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COVID-19 Guidance

March 28, 2021  

In light of the continuing improved status with COVID-19 in our community, starting the weekend of April 3, we are phasing in additional changes to Sunday services as well as for on-site ministry events.

The following changes take effect for Sunday worship starting Saturday, Apr. 3:

  • Masks will now be recommended (not required) at the Saturday 5 p.m. Easter service and the Sunday 9:45 & 11:30 Easter services, with every row of seating used
  • At the 8 a.m. service, masks will continue to be required, with every-other-row of seating used 
  • Social distancing between groups is advised
  • The Nursery will be open at the 11:30 a.m. service hour starting Sunday, Apr. 4

For on-site ministry events:

  • Masks are recommended (not required)
  • Starting Monday, Apr. 5, the church public office hours will be Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


March 18, 2021  

In light of the improving status with COVID-19 in our community, starting this next Sunday, March 28, we are introducing a few changes to the Sunday morning experience.

Starting next Sunday, March 28:

  • We will no longer require registration. However, we encourage you to continue checking in for service and printing a nametag. To check in, visit one of the Self Check-In Stations and either scan the Fastpass on the College Park Church app or type in your phone number. 
  • All three services will go to self-seating, with two-seats between every group for social distance.
  • All Sanctuary doors will be open for entry and exit.
  • At the 9:45 a.m. service only, we will seat every row (we will still leave two seats between every group).
  • We will regain access to the ramp, Children’s Ministry areas for the Nursery, and Children’s Ministry Check-In. The Nursing Mothers Room will also be moving back to the Nursery. 
  • Families are encouraged to begin using Doors 6 and 10 for entry on Sunday mornings.

At this time, masks will continue to be required for all adults and children age six and older during the first and second services. Masks are recommended during the third service.

In our ongoing commitment to your safety, we are continuing to monitor data and prayerfully seek the Lord’s wisdom for other future COVID-related policies.

Below, Lead Executive Pastor Paul Spilker shares additional details.

Stay Informed

All COVID-19-related communication will continue to be distributed through this page: yourchurch.com/updates. The best source of information on COVID-19 is the CDC’s website. Please view our extended COVID-19 FAQ for more information on the ministry changes and the impact of COVID-19. If you have any further questions, please email .   

Thank you for helping us keep College Park Church a safe place to ignite a passion to follow Jesus.


January 7, 2021  

Dear Church Family,

First, Happy New Year! As we are entering the second week of this new year, we are still astonished at all God has done in and through College Park Church in 2020. Through your faithfulness in 2020, we have rejoiced with many who have trusted in Christ for the first time, shared gospel hope locally and globally through digital ministry, and resourced urban and local addiction ministries here in greater Indianapolis through our Christmas Offering. 

Thank you for being faithful in 2020 in the midst of uncertainty and, for many of us, great trials. We are grateful for you.

As you may know, Hamilton County is now under the guidelines of the red advisory level per the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH). In a spirit of over-communication, we want to review how these new guidelines currently do, and do not, impact the ministries of College Park Church.

Sunday mornings:

  • Sunday worship will continue unchanged with services at 8, 9:45, and 11:30 a.m.
  • Nursery and Preschool will continue to be offered at 8 and 9:45 a.m.

Other ministry events and gatherings:

  • Effective Jan. 6, all in-person indoor gatherings and events, other than Sunday morning worship, are limited to a twenty-five person capacity and will continue to include mask-wearing and social distancing

We will continue striving to find new ways to serve you through hybrid and digital ministry as we have throughout the pandemic. Further details about specific ministry events in 2021 will be shared over the coming weeks.

Though we face many uncertainties in this new year, we are confident in God’s faithfulness and are trusting him in 2021. 

If you have any questions, please contact .

In Christ,

Paul Spilker

Lead Executive Pastor


October 1, 2020  

In our ongoing commitment to your spiritual and physical health, we are continuing our phased regathering plan. 

Changes to the 12 p.m. Service

Starting Sunday, Oct. 11, the 12 p.m. service only will become a “mask-recommended” service. The 8 & 10 a.m. services will continue to be “mask required.” 

