Owasso First’s Reopening Plan

Over the past few weeks, we have been faced with an unprecedented situation not only as a church, but as a global community. As a result, church has looked very different throughout this season. While we are excited to return to meeting physically, we know that God has used this season to show us how our church can still experience God and find family through online means. 

On Friday, April 17, Governor Stitt held a video conference with many Oklahoma Pastors where he asked them to begin making plans to come together with their churches again physically as the threat of COVID outbreaks lessens in the weeks to come. Taking wisdom from that meeting as well as meetings with Tulsa area pastors and the Oklahoma Assemblies of God leadership, Owasso First Assembly feels that the following 4-phase plan is our best course of action. We will continue to closely follow all CDC, federal, state, and local government guidelines as it pertains to social distancing throughout these phases. 

When it does come time for us to return to meeting together, the safety of our church family will be a top priority. As a result, we ask that all of those with compromised immune systems stay home keeping in accordance with Oklahoma’s Safer at Home policies. We also ask that those who have been sick or have experienced any COVID symptoms not return to Owasso First Assembly services for a minimum of 14 days. We love you and we look forward to worshipping with you physically as soon as safely possible. 

Please note: The phases listed below outline Owasso First Assembly’s plan based on recommendations from state/local governments and the Oklahoma Assemblies of God leadership. This document has been prepared with the counsel of the Owasso First Assembly board of deacons. Each phase will only be entered when there is no evidence of a rebound and the number of positive COVID-19 cases has decreased within the previous 14 days. Each phase could last as little as 2 weeks, but timing will depend upon cases of COVID-19 continuing to decline throughout Tulsa County. 

A message from our Pastor

Phase 1

Phase 2 – tentatively May, 17

  • Sunday services will be open for a portion of our congregation to meet in the building while limiting the number of attendees to 25% of our sanctuary seating capacity for each service provided.
  • If you would like to attend a Sunday morning service during this phase, please complete a reservation form to help us manage the amount of people that will be in our building at one time – owassofirst.com/signup
  • Seating will be arranged to establish distance between those attending. 
  • Children and youth under 18 must sit with their parent or guardian during each worship service. 
  • OTown Kids ministries (nursery, pre-school and elementary school) and Xtreme Youth Ministries will not meet physically. Kids and youth services can be found on their Facebook pages. 
  • Should multiple services become necessary, we will provide ample time between services for thorough sanitization and cleaning.
  • We will not pass out church bulletins, sermon notes, or handouts of any kind.
  • We will ask attendees to enter/exit the building through the front entrance only, and to enter/exit the sanctuary through one of the main first floor entrances. 
  • We will dismiss each Sunday morning service one section at a time to prevent large amounts of people from walking together. 
  • Doors will either be held or propped open as much as possible.
  • Offering will be received while exiting the sanctuary and buckets will not be passed.
  • There will be no ministry moment or greeting time during service. 
  • The cafe will remain closed and we will not provide complimentary coffee to prevent unnecessary contact. 
  • All Federal, State, Local, and CDC guidelines will be strictly enforced. 
  • Christian Living Classes, Community Groups, Wednesday Night Groups and Interest Groups will continue to meet virtually.  

Phase 3 – tentatively May 31

  • Phase 2 guidelines remain in place with the following changes:
    • We will increase the number of attendees to 50% of our sanctuary seating capacity for Sunday morning service(s). 
    • Xtreme Youth services will resume on Wednesdays at 7pm. Family groups and all other youth activities will continue meeting virtually. 

Phase 4

  • This phase will begin upon receiving all clear from our local governments.
  • Regular ministry operations will resume as normal.
    • Sundays
      • Christian Living Classes @ 9:30 am
      • Worship Service @ 10:30 am
      • OTown Kids Ministries
    • Wednesday Night Groups
      • OTown Kids Ministries
      • Xtreme Youth Ministries
      • Adult Groups
    • Community Groups and Interest Groups

HOW YOU CAN HELP

  1. Pray for our community and those directly affected by COVID-19. Pray for the health care workers who are treating the sick and those public health administrators making difficult decisions. Pray that God would protect our community from further spread of the virus.
  2. Reflect Christ. In these anxious days, the church (all of us) can shine as a light of hope, care, faith, patience, and prudence. We can demonstrate to the world how our faith provides true assurance against worry and fear.
  3. Practice recommended personal hygiene. Wash your hands frequently and stay home if you are sick.

ACCORDING TO THE CDC, HERE ARE SOME STEPS WE CAN ALL TAKE

    • If you are high risk, such as older adults and those with underlying chronic medical conditions, avoid crowds as much as possible.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

STAYING INFORMED

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You can find more information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) from the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

While we exercise wisdom in keeping ourselves and our loved ones safe, we know that divine health and protection is from Jesus. Let’s continue to trust in His promises of protection in Psalm 91 for ourselves, our families, and all those who are affected by illness and pray that the virus will be contained and conquered.