On Friday, May 22 the White House announced that houses of worship have been deemed essential and are allowed to open with restrictions. We have discovered over the past several months that there are many things to consider before re-opening our doors. While this was exciting news and we cannot wait to be together again, the church is not open for worshiping together indoors physically just yet. It is of the utmost importance for us to keep everyone safe and healthy which takes time and preparation. We are working diligently to finalize a plan to reopen and keeping a watchful eye on all the state and local health department announcements. We will communicate with you as soon as the plan is ready to implement and we’re ready to return to onsite and in-person services. Because information and guidelines are changing so quickly, we will continue to update you on a month-to-month basis or as information becomes available.
We are excited that our meeting in-person outdoors has gone so well and it has been a great alternative for us. For those who have not been ready quite yet to meet in-person, we continue to offer our services online. The Lord has used the online platform in amazing ways and we know He is at work in all things! Thank you for your continued faithfulness to Ken Caryl Church both in viewing online, attending the outdoor services, praying, and in your generous and sacrificial giving. We continue to covet your prayers as we seek God’s will for our church and move towards re-opening.
For His Glory!
Ken Caryl Church Staff
Pastor Jeff, Will, Scott and Sandy
Outdoor Worship Services:
Adult Life and Small Group Gatherings:
Women’s and Men’s Bible Studies:
Nursery, Childcare and Children:
Celebration of Life/Funeral Services:
While we cannot wait to be together again physically inside our building, the church is not open for worshiping together in that format just yet. It is of the utmost importance for us to keep everyone safe and healthy which takes time and preparation. We are working diligently to finalize a plan to reopen and are keeping a watchful eye on all the state and local health department announcements. We will communicate with you as soon as the plan is ready to implement and we are ready to return to onsite, in-person services. Because information and guidelines are changing so quickly, we are focusing on updating you on a month-to-month basis.
If you have been ill recently or been exposed to someone who was ill recently, please do not attend gatherings at KCC. A health screening may take place prior to you gaining entrance into the church facilities. If you are not quite ready to begin attending our in-person gatherings, we invite you to continue to participate with us by viewing our online service and/or participating in one of our many Life Groups.
Modifications of the Facility:
We are working hard to keep you safe. Our in-person protocols have been established based on health department guidelines and requirements, with the safety and health of all of our members in mind. Once we begin meeting inside, safe distance guidelines will be arranged throughout our facility and we will be providing non-touch hand sanitizer stations and hand sanitizer. Signs will be posted to help provide additional guidance.
When the church opens for inside gatherings, a schedule will be put into place so groups who may meet at the church will know where they are assigned to meet. The Life Group leader, Small Group leader, Activity Leader or Teacher will be responsible for ensuring the church’s protocols are followed. All groups will need to adhere to the safe social distance guidelines of staying 6-8 feet apart during the entire gathering and limit contact with shared items. For groups using the church facilities, we will be asking the leaders of each group to help us by ensuring that their space is cleaned and sanitized after the gathering is over. Because of our Sunday night programming, all tables and chairs will need to be sanitized and put away after the gathering is over.
Cleaning and Sanitizing:
Anyone who helps clean should wash their hands and put on gloves prior to beginning. The instructions for cleaning and sanitizing are with the cleaners, gloves, and supplies that will be stored in each of the restrooms under the sinks, in the upper closet just west of the coffee bar, on the counter in the fellowship hall kitchen area, and in the student Garage area inside the cabinet.
Cleaning and sanitizing will include entrance doorways, doorknobs, handles, metal on chairs, counters, and tables. Restrooms will be cleaned by staff, volunteers, or our cleaning service. Our cleaning supplies do not require wiping off, just spraying the area used or touched. After cleaning is complete, the door sign will be flipped to “this room is ready for you.”
All staff and volunteers will be required to wear facial coverings for all KCC indoor and outdoor gatherings. We also will request all school-age children 10 and older, and adults, wear facial coverings while attending all indoor, in-person gatherings at KCC where facial coverings are required. For services that are designated, more relaxed, facial coverings will be optional. For outdoor gatherings, where social distancing of 6-feet is maintained, we highly encourage the wearing of masks or facial coverings, however they will be optional.
Arrival and Departure:
Sanitizing and Health Services