ReEntry Team June 16 Info

ReEntry Team June 16 Info

June 16 Update


Current State Orders (as of June 5)

  • Any individual who leaves his or her home or place of residence must:
    • Follow social distancing measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), including remaining at least six feet from people from outside the individual’s household to the extent feasible under the circumstances
    • Wear a face covering over his or her nose and mouth—such as a homemade mask, scarf, bandana, or handkerchief—when in any enclosed public space, unless the individual is unable medically to tolerate a face covering.
  • A social gathering or organized event among persons not part of the same household is permitted, but only to the extent that:
    • Persons not part of the same household maintain six feet of distance from one another.
    • If it is indoors, the gathering or event does not exceed 50 people.
  • Notwithstanding the restrictions in subsection (a), an arcade, bowling alley, cinema, climbing facility, convention center, performance space, meeting hall, night club, sports arena, theater, or similar venue may, if it is indoors, be open to spectators or patrons, but only to the extent that it:
    • Enables persons not part of the same household to maintain six feet of distance from one another at all times while in the venue.
    • Limits the number of people in the venue to 25% of its maximum capacity or to 250, whichever is smaller. For purposes of this order, each separate auditorium or screening room is a separate venue.

Kent County and Localized Data and information (as of June 12)

While the daily number of new COVID-19 cases in Kent County is declining, Kent County does not have a prolonged flattening of the curve like many counties on the east side of the state.

Oakland County

The western side of the state lags the eastern side. The growth curve of cases in Oakland county (above) began flattening some time ago. In Oakland county, there have been about 8,500 confirmed COVID-19 cases. The most recent 25% of such cases occurred over the last seven weeks, since April 22.

Kent County

Kent county’s growth curve (above) is different. It does not have prolonged flattening. The most recent 25% of confirmed cases came in the last three weeks. Also, locally, we are experiencing a rise in the number of related hospitalizations.

Kent county’s growth curve for COVID-19-related deaths has also not flattened for a prolonged period of time. The most recent 25% of deaths came in just the last two weeks.

CDC Guidelines

Considerations for Events and Gatherings

  • (Last reviewed/updated by CDC on June 12, 2020.)
  • A gathering refers to a planned or spontaneous event, indoors or outdoors, with a small number of people participating or a large number of people in attendance
  • The more people an individual interacts with at a gathering and the longer that interaction lasts, the higher the potential risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 and COVID-19 spreading.
  • Cloth face coverings are strongly encouraged in settings where individuals might raise their voice (e.g., shouting, chanting, singing). This is consistent with CDC Interim Guidance for Communities of Faith issued May 22, 2020.
  • Encourage attendees ahead of the event to bring and use cloth face coverings at the event.
  • Cloth face coverings are meant to protect other people in case the wearer is unknowingly infected but does not have symptomsCloth face coverings are not surgical masks or respirators. They are not personal protective equipment.
  • Post signs in highly visible locations (e.g., at entrances, in restrooms) that promote everyday protective measures and describe how to stop the spread of germs by properly washing hands and properly wearing a cloth face covering.

