CHUM REOPENING THE BUILDING PLAN

On Tuesday 01/12/2022, the Safe Reopening Task Force reviewed the COVID data.  It is clear that the 14-day rolling average of new COVID cases in Sedgwick county is surging and the hospitals are in crisis mode.  However, as we seek to balance the spiritual, mental, and emotional needs of our congregation with the physical needs of our congregation, we have determined to continue in Phase 4 which allows for indoor and online worship as well as indoor small groups of all ages.  The next review is Tuesday 02/22/2022.

 

The CDC indicates that the level of community transmission is high in Sedgwick County; therefore masks and social distancing are required in the building.  A simple health screening will be conducted at the entrance and check-in log filled out for contact tracing purposes.  Food is not to be served in the building.

 

The CDC indicates that the level of community transmission is high in Sedgwick County; therefore masks and social distancing are required in the building.  A simple health screening will be conducted at the entrance and check-in log filled out for contact tracing purposes.  Food is not to be served in the building.  

 

At this time, we are currently in Phase 4.

Phase 4-Frequently Asked Questions


Can we attend worship in-person?

Yes!  As of Sunday 10/31/2021, in-person worship will be offered indoors.  The 9:00 am service will take place in our sanctuary and the 10:15 am service will take place in the Fellowship Hall.


Will worship be available online?

Yes!  Every Sunday, indoor services will be streamed to the College Hill UMC website and Facebook page.  In addition, recordings will be archived on the website, Facebook, and YouTube for later viewing.


What door do I enter?

If you are attending the 9:00 am service, please enter the building through the east sliding doors.  If you are attending the 10:15 am service or Sunday School, please enter the building through the west entrance by the Fellowship Hall.  Those two entrances will have a person present to conduct health screenings and gather contact information for contact tracing.


Does it matter where I park?

We recommend you park closest to the entrance you plan to use, but all of our parking lots are available on Sunday mornings.


Do I need to wear a mask?

Yes, masks and social distancing are required indoors, no matter your vaccination status.  We are following CDC guidance related to our area.  Sedgwick County is classified as an area with high community transmission and CDC says that everyone needs to mask in public indoor spaces.


Do I need to make a reservation for indoor worship?

No, you do not need to make a reservation for indoor worship.  We will have volunteers who will conduct a simple health screening as you enter the building and gather contact information for the purpose of contact tracing (should it be needed).  There is no limit on the number who can attend indoor worship other than the capacity of the room with social distancing.  If you are a person who enjoys both services, we encourage you to consider attending the 9:00 am service in the sanctuary to make more room in the Fellowship Hall.


What happens with Sunday School for children, youth, and adults?

Sunday School classes for all ages continue in the building, with masks and social distancing.  Children’s Sunday School takes place in the Children’s Ministry Center downstairs and Youth Sunday School takes place in the Youth Ministry Center upstairs.  Some adult Sunday school classes have chosen to meet on Zoom, so check with the leader of your group to find out how your class is meeting.  As has been our most recent policy, masks and social distancing are required while in the building and no food is to be served indoors.  


What door do I use to access the building for Sunday School?

Everyone attending Sunday School (or dropping off children to attend Sunday School) needs to enter and exit the building through the west door (near the fellowship hall) door.  There will be a quick health screening at the door before you head to your room.  Attendance will be taken in the classrooms by the leader, so there is no need to fill out the check-in log.  If you attend the 9:00 am service and then attend Sunday School at 10:15 am, there is no need to additional screening.  You may move directly from worship to your Sunday School room.


Will the nursery be open?

The nursery will be open beginning Sunday, November 7 from 8:30-11:30 am.   


Can other small groups meet in the building?

Yes!  Small groups can gather in the building with masks and social distancing.  The size of the group is limited based on the room capacity with social distancing.  Contact Debbie Snell in the church office to reserve your space.


Can we do weddings and funerals?

We continue to provide pastoral care for people at significant life events.  Indoor, outdoor, and online weddings and funerals are available, depending on the desires of the family.


Is the church office open?

Our office is staffed Monday-Friday 8 am-5 pm.


CHUM REOPENING THE BUILDING PLAN

Below you will find content related to our plan for functioning during this time of COVID-19. The full plan is included below as a pdf document, as well as a synopsis of each phase of the plan.


Purpose of Plan

1. Outline CHUM’s path forward to safely reopen our building in accordance with best practices that will allow us to establish a new normal as we co-exist with the reality of COVID-19 in the world.


2. Acknowledge that as more information about the virus emerges, this plan may evolve.


ReOpening Task Force Members

Chris Atchison (chair), Phil Coleman, Katie Cramer, Al Fleming, Amy Hodgson-Smith, Diane Kemp, Nancy Knopp, George Kolb, Jill Sander-Chali, Brad Smith, Amanda Valliant


Need more information?  Task force members are available to speak with individuals or small groups within the church.  

Click here to contact us! 


Thank you for being diligent in your part of our process.