Mask Requirements for Children

Additionally, to be consistent with our Preschool protocol, we have revised our in-Sanctuary mask requirements for children. Starting Sunday, Oct. 11, masks will be recommended for children under age six (rather than required). Masks will continue to be required for all children and adults ages six and up at the 8 and 10 a.m. services.

Children’s Programming

Starting Sunday, Oct. 25, we are offering Nursery, Preschool, and Elementary programming during the 8 & 10 a.m. services. The latest addition, Elementary programming, will be for grades K-4 during the 8 a.m. and grades K-6 during the 10 a.m. 

Stay Informed

All COVID-19-related communication will continue to be distributed through this page: yourchurch.com/updates. The best source of information on COVID-19 is the CDC’s website. Please view our extended COVID-19 FAQ for more information on the ministry changes and impact of COVID-19. If you have any further questions, please email    

Thank you for helping us keep College Park Church a safe place to ignite a passion to follow Jesus.


July 26, 2020  

After much prayer and consideration, we are eager and planning to keep taking steps toward resuming limited capacity in-person worship services on Sunday, Aug. 9. 

We are committed to doing all we can to create a safe environment for worship for those who choose to attend. We continue to monitor our local and state guidelines, and we may change our plans. Thank you for your patience, grace, and prayers as we ignite a passion to follow Jesus during this season. 

To learn more about how we are phasing toward regathering, please visit yourchurch.com/regathering.


May 21, 2020 

As you probably have heard, Indiana is beginning to reopen in phases. We are sure that raises some questions for you about how church ministry is affected and when we can gather again for Sunday worship.

For the next few months, our plan is to continue worshiping together online. The data and recommendations about reopening are still very fluid and we want to move forward slowly to make the best and safest possible decisions.

Digital Ministry

In the meantime, we will continue devoting our energy, attention, and resources toward our other available ministry avenues: our Sunday morning live stream, virtual ministry and resources, providing resources for families, and serving our community. We miss seeing you but are also encouraged to see God at work through praying for one another over the phone, fostering group life through video calls, giving generously, and finding other ways to connect. We commit to you that we will gather again as soon as we can do so in a safe and welcoming way.

In-Person Ministry

At the same time, we are exploring creative and safe ways for our congregation to engage together beyond in-person worship gatherings. For example, we are working on a number of ideas and are excited to offer an opportunity as soon as this Saturday, May 23—a Drive-Thru Prayer Event from 9-10:30 a.m. at the church.

Also, as detailed below, in Phase 1 at your discretion you may consider worshiping from home with other individuals or another family unit, of 10 people or less, while following the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) guidelines regarding hygiene, social distancing, masks, and vulnerable populations.

Below is a set of frequently asked questions and our phasing plan for how we plan to re-engage in in-person ministry.

Reopening FAQ

What are the guiding principles for how College Park plans to meet again on Sunday mornings?

Our elders and staff greatly miss being together for regular ministry and Sunday services. We can’t wait to be back together worshiping with the congregation.

At this time, our plan is to continue worshiping together online. The guiding principles that are informing our decisions and planning, as Pastor Mark recently shared, are:

  1. Health & Safety 
  2. Effectiveness
  3. Phasing
  4. Wisdom

What inputs are we considering in regard to re-opening?

We are monitoring input from state and local officials, as well as internal and external subject-matter experts from a wide variety of perspectives to make the wisest possible decisions regarding plans and timing. We are also learning and preparing plans for effective facility sanitizing procedures and are assessing room capacities in light of social distancing recommendations. 

We want to ensure that we are properly equipped and trained to address the complexity involved in opening a church of our size and demographics. 

When and how can we meet in person in a limited size group?

