COVID-19

COVID-19

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms , please stay home and join us online.

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
Please read the following completely and thoroughly before attending service.

Higher Praise Tabernacle In-Person Service Action Plan

Greetings in the Name of JESUS. As all of you know, we have been affected by the coronavirus to an extent that no one could’ve predicted. It has caused us to postpone in-person services for several weeks and has garnished us a lot of attention from the media, along with local and state officials. We earnestly believe that conducting in-person services without an action plan will give this virus the opportunity to thrust us giant leaps backwards, and we will again be forced to forfeit the right to assemble together. In an effort to make positive strides forward, Higher Praise Tabernacle has put together an action plan for our in-person services that will be in effect beginning on Sunday, July 12, 2020 at 11:00am. Prior to this service, the church will be disinfected with an aerosolized disinfectant and all surfaces, including all flooring will be sanitized. Please understand that this action plan was composed through much prayer, collaboration, and discussion. Your willingness to implement these actions, while attending HPT, is much appreciated. With that being said, the following is the action plan that we are implementing. 

Arrival:

We are recommending that you arrive earlier to church than what you are accustomed to. Give yourselves an extra 15 to 30 minutes to ensure your smooth transition into the church. When you arrive, everyone will park in the back-parking area; similar to what is already being done. We have designated the only entrance to be through the back doors; special accommodations will be made for those who have to park in the front parking area and enter through the front entrance due to medical reasons (If this applies to you, when you pull up to the front entrance, please wait and a member of the medical team will come to your vehicle and assist you through the medical screening process). As you approach the entrance you will be greeted by a medical team headed up by Dr. David Fletcher. Their purpose is to make sure you are medically cleared to enter the church. To ensure your safety, and to ensure the safety of others, you will pass through three stations. The first station is where you will be asked to put on your mask, and where you will read a brief questionnaire that affirms you are medically suitable to enter the building. It will be a requirement that you have on a mask when you enter and exit the church, and when you are moving about in the church. (Once you are seated, you may remove your mask if that is what you wish). To help with this, we are asking that you bring your own mask. The second station is where your temperature will be taken to ensure you are not running a fever. The third station is where you will be asked to apply hand sanitizer. 

Inside the Sanctuary:

Once you have been cleared by the medical team, and you are in the building, you will be greeted by an usher. This person will be responsible for escorting you to your seat. We are requiring that you try to maintain a distance of at least six feet from other people while on the church grounds. With that being said, those who belong to the same household are required to sit together; this will help provide more seating options for others. Once the usher has escorted you to the seat that best suits your needs, that person will write your name on a piece of paper and attach it to the seat; this will be your assigned and designated seat for the next few weeks. This will help for a smoother transition, and less confusion at the next service. 

During the service:

 Remember, all of the actions taking place inside the sanctuary have the implied six-foot distance recommendation. We are asking that pre-service prayer, and worship be conducted at your assigned seat. The praise team will consist of a leader and three praise singers; preferably from the same household. The musician schedule will remain the same due to the fact that all instrument stations exceed the six-foot distance. We will not be singing the choir during this time. Choir will resume when Pastor Morrell feels it is the appropriate time.  Pastor Morrell will be instructing us at the July 12 service on how we are to conduct the facets of our service that would require people coming into close proximity of each other. 

Inside the Church:

While maneuvering inside the church, you will notice that all areas will have directional tape on the floor. We are asking that when moving inside the church, you walk on the right-hand side of the hallway; this is in an effort to maintain a safe and healthy distance. We will have some 

non-essential areas restricted during this time. Those areas will be clearly marked signifying the restriction, as some areas will be dedicated for emergency plan purposes. 

Bathroom Usage:

In an attempt to keep a safe distance from others, we are going to be monitoring the bathroom capacity. There will be a station set-up outside the restrooms with a male and female attendant. We will only be allowing two people in each restroom at a time. Once the restroom is clear, the appropriate attendant will enter to disinfect the areas previously used, and then will allow the next two people to enter; exceptions will be made in the event of an emergency. The other restrooms inside the church will be off limits to the general congregation. The only exception we are making is for mothers who need to utilize the nursery. We are asking that all mothers who need to utilize the nursery area, including the restroom, please disinfect properly before you leave that area. 

In conclusion, we at Higher Praise Tabernacle understand that we are living in unprecedented times, which have required us to make unpopular decisions. We are taking this time seriously, and we are going above-and-beyond to help protect all who desire to worship at HPT. We are aware that these decisions may add some inconvenience to you, however we also know that this is a small price to pay to help create a healthy and safe environment. Just know, this action plan is subject to change based upon our evaluation of the July 12 in-person service. We appreciate your understanding during this time, and we are so excited to be able to worship together again! We look forward to seeing you at Higher Praise Tabernacle; Covington’s most exciting and Spirit-filled church! GOD Bless each and every one of you.

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