We are, at this writing, aiming at a target date of
June 14 to return to our sanctuary for in-person worship
. We know that some among us are ready and less concerned these days with the coronavirus, while others among us still feel cautious about venturing into crowds. We want to assure you that regardless of your level of concern, we will take all the precautions necessary to be safe and responsible as we gather once again. After review governmental and church guidelines as well as consultation with other congregations, we have adopted the following protocol for gathering and encourage you to join us in this effort to keep everyone safe.
If anyone is uncomfortable or at high risk, you are encouraged to remain at home
until the risk subsides. Please continue to gather with us through livestream on Facebook and YouTube.
When you arrive at church, please note the signs asking if you’re experience any symptoms
, if you’ve come in contact with someone who’s infected with the coronavirus or, if you’ve traveled out of the country. If any you answer any of these 'yes,' please do not enter You will not be physically screened so, please be forthright in screening yourself.
As you approach the entrance, should there be people in front of you, please remain at least six feet behind them.
Follow the markings on the patio entrance to keep an appropriate distance.
You are encouraged to bring and wear a mask.
If you do not have access to a mask, one will be provided for you. If you wish, it is not necessary wear the mask while sitting and listening. It is encouraged for those parts of the service where we speak words in unison or when you sing.
· There will be no bulletins, hymnals or Bibles in the pews in order to reduce the surfaces.
Everything will be presented on the screens
Please sit in designated pews.
You may not be able to sit in your “regular” pew, as every other pew will be restricted. It’ll be o.k.
You may sit in “family / friend clusters”
but, please use the apparatus on the pew to keep at least six (6) feet from the next person or cluster in your pew.
Please refrain from physical touching or hugging of others.
We recognize that we are a friendly, caring congregation, but the best way to heed Jesus command to, “love one another,” is to wear a mask and keep socially distanced from others. There will be no physical ‘Passing of the Peace.’
When singing or speaking in unison, you are strongly encourage you to wear a mask.
Please remember that you’re wearing a mask for the safety and well-being of others. We show our love for others by wearing a mask.
If you choose to receive Holy Communion,
you will be ushered forward, one row at a time. You will come forward and be offered by Pastor, (who will be wearing a mask,) a cup with wine/grape juice with a host or wafer placed within the cup. Each cup will be spaced in the communion plate far enough apart for you to take one without disturbing the others. After you have taken the cup and host, please place the empty cup in the basket placed for that purpose. Then, please return to your seat. Please be assured that the preparation of communion will be done with the utmost safety, including clean/sanitized hands by a masked member of the Altar Guild.
Following worship, please remain in your seat and you will be ushered from the sanctuary.
Please do not gather to visit in the narthex. If you desire to visit with others, do so in the parking lot following worship.
If you need use the restroom, please feel free to do so.
Please take care to touch surfaces as little as possible and wipe surfaces which you have touched. Wipes and hand sanitizer will be available in various locations.
· After our target opening of June 14, and for the foreseeable future,
will continue to gather in the parking lot, weather permitting.
If the weather is untenable, Wednesday Church will gather inside following the same protocol.
We’re aware that these protocols may seem cumbersome or restrictive, they’re really not. But please remember that they are for not only your safety, but the safety and confidence of others.
Finally, there are reasons we gather. We gather because God’s Spirit, calls us to do so, together. Much of the scriptures were written to and for the gathered Church. Christ calls His followers to be His Church together as His presence in the world and it’s how we are best able to respond to Christ’ command to love Him, by loving others and working together to make His kingdom present and visible. There simply is no way to be His church alone.