COVID-19 Response & In-Person Worship
November 11, 2020 // COVID-19 Update
We want to first say thank you for joining with us in prayer as we, along with the rest of the world, have followed the COVID-19 pandemic closely this year. While masks have always been welcome in all of the venues at Chapel Pointe, due to the recent rise in cases in Ottawa County, we want to make a prudent decision, not out of fear, for the weeks to come for our in-person worship services so that we can continue to corporately gather to worship the living God. As always, the leadership team is continually watching the latest information, consulting medical professionals, and spending an immense amount of time in prayer as we make these decisions.
Beginning November 15, we are asking that everyone in attendance wear a mask from the time they enter the door to their seat. Children who attend cpKids that are 3 years old or older are asked to wear a mask in their classroom. You will not be turned away for not wearing a mask. We would love your help to create an environment that is comfortable for the majority, so that means limiting personal contact as much as possible for the time being. By being kind, even if we don’t agree, we can prove our love for one another and continue to gather to worship. *Masks are required for the 11:30am service in the gym.
Here is what you can count on from Chapel Pointe:
- Masks are available at all primary entrances.
- RSVPs help limit capacity and promote social distancing.
- Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the facility.
- Doors are propped open for minimal contact.
- Restrooms and other surfaces are cleaned throughout the morning.
- Water fountains are not accessible, but water bottles are available.
Here’s how you can help:
- Masks are highly encouraged from the time you enter the doors until you sit down in your seat.
- If you or someone in your household does not feel well or is sick, please join us for worship live online on Facebook, Vimeo, YouTube or our website.
- Maintain appropriate distance between yourself and other guests.
- Wash your hands often.
- If you want to visit with others, please do so outdoors or away from high traffic flow areas.
- Be flexible and show grace toward one another. Thank you for being kind to one another. In a season filled with so much potential for division, we are thankful for a church that is choosing to serve each other.
- Please remember that anywhere that people are present, there is a risk of COVID-19. If you are at high risk for complications from COVID-19, please join us online and let us know how we can serve you and your family during this time.
Masks are highly encouraged for in-person worship.
If you or someone in your household is sick, please join us for worship live online on Facebook, Vimeo, YouTube or our website. Anywhere that people are present, there is a risk of COVID-19. If you are at high risk for complications from COVID-19, please join us online and let us know how we can serve you and your family during this time. Thank you for being kind to one another. In a season filled with so much potential for division, we are thankful for a church that is choosing to serve each other.
What to Expect and Frequently Asked Questions
Should I attend worship in person?
We trust that each individual will have to choose whether it is in their best interest to attend. We are asking those that are sick, are in a high risk or vulnerable population (pre existing conditions or 60+), as well as those that might feel uncomfortable attending to stay home and join us on livestream. We are a unified body of believers, even when we are apart.
Masks are Highly Encouraged // November 11 Update
November 11 Update: Masks are highly encouraged from the time you enter the doors until you sit down in your seat. You will not be turned away for not wearing a mask. We would love your help to create an environment that is comfortable for the majority, so that means limiting personal contact as much as possible for the time being. By being courteous, even if we don’t agree, we can prove that our love for one another is even more real than our hug or handshake! *Masks are required for the 11:30am service in the gym.
What is the church doing to keep things clean?
Will cpKids be open?
Programming for cpKids of all ages, birth – 5th grade, is available at all three services. We want to give kids a space to discover Jesus and live for Him! cpKids rooms will have capacity limits and an RSVP is required to reserve a spot for your child. Check in to the cpKids Family Guest Services desk on Sunday morning. Birth through 3rd grade will meet on the lower level, while 4th and 5th grade will meet on the upper level. We encourage only one parent to enter cpKids for drop-off and pick-up to help limit hallway traffic and congestion. While all classrooms will be sanitized before each use, anywhere people are present there is a risk of COVID-19.
What about cpStudents?
Ministry will look different in this season, but we know the importance of students gathering together to be transformed in Christ’s image. cpStudents will meet on campus from 6-7PM on Sunday nights. For more detailed information, head to chapel-pointe.org/students. You can stay up-to-date by following us on social media, parent emails and texting “STUDENTS” to 616-662-8801 for text notifications.
What is the difference between the Gym and the Worship Center?
- Socially Distanced Seating
- 150 Max Capacity Per Service
- Masks are highly encouraged from the door to your seat, but are required for the 11:30am service in the Gym
- Touchless service (open doors, no offering buckets passed)
- Live Feed of Worship Service on Screen
- Spaced Out Seating
- Less than 50% Max Capacity Per Service
- Masks are highly encouraged from the door to your seat
- Touchless Service (open doors, no offering bucket passed)
- Live Worship Experience with Worship Team and Teaching in Person
Can I invite guests?
YES! Please RSVP your guests. If you are bringing guests at the last minute and your preferred venue is full, please take a seat last or join us in the Chapel or the Gym!
Where do I park? What happens once I arrive for worship?
The doors will open 20 minutes before the start of each service. If you RSVP for the gym, you will park in the west parking lot and come in Entrance A. If you RSVP for the worship center, you will park in the new, lower parking lot and come in Entrance C. When you arrive, you will be asked to find a place to sit. Please be respectful of those around you.
What happens when it is time to leave after worship?
Should Small Groups meet face-to-face?
Update 11/15: We are so grateful for the CP small groups during this time. The prayer, care, and ministry has been an expression of the love of Christ to one another and our community. We are asking small groups to continue to care for each other during this challenging time. In the spirit of Christ-like love, please be patient and sensitive to each member of your group and their level of comfort. In light of our church’s priority in protecting Sunday worship, the options for small groups are:
- Meet in person, but social distance, encourage masks while not requiring and allowing people to zoom in who are not able or comfortable with meeting in person.
- Meet over zoom. While we know that can pose challenges, it is preferable to not meeting at all.
- Decide not to meet during the holidays and reassess again at the beginning of 2021.
Reach out to either Pastor Jim, Pastor Bob or Andrew Honeycutt if you have questions we can answer for you.
Is the building open?
For the time being, the building will only be used for worship services on Sunday mornings and staff use in the office. We will post updates about building usage for Bible studies and other gatherings as those decisions are made.