The first step (Phase 1) we are taking to re-engage in-person ministry is as follows: 

  • Groups of 10 people or less that adhere to social distancing guidelines from the CDC and ISDH, are able to meet off-site as of May 16. That number increases to 25 people on June 1.  
  • If and when you choose to meet, please: 
    • Keep six feet apart from one another
    • Wear masks (recommended for ages 2 and up)
    • Meet outdoors if you are able
    • Include at-risk members by providing a virtual way for them to participate in your group meeting
    • Keep a record of in-person attendance to notify attendees if there is a confirmed COVID-19 exposure

These limited size groups include Small Groups, Bible studies, Titus 2 groups, and discipleship groups.

Can we gather together in homes to worship from home?

At your discretion, you may consider using the live stream to worship from home together with a few other individuals or another family unit, provided that your group is 10 individuals or fewer and you are following CDC and ISDH guidelines regarding hygiene, social distancing, masks, and vulnerable populations. 

There are a variety of factors and levels of risk for each individual and family; therefore, we want to offer a few guidelines and allow each individual or family to decide what makes the most sense for them. If you are at-risk or feel uncomfortable or unsafe hosting or being hosted, we encourage you to stay home.

In compliance with CDC, ISDH, and local guidelines, we encourage all participants of College Park group gatherings to: (1) maintain a safe social distance; (2) wear protective masks; and (3) support healthy hygiene behaviors in their homes such as regularly washing hands, providing hand sanitizer, and taking proper home sanitation measures. 

To combat the spread of the virus, we also ask you to consider meeting with the same individuals or family each Sunday during Phase 1. While we understand the desire to see more of our church family, keeping the same groups together will help isolate cases. 

What are we doing for church membership events? How do I pursue joining the church during this time when we are meeting virtually?

Our membership events are still happening virtually. If you are new to College Park, we encourage you to attend our digital DISCOVER event to get to know us and help us get to know you. If you have already attended DISCOVER, contact Kelli Ellis to learn your next steps.

Has anyone in the College Park family been impacted by COVID-19? 

Yes, many in the College Park family have either been directly impacted by the virus or experienced job loss or other economic hardship due to the pandemic. 

If you are in need, we would love to serve you in some way. Contact us at yourchurch.com/next to connect with our team. If you would like to support our COVID-19 ministry efforts, we encourage you to make a gift at yourchurch.com/give.

If I have a need, whom do I contact?

We would love to connect with you. See below for ways to connect. 

  • Are you new? Want more information about the church? Or would you like prayer, counseling, or financial coaching? Connect with us at yourchurch.com/next. 
  • Are you receiving regular emails from us? Ensure you receive our weekly email updates by signing up for our all-church newsletter.
  • Are you a healthcare professional? We would love to hear about ways we could come alongside you in this season. Fill out this form.
  • Are you a member wanting to contact an elder or deacon in the region of the city you live? View the elder map to review the information for your parish.  

As our church continues meeting virtually, how can I engage more?

Our building doors might be closed, but ministry is alive and well at College Park, and now is a great time to get connected. We encourage you to:

  • Check out new resources each weekday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Facebook and at cpcresources.net.
  • Join a digital Men’s & Women’s Bible study
  • Review our resources for families on the Help at Home page for a complete list and more information to take a next step

Anticipated Phases for College Park Ministry

The below phases summarize our anticipated progression through steps to engage in in-person ministry. In all phases, we will continue offering virtual ministry including the Sunday live stream, and encourage you to refer to CDC and ISDH guidelines for safety and sanitization. For the next few months, our plan for Sunday worship services is to continue worshiping together online.  We will update the church regularly as we progress through the phases.

Please note: this plan is subject to change if state or local guidelines or shelter-in-place orders change.

Phase 0: Virtual ministry only (March 12-May 15)

Phase 1: Off-site gatherings with 10 people or less (May 16-June 1); then up to 25 people (June 1-TBD)

  • This applies to Small Groups, Bible studies, student groups, or in-home live stream watch gatherings
  • Groups should follow CDC and ISDH guidance; social distancing and masks are recommended
  • Keep a record of attendance for in-person church group gatherings to notify participants in the event of a COVID-19 exposure
  • The church office and building remains closed through June 12, at least 

Phase 2: Limited on-site groups, & off-site gatherings of less than 100 people (TBD)

Phase 3: Larger size on-site gatherings; limited in-person special services (TBD)

Phase 4: Introduce Sunday morning in-person worship services with protocols and capacity limits (TBD)

Phase 5: Return to full Sunday mornings (TBD)


 
March 19, 2020  

We want to update you and provide additional clarity on how we are planning worship services and ministry events. Thank you for your patience as we navigate this challenging season.

