COVID-19 Update Week of September 27, 2020:
Dear Elsinore First Family,
Elsinore First is re-opening October 4th with one service at 10:00 a.m.
Our Elsinore First team has been prayerfully preparing to be ready to resume in person physical gatherings at our facility as soon as Riverside County transitioned to “Red”. This allows us to legally reopen indoor services with the same procedures that were in place before the second shutdown. These procedures include the RSVP system, temperature checks, and other social distancing requirements.
The most exciting part about Elsinore First being able to reopen is that we will have children’s church for elementary aged children (grades K-5th). For the church to be in compliance with the state guidelines, it is crucial for parents to utilize the RSVP system for us to have the proper precautions and volunteers in place. We sincerely appreciate your help in RSVPing your children along with yourself.
Youth (middle and high school) with begin their services on Wednesday, October 7th at 7:00 p.m. (no adults or children). RSVPs will not be required for the youth services; however, all other check-in procedures will be in place. The youth will meet in the Youth Center and will be required to wear masks or other face coverings and use social distancing throughout the entire service.
All Sunday and Wednesday Services will continue to be “livestreamed” to our Elsinore First YouTube Channel for those who are more comfortable remaining home. This includes the children’s service (Sunday’s at 11:00 a.m.) and Youth Services (Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. on Instagram).
Below there is detailed information about our RSVP and Check-in procedures, Children’s church and Youth services. If you have additional questions that are not answered in the details below, please use the appropriate contact information.
- Call the church office at 951-678-1757 or email email@example.com
- Children’s Director, Karina Robledo – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Student Ministries Director, Pastor Wyatt Staggers – email@example.com
How to RSVP for October 4th:
We are still limited by the governing authorities to 100 people at each service, so we will be utilizing our MinistryOne Church App “Events” button and our website, www.elsinorefirst.com, in the “EVENTS” tab to process reservations for a 10:00 a.m. service. You will need to RSVP yourself and your family, including infants and children. If your elementary aged child is going to stay in the main sanctuary with you, please specify so on the RSVP form.
Each Person’s temperature will be taken before being allowed to enter any facility on the campus. This is a safe, no-touch process using digital infrared “touch-free” thermometers that will help us keep you and everyone else in our congregation safe.
Masks or other Face Coverings
Due to the state order requiring face coverings, everyone over 2 years old must wear a mask or other face covering at all times, inside and outside the building, and during the entirety of the service. We would appreciate it if you could bring your own mask, however, we will have disposable masks available if needed. Please remember that regardless of how one feels about this restriction, it is currently required by law and additionally it is the right thing to do and is an easy way to love our neighbor, especially those who are “at risk”.
On Sundays we will have children’s church for K-5th grade. All children will be required to wear a mask or other face covering. We sincerely appreciate your help in RSVPing your children along with yourself through the above-mentioned system. We are not able to accommodate children 4 years old and younger at this time, however we are working towards doing so. Children will be allowed to interact with each other within small “cohorts” per the guidelines issued by the state and CDC.
Youth (middle and high school) will begin their services on Wednesday, October 7th at 7:00 p.m. RSVPs will not be required for the youth services; however, all other check-in procedures will be in place. The youth will meet in the Youth Center and will be required to wear masks and social distance throughout the entire service. Parents are encouraged to watch our broadcasted service on the Elsinore First YouTube channel.
Additional COVID-19 Service Procedures:
There will be a check-in procedure on your way into the building. We ask that you do your best to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the service start time to allow us to check you in and take your temperature before the service begins.
There will be a temperature check station near the parking lot and a designated entrance and exit. Please make sure to follow the arrows and instructions given by ushers etc. The ushers will seat families with small children on the balcony area, all others will be seated on the main floor. You will not be able to sit in your “normal’ seat, as things have been arranged for your safety. Please do not change seats, this can inadvertently cause a guidelines violation which could potentially lead the health department to close the church.
The service will be dismissed row by row from the pulpit to maintain CDC compliance. The restrooms will be available, but we ask that you do your best to limit movement during the service. Additionally, our café, bookstore, and other common areas will not be open, and gathering in the parking lot is also not allowed per the guidelines.
The ushers are volunteers, we ask that you respect them and trust they are following policy for your safety and the safety of others in attendance.
For those of you who will continue to watch our services online, please trust that our church staff are here to support you in any way we can. I am sincerely excited to see each of you on October 4th!
Know that Kathy and I are praying with and for you!
“See” you on Sunday!
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