GATHERING AT PCC

 

Hello Church!

 

From the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, it has been our goal as a church to keep our community safe and healthy, while continuing to fulfill our mission of making disciples starting in Prescott. Consequently, for the last 9 weeks, we have canceled all in-person gatherings to comply with the recommended social distancing guidelines put out by the CDC and our state and local leaders. We have kept a close eye on any changes in those recommendations for guidance with our next steps as a church.

 

We are excited to announce that, taking into account the most recent guidelines from Gov. Ducey in conjunction with the CDC, as of May 24th we will begin to resume in-person gatherings on the campus of PCC.

 

Here are a few truths that we know about our in-person gatherings moving forward:

 

  1. There are no “safe” environments this side of heaven. We can only do our best to make our environments safer. 
  2. In order to create safer environments on campus, many things will have to change.
  3. Not everyone is ready to join an in-person gathering, and that’s ok!
  4. We are exercising wisdom and utilizing outside sources to help ensure we do everything we can to provide a safer environment. 
  5. We won’t get everything right on the first go-around.
  6. Our mission is the same as it’s always been – to make disciples starting in Prescott, which includes helping people take their next step in becoming a more faithful disciple of Jesus. 

 

We would be naive to think that our in-person gatherings can come back the way that we left off 9 weeks ago. Implementing regular in-person gatherings on the 24th is just one step towards our new normal, so be prepared for things to be different.

 

Below are a few practices that we are adopting to comply with our state’s suggestions for places of worship, and to help ensure we do everything we can to provide a safer environment at PCC. We ask that you take personal responsibility to comply with these suggestions if you choose to participate in any of our in-person gatherings. 

  • We have implemented a volunteer sanitation team whose purpose is to clean any surface that is prone to touch, using a safe and effective chemical solution. If you would like to serve on that team, click HERE
  • We will maintain 6ft of physical distancing when possible. We have spaced out rows in the auditorium and tables in the cafe to reflect this effort. While families will sit together, we ask you to leave at least 2 open chairs between your family and the next. 
  • We will adjust the programmed elements of our service (worship, teaching, communion, offering, prayer, baptisms, etc.) to reflect physical distancing suggestions the best that we can. Specifically, we will not be passing offering trays during our service. There will be free-standing drop boxes for anyone who brings their offerings with them. However, we encourage you to continue giving online, through our app or website, or through your bank’s bill pay system (How To Give Online). Communion will not be passed down the rows, instead, it will be handled only by our ushers who will wear masks and gloves. 
  • We will still be providing lunch prior to the 12:30pm service for those who attend the 12:30pm service. 
  • Please refrain from any sort of physical contact including handshakes, hugs, and high fives. Instead, we ask that you give an enthusiastic wave hello (from 6ft away, of course).
  • Our state government suggests, “If you are at higher risk for severe illness, you should avoid places of worship. People at higher risk for severe illness include adults 65 or older and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions” (See “Guidance for Places of Worship” doc. below). We ask that you respect that suggestion in relation to PCC in-person gatherings.
  • If you or anyone in your household has experienced symptoms of illness (COVID or otherwise) in the last 14 days, we ask you to please not attend any in-person gathering at PCC. 

 

PCC:Family Ministry (Kids & Students)

 

We love our kids and students at PCC and we take their health and safety very seriously. We have implemented a few different strategies within our Family Ministries that include but are not limited to the following:

 

  • First and foremost, we have taken our Sickness Policy from serious to no exception. We ask that no child or student who has shown signs or symptoms of illness within the past 14 days to NOT attend children or student programming. This now extends to the family as well. If your child or student starts to show symptoms during their time at PCC, we will reconnect you together and ask that you return after the symptoms have passed. 
  • We have added more sanitizer locations and we will implement strategic sanitizing times (as children & students enter or leave classes, before and after snack times, etc.). If your child has an allergy to hand sanitizers, we ask that you provide an alternative for them and bring it in a backpack with your child’s information on it.
  • Our volunteers will clean any surface that is prone to touch, using a safe and effective chemical solution after each service and during each service when necessary.
  • We will have 6ft markers at our Check-In and Check-Out locations and we ask that you respect those spaces.
  • For Check-In/Check-Out in PCC:Kids, we ask that you only send the necessary person to pick up children. If you can send only one person to pick up your child(ren), please do.
  • Masks are optional for our volunteers.
  • Please remember that the younger the children, the more impossible it becomes to enforce social distancing. Placing your children in PCC:Kids and PCC:Students is a personal choice and we ask that you use discretion when doing so. We will do everything we can to make sure your child stays safe and still has a great time while they are with us.

 

For those who are not yet comfortable attending an in-person gathering, we understand and respect your decision to stay home. Thank you! You will still be able to access services via the Livestream and participate in other activities via video chat in an effort to stay connected.

 

Below are links to resources that we have used to guide our decisions, as well as additional information about what actions we are taking to ensure a safer in-person gathering experience:


At PCC, our heart is to help you know Jesus, grow closer to Him, and go make disciples in His name. In unprecedented times such as these, we are in this together to figure out how to best accomplish that goal. If you have any questions or would like clarification, please contact the office at office@prescottchristian.com or 928.445.0680.