Following the latest guidance from Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb and the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), College Park Church will not gather in person but will offer online Sunday morning worship services until further notice.

In addition, all College Park Church ministry events and meetings are canceled or postponed until further notice. The Congregational Meeting and Worship-Based Prayer Night scheduled for Sunday, March 22, 2020 will be rescheduled. Our Easter worship service on April 12, 2020 will be online only. The College Park Church offices are closed and the staff is working remotely until further notice.

Sunday Morning Worship Services   

Sunday morning worship services will be live streamed at yourchurch.com/live with recordings of the full worship services available at yourchurch.com/sermons

Financial Measures & Giving

Our staff and elders are taking aggressive measures to freeze spending while still focusing on the priorities of: (1) serving people inside and outside our church, and (2) providing for our staff as they minister. Thankfully, our church was in a solid financial position prior to this season.

However, everything we do in ministry is dependent on our collective generosity. Our fifty missionary units, five strategic global partners, fourteen local partnerships, seventy staff members, and our Benevolence Task Force are able to minister to people because you give.

Online giving is now the main way to support the ongoing ministry of College Park Church. You can give online at yourchurch.com/give. To learn how to give an online gift, please view our Online Giving help article.

Pastoral Care   

Our elder, deacon, and staff teams are providing pastoral care for our people in this season—especially those in our congregation who are at greatest risk. For example, our elders and deacons are reaching out to all of our members, many groups such as Students and counseling are meeting virtually, and we are providing daily online resources.

For Small Groups and Bible studies, we encourage you to explore other ways to meet via phone or video calls to continue ministering to, encouraging, and praying for one another in the weeks ahead.   

We care deeply for those who are affected by this and are praying for God’s leading and wisdom as we navigate the next few weeks. If you would like to share a prayer need or pray with a pastor, please visit yourchurch.com/prayer.  Members and attendees of College Park Church may also speak with one of our financial mentors.

Stay Informed

All future communication will continue to be distributed through this page: yourchurch.com/updates. The best source of information on COVID-19 is the CDC’s website. Please view our extended COVID-19 FAQ for more information on the ministry changes and impact of COVID-19. If you have any further questions, please email .   

Thank you for helping us keep College Park Church a safe place to ignite a passion to follow Jesus.


March 14, 2020  

Following the latest guidance from Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb and the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), College Park Church will not gather in person but will live stream Sunday morning worship services beginning Sunday, March 15 through Sunday, April 5, 2020.

In addition, all College Park Church ministry events and meetings are canceled through Friday, April 10, 2020. The Congregational Meeting scheduled for Sunday, March 22, 2020 will be rescheduled. The College Park Church offices are closed and the staff is working remotely until further notice.

Sunday Morning Worship Services   

Sunday morning worship services will be live streamed at yourchurch.com/live with recordings of the full worship services available at yourchurch.com/sermons.

Pastoral Care   

Our elder, deacon, and staff teams are developing plans for pastoral care for our people in this season, especially for those in our congregation who are at greatest risk.  

For Small Groups and Bible studies, we encourage you to explore other ways to meet via phone or video calls to continue ministering to, encouraging, and praying for one another in the weeks ahead.   

We care deeply for those who are already affected by this and are praying for God’s leading and wisdom as we navigate the next few weeks.    

Stay Informed

All future communication will continue to be distributed through this page: yourchurch.com/updates. The best source of information on COVID-19 is the CDC’s website. If you have any questions, please email .   

Thank you for helping us keep College Park Church a safe place to ignite a passion to follow Jesus.


