Back to Marshall Sunday: August 8, 2021 – We are so thankful that we will be back at Marshall HS on August 8. We will meet for normal adult worship and kids ages 3-12 will be in God’s Garden. Teens and babies are welcome to join our adult service. We look forward to being back together at Marshall High School @10:30am on Sundays to fellowship with one another and worship our triune God. We would love for you to pray about returning and reengaging with our Tysons community as we seek to expand Jesus’ Kingdom in this area.
Below, you will find information about our regathering plan in FAQ format.
See you soon!
-GCCC Pastoral Staff
● Do I have to wear a mask? Yes, masks will be required while inside our gathering spaces for everyone (including children over 2 yrs). We will have some masks available but please bring your own mask.
● Where will we meet? Initially we will meet in the auditorium at Marshall High School (adults) and the cafeteria (kids ages 3 and up to 5th grade). Younger children are welcome to worship with their parents in the auditorium. As conditions improve and children are vaccinated, we will explore re-opening the nursery and toddler classes.
● Do I have to check in? Yes, we will have a check-in area where everyone will supply their contact information. This will help us better engage with visitors and help with contact tracing.
● How will we arrange seating? The seats in the auditorium are fixed but we will ask that people who are not in the same household sit at least 2 seats apart. Children in the cafeteria will also have socially distanced arranged seating.
● How will communion elements be distributed? We will use prepackaged communion elements.
● Will we collect offerings during the service? No, we encourage you to please continue giving online.
● Will there be congregational singing? Yes, we anticipate singing together. However, we will all be required to keep our masks on, except for those leading from the front with a microphone while they lead (this includes people praying, preaching, and so on).
● Can I bring my child(ren)? Yes! Children over 2 years old must be able to keep their mask on and abide by social distancing guidelines for the duration of the service. Children ages 3 and up are welcome to join us in God’s Garden but they must keep their mask on.
● What happens if there is a known COVID-19 case among our service attendees? We will initiate a communication plan based on the contact information collected from all attendees. We will inform all attendees of the positive case of COVID-19 while maintaining the anonymity of the person.
● Will there be any requirements to be vaccinated or will there be different policies for those that have (not) been vaccinated? There will be no requirements for attenders to be vaccinated. If anyone needs to unmask during any part of the service (i.e., preacher, worship leader), we recommend that person be vaccinated, in accordance with CDC guidelines.
● Might these plans change at some point? Yes, if better practices emerge or if there are changes in public health, we will make appropriate changes.
God’s Garden FAQ
● When will you start God’s Garden at Tysons? We will have God’s Garden at Tysons starting August 8th. As a reminder, Tysons is a site that has a high percentage of children in our church community, so we encourage you to pray about serving as this helps keep this ministry running.
● What ages will you offer God’s Garden for? When we open God’s Garden again, we will offer it for kids ages 3 and up to 5th grade. As conditions improve, we will explore re-opening the nursery and toddler classes.
● What will you have for teenagers? We will no longer offer our middle school Sunday School class on Sunday mornings, but we will offer a youth group (for youth from Arlington and Tysons) to worship together on Saturday nights. On Sunday mornings we encourage our teenagers to worship in the auditorium and serve in other ministries as a way of participating in our community life. Click Here for more info on when and where the youth group meets.
● Does my child have to wear a mask? Yes, all children and volunteers will be required to wear a mask for the duration of the service (whether they attend God’s Garden or not).
● How will I check my child in? We are working towards implementing touch-free check in. When you enter the cafeteria your child will receive a printed sticker, which parents can grab and stick on their own child. This sticker will include allergy info, parent contact number, and child’s info. (No more clipboards or shared pens.) New families will be entered digitally into the system by a check-in volunteer. Upon check-in, each child will be directed to their class table for the day.
● How will the classes be set up? Following CDC’s guidelines, we will set up our class tables in a way that allows for proper social distancing and teacher flexibility.
● Will you have hand sanitizers available? Yes, all children and volunteers must use hand sanitizer upon entering their class zone (unless they are allergic–then they will be asked to wash their hands with their parents before entering God’s Garden). Each class table will also have hand sanitizer and wipes allowing for cleaning and sanitizing throughout our time.
● Will you have singing? Yes, we believe worship and singing are integral components of spiritual formation and, like our adult service, we will have singing. To minimize risk, every child and volunteer must keep their mask on during singing.
● How will you run crafts and games? We believe children process and internalize what they learn about Jesus while playing in community. God’s Garden staff and volunteers will plan games, crafts, and activities that maintain social distancing and individual materials.
● Will you have snacks? No snacks will be served in God’s Garden at this time.
● How will you take children to the restroom? Following safety policies in our Volunteer Safety Manual, we will have a designated female volunteer who will remain “on call” to take children to the restroom in groups of 2 or more as needed. The volunteer will walk children to the restroom and ensure children properly wash their hands after using the restroom. Upon re-entry to God’s Garden, children and volunteers will use hand sanitizer again before being able to join back into their class.
● Do you have capacity limits? We will maintain adequate adult to child ratios as outlined in our Volunteer Safety Manual as well as maintaining social distancing.
● How will you keep the rooms, furniture, and supplies clean from week to week? In addition to Marshall High School’s cleaning routines, all GCCC volunteers and staff will use hand sanitizer before setting up supplies. Throughout God’s Garden there will be a clear “Dirty” zone. This will consist of any supplies and materials that are done being used, but have not been sanitized yet, being placed in clearly marked bins on one side of the room. At the end of the day, volunteers will clean supplies before placing them into quarantine for one week. Each class will also have cleaning wipes and hand sanitizer available throughout God’s Garden to use as needed.
● How will you oversee kids being checked out? All kids will remain at their class areas or tables until their parent comes to the check-in table inside the entrance of the cafeteria. When a parent arrives, their children will be checked out electronically and their names called to dismiss them to their parents. Parents and checked-out children will be asked to leave the God’s Garden space to lessen crowding and help us maintain social distancing while children are still in our care.