Updated June 25, 2020
Q: Is the Trinity building open?
A: As of June 25, 2020, the building is still closed to the public. However, as NYC moved into Phase 2 of the reopening of the state on June 22, we are currently allowed to open. In our first steps of reopening, we are allowing staff and the worship team to enter the building using the NY State’s Department of Health’s guidelines for a safe reopening, including social distancing, masks, and COVID prescreening. The building is being sanitized and some maintenance work is also resuming.
Q: When will Trinity reopen to the public?
A: The leadership at Trinity has been wrestling with this question and praying about it through the time of the COVID pandemic. It is not an easy question to answer as many factors are involved. We have to consider the safety of the congregants as well as the staff. We have to prepare to reopen in a safe way that also allows us to accomplish our mission. At this time, we feel that the restrictions on in-person meetings are not worth opening for how few people would be allowed in the building at a time.
That being said, we anticipate possibly opening in a few weeks (possibly in July) when we are more prepared and also have better state guidelines for houses of worship. It’s hard to release a game plan when the guidelines change so frequently (sometimes daily!). But please stay tuned.
Q: What will church look like when we reopen?
A: Church will be a little different. It will feel a little different. And it will look different too. The specifics we can tell you are that we will have to socially distance ourselves and wear masks. The ushers will guide people to specific seats so that we can ensure your safety. And the services will be shorter, probably less than an hour. Two things we probably won’t be able to hold yet are: coffee hour or Sunday School/childcare.
What we will still have is… praise to our God! We will read scripture. We will pray. We will worship. Pastor Brian will preach some good messages. And you can see your brothers and sisters again… from a nice healthy distance of course!
We know that it might not be easy to adjust to this way of church life. And we understand that you might not be ready to engage in this way. But we will certainly continue our online services so that we can encourage everyone in our daily walk with our Savior and that we may continue to grow in our faith and trust.
Q: How can I stay connected to my Trinity family?
A: There are still many small groups continuing through the summer online. To see all the different groups that are available, please visit: the COVID-19 Crisis page or the Small Groups page for more information on the specific topics of study.
Q: Who can I contact for help?
A: We encourage you to visit the COVID-19 Crisis page and go to the Caring section to see who to contact for prayer, counseling, food, or financial assistance. You are not alone and we want to help.