Interim Guidance for Communities of Faith

  • Published May 22, 2020
  • Promote social distancing at services and other gatherings, ensuring that clergy, staff, choir, volunteers and attendees at the services follow social distancing throughout services, as circumstances and faith traditions allow, to lessen their risk.
  • Consider holding services and gatherings in a large, well-ventilated area or outdoors, as circumstances and faith traditions allow.
  • Consider suspending or at least decreasing use of a choir/musical ensembles and congregant singing, chanting, or reciting during services or other programming, if appropriate within the faith tradition. The act of singing may contribute to transmission of COVID-19, possibly through emission of aerosols.
  • Encourage use of cloth face coverings among staff and congregants.
  • Cloth face coverings are meant to protect other people in case the wearer is unknowingly infected but does not have symptoms.
  • Encourage staff and congregants to maintain good hand hygiene, washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Have adequate supplies to support healthy hygiene behaviors, including soap, hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol (for those who can safely use hand sanitizer), tissues, and no-touch trash cans.
  • Post signs in highly visible locations (e.g., at entrances, in restrooms) that promote everyday protective measures and describe how to stop the spread of germs by properly washing hands and properly wearing a cloth face covering.
  • Ensure that ventilation systems operate properly and increase circulation of outdoor air as much as possible.
  • Consistent with the community’s faith tradition, consider temporarily limiting the sharing of frequently touched objects that cannot be easily cleaned between persons, such as worship aids, prayer rugs, prayer books, hymnals, religious texts and other bulletins, books, shared cups, or other items received, passed or shared among congregants as part of services.
  • Modify the methods used to receive financial contributions. Consider a stationary collection box or electronic methods of collecting regular financial contributions instead of via 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.

Status of Nearby Churches as of June 14

No Indoor Services (51 churches)

Churches included are primarily those geographically close to Ada CRC, and CRCs in eastern Kent County, east of US-131.

  • Ada Bible — Online only; just launched “Home Edition
  • Ada Congregational — Have not announced resuming services yet
  • Ada CRC — Outdoor; online
  • Alger Park CRC — Online only
  • Beckwith Hills — Online only
  • Blythefield CRC — Streaming only
  • Boston Square CRC — Online only
  • Brookside CRC — Streaming only; small groups <10 okay but masks required
  • Caledonia CRC — Outdoor; streaming
  • Caledonia Gathering (CRC) — Online only
  • Calvin CRC — Online only
  • Cascade Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) — Online only
  • Cascade Fellowship (CRC) — Online only
  • Christ Church (Breton Road) — Outdoor Parking lot worship
  • Church of the Servant (CRC) — House Church Meetings/Zoom online
  • The Community (RCA) — Online only
  • Covenant CRC (Cuttlerville) — Online only
  • Creston CRC — Online only, phase-in defined
  • Cuttlerville East CRC — Streaming only
  • Discovery CRC — Online only
  • East Leonard CRC — Online only, phase-in defined
  • Eastern Avenue CRC — Online only, audio
  • Encounter Church (CRC) — Online only
  • First CRC — Online only
  • Forest Hills Presbyterian (PCA) — Streaming only
  • Forest Hills Bible Chapel — Streaming only
  • Friendship CRC — Online only
  • Fuller Ave CRC — Steaming only
  • Grace CRC — Online only
  • Hillside CRC — Online only; outdoor worship planned for 6/21
  • Keystone Community Church — streaming only
  • LaGrave CRC — Online only
  • Lakeside CRC (Alto) — Outdoor; streaming
  • Lee Street CRC — Online only
  • Living Water CRC — Online only
  • Mayfair CRC — Online only; merging with Encounter Church
  • Neeland Avenue CRC — Streaming only
  • Oakdale CRC — Streaming only
  • Plymouth Heights CRC — Streaming only
  • Princeton CRC — Streaming only
  • Providence CRC — Streaming only
  • River Rock CRC — Drive-in and Open-air lawn services; streaming
  • Riverside CRC — Online only
  • Seymour CRC — Online only
  • Shawnee Park CRC — Online only
  • Sherman Street CRC — Online only
  • Sunshine Community CRC — Online only
  • St. Matthews Lutheran — Streaming only; indoor planned for June 21
    • Must register in advance to attend. Two services; 100-person max per service
  • Thornapple Community Church (RCA) — Livestream only
  • Thornapple Evangelical Covenant — Livestream only
  • Woodlawn CRC — Streaming only

Indoor with Restrictions (5)