March 12, 2020  

For this Sunday, March 15, 2020, in addition to canceling all ministry events and meetings (see March 11 update below), College Park Church will not gather in person. We will live stream a Sunday morning worship service at 9:30 a.m. at yourchurch.com/live. A recording of the full worship service will be available at yourchurch.com/sermons.

In light of the rapidly-changing status of COVID-19 in Indiana, we will evaluate our plans early next week for future Sunday morning services. 

We are closely monitoring all information and guidance from officials with the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We will make decisions regarding future Sunday worship service gatherings on a week-to-week basis and will communicate those decisions here at yourchurch.com/updates 

Pastoral Care   

Our elder, deacon, and staff teams are developing plans for pastoral care for our people in this season, especially for those in our congregation who are at greatest risk.  

For Small Groups and Bible studies, we encourage you to explore other ways to meet via phone or video calls to continue ministering to, encouraging, and praying for one another in the weeks ahead.   

We care deeply for those who are already affected by this and are praying for God’s leading and wisdom as we navigate the next few weeks.    

Stay Informed   

All future communication will continue to be distributed through this page: yourchurch.com/updates. The best source of information on COVID-19 is the CDC’s website. If you have any questions, please email .   

Thank you for helping us keep College Park Church a safe place to ignite a passion to follow Jesus.


March 11, 2020

According to the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) there are now 10 confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Indiana, representing seven Indiana counties.  

In an abundance of caution and care for the College Park Church family, and with a desire to help limit the spread of COVID-19 in Indiana, College Park Church is canceling all ministry events and meetings (except for Sunday morning worship services, nursery, preschool, elementary, and jr. high) through Sunday, March 29, 2020.   

At this time, Sunday morning worship services, nursery, preschool, elementary, and jr. high will continue as normally scheduled, pending further notice.  

We are closely monitoring all information and guidance from officials with the ISDH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Please read our March 5 update below to review our increased sanitization protocol. We will prayerfully determine on a day-to-day basis whether further steps are needed and update accordingly.  

Take Precautions  

For Sunday mornings, we caution you to practice the standard, flu-season safety precautions that we are already familiar with, including: 

  • Cough etiquette and hygiene
  • Thorough and regular hand washing (particularly after touching your face)
  • Social distancing (limiting physical contact with others) 

Risk-Related Guidance for Sunday Morning Participation   

Based on guidance from the CDC, we request you do not attend Sunday morning worship services, nursery, preschool, elementary, and jr. high if you are in any of these at-risk categories:  

  1. Older adults (typically age 60 and above)
  2.  People who have serious chronic medical conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease
  3.  Immunosuppressed individuals (people with recent or upcoming surgeries; people on autoimmune treatments, including steroids; people with impaired heart, kidney, or liver function; or people going through cancer treatment)
  4. Direct caregivers of at-risk individuals (non-medical personnel) 

Additionally, we request you do not attend Sunday morning worship services, nursery, preschool, elementary, and jr. high if you meet any of the following conditions:  

  1. Have had flu-like symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath, vomiting) in the past 14 days
  2. Have traveled internationally within the past 14 days 
  3. Have traveled recently to domestic areas that have been highly affected by the coronavirus in the past 14 days
  4. Have been in close contact with someone with flu-like symptoms in the past 14 days  

Pastoral Care  

Our elder, deacon, and staff teams are beginning to develop plans for pastoral care for our people in this season, especially for those in our congregation who are at greatest risk. 

For Small Groups and Bible studies, we encourage you to explore other ways to meet via phone or video calls to continue ministering to, encouraging, and praying for one another through Sunday, March 29, 2020.  

We care deeply for those who are already affected by this and are praying for God’s leading and wisdom as we navigate the next few weeks.   

Stay Informed  

All future communication will continue to be distributed through this page: yourchurch.com/updates. The best source of information on COVID-19 is the CDC’s website. If you have any questions, please email .  

Thank you for helping us keep College Park Church a safe place to ignite a passion to follow Jesus.


