all!
8. Is there a timetable for when Nursery and CE will resume?
Currently, we do not have a specific timetable for when Nursery and CE will resume although we hope it will be sometime in August, if not before.
9. Will coffee be served?
We will not serve coffee at this time.
10. How will we take up the offering?
We will not take up an offering during Phase 2 but we will have designated areas in the foyer for you to place your offering.
11. Will we serve communion?
Yes! We will have everyone come forward beginning with the front rows and going back. There will be four stations. When you come forward you will pick up the bread and wine/grape juice and then return to your seats. Once everyone is seated we will partake of communion together.
12. Will we be able to congregate and visit before and after the service?
Due to time constraints during the services, we ask that you exit the building as soon as possible. Once you’ve exited the building feel free to visit with one another.
13. May I invite a visitor?
Yes! We would ask that you have them RSVP but if they don’t we will have extra seats available.
14. What if I get the virus and have attended a worship service?
If you contract COVID-19, we ask that you let us know as soon as possible. We want to know this for planning purposes and so that we may serve you.
15. What is the plan if someone who has attended worship tests positive for COVID-19?
We will follow the guidelines of the Tennessee Department of Public Health.
16. If I am participating in the online service, what changes can I expect?
Our Live-stream service will no longer be at 9:30 a.m., but 10:45 a.m. We are working to ensure that the words for music and responsive readings will be available as they have been but it may be a good idea to print out the bulletin or have it available on an electronic device just in case.
17. Who should ask if I have another question? If you have a question we have not addressed, please email the church office at email@example.com.