COVID-19 Updates

Update as of 10/3/2020

Hey Exit family, thanks for your support in so many ways this season (and boy, it's quite the season, isn't it?!). Each year as college students return, we see an extraordinary influx of people at our weekend services. Due to the nature of COVID, this year's increase presented a more significant challenge--how to safely gather in person. To solve this, we implemented a Saturday evening service back in August. However, as the college semester continues on, we typically see a small decrease in student attendance. And because of the reduced number of attendees, we can now all meet together safely (following federal and state guidelines) during two services. As a result, we will no longer offer Saturday evening services at this time. We ask anyone that has attended the Saturday services to attend on Sundays at 9am or 11am. We are sad to remove a service that was beneficial to a number of you. But we also appreciate your support, desiring that we as a pastoral staff get rest as well. We hope to see you soon on Sunday!

-Tyler, Forrest & Gen

Update as of 8/26/2020

Welcome back, students! We love having you back in town. With that being said, we are now beyond our capacity safely meet inside the church building during two services. As a staff, we have considered multiple options to still meet while maintaining a space where we can be socially distant. As a result, we are implementing a weekly Saturday night service at 6pm starting this weekend, August 29th. It will be identical to the Sunday morning services (as far as music and sermon); however, no children's ministry will be offered. We hope to see you on Saturday at 6pm.

-Tyler, Forrest & Gen

Update as of 7/27/2020

Following the Governor's orders, we are now under a mask mandate for the state of Indiana. As a result, we require everyone 8 years or older to wear masks. We are happy to provide you with a mask for free if you do not have one. As always, if you do not feel comfortable being in person, you can watch our services on our Youtube page.

-Tyler, Forrest & Gen

Update as of 6/5/2020

Because the local number of COVID infections is maintaining consistency, we plan to hold our first in-person service this Sunday, June 7th at 9am. We ask that all people check their temperature on the day before service. Additionally, we ask everyone to use hand sanitizer upon entering the building as well as wear a mask. We are happy to provide you and your family members with masks if you do not have them.

We will also be live-streaming our Sunday services to Youtube Live. You can access the page at this link. Thanks!

-Tyler, Forrest & Gen

Update as of 5/24/2020

In an effort to follow the guidelines provided by the CDC as well as the local authorities, we hadchosen to wait to reopen Exit until we could see how the number of new COVID cases wereprogressing. Because local cases are currently on the decline, we have chosen to reopen ExitChurch in person starting Sunday, June 7th, 2020 so long as the numbers continue todecline. We will hold one service at 9am, and implement the safety guidelines we describedbelow as well as others that we will release prior to June 7. Please note- if COVID numbersstart to show an increase, we may postpone our in-person services until a later date. Ifyou, your family, roommates, etc. feel uncomfortable with returning to in-person services, wecompletely respect your opinion. We will continue to record services on Sunday mornings andpost them online as soon as we can (hopefully the same day or the following day) so that youcan still engage with us from a distance. We love you, Church, and look forward to seeing you inperson again.

-Tyler, Forrest & Gen

Update as of 5/13/2020

As a pastoral staff, we want to say thank you for the ways in which you, the Exit family, have supported us during this time–through your prayers, encouragements, financial support, time/energy serving in the food outreach, etc. We feel so loved by you, and we desire to continue to serve you as we move forward. If you or anyone in your family feels uncomfortable with returning to in-person services due to health/safety reasons, we respect your decision and will still desire to connect with you (feel free to reach out to us as well! We certainly don’t want to overlook you!). We still plan to record video of services for the foreseeable future and post as quickly as we can after the service (please note that it may be Sunday afternoon/evening or even Monday, depending on if any tech challenges arise). We love you church and we look forward to seeing you again in person. See our detailed plan below.

– Tyler, Forrest and Gen


WHEN
- We are aiming for early to mid June 2020. This is meant to be in line with “phase three” of the state plan, when gatherings may be up to 100 people. We will be continuing to track the development of the virus. Should there be a resurgence or the trend does not continue downward, we will reassess the decision.
- We will do one service at 9am with childcare (see below for details on kids ministry)

WHAT WILL BE DIFFERENT?
- We ask that you and members of your family (all people age 3 and over) wear facemasks. If you do not have one, we are happy to provide one to you for free (for each member of your family)
- We will have many hand sanitizer stations around the building and ask that you use hand sanitizer (provided for you at the entrance) when you enter the building
- We ask that you keep 6 feet between you and members of other households during services
- When in the sanctuary, we ask that families sit together
- We will space out the rows of chairs to maintain social distance
- The coffee bar will be closed for the time being
- We are still exploring safe communion options
- We will dismiss service in rows
- We ask that there be no physical contact (such as hugs, handshakes, fist bumps, etc.) Sorry! We know this is difficult!
- If you or anyone in your household are sick, we kindly ask you to stay at home
- We ask all individuals who are 65 and above or who have an underlying at-risk health condition to stay home and watch services
- Many of these recommendations were adopted from https://backontrack.in.gov/files/BackOnTrack-IN_PlacesOfWorship.pdf

KIDS
- The Fours & Fives classroom (Teresa’s class) & as well as the elementary room (Gen’s class) will still meet, and adjustments will be made in the classrooms to help kids keep distance from one another
- Unfortunately we do not plan to offer infant and toddler rooms for the time being – those kids will be with families during the service in their seats or in the back “living room area” because children of this age do not yet have the ability to understand social distancing
- We plan to offer activity packets to children to keep them occupied during service

CLEANING
- We will need volunteers to help sanitize the building after services
- Door handles/levers/push bars, bathrooms, chairs, microphones, etc.
- We have increased our level of cleaning and sanitization of the building with our regular weekly cleaning schedule
- Further guidance: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/reopen-guidance.html