COVID-19 Response

Last Updated Friday, October 16, 2020




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.


Caution

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.

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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


 

 


How To Stay Connected

We are doing our best to stay connected and reach our church family during this time. We will update information when we know more. 

  • We Are Here To Help

    If you have a need that you think our church or church family can help you with please let us know. We want to be available and serve our community and members the most we can at this time. 


    For Help or Assistance Please Contact the Office at (205)942-5683

  • Stay Connected On Sunday Mornings& Wednesday Nights

    We will continue to share our Sunday morning service through our livestream technology at 9:30am. Our Wednesday evening Bible Study will take place at 6:30pm on Facebook Live, YouTube Live, and Instagram Live. Here are the ways you can connect. 


    Facebook Live: If this is an option for you, please choose to watch our service on Facebook. It is a better quality and it allows you to comment and stay more connected. 

    CLICK HERE TO GO TO OUR FACEBOOK PAGE. 


    Livestream: CLICK HERE


    YouTube Live: CLICK HERE

  • Our Social Media Pages Are A Great Way To Stay Connected

    To find up to date announcements, and to stay connected follow us on our social media platforms. We will do our best to create content to uplift, encourage, and to find ways for our church family to stay connected during this time. 


    Facebook:  www.facebook.com/HomewoodChurch/ 

    Instagram:

    @homewoodchurch  

    @hsministry_  

    @homewoodchildrensministry

    Youtube: Homewood Church of Christ

  • Online Giving

    Now more than ever is a great time to set up your online giving account. You can also mail in your giving as well. 


    CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE AND TO SIGN UP FOR ONLINE GIVING.

  • Free Online Bible Study Resources

    Rightnow Media is a great way to continue your daily Bible Study. It's like the "Netflix of Video Bible Studies" and has a HUGE library of faith-based videos that you can access whenever and wherever you want-on your phone, iPad, computer, or at home on your TV.


    CLICK HERE TO LEARN HOW TO JOIN FOR FREE

  • Jonesboro Elementary & Onsite Food Pantry Information

    We are still planning to support and host our local food pantries. The Jonesboro Elementary food pantry in Bessemer and our onsite pantry will be drive through only starting immediately. 


    Jonesboro Elementary: Saturday, October 17 / 10:30am

    On-site Food Pantry: Wednesday, October 21 / 10am -noon


  • Stay Connected With Our Church Members

    If you have not signed up for our online directory you are in the right place. This is a great resource to reach out to our members and sty connected. 


    CLICK HERE TO LEARN HOW TO DOWNLOAD THE APP.