Re-Entry COVID-19 Plan

We are excited to be returning to in-person Sunday Gatherings and events
within the building of 3355 Dunckel Road!

Letter from Pastor Marvin Williams

Dear Trinity Family and Friends:

Throughout the last ten months, we have committed to being the people of God, not gathered in a building, but scattered as the collective presence of God in our homes and our communities. We have seen God at work in this season – awakening us, His people, in ways we could not have asked for or imagined. Now, we realize that not everyone has fully understood or even agreed with our COVID re-entry plans. We get it, and we appreciate you trusting the Trinity Leadership to hear from and be led by God.

We believe that the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has updated and eased COVID guidelines enough to begin hosting events again on the Trinity Church campus starting Monday, February 1st. The re-entry plan was discussed with the Governing Elders and we received their approval to move forward.

What does this mean?

  • Small Group Meetings: Beginning February 1st, small group meetings and activities can resume meeting in the church, as necessary.
  • Sunday Gatherings: The Gatherings will continue to be online only for January 31st and February 7th.  Beginning Sunday, February 14th, the Main Auditorium will be open for people to attend the Gatherings which will be conducted as follows:
    • Upon entering the building, each person is required to check-in, remain physically distant, and wear a mask properly at all times.
    • The worship team will continue to worship from individual pods with the worship projected onto a screen in the Main Auditorium.
    • The teacher will teach from the platform in the Main Auditorium.
    • Children and Student Ministries will host Infants through 6th grade in the Children’s wing.

We understand that within our Trinity Family we have people who are ready to come back in-person and people who are not ready. We want to encourage you to make the decision that is best for your health and heart. We will continue to be the collective presence of God and the family of Trinity Church scattered in our homes and our communities. We love you dearly and deeply.

May the Lord bless you and keep you and give you peace.

Pastor Marvin Williams
Lead Pastor, Trinity Church
Awakening people to full life with Christ

What will In-Person Sunday Gatherings look like?

  • Before coming to the building, we are asking everyone to do a self-health assessment. The primary symptoms of COVID-19 include the following:
    • One of the following symptoms: Fever, uncontrolled cough, or shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
    • Or at least two of these symptoms: Diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, muscle aches, severe headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell.
  • Face Masks are required at all times when inside the building. For Children, face masks are required for Kindergarten and up, and encouraged for Preschoolers.
  • Physical distancing (6ft) is strongly encouraged. Floor decals will be in place as a reminder in the areas where lines may naturally form.
  • Everyone must check-in at a Green Tent when they arrive, providing their name, phone number, and verify the self-health assessment.
  • Coffee will not be served. Please come pre-caffeinated 🙂
  • The Main Auditorium will be limited to 20% capacity. The pews will be marked with where a household can sit.
  • The Teaching Pastor will be teaching from the platform in the Main Auditorium. The Worship Team will remain in pods and the worship will be projected on a large screen in the Main Auditorium.
  • Children’s Ministry is available Infants through 6th grade
    • Temperatures will be taken at the rooms.
    • Children will remain in a single classroom and will not gather in large groups in order to limit interactions between different groups and limit possible exposures.

What will Sunday Gatherings look like for Families?

Detailed COVID-19 Policies and Procedures

Facial Coverings

Facial coverings are required at all times for adults and children ages 5+, including staff and volunteers. The only exceptions to this will be worship team members, event hosts that are addressing an audience who are at least 12 feet away, teaching pastors during the sermon, and those exempted below.

    • Surgical-style masks will be available for both adults and children.
    • Face coverings must be worn in a manner that covers both the nose and mouth.
    • Medical and Security Teams, and FMRs will have access to N95 masks for use in high-risk situations (e.g. close proximity to others, working with chemical disinfectants, etc.).
    • Children ages 2-4 are encouraged to wear masks when in common areas.
    • Staff and volunteers may not assume that someone who enters Trinity Church without a face covering falls within one of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) exceptions to wearing a mask. The individual must be asked why they are not wearing a face covering to determine whether they fall within one of the specified exceptions. 
Physical Distancing

Physical distancing (remaining 6’+ apart) is strongly encouraged at all times.

