All Services Open to Public
We have received an updated directive from Met. JOSEPH regarding pandemic-related precautions (CLICK HERE TO READ). Accordingly, we have restored our upstairs seating to the pre-pandemic capacity and no longer require social distancing between households there. This allows us to accommodate everyone who wishes to attend, and as a result we no longer require signup—all services are now open to the public. (Livestreaming of services will continue.)
However, since we no longer require distancing in the church, it is even more important for us to wear masks in order to protect ourselves and (more importantly) others. Masking will not continue in church forever, but we will likely have a few more months before authorities consider it prudent to end this proven strategy for reducing the virus's spread.
Moreover, we remain under the City of Norman mask ordinance until June 1, which requires masks to be worn whenever social distancing is not possible (as is now the case upstairs in the church). This ordinance only allows exceptions for children under six years of age and persons or situations identified by the CDC where the wearing of a mask may exacerbate a physical or mental health condition, lead to a medical emergency, or introduce significant safety concerns.
For services with a large expected attendance, we will also offer overflow seating downstairs, with livestream video and socially distanced seating. Downstairs, face masks will still be encouraged but not required by the city ordinance.
Fellowship events with food (like coffee hour) still need to be held outdoors, since they require removal of one's face mask.
Thanks for your patience and cooperation.