Response to COVID-19

Dear Radiance Family,

By this time, all of us have been impacted in one way or another by the effects of COVID-19. Our world seems like it is being turned upside down, and every one of us is dealing with the stress caused by these events in different ways. Whatever you may be going through, our church is here for you, and we encourage you to reach out to our staff and leadership and visit our Care page on our website. Additionally, we encourage all of us to find ways to support one another and serve our neighbors at this time. Visit our Outreach page to find ways to serve.

These past few months, we’ve had to completely rethink the way we minister to our Radiance family and local Fillmore community. We’re so appreciative of the commitment, support, prayers and generosity provided by every single one of you. You have shown us that a global pandemic cannot stop God’s Church from loving, serving and restoring the brokenness of the world with the hope of Christ. 

By this time, as we consider what regathering may look like in the weeks to come, we understand that many may still not be able to return in-person, due to health conditions and at-risk family members or other situations, and we will continue to grow our virtual experience  for the spiritual growth and encouragement of all our church family. We recognize that regathering is a complex situation and we do not take these decisions lightly. We pray that you will continue to partner with us as we look towards the future of Radiance Church and our further involvement in the Fillmore. Thank you for remaining faithful with us through every step of this journey. We are honored to be your leaders. We miss each and every one of you and will continue to prayerfully love and serve you all. 

-Your Radiance Leadership


Guiding Principles for Regathering 

Why do we call it regathering? While secular institutions and our city have used the term “re-opening”, we felt this could be misleading because we firmly believe that our church has never closed. Regathering is not limited to just in-person, but we want to continue to grow in our ways to engage our church community virtually as well. 

  • We are committed to honoring God. 
  • We are committed to your spiritual, emotional, and physical health.
  • We are committed to gathering together in love. 
  • We are committed to being compassionate and caring for the members of our church and our community.
  • We are committed to remaining united. #BeKnit

Regathering Committee 

Radiance has formed a Regathering committee made up of Deacons and Staff with the following mission and vision. 

Mission

To set guidelines and safety procedures for physical regathering of church services and all other community gatherings. 

Prepare a safe and holy place of worship for our community - Haggai 1


Vision

To utilize physical space to create an atmosphere of spiritual growth as well as inspire commitment to the church's vision for the Fillmore 

Renew people’s zeal and calling to the church as their spiritual home - Psalm 69:9; John 2:17


Overview of Phases


Transition between Phases

Biblical: Conviction and leading of His Spirit 
Legal: State and local government regulations 

  • Number and trajectory of COVID-19 cases and symptoms in our area
  • Capacity of local hospitals in caring for COVID-19 cases
  • Each phase will have specific requirements 

Comfort of our members assessed by continual feedback from congregation
Safety and Preparation Logistics and training including building safety, sanitation and seating‍
Creative avenues to continue to grow our virtual worship service and presence


Wellness Policy

For the foreseeable future, we are implementing the following procedures to help ensure a clean and safe environment for everyone at our church. We will update these procedures as needed based upon information released by federal, state, and local agencies until normal operating procedures are allowed.


Restricting attendance based on symptoms

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with any of these symptoms may have COVID-19. PLEASE evaluate before coming to church in-person, or discuss with check-in staff prior to proceeding into the main sanctuary building.

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever

OR, if you have had at least two of these symptoms below within the last 7 days: 

  • Chills Muscle or Body aches
  • Headache 
  • Sore throat 
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Congestion or Runny Nose
  • Nausea or Vomiting
  • Diarrhea 


A Coronavirus Self-Checker is available on the CDC website as well: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html 

Furthermore, for any church member or guest who may fall into one of the following categories, we recommend that you quarantine at home, and follow up with your physician or a health care professional immediately for further clinical guidance: 

  • You or a member of your family are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or not feeling well
  • OR, if you or anyone you have been in regular contact with, has tested positive for COVID-19
  • OR, if anyone in your family, or anyone you have been in regular contact with, is awaiting Covid-19 test results due to symptoms or high risk exposure

If these conditions apply to you, we respectfully ask that you stay home and participate in worship online to reduce community exposure. Immediate communication and notification to the church as well, will help us to assess any potential impact on the Radiance Christian Church community and church family. If there are any concerns, please contact the church office at info@radiancesf.org.

Vulnerable populations

We advise all members of vulnerable populations to remain away from the church campus until we reach a normal operation phase (Phase 4). Vulnerable population members include any individual at high risk for severe illness and complications from COVID-19, specifically adults over the age of 65 and people with pre-existing medical conditions.

Cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing

Our Experience Team will conduct routine, detailed, cleaning sweeps of our church sanctuary and other high-traffic areas (restrooms, high-touch surfaces, equipment, etc.,) to ensure the highest level of safety and sanitation for our members. All cleaning products meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements. If there is a confirmed positive case reported at RCC, the re-gathering committee will coordinate cleaning and disinfecting the church and affected areas.  

Hand-washing

All individuals are instructed to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water frequently throughout the day, but especially after using the restroom. Hand-sanitizer dispensers, (that use sanitizers of greater than 60% alcohol), can be used for hand hygiene in place of soap and water, as long as hands are not visibly soiled. Hand-sanitizing stations are placed throughout the building.

  • In occupied areas, custodial staff will be checking and replenishing soap dispensers, paper towels, and hand sanitizer stations at a minimum of once per week, and more often in heavily trafficked public spaces. 
Social distancing practices

Social-distancing of at least 6 feet will remain a common practice as in-person attendance resumes and increases. Sanctuary seating will be assigned and spaced out at a safe distance, with regular wipe-downs/cleaning protocols in place. 

Masks

Acceptable face coverings will be required at all times. Masks with valves/filters, as well as neck gaiters and bandanas are not acceptable as safe face coverings. Please refer to the graphic below for a list of acceptable masks, which include surgical masks, activated carbon masks, N95 masks, dusk masks, FFP1 masks, and reusable fabric masks. Individuals may bring their own mask, or Radiance will provide them for visitors and volunteers.  

Training for volunteers

All volunteers handling Registration Process, Check-Out Process, Sanitation/Cleanliness Procedures, etc., will be trained and up to date on all information regarding COVID-19. 

Staff & Volunteer screening

Regular screening of staff and volunteers will take place. All symptomatic persons will not be allowed to return until cleared by a healthcare provider.

Registration process

All indoor services and other church events involving physical gatherings shall be closely monitored with attendance limits based on city ordinances. All attendees shall abide by a thorough check-in procedure to ensure utmost safety and precaution. Pre-service registration will be required beforehand to monitor attendance. Check-in staff will ensure that all individuals who enter the building are not showing any symptoms, wearing an acceptable face covering, have received a temperature check and have sanitized their hands before entering.


Contact

For a more detailed look at our Regathering Plan & volunteer training material, please download the Radiance Regathering Plan pdf. For questions or concerns regarding any of the above, please feel free to contact our pastoral staff at info@radiancesf.org.