Drive-In Services
Inspired by one of the churches in the Conference Superintendent Doug set forth some common protocols for hosting a Drive-In service at your church. The purpose of such a service would be to provide a safe alternative for the in person service during the COVID-19 crisis. If quarantine restrictions tighten or change, these common practices will be updated to adhere to the restrictions and keep our church families as safe as possible during this time, while still striving to feed our flocks spiritually.
 
If you would like to host a Drive-in Church service, we are asking that you pass NOTHING out. There should be NO contact between individuals, there should be strict adherence to social distancing.A couple of our churches and several from other denominations are doing this with great results!
Common Protocol for ALL Participants
Everyone participating or attending MUST WASH OR SANITIZE THEIR HANDS upon arrival and after touching anything!!! If you are sick, feel like you might be getting sick, or are coughing, or have a fever STAY HOME!!! NO ONE attending the service is to get out of their vehicle, please use the restroom before leaving your home.
If you drive a larger vehicle please park in the rear of the parking lot allowing those with smaller vehicles to be able to see.

All teams involved in the Drive-In Church should wash their hand, put on gloves, a mask and practice social distancing before beginning their work. No more than 10 people should be in the same space at the same time and that space should provide the needed six feet or more between persons. Again, anyone who is sick or coughing should not participate in or attend the Drive-In Church service.

In the event that there are not enough gloves or mask to go around we ask that those individuals that cannot be supplied the materials wash/sanitize frequently and strictly adhere to the 6 feet social distancing protocol. They are not to have person to person contact in anyway.
Common Protocol for Individual Teams
Service set up and tear down
Parking Lot Attendants
Offering Collectors
Children’s Team
In addition to the common practices listed above, individuals working to set up or tear down equipment (including instruments) should be sanitizing each piece before it is moved and after it has been used.
 
There is to be no sharing of mics or equipment. Everyone should be using their own dedicated equipment and individuals should be spaced 6 feet apart.
 
After set up and before tear down individuals should be sanitizing their hands again, and getting fresh gloves and mask.
In addition to the common practices listed above, Parking lot attendants should not be leaning into vehicles. Avoid person to person contact.
 
Nothing should be passed out at anytime. No bulletins, or activity bags.
 
Parking attendants should be distinguishable, and the entrances and exits of parking lot clearly marked so there is no confusion. People should be passing through the attendants in order to gain entrance. This will help to keep track of attendance.
  
If you choose to have  a collection, best practice would be to provide an online option for your church. Links to learn how to do so are included on the COVID-19 Response page.
 
 
 
Children’s activities should be provided online if possible. Nothing should be passed out.
Worship Team
Pastors
Those in Attendance
In addition to the common practices listed above, we ask that there be no sharing of mics or equipment. Everyone should be using their own dedicated equipment and individuals should be spaced 6 feet apart.
 
If your service includes music both at the beginning and end we ask that the worship team wash or sanitize their hands in between performances and replace their gloves and masks.
 
Upon completing service, and before reuniting with family we ask you to again wash or sanitize your hands.
In addition to the common practices listed above, we ask that there be no sharing of mics or equipment. Everyone should be using their own dedicated equipment and individuals should be spaced 6 feet apart.
 
Upon completing service, and before reuniting with family we ask you to again wash or sanitize your hands.
For those in attendance we ask that you wash or sanitize your hands prior to arrival, and again after arrival if you have contact with anyone, (even if they are just passing materials through the window to you.)
 
If you are sick, feel like you might be getting sick, or are coughing, or have a fever STAY HOME!!!
 
NO ONE attending the service is to get out of their vehicle, please use the restroom before leaving your home.
 
If you drive a larger vehicle please park in the rear of the parking lot allowing those with smaller vehicles to be able to see.