What To Expect
As we continue to make preparations for the safe return of worship gatherings at all three Trinity Campuses we want you to know that we will not be going back to business as usual. Our desire is to plan carefully, considering state guidelines, and offer a meaningful gathering time while bringing honor and glory to the One who is so deserving of our praise. As believers, let’s agree to live by faith and not operate in fear, but let’s also agree to be proactive and to act in wisdom towards our members and guests, especially those among us who are most susceptible to becoming infected with COVID-19.
We can’t wait to see you!
Below are some things we’re thinking through. Our hope is that this will bring a level of trust and confidence as we move forward together through this next season and beyond.
How many people will be there?
Your responses to the survey suggest that many of you will join us in the buildings while some will continue to prefer engaging through our online platform. We’re keeping in step with the state’s guidelines for both Illinois and Indiana as they mandate attendance maximums. Rest assured that we have an eye on this and have implemented a reservation system to keep our numbers in check at each campus and service. We will continue to implement recommended social distancing guidelines in our seating arrangements.
Are masks required?
You are welcomed to wear a mask at your discretion, however, our efforts to assure social distancing recommendations from the state also mean that masks are not required during services.
I’m concerned about touching things.
As are we. We’ll continue to discourage physical touch during service times as a way to decrease the potential spread of illness. Our efforts include greeters using a friendly wave and hello rather than reaching for a handshake, no coffee bar service, no materials passed out, and no offering bags passed.
Will you clean between services?
Yes we will. To protect you and mitigate illness we will spend time cleaning, wiping, and spraying surfaces such as door handles, counter tops, and chairs.
What about children?
We love our Trinity children and want to serve them safely and effectively. Since our little ones are not able to distance themselves, we warmly welcome your entire family into our worship gatherings. There will be no nursery or other children’s programming on Sunday mornings for now, but we can’t wait for the next phase when we welcome our Trinity kids back into their own experience! In the meantime, we’ll offer an activity bag for your child, but we welcome you to supply your children with snacks, quiet toys, and quiet devices as needed.
Are we allowed to sing when we gather?
Yes! The state has recommended that we are careful in limiting worship teams or choirs to numbers that enable appropriate distancing, but we are permitted to sing. You’ve seen this demonstrated in our online worship experiences and we’ll continue to do so. We will also be intentional to abbreviate the number of songs we sing together.
This list is not exhaustive but it’s representative of the many things Trinity leadership is considering and working through as we continue to be flexible during this season. In the coming weeks we’ll continue to provide more information as needed and also continue to welcome your questions, concerns, and insights.
Service times include: 9:00am in Ashkum; 8:00am, 9:00am, and 10:45am in Watseka; and 10:00am in Goodland.
We continue to be grateful for your grace, mercy, flexibility, and cooperation during this time. We are excited to come together again and trust that the Lord’s presence will be with us as we join in His name. Whether online or in person—we’ll see you Sunday. May God be praised!