TCC UPDATE May 28th, 2021
TCC’s Phase Four COVID-19 Reopening Plan begins May 30th, 2021
The Trinity body has been gathering together physically since the first Sunday of June 2020, and now we are continuing to expand our meetings and our ministries as appropriate following state and local guidelines. TCC meets weekly on Sunday morning at 9:30am. A livestream through Trinity’s website and facebook page will continue to be provided for those who cannot gather with us physically.
What Phase Four Entails
Here are some overall decisions/values for TCC going forward.
Masks are now optional for Sunday Worship & other TCC adult ministries.
We ask everyone to give grace to those who choose to wear a mask and grace to those who choose to not wear a mask. (See Romans 14:5-16)
You will no longer need to “register”on REALM or list your name when you come on Sunday.
Some items, on an issue-by-issue basis, are being processed by staff/leaders and/or gradually implemented over the coming weeks.
(For example, Communication will be going out on processes with kids and youth in regard to upcoming changes.) We will gradually make changes on Sunday seating.
Our goal in all if this is to foster more TCCers coming on Sunday and engaging in other ministries as much as possible, while recognizing that some are more cautious than others about doing so. All decisions are made prayerfully with ministry purpose in view.
We are pleased to report that the launch of our Children’s ministry for children K-grade 5 on Sunday mornings at the end of March has been a success under the direction of Eric Peterson. Our hope is to expand soon to include preschool and nursery. There will be more information to come. We will continue to offer the family room and parents with infant rooms during Sunday morning service for those with little ones to attend in person.
“Phase Four” will not
- Offer nursery or preschool care at this time (June 2021)
- Have physical Offering (Please keep giving as TCC Partners by mail or electronically)
We ask that you
- Stay home if you are sick, have been recently exposed to COVID-19.
- Maintain 6 feet physical distance as much as possible from all who are not in your family/household.
- Utilize our hand-sanitization stations
The main thing is the worship of the Lord “together,” and we are encouraging that in warm, face-to-face fellowship!
Ongoing and expanded Protocols
TCC has in place procedures for weekly sanitization of the facility and a process for gathering to be done in a way that is safe, orderly, and compliant with the guidelines of both the state of Massachusetts and the CDC. We have acquired an electrostatic sprayer and are confident that we can maintain sanitation between services and events in the Trinity building such as youth gatherings and families using our Kid’s Library.
Microguard 47 Products have been installed on high contact doors entering and at the restrooms.
There will also be clear signage and guidance to direct people on how to get to various locations in the building. Sanitizing stations will be available at various locations, as well TCC has also added sanitizing “Micro Guard 47” coverings for some key surfaces (eg. entrance doors, restroom doors, handrails going up main stairs, etc.)
Process for Facilities/Maintenance
We have built a team of staff/volunteers to help with cleaning each week. The process will follow a checklist to ensure we are sanitizing all high contact services between each gathering.
If Someone Becomes Ill Who Was Present At TCC
If there is a confirmed Covid-19 case at TCC on Sunday, TCC’s leadership will contact Norwood’s Town Manager and Norwood’s Board of Health Office for guidance and next steps. We will also directly notify everyone who were there and give a general communication to all of TCC. In addition, we will look to complete proper cleaning of all infected areas.
Youth Group & Adult Small Groups
Inside/Out Student Ministries for students grades 6-12 is currently meeting physically. Youth group on Sunday nights (with all COVID safety measures in place) in the Sanctuary and FLC. Youth small groups are also meeting in person at the church during the week.
Please contact Trinity’s youth ministry leader Ana Maciel for more information to connect your student. Email: Ana@trinitycommunitychurch.org
Adult Small Groups are in session virtually with few meeting in person. Please see the Small Groups page to sign up for a group.A new season begins following Easter 2021.