  • St. Roberts — Resumed Masses under certain rules
    • Masks required
    • 25% of capacity limit
    • People over 60 and those with underlying health conditions are urged to stay home
    • 6-foot seating distance to be observed between families
    • Changes to worship practices
  • Redeemer OPC — Resumed with restrictions and guidelines
    • We strongly advise at-risk individuals (those over 65 or with compromised immune systems) to watch the live-stream service from home.
    • We encourage wearing a mask, we’ll try to have masks available for use.
    • We will be rotating attendance by shepherding group. You and your group will be sent an email letting you know if you’re scheduled for AM or PM the coming Sunday.
    • We’ll be blocking off every other row in the sanctuary to allow for distancing.
    • All doors and such will be cleaned before and during services. We’ll be using the screen for singing, please bring your own Bible.
    • Doors to the church and sanctuary will be open to minimize the number of touchpoints along the way. 
    • When we start, we’ll be singing two songs and a doxology, and look forward to adding in more as the weeks continue.
    • After church, please wait for the ushers to dismiss your row. The ushers will be carrying baskets for collecting offerings. Once dismissed, please exit the building. There’s not enough space in the foyer to accommodate everybody, so we’re omitting coffee hour at this time.
  • Calvary CRC (Lowell) Small gathering of about 50 on June 7
    • Masks required for service. All elders and deacons agree to both comply and enforce compliance at the time of gathering/worship. No masks, no service. “This is not about you, it’s about loving your brothers and sisters.”
    • Older and at-risk members urged to stay home and participate remotely
    • Windows must be open to allow outside air
    • Seat distancing is about every third pew
    • Sing for brief time only at end of service, then leave immediately
    • Worship and leave. No coffee. No inside mixing before or after service
    • Sanitizer and face coverings readily available
  • Forest Hills Baptist — resuming with modifications
    • Split services
    • Reducing hand to hand contact by propping doors, forgoing handshakes, closing our coffee station, not passing offering plates, etc.
    • Encouraging people to take whatever precautions they deem necessary to protect themselves and others (i.e. face coverings).
    • Forgoing in-person children’s ministry (including nursery) and Adult Bible Fellowships through the month of June
  • Impact Church (Lowell) — Resuming with modifications
    • (Note: Members of this church are, on average, much younger; primarily Millennial generation)
    • Sick or high-risk or immunocompromised should stay home and participate online
    • Live online also continues for any/all who prefer to attend in-person later
    • Face masks are optional; if desired, they are readily available
    • Physically distanced seating arrangements are available, located in ISM and Large Flex for those who are concerned or uneasy
    • No attendance restrictions or pre-registration requirements (at this time)
    • Increased Saturday Service attendance is essential to provide natural space and distribution of people throughout the Worship Space
    • Worship-only experience; avoid lengthy lingering before and after services.
    • Prop open all doors; avoid skin contact with high touch area.
    • Lobby seating removed to limit lengthy visiting
    • No bulletin handout
    • No New Connections Station or Information Center operation
    • No Offering plates (Tithe and Offering Boxes in rear worship space area)
    • Limited onsite KidZone (Infant-Kindergarten ages only)

Unique Instance

  • East Paris CRC — approx. 30 people at an indoor service on June 7
    • Church closing at end of June due to lack of viability; the indoor services are the last opportunities for them to worship together before disbanding.
    • Social distancing
    • Not publicly promoting indoor worship; no COVID-19-related info on website; website not maintained.

Classis Thornapple Valley Churches Outside Kent County

  • Barry County: Middleville CRC —Outdoor only; streaming
    • Note: As of June 16, Barry County has had only 71 confirmed cases; Kent County has 4,000+ confirmed cases.
  • Ionia County: Harvest CRC (Lake Odessa) — indoor with restrictions
    • Note: Ionia County has had 155 confirmed cases as of June 4; Kent County has 4,000+ confirmed cases.
    • No congregating before or after the service
    • No nursery or children’s worship
    • Offering plates not passed
    • Coffee and Fellowship Time in the building will be suspended for the time being while we comply with social distancing guidelines due to Covid-19 restrictions. You are welcome to bring your own coffee and to fellowship outside following the service this morning.