Athens Church Mission & Vision

To lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus by creating a church that unchurched people love to attend.

Transit/InsideOut Mission

To create environments where students can develop and own a faith of their own.

Goal

The people who call Athens Church home represent a diversity of backgrounds, experiences, and ideas. Everyone may come with different ideas and feelings about what in-person gatherings should look like. Because we are a church that is for everyone, we’re going to consider others before ourselves. We are taking extra steps to create irresistible environments where families can feel safe, comfortable, and connected.

Our goal is to re-gather in a way that exceeds people’s expectations in returning to church. By prioritizing safety and connection, we will earn the trust of our church family as we continue to take steps toward normal in-person gatherings. We will create safe environments where adults, teenagers, and kids can gather in person for corporate worship and community. This document will outline the early steps we are taking in June and July to step back into in-person services.

Attire

  •     Transit and InsideOut Volunteer Shirts

General Precautions

  • Please visit AthensChurch.com/OurPlan for FAQs and familiarize yourself with updated detailed procedures. Important information located on our FAQs is not replicated on this document.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be located throughout our facilities.
  • Our entire building will be thoroughly cleaned prior to Sunday mornings, as well as high traffic areas during the services and after the service hours.
  • All procedures are subject to change and most likely will change as we seek to meet the needs of our families and volunteers.

Greeting/Communication

Initially, many of our families will enter back to church with a greater felt need for personal space. At the same time many people will have a greater sense of freedom regarding physical space and contact.

We ask that all staff and volunteers observe these guidelines when greeting each other and guests.

  • Greet with big smiles.
  • Respect people’s comfort levels upon greeting. Initially greet with friendly waves, head nods, elbow bumps, and discern each person’s comfort level.
  • When in doubt allow for an appropriate level of physical distancing.

Role Specific Responsibilities

Host Team

Transit and InsideOut Host Team volunteers will continue to check-in new families. Host Team volunteers will also assist with student check-in by holding the iPads and wiping them down with disinfectant after each use.

While each volunteer has a specific role that they lead in prior to this season, we will need to move forward in unity and  remain flexible to meet the greater needs of the Students we serve. In order to do this, we may ask you to help clean and disinfect surfaces between services or on an as-needed basis.

Host Team volunteers will implement all normal operating procedures as well as the additional ones listed below. 

Before Sunday:

  • Fill out monthly volunteer availability form. 
  • Respond to weekly communication confirming availability. 

During Serving on Sunday:

  • Arrive at 8:50 a.m. for 9:15 a.m. volunteers and 10:30 a.m. for 11:00 a.m. volunteers. 
  • Meet with the Host Team Captain for connection, instruction for the day, and prayer. 
  • Volunteers will maintain a safe and spacious distance when greeting new families and students.
  • Disinfect iPads after each student checks-in.
  • Host Team volunteers will provide hand sanitizer for all students upon entering our environments and sanitize their hands frequently. 
  • Frequently clean the Host Team desk between helping families check-in with cleaner provided. 
  • A Host Team member will keep the doors open and frequently clean door handles at the entrances and exits of Transit and InsideOut and other common spaces throughout the hour and after each hour. 

After Serving: 

  • Sanitize the commonly touched surfaces in the Host Team area
  • Wash hands or use hand sanitizer before leaving.

Small Group Leaders

You didn’t sign up to lead a small group in the middle of a pandemic. But we are going to help you continue to make a difference in the lives of your students by helping you lead your small group in a safe way.

Small Group Leaders will implement all normal operating procedures as well as the additional ones listed below.

Before Sunday:

  • Respond to weekly GroupMe confirming availability. 
  • Read weekly email from Groups Directors. 

During Service Hour on Sunday:

  • Arrive at 8:50 a.m. for 9:15 a.m. volunteers and 10:30 a.m. for 11:00 a.m. volunteers. 
  • Check temperature and sanitize hands before entering the environment.
  • Attend any leader meeting for instructions, prayer and connection.
  • Assist with encouraging social distancing among students during the service.

After Serving: 

  • Carefully follow cleaning procedures listed in classrooms and on our FAQs
  • Wash hands or use hand sanitizer.

Volunteer Central

To ensure a safe and sanitized church experience, Athens Church will be altering our volunteer breakfast experiences. We will provide a limited selection of snacks and drinks for our volunteers. The Volunteer Area will be available for all volunteers before and after services. Please limit your time in the Volunteer Area and use the hand sanitizer provided before touching any food or drinks.

Thank You

Thank you for your heart for this church and the next generation! Thank you for leading with excellence as we create a compelling, safe, spacious, and sanitized environment for families!