Reopening Operation Levels

Intro to OL2B

Dear Church Family,

We are excited to share our plans for having our first indoor worship gathering at Roger Carter Community Center (RCCC) since the health crisis began. We know that many of you have varying levels of risk tolerance, so we are offering multiple avenues for you to participate in the gathering. We encourage everyone to be respectful of different people’s choices about how to participate, and to observe the safety protocols outlined here as a way to care for your brothers and sisters in Christ during this time.

Please understand that the first indoor worship gathering is a pilot gathering, and we will make adjustments based on your feedback. We totally understand if some of you may want to wait until we have our system worked out, but we welcome anyone who feels they are ready to join at your discretion. If you are ready to join us at the first indoor worship gathering on Sunday, November 1, please sign up here and read the guidelines below carefully.

Participant Options

Indoor or Drive-in Worship Gathering (1st, 3rd, & 5th Sundays)

  • Virtual–The worship gathering will be streamed live on YouTube for those who are at high risk, who are caring for those at high risk, have young children that may not comply with masks and physical distancing, or have any other constraints on meeting outside at this time.
  • Drive-in–There will be a designated area in the RCCC parking garage for participants who wish to remain in their cars. They will be able to see the gathering, and we will broadcast the event on FM 89.1 frequency. Drive-in participants can roll-down their windows or listen on FM radio based on their risk tolerance. *It may be difficult to pick up the FM signal, so drive-in participants may need to plan on streaming the worship gathering on a mobile device with YouTube.
  • Indoor–Details below.

Virtual Worship (2nd & 4th Sundays)

Virtual Worship streamed live on YouTube at 10:30am. *Note: Indoor Worship is at the same time as Virtual Worship, so there will be a live broadcast every Sunday at 10:30am!

Indoor Worship Gathering

Location

Roger Carter Community Center (RCCC), 3000 Milltowne Dr, Ellicott City, MD 21043

Time

The gathering will begin promptly at 10:30am and last approximately 45 minutes to minimize potential of exposure.

Reservation

Because of limited seating capacity and distancing requirements, you will need to make a reservation. You will be allowed to attend without a reservation if space permits. If there is no space, you can participate virtually or through drive-in.

Reserve your seat HERE.

Safety Protocols for Indoor Worship

Masks

  • All participants (except under age 2) must wear masks at all times.
  • Masks should be put on before entering the building.

Physical Distancing

  • Please observe 6 foot physical distancing in the parking lot and on your way to a designated seating area.
  • Seating areas are spaced 6 feet apart.
  • Parents are responsible for keeping children within their designated seating area.
  • Please follow instructions from ushers for arrival and dismissal.

Before you come

  • If anyone has any of the following symptoms associated with COVID-19, they must not attend the gathering and should participate virtually instead…
    • Fever
    • Sore throat
    • Cough
    • Nausea or diarrhea
    • Shortness of breath
    • Loss of taste or smell
  • If anyone has been exposed to someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 should not attend the gathering for 14 days after exposure and participate virtually instead.
  • If anyone has traveled to a known COVID-19 hot spot or has been exposed to someone displaying any of the above symptoms within the last 10-14 days, they are recommended not to attend the gathering and should participate virtually.

Arrival and Dismissal

We want this to be as simple and enjoyable as possible under the circumstances, so here are a few guidelines to help you prepare for your time together and to ensure our time runs smoothly.

  • Arrive at least 5 minutes early (doors will open 15 minutes before service)–this will allow you to go through the screening process by RCCC staff.
  • Masks on before entering building and in line for screening.
  • Observe physical distancing of 6 feet when moving through the building.
  • Go straight to a designated seating area.
  • Refrain from wandering to socialize–feel free to chat with those around you from the comfort of your designated seating area!
  • To the extent possible, remain in designated seating area until your row is dismissed.
  • Leave the building as quickly as possible upon dismissal. Feel free to socialize outside as per your risk tolerance level. Worshipers participating in drive-in are welcome to socialize as well!

Singing

Because the research is currently inconclusive about indoor congregational singing, we will not be singing at initial indoor gatherings. We will continue to monitor research about indoor singing as well as the case numbers and positivity rates in our community to decide when we can ease this restriction.

Feedback

We know that not everything will work perfectly as planned the first time that we gather in each operation level. Your feedback on how things are going will help us to make adjustments as needed. Please fill out this survey any time you have feedback or suggestions to share. If you have questions or would like to discuss these policies, feel free to contact Health and Safety Committee leader, Kim Feldman, or any Metanoia Elder.

We are so excited to begin coming together again to glorify God as a community. We are hopeful that these guidelines will help to keep people safe as we begin this new adventure of meeting again during the current health crisis. At the same time, we want everyone to feel comfortable choosing what will be best for you and your family at this time. Please feel free to come whenever you are ready!

Community Groups

Men’s and Women’s Ministry follow CG policy. (More information on Community Groups.) CGs remain under OL1 Policy during OL2B. See below.

1. CGs can meet virtually or in-person outdoors under the following conditions even if Metanoia Church is not ready for large indoor worship gatherings and can continue meeting as long as State and County governments allow religious meetings of 10 or more.

2. It is up to each CG to decide if they are comfortable meeting in person.

  • The CG Co-leaders should try to talk with people individually in addition to the entire CG as a group in order to determine people’s risk tolerance and preferences. Discussing individually allows people to be more honest than they might be in a group and discussing together allows them to understand differing perspectives.
  • CG needs to consider how to encourage distancing for children–maybe set up a computer for them to watch something together.
  • Respect the needs of those with lowest risk tolerance.
  • Encourage open and on-going communication.
  • Consider allowing some participants to meet in person while others Zoom into the meeting.

3. CG Co-leaders must fill out the Event Attendance Form if CG meets in person. (A link to the form is also available on the main page of Metanoia’s website.)

4. If in-person outdoors, Metanoia strongly recommends:

  • Masks 
  • 6 ft physical distance
  • Bring your own chair or clean chair before and after use by guest
  • If masks are not worn, consider limiting time of exposure

Life Transformation Groups (LTGs)

Metanoia recommends LTGs and strongly encourages masks and social distancing during meetings. LTGs remain under OL1 Policy during OL2B. See below.

1. Groups can be virtual or in-person outdoors with the group deciding based on the risk tolerance of each member (taking care to respect the needs of those with lowest risk tolerance)

2. If in-person outdoors, Metanoia strongly recommends:

  • Masks
  • 6 ft physical distance
  • Bring your own chair or clean chair before and after use by guest
  • If masks are not worn, consider limiting time of exposure

3. LTGs must fill out the Event Attendance Form if LTG meets in person.

Click for more information on LTGs.