TCC UPDATE March 21st, 2021
TCC’s Phase Three COVID-19 Reopening Plan begins March 21st, 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 Three Entails
We will continue to follow all the Phase two protocols set in place previously to maintain the safety of our gatherings during this ongoing pandemic.
We are pleased to announce that we will be beginning to launch our in-person Children’s Ministry for children K-grade 5 on Sunday mornings in this new phase under the direction of Eric Peterson on March 28th, 2021.
To register your child for their age group on Sunday mornings, follow the Sunday registration link on the Trinity website home page. Register adults for sanctuary or FLC seating. For the children participating in each family, please selection their correct age group.
Registrations continue to be open Sunday mornings for family room and parents with infant rooms.
During Phase 3, we hope to add or resume other physical and expanded ministry on a case- by-case basis, as much as possible or advisable considering CDC, state & local guidelines.
“Phase Three” will not
- Offer nursery or preschool care at this time (March & April 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.
- Wear a mask unless you are advised not to because of a medical condition or are under the age of 2. Children between ages 2-5 should wear a mask at their parent’s discretion
- 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!
What You Will Experience on Sunday Morning
- Please pre-register. This is important now more than ever as more congregants return to in-person Sunday service and our children’s ministry begins. Please let us know if you plan to attend as well as how many are in your group. Please choose the correct designation for the type of registrations you and your family members need. This will help us be sure to stay below the maximum percentage of capacity allowed currently by the state. You can do that by following the link on Trinity’s home page every week.
- Arrive by 9:15am- When you arrive at TCC’s parking lot there will be clear signs to direct you through the glass doors which are the only entrance into the building. You will be directed by someone from TCC’s Greeting Team as well. We will write down the names of all who enter. (We encourage those attending to arrive by 9:15am, so entrance into TCC is staggered as much as possible.)
3.Wear your mask-At or near the time of entrance, you will be reminded (at least by signs) that TCC asks you to wear a mask. We also have masks available at the door in case you forget.
- Seating- You will head up the stairs (which are essentially “one way” up before service and “one way” down after) and go to be seated in either the main Worship Area or the FLC (for the live video/audio). When you enter either room, a TCC Team member will help direct you to a spot to sit with your group to maintain 6 feet of distance between those not in your party.
- Welcome- If you choose to be physically present at TCC, please be prepared that in addition to worshipping the Lord you will be helping us to serve those who are worshipping the Lord with us via the livestream.
- Dismissal-At the conclusion of the worship service (and after the livestream cuts off), please exit the building through the back sanctuary doors in a way that is safe, socially-distanced, and orderly.
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.