June 26, 2020 Update:
Due to the recent and significant increase in COVID-19 cases in the Orlando area, Trinity will once again suspend all in-person worship, gatherings, social groups and meetings for all groups affiliated with and/or sponsored by Trinity Downtown until further notice. The safety and well being of our entire Trinity family is of the utmost importance. We will continue with online worship and study groups to provide for the spiritual care of our Trinity community. Meetings, study groups, teams, social groups and the like are not permitted to meet in-person on campus and are encouraged to utilize online meeting resources such as Zoom, or phone conferencing. The only exception will be for Trinity’s Child Development Center ministry which will continue to operate under strict safety protocols as an essential provider of childcare in our downtown Orlando community. Trinity Leadership will continue to closely monitor the situation and will determine at what point it is safe to resume in-person worship and on-campus meetings. Updates will be shared via the Trinity Weekly, website, and Facebook page.
June 12, 2020 Update:
Trinity Family, Early March seems like such a long time ago. Many of us were paying little attention to a virus that was causing problems overseas, we still had days with cool weather, we were looking forward to Easter and we were able to worship at Trinity every weekend. Times certainly have changed. I doubt you could find anyone today who has not heard of COVID-19 or the Corona virus. Many of us have been hunkered down for months, only leaving the house to take care of essential business. Our children attended school at the kitchen table instead of in a classroom and our work schedules were disrupted. We have listened to “experts” breathlessly tell us some vital piece of news about the virus on Monday only to tell us something completely different on Wednesday. The only thing they could agree on is that life will never be the same. Luckily as practicing Christians we knew that God would see us through this time of trial as He has so many times in the past.
- Prior to you arriving for the service Trinity staff and volunteers will have removed the hymnals, Bibles, pencils and attendance and prayer cards from the pews. The carpets will have been steam cleaned and sanitized. All surfaces inside the Sanctuary will be sanitized, including the pews and pew cushions. These areas will be re-sanitized after the Saturday night service in preparation for Sunday morning.
- The pews and aisles will be marked to facilitate safe social distancing.
- The wearing of masks will be required for all in attendance. To comply with Orange County Executive Order 2020-23 Trinity’s face mask policy for in Sanctuary worship services has changed. The wearing of masks is required for all in attendance except for children under the age of 2 and persons for whom a face covering would cause impairment due to an existing health condition. While each of you is encouraged to bring and wear your own masks we will have masks available for anyone who needs one. Note: According to the CDC children under the age of two should not wear face masks.
- We will NOT be checking everyone’s temperature when they enter the Church. We do however ask anyone who is not feeling well, or who has any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19 to worship from home.
- When you arrive at Trinity you will be welcomed back by an usher or greeter who will escort you to your seat. They will also be able to answer any questions that you might have. It is important that seating take place in an orderly fashion to ensure that we make the most efficient use possible of the available seating. We ask everyone to be understanding if “their” pew is not available. We also ask that you arrive a few minutes earlier than you usually do, if possible, to assist with the process.
- Bulletins will not be available. We will have PowerPoint projection for both services.
- While we are still finalizing the services, you can expect that the liturgy will be spoken rather than sung and that hymns will be handled a bit differently than you are familiar with to take the wearing of masks into account.
- We will be administering in-pew communion rather than having the congregation proceed to the altar to receive the bread and wine. Each communicant will be given a sanitized plastic bag containing the bread and wine (gluten-free wafers will be available to those who need them) at their seat. Pastor will provide instructions detailing the exact procedure to be followed at each service.
- At the conclusion of the service everyone will be asked to remain seated until it is their row’s turn to leave the sanctuary.
- Collection plates will be placed at the front and side exits from the church to receive the tithes and offerings of those attending the service.
- There will be receptacles for the used communion kits at each exit as well.
*Childcare and nursery will not be available until further notice.