While we are all doing our best to maintain safe healthy environments the COVID-19 virus is spreading, even to Homewood. Unfortunately, we continue to have members at our services who have been exposed to the Coronavirus. Some may have been infected but had not tested or exhibited symptoms. CDC guidelines are being followed in these incidences.
Thank you to all who are attending the in-person worship services and other activities at Homewood. Your concern for personal protection and maintaining our health safety measures have and are working.
While we are all doing our best to maintain safe healthy environments the COVID-19 virus continues to spread, even to Homewood. Over the past couple of weeks we have had members at our services who have been exposed to the Coronavirus. Some may have been infected but had not tested or exhibited symptoms. CDC guidelines are being followed in these incidences.
This is a reminder and a continued request to those who are attending our in-person service and activities to, please, observe the guidelines listed below. Thank you again for everyone's continued effort to keep our activities and worship times healthy and safe.
Stage 3 involves the building being open for regular use, “In-person” worship with restrictions and no classes. Because of social distancing guidelines, part of the restrictions are that we will only be able to accommodate 300 individuals for Sunday worship. Seating will be on a first come, first served basis. In addition to this, everyone is asked to observe each of the Stage 3 guidelines. Go to this link for the complete listing. We apologize for this inconvenience ahead of time and ask for your understanding and patience in following these guidelines.
On any given Sunday morning if you can answer ‘yes’ to any of the following questions, you are respectfully asked to continue to watch our Live Stream from home:
• Have you been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 over the past 14 days?
• Are you experiencing a cough, shortness of breath or sore throat?
• Have you had a fever in the last 48 hours?
• Have you experienced new loss of taste or smell?
• Have you experienced vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours?
• Have a temperature of 100.4 degrees?
• Do you have any physical limitations that would prevent you from wearing a mask?
You may be unable or unwilling to attend “In-person” worship because of space limitations, health concerns or any personal responsibility reason. This is understandable. We would want you to know that this does not mean you are “forsaking the assembly”. It means that it is safer for you at home during this pandemic. Our Live Stream worship options will allow you to continue to fully participate.
Additionally, we are sensitive to those who are most vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus. Because of this we encourage vulnerable individuals to please consider continuing to worship via Live Stream from home.
The risk of contracting COVID-19 cannot be completely eliminated even if each of the Stage 3 guidelines are followed. You must use your best judgment and personal responsibility when choosing whether and when to enter the building, understanding that you are assuming that risk.
Attention - As we continue to work through our COVID-19 protocols, we humbly ask, if a Homewood family member has tested positive and you have been in contact with other members at Homewood, that you report this immediately to the church office. The purpose of this request is so we can make sure that we can help contact others that may have been exposed.
The Reentry Team continues to use the following guiding principles to plan in-person gatherings at Homewood. Using these principles, each stage is developed and initiated with the direct input and approval of the Homewood Shepherds:
Health Data – The Reentry Team is constantly watching the health data in regards to COVID-19 for Jefferson County as well as monitoring state and CDC guidelines. Dr. Stephen Stair of UAB continues to provide up-to-date and valuable medical knowledge and insight to our process.
Readiness of the Homewood family – The church survey indicates that roughly 80% of Homewood respondents were not ready to return to the building unless one or more health and safety precautions were taken. The Reentry Team is monitoring the desire of the Homewood church family to move forward along with current data. Attention will be paid to all this information in continuing the plan to return to the building prayerfully, intelligently and cautiously.
Readiness of Homewood Logistics – When Homewood members return, work is being done to provide as safe an atmosphere as possible. The Reentry Team and church staff is working on these logistics daily.
Inclusiveness – The Homewood leadership does not want to exclude anyone from the fellowship. To that end, a quality online service will continue to be provided even after in-person meetings begin. The staff and Tech Arts Team are working hard to live stream worship services as we meet together so that those who choose to stay at home can worship online.
Please stay tuned for postings of more details about our reentry plans.
Guideline for Stage 3 can be found by clicking here
Below is a description of each stage of our re-rentry plan:
Stage 1 - Building closed with current
streaming worship continuing, Campus outside space open for use with restrictions
Stage 2 - Building open for limited use
by small groups with restrictions
Stage 3 - Building open for regular
use, common worship with restrictions and no classes
Stage 4 - Building open for regular
use, common worship with adult classes with restrictions and no children’s classes
Stage 5 - Building open for regular
use, common worship with adult and children’s classes with restrictions
Stage 6 - Building open for regular
use, common worship with adult and children’s classes without restrictions