July 2020

Dear Members of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Libertyville, IL

These are unusual times and they present their own unique challenges. We value the science and the guidance from health experts who offer their wisdom in such matters. We understand that the pandemic impacts geographical regions differently and that we rely on health organizations like our state and local public health departments to provide current assessments and trends. We appreciate and understand that every person operates from different levels of comfort and risk.

Holy Cross’ leadership is continuously processing information with the primary goal of being as thoughtful and attentive to the health needs of everyone while managing the desire to be together in person as a community of faith. The message continues to be that Holy Cross Lutheran Church is not closed. Ministry is happening in meaningful and different expressions.

We appreciate your input with this questionnaire. We are listening to everyone, but recognize that we may not be able to meet everyone’s desires. We continue to pray for carefully crafted decisions that respect the uniqueness of each of our situations while balancing our personal needs with our desire to be stewards of the common good and the practice of loving one another.

You are welcome to either submit one response for an entire family group or have each person fill out their own questionnaire. If you are responding as an individual or family group, please list all names of family members whose ideas are represented. Your responses to this questionnaire are confidential and will not be shared with your name attached. Thank you.

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* 1. Please provide your name/s (optional):

Questionnaire Part I - Your Preferences

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* 2. What online content have you accessed during the COVID-19 pandemic?  (choose all that apply)

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* 3. If you have not interacted with our online content, why not?

Questionnaire Part II – Returning to in-person worship and other activities

When we do resume in-person worship service at church, it will be very different. We may require the practice of RSVP in order to manage attendance for any in-person gathering. 

To ensure your safety, here is what you can expect, at least for a while.  

  • We will require everyone to wear a mask while indoors
  • We will set up one-way foot traffic entering and exiting the building and sanctuary
  • We will prop doors open so people do not have to touch handles, when possible
  • We will provide hand sanitizer stations
  • We will limit handouts of any kind (e.g., announcement guide, bulletins, hymnals, Bibles, etc.)
  • We will limit the number of people in the sanctuary, following public health guidelines
  • Members of your household will be able to sit together in ‘seating pods’ (groupings of sanctuary chairs)  and will seat non-related people in different ‘seating pods’ while safely practicing social distancing
  • Holy Communion will use an “individual packaged communion kit” and will be distributed in a different way to celebrate it
  • We will not pass offering plates, rather, encourage online giving, mailing your gifts, or dropping them in a box as you enter the sanctuary
  • We will not practice passing of the peace, and discourage shaking hands and hugging
  • We may not have responsive readings and prayers
  • May not have choir
  • May not sing hymns (though there may be soloists)
  • We will allow a longer period of time between worship service hours to facilitate social distancing; this may affect start times for worship
  • We will not have fellowship time before or after worship services
  • We will encourage you to limit the number of persons in restrooms
  • We may not provide a “children’s message” opportunity initially
  • We may not provide childcare and/or Sunday School classes initially

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* 4. As our local government eases restrictions on public gatherings, how do you think you will feel about returning to a worship service at church, with the above precautions in place? Select one:

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* 5. When our church begins gathering in person again, which of the following would you most prefer? (Please rank with #1 being your most preferred and #5 being your least preferred)

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* 6. In addition to our local government easing restrictions on public gatherings, are there other things you would want to see before you return to attend a worship service at church? Select all that apply:

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* 7. Would you be willing to attend a worship service at a different time than you typically attend to allow people to be more spread out in the sanctuary?

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* 8. Would you be willing to attend a worship service in an overflow room to ensure people (in the sanctuary and overflow rooms) are spread out?

Other Activities

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* 9. Would you be willing to attend a relational/study group?

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* 10. Do you have children age 18 or younger who typically attend church with you?

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* 11. If you bring children when you attend worship services again, would you allow them to attend their class where it typically meets?

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* 12. What precautions do you expect the church to take in children’s classes (Sunday School & Confirmation & High School youth) when they resume? Select all that apply:

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* 13. When would you feel comfortable volunteering in person at the church facility? 

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* 14. What additional opportunities would you be interested in as a result of COVID-19?

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* 15. How has your online giving experience been during COVID-19?

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* 16. Is there anything else you would like to share with us? Are there any other offerings that you would like to suggest?

Part III – Help us understand a little about who you are

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* 17. How long have you been attending?

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* 18. What is your age group?

Thank you for sharing your thoughts. You are an important part of our community. We care about your health and safety AND about your opinions.

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