What to Expect
We meet in person at 10am on Sunday mornings at 698 N. Locust, Manteno IL, 60950. Our services are taped and are loaded onto YouTube and Facebook later that same day, usually 4 to 5 pm. We pray, we sing, and we listen to a message. Our kids start out sitting with us, we have short devotional aimed at them, and they are released to go to a service in the back aimed at their age group. Any style of dress is good. You will see the guy in a suit and you will see the guy in a hoodie.
At this point, we have a few changes and a few more guidelines than usual. We are trying to be as safe as possible in these still uncertain times. First and foremost – if you don’t feel comfortable coming –don’t. We will still be streaming after our live service has concluded and the video has processed. We want to see you when you are comfortable. You can still watch the service from the comfort of your pjs and couch.
If you are coming in person, we would love for you to register ahead of time at https://reopen.church/r/xgU0SqpS. This will allow us to keep track of our numbers and allow us to contact you if there are any changes. We will be sitting in a socially distanced sanctuary and gym with our masks on. The Children’s Center is open for kids ages 3 to 4th grade. If you are uncomfortable with your child going to the Children's Center, activity bags are still being provided.
We will be in two zones of 25% occupancy. The first will be the sanctuary and seating is in every other pew with 6 feet between seating groups. The entrance and exit to church for the sanctuary zone will be through the main entrance. Restrooms will be the foyer restrooms. The second zone will be the gym zone. The service will be streamed from the sanctuary. Seating will be around appropriately distanced tables. Restrooms will be located in the FLC hallway. The entrance and exit will be through the main entrance. Everyone in both zones will enter through the main entrance. Then we will ask you to pick a zone and ushers will guide you to your seat. When the service is over, ushers will dismiss row by row and we ask that you do not congregate in the church, but move to the parking lot and outside for any socializing you might care to do.
Safety is a priority. Masks will be worn at all times. Sanitizing stations will be located all over the church. Use them. One seating group in the restroom at a time. Wash your hands for 20 seconds. Stay home if you are feeling ill. Social distance. And rest assured, the building has been, will be, and is in the process of being sanitized.
To make the in-person worship experience safe for everyone, we are asking you to do the following 3 things:
1. Wear masks.
2. Practice Social Distancing
3. Comply with the CDC guidelines.
We are going as touchless as possible. No handshaking or gathering for prayer in the middle. No passing of the offering plates, we have drop boxes and online giving. Prepackaged communion. No coffee is being served. Doors will be left open as much as possible. Bulletins and connection cards are going digital. Check us out under in events in YouVersion's Bible app for announcements, links, and lyrics.
The Children's Department is partially open. Children will stay with their seating groups for the beginning of the service and then are dismissed to the Children's Department. Pickup will be in the gym hallway. If you are uncomfortable with your kids going to the Children's Center, Pastor Amy has made designated activity bags for each family that can be used during the service. After the service, please return the bag so we can sanitize them and fill them for next week. Check out this video to see how things will go for kids.
We know that that is a lot of information to process. Please be graceful to us and others as we all make this unprecedented journey together. Know that we love you, we pray for you, and are so excited to get to see you - when you are ready.