COVID-19

We are officially open as of Sunday, June 21.

We would like to outline some essential information for you about how our Sundays look different to keep everyone safe by decreasing the risk of spreading COVID-19. Details of Southgate's COVID-19 plan is available HERE. We are following these guidelines as a gesture of love towards our brothers and sisters. John tells us,

"By this we know love, that He laid down His life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers" 1 John 3:16
Please watch the online LiveStream if you:
  • Cannot wear a mask and are 10 years of age or older
  • Are at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19
  • Are ill

Are You High-Risk?

Based on what the Centers for Disease Control knows, those at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 are:

  • People aged 65 years and older
  • People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
  • People of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, are at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 including:
    • People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
    • People who have serious heart conditions
    • People who have compromised immune systems
      • Many conditions can cause a person to have a compromised immune system including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications
    • People with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher
    • People with diabetes
    • People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
    • People with liver disease
    • Women who are pregnant

Are You Ill?

You should not attend if you have ANY of these symptoms: fatigue, cough/sore throat, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever or chills, muscle pain or body aches, headache, congestion or runny nose, new loss of taste or smell, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea.

Masks

Masks are now mandatory for all those ages 10 and above; no exclusion allowed. The mask must cover your nose, mouth, and chin. Please bring a mask from home. Masks will be available at church if you forget. 

Social Distancing and Other Changes

We discourage handshakes, hugs, and physical contact outside your own family group. Instead, wave or say "hi." 

Use hand sanitizer or wash hands for 20 seconds when entering the building or if you touch a surface someone else may have touched.

Keep six feet between family groups at all times including when seated. Follow usher instructions to fill the pews from front to back and middle of the row to the aisles. Exit from the back first (like at wedding). 

Enter and exit the auditorium only through the east doors of the main lobby, the Fellowship Hall (overflow room) through the north lobby, and the Upper Room (overflow room) through the west lobby. 

Offering boxes will be in all lobbies.

Service time will be shorter with limited singing.

There will be no coffee fellowship, paper bulletins, or water fountain access.

Our facilities are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected every week by our wonderful custodial crew. Please observe helpful signs and warning tape throughout the facility. 

The Welcome Center is open to answer any questions, help you sign up to receive notice of the online bulletin, learn how to give online, update your contact information, or to lend you a Bible. If you do not have access to a computer, ask to have the bulletin mailed to you each week.


Please note that we will still offer the Sunday service online through our LiveStream broadcast. You can click the button below to watch our live stream of the service!




COVID-19 Procedures for Children's Ministries:

Watch the video below for a Children's Ministries Update!

All parents will:

• check in children at the kiosk, indicating their children are free of the following symptoms:
        o Cough or congestion or runny nose
        o Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
        o Fever or chills
        o Muscle pain or body aches
        o Headache
        o Sore throat
        o New loss of taste or smell
        o Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea
• not check in child(ren) that has/have been exposed to anyone suspected of having COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
• provide students 10 years and older with a mask, although it is advised for those students 5 years to 9 years to also wear a mask.
• have children wash or sanitize hands at drop off/pick up from their classroom.
• wait out in the hallway on the red circle. Only one parent is allowed in the room at drop off and pick up. When possible, send the same parent for drop off/pick up and do not bring siblings.

All volunteers will:

• check in at the kiosk, indicating that they are free of the following symptoms:
        o Cough or congestion or runny nose
        o Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
        o Fever or chills
        o Muscle pain or body aches
        o Headache
        o Sore throat
        o New loss of taste or smell
        o Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea
• not serve if exposed to COVID-19 over the past 14 days.
• acknowledge that they understand and assume the risk in continuing with this volunteer task. 
• wear a mask at all times.
• wash hands or hand sanitize upon entry to your classroom.
• encourage students to use “Airplane Arms” to socially distance.
• remind students 10 years and older to wear a mask (masks can be taken off outside).
• allow students to sit together with their family members in a family group. Family groups sit 6 feet apart from other family groups.
• will assign babies and toddlers to specific volunteers, so there are as few interactions as possible.
• have students wash hands before eating and after coming in from outside.
• where feasible, adjust activities and procedures to limit sharing of items such as toys, belongings, and supplies. If something is shared (a ball for example), have students wash or sanitize hands BEFORE and AFTER activity.
• remove toys that children have placed in their mouths or that are otherwise contaminated by body secretions and place in the “Used” tub for cleaning.
• sanitize (soap wipes for babies and toddlers) each child’s hands AFTER DROP OFF and WHEN their parent arrives for pick up.
• allow one parent in the room at a time for pick up. Other parents wait out in the hallway on the circles.

Continuation of Worship through Giving

One of the elements of corporate worship is the opportunity to give our financial gifts to the Lord. For many, this sacred discipline is done on Sunday as the offering plate is passed. For others, it is done online or through direct deposits. Regardless of the method of giving, it is still an act of worship as we demonstrate our obedience, our dependence, and our thankfulness to the Lord for His provision for us.

Offering boxes will be available in all lobbies during this season of social distancing.  I want to encourage you to continue to express your worship though giving in ways that you may have not done before. 

If you would still like to do online giving as an act of worship in the Sunday service, we have built an offering time into the LiveStream. We will draw your attention to that on Sunday morning during the LiveStream. Click the button below to be taken to our online giving page!



Student Ministries

Watch the video below for a Student Ministries December Update!



Education About Coronavirus

Government Sources

Here are some helpful facts provided by Southgate's medical professionals to keep us well educated on the pandemic:

  • Coronavirus (also know as COVID-19) is more easily spread than regular flu (influenza). The virus can be spread by people who do not have any symptoms. This is why social distancing helps to prevent the spread to those who may not be able to fight it.
  • People with one or more of the following are considered high risk and are more likely to require hospitalization if they get ill.

            -  Over 65 years old

            - Heart, liver, or kidney disease

            - Diabetes

            - Lung disease

            - Autoimmune disorders

            - Immunocompromised (i.e those with cancer or on medications that suppress the immune system)

  • Practice best defense strategies (see images below...click to enlarge)

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