Pastor Honeycutt Message on COVID Considerations

Dear Members of Redeemer,

Thank you for abiding by social distancing rules and wearing masks for in person worship. We are following guidelines from the CDC for Communities of Faith. We have been holding digital Sunday School, Adult Bible Study, and Confirmation Classes over Zoom calls. It has not been perfect, but we can still gather and have some discussions as we study God’s Word together.

Some of the guidelines I have been using during these past few months, limiting how long people gather(worship ~45 minutes), encourage mask wearing, and proper hand hygiene. Minimizing common touch as much as possible, disinfecting commonly touched items with wipes and disinfectant spray.

If your group wants to meet at the church for small group or bible studies, I encourage you to schedule it with Christie so that way we can block off time and space for you and we prevent double booking issues. I also encourage you to follow those previously mentioned guidelines for how you can more safely meet with your group. If you would like to spread out more comfortably in the fellowship hall, there is more room for social distancing in there. When you sit at the tables please wipe them off with Lysol wipes we will have them provided in the fellowship hall. We ask, if you are quarantining from Covid-19 or exposure to the virus, that you would refrain from in person activities until your 14 day quarantine is over and it is safe for other to be around you.

Our efforts together will hopefully help us stay open for in-person worship as Thanksgiving and Advent will soon be here. We will not be having a children’s Christmas program. We will not be holding Advent Dinners, but we will offer two identical midweek services, one at noon which will be live streamed and the other at 7pm. There will be three services for Christmas Eve with Social distancing, noon, 5pm, 7pm. There will also be livestreamed service for Christmas Eve.

I have been regularly watching the active case count for Rogers County, Tulsa County and Claremore, Tulsa. I hope that community will continue to step up so that way we stay safely open during this pandemic of Covid-19.

Encourage staff or congregants who are sick or who have had close contact with a person with COVID-19 to stay home. Share CDC’s criteria for staying home with staff and congregants so that they know how to care for themselves and others. Consider posting signs at entrances with this information.

Take steps to minimize community sharing of worship materials and other items

Consistent with the community’s faith tradition, consider temporarily limiting the sharing of frequently touched objects, such as worship aids, prayer rugs, prayer books, hymnals, religious texts and other bulletins, books, or other items passed or shared among congregants, and encouraging congregants to bring their own such items, if possible, or photocopying or projecting prayers, songs, and texts using electronic means.

Modify the methods used to receive financial contributions. Consider a stationary collection box, the main, or electronic methods of collection regular financial contributions instead of shared collection trays or baskets.

Consider whether physical contact (e.g., shaking hands, hugging, or kissing) can be limited among members of the faith community.

If food is offered at any event, consider pre-packaged options, and avoid buffet or family-style meals if possible.[1]

In Christ’s Peace,

Pastor Ryan Honeycutt