March 6, 2020

This morning, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) confirmed the first case of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Indiana. According to Fox59, the individual who tested positive has been in self-quarantine after realizing he might have been exposed to the virus. State Health Commissioner Kristina Box, M.D., FACOG said the risk to the general public is low.

We are aware of the situation and continue to closely monitor all information and guidance from officials with the ISDH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Please read our March 5 update below to review the sanitization protocol.

Take Precautions

Again, we caution you to practice the standard, flu-season safety precautions we are already familiar with—including practicing cough etiquette and hygiene, washing your hands thoroughly and regularly, particularly after touching your face, and limiting physical contact with others. 

Reduce Risk

Currently, we have decided to continue regular programming at College Park Church, including the THINK conference tonight and tomorrow. At the same time, we ask you to avoid attending any church activity, including THINK|20 and Sunday worship, if any of these conditions are met: 

  1. You have had any flu-like symptoms in the past 7 days such as fever, cough, vomiting, or shortness of breath
  2. You have been in close contact with someone with flu-like symptoms in the past 7 days 
  3. You have traveled from an area in the past 7 days with confirmed cases and/or suspect you may have been exposed 
  4. You have traveled to or from China, Italy, Iran, or South Korea or any other country flagged as level 2 or level 3 alerts in the past 14 days

Stay Informed

All future communication will be distributed through this page: yourchurch.com/updates. For general information, the best source of information is the CDC’s website. If you have any questions, please email

Pray

  • Pray for the many medical professionals, public safety professionals, educators, missionaries, and others who are affected
  • Pray for the Lord’s protection from illness among our people
  • Pray for gospel opportunities to come from this outbreak
  • Pray for wisdom regarding ministry impact in the event of local COVID-19 cases

Thank you for helping us keep College Park Church a safe place to ignite a passion to follow Jesus.


March 5, 2020

In response to growing concern regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), we would like to update you on our planning and precautionary health and safety measures in place at College Park Church.

We are grateful there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state of Indiana or among the College Park Church congregation. At the same time, your health and safety are important to us, and we care about College Park Church being a place of refuge and redemptive community. 

As we have reviewed information from the Indiana State Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and representatives from within the medical community, we are preparing with the following strategies: 

Elevated Sanitization Protocol

As of earlier this week, we have increased our already-thorough cleaning and sanitation procedures. The following precautions are in place for the foreseeable future:

  • We will make all efforts to supply hand sanitizer at Sanctuary doors, check-in areas, and restrooms, pending very limited supply availability 
  • Communion will be delivered in contained cups and packaged crackers
  • Increased building signage will encourage thorough hand washing
  • All doorknobs, trash cans, and non-porous surfaces will be sanitized frequently with CDC-approved cleaning products

Take Precautions

As is recommended during any flu season, practice the safety precautions we are already familiar with, including practicing cough etiquette and hygiene, washing your hands regularly, particularly after touching your face, and limiting physical contact with others.

Reduce Risk

Currently, we are not canceling any regular programming at College Park Church. However, in an abundance of caution, we ask that you avoid attending church activities including THINK|20 and Sunday worship if any of these conditions are met: 

  1. You have had any flu-like symptoms in the past 7 days such as fever, cough, vomiting, or shortness of breath
  2. You have been in close contact with someone with flu-like symptoms in the past 7 days 
  3. You have traveled to or from China, Italy, Iran, or South Korea or any other country flagged as level 2 or level 3 alerts in the past 14 days

Stay Informed

All future communication will be distributed here, at yourchurch.com/updates. For general information, the best source of information is the CDC’s website. If you have any questions, please email . If you are registered for a 2020 Vision Trip, we will communicate with you individually in the event of any possible trip changes or cancellations. 

Pray

  • Pray for the many medical professionals, public safety professionals, educators, missionaries, and others who are already affected or are preparing for a possible spread into Indiana
  • Pray for the Lord’s protection from illness among our people
  • Pray for gospel opportunities to come from this outbreak
  • Pray for wisdom regarding ministry impact in the event of local COVID-19 cases

Thank you for helping us keep College Park Church a safe place to ignite a passion to follow Jesus.