  • Markers will be placed on the floor wherever lines might form, such as:
    • Children’s Check-In
    • Adult Check-in
    • Bathrooms
    • Coffee queues
    • Resource Center
  • Staff, Volunteers, and Attendees will be encouraged to limit close proximity to only occasional moments while passing by each other and during brief interactions.
Events in the Building
  • All ministries are required to maintain rosters of visitors/attendees to events and meetings, including Weekend Gatherings.
  • Pastoral care visits may be held online or in-person as determined on a case-by-case basis.
  • The size of all meetings and events will be limited. Current guidance is to limit facility usage to 20 people person 1,000 square feet of room space without fixed seating.
  • The Main Auditorium seating is currently limited to 20% of its fixed-seating capacity. This applies to all events such as Weekend Gatherings and funerals.
  • Entrance into the building will not be timed or controlled (e.g., only opening doors 5-minutes prior to an event), however, pre and post-service gathering inside will be discouraged by the event hosts or Hospitality Team, as needed.
  • Seating for meetings and events will be set-up to encourage physical distancing. Occupancy will be limited per the guidelines above.
  • Attendees to meetings and events will be encouraged to only sit in close proximity to those who are members of their household.
  • Attendees can bring personal items into the building, but they will be encouraged to keep those with them.
  • The usage of shared items will be limited as much as possible.
    • Items that may be shared will be disinfected between uses (e.g. toys)
    • Separate packaging will be utilized where applicable:
      • Crayons/Glue/etc. in Children’s Ministry.
      • Communion/Coffee/Handouts/etc. for adult activities.
Sanitization and Cleaning
  • Hand sanitizer will be widely available in all rooms and hallways.
  • The primary disinfectants to be available and used by the Facilities Team will be those that appear on the EPA’s N list, which have been determined to kill the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus (COVID-19) when used according to the label instructions.
  • Staff and volunteers will have access to cleaning supplies and will be encouraged to ask for assistance from a Facility Ministry Representative (FMR) if they need additional supplies or assistance.
  • FMR staff will focus on bathroom cleaning and entrances as a first priority.
  • For Weekend Gatherings, the Hospitality Team will lead wiping down chairs, tables, and/or pews between services.
  • Facility usage will be scheduled to allow time for FMR staff to clean rooms between meetings and events.
  • Deep cleaning of rooms will be scheduled based on overall usage and will be performed weekly by FMRs whenever possible.
Health and Well Being

Health and Well Being

  • Temperature checks are not required but are at the discretion of the Ministry Director for their particular events.
  • Documentation of attendance is required for the purpose of contact tracing for all attendees. The documentation must include names, date and time of entry, and contact information.
  • Basic CDC Preventive Guidance to follow:
    • Wear a mask:
      • Wear a mask in public settings, especially where staying 6 feet apart (about two arm lengths) is not possible. Interacting without wearing a mask increases your risk of getting infected.
      • Wearing a mask does not replace the need to practice social distancing.
      • Wear masks to help keep from getting and spreading COVID-19.
    • Social distance in shared spaces:
      • Maintain at least 6 feet of distance between you and others. COVID-19 spreads easier between people who are within 6 feet of each other.
      • Keeping distance from other people is especially important for people who are at increased risk for severe illness, such as older adults and those with certain medical conditions.
      • Indoor spaces are riskier than outdoor spaces because it is harder to keep people apart and there’s less ventilation.
    • Wash your hands often:
      • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. If your hands are visibly dirty, use soap and water over hand sanitizer.
      • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth if you haven’t washed your hands.
    • Cover your coughs and sneezes whenever you are not wearing a mask:
      • Remember to cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues into no-touch trash cans and immediately wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
      • If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
    • Self-Check symptoms of COVID-19
      • The primary symptoms of COVID-19 include the following:
        • One of the following symptoms: Fever, uncontrolled cough, or shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
        • Or at least two of these symptoms: Diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, muscle aches, severe headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell.

Weekend Gathering Times: Sundays at 9:15am and 11:00am

Where can I find the stream when we go live?

Primary Feed (recommended): https://live.wearetrinity.com
Secondary Feed (if this above does not work): https://wearetrinity.com/stream
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