REGATHERING AT THE GROVE
As we prepare to re-gather as a family for worship services, we want you to be informed, prepared, and comfortable. Below you will find links to register for our services, what to expect when you arrive, our safety measures, and a frequently asked question section. Please take time to look over this page. We can’t wait to see you on Sunday!
Our goal is to make Watson Grove one of the safest places in our area. Below are some of the measures we are taking to make your experience safe and enjoyable.
We will practice a five Fold approach to ensure the health and safety of our partners and guest.
Screening – Everyone entering the building will undergo health screening questionnaire for COVID19 symptoms and exposure risk and undergo temperature checks.
Social Distancing –Seating will ensure CDC Social Distancing guidelines are followed and seating capacity will be limited to ensure health and safety of partners and guest. Registration will be required to ensure we limit our capacity.
Secure Masking – All attendees will be required to wear mask securely over their nose & mouth.
Sanitization Protocols – Touch surfaces will be cleaned regularly during worship services and all areas will be fogged with disinfectant between each service.
Staff Training - All volunteers and staff will be train on protocols and precautions to ensure a safe and sanitary environment is maintained.
I’m not comfortable returning to church yet. Will online services continue to be offered?
Yes! We encourage you to join us online until you feel comfortable attending in person. Our worship services will to be streamed at 9 am from our Franklin Campus and at 11am at our Nashville Campus. You can stream our services at www.thegrovenash.org or on Facebook.
Will The Grove be limiting capacity of their buildings?
Yes. Based on guidelines at the current time we will be limiting the capacity to 40%. We have been and will continue to closely monitor local, state and federal guidelines to help us determine safe practices and adhere to social distancing requirements.
Do I have to register?
Yes. In order to manage capacity as well as allow for contact tracing we are asking everyone to register. Registration will go live each week the Sunday prior to the Sunday service and close each Thursday.
How will The Grove be enabling social distancing in its locations?
We will be utilizing signage and ministry team members to encourage attendees as they arrive to head straight to check-in and then to their seats. There will be no gatherings in the lobby.
Will The Grove be screening those who attend in person?
Yes. Health screening questionnaire and temperate will be required for all attendees.
Are masks required?
Everyone who enters the building will be required to wear a mask. You are required to leave your mask on at all times while you are in the building. (Bandanas, masks with values and neck gaiters are not permitted as mask.) If you are unable or unwilling to wear a mask, we ask that you remain at home and enjoy our services online.
Can I wear a shield or a neck gator instead of a mask?
No. Per CDC guidelines we are requiring all individuals to wear a mask. Shields and neck gators are not acceptable substitutes.
What if I have a medical exemption for wearing a mask?
While we understand that some people have been exempted from wearing masks for medical reasons, we are requiring everyone to wear a mask. If you are unable to do so, we ask that you remain home and continue to worship with us online.
Will there be Children’s Church?
During this initial stage of re-gathering, we will not be having Children’s Church on Sunday mornings. We encourage you to bring your kids with you to our re-gathered services in the Worship Center. This may produce some hesitancy or even anxiety in you. We totally understand that, but we also want you to know that this is a safe place for kids to be kids! We’ll have Kids Kits (activity bags) available for them to have during service to keep them active and engaged. Additionally, you’re welcome to bring a device with headphones for them to engage with our digital Grove Kids content too. All children ages 4 and up will be required to wear facemasks. We are working on a plan to re-gather with our Children’s Church and we will keep you updated as our plan progresses.
If I choose not to attend in person, will there still be online option for Grove Kids?
Yes. You will still be able to find resources for your kids on the Grove YouTube page.
Should I let someone know if I discover I had COVID-19 while attending a service?
Yes. We will be contact tracing everyone who serves and attends our services. If you believe you had COVID-19 while attending a service, please email Chief of Staff/Director of Operations at email@example.com. Your privacy will be protected, but we will let people who you may have been in close contact with aware of the situation.
Will I be notified if someone who attended a service tests positive for COVID-19?
If we become aware that someone attended a service while having the virus, we will alert all attendees of the section where that person was sitting. If we become aware of three or more people who attended a service while having the virus, we will alert everyone who attended that service.
Will there be coffee or snacks?
Unfortunately, we will not be serving coffee or food at this time at our Nashville or Franklin Campuses. We also ask that no food or beverages be brought into the building. We are asking that everyone keep their mask on at all times. Please hydrate and caffeinate before arriving if possible.
Are service times changing?
Yes. In order to allow for the ability to clean between services, we will have new service times. Beginning Sunday, April 6th our new service times will be 7am Nashville | 9am Franklin | 11am Nashville. We will be streaming the 9am and 11am services online.
What time should I arrive for service?
In order to allow enough time for check-in we ask that you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the beginning of a service.
Will certain doors be marked for exit and entrance only?
Yes, entrances and exits will be marked to enable the proper flow of traffic.
Will restrooms be open?
Yes, restrooms will be open and will undergo routine cleaning between services.
Will the service look different?
For the most part our services will look the same. However, in this season, to allow for social distancing and safety, we will not pass our giving buckets, or have prayer with the laying on of hands and anointing during service.
How is The Grove cleaning its facilities?
We will be disinfecting seats in the worship center as well as cleaning all doors, handrails, and common areas between each service. The common areas and worship center will also be fogged with disinfectant. Additionally, hand sanitizer stations will be located throughout the building.
How can I continue my giving?
During this time, we are encouraging digital giving. You can still give 3 ways: 1) Go to our website www.thegrovenash.org and click the “Give” tab, 2) Give through Givelify, or 3) Mail in your contributions to 1415 Horton Ave. Nashville, TN 37212. We will also have giving stations located around the building that you may drop your gift into.