Good afternoon church family,
We have some exciting news to share with you! This week, the Session approved the recommendation made to begin outdoor worship services.
In addition to our live-streamed Sunday service, which will continue to be broadcast live at 10 a.m., we will also offer a weekly in-person service at 8:15 a.m. from the Fellowship Hall porch. These porch services, which begin on Sunday, Oct. 4th, will include an abbreviated liturgy of prayer, scripture, and the same sermon that will be given in the live-streamed service. An anthem or instrumental music will also be offered. Parking will be available on the streets and adjacent to the Seabrook Building, but we ask that the unpaved lot next to the Fellowship Hall and the spaces near the driveway circle be left empty because we hope you all will be sitting there!
Because we remain committed to health and safety as the pandemic continues, the session has instituted special protocols for these outdoor worship services. Social distancing guidelines include:
- Maintaining a minimum of 6 feet distance from people who are not part of your family or who have not quarantined with you;
- Bringing and wearing a face mask at all times (not provided by the church); and
- Bringing your own chairs to sit in (not provided by the church).
While we hope that use will be kept to a minimum, restrooms in the Fellowship Hall will be available on an emergency basis. Children must be accompanied by an adult; only one person or one parent/child combo will be allowed in at a time. We also ask that you sanitize the restroom on your way in and way out by using the wipes and hand sanitizer provided. Should the forecast indicate inclement weather, a cancellation email will be sent out ahead of time.
For safety reasons, we will not be celebrating sacraments in porch worship, but Elders will be present to welcome you all back, assist with questions, and ensure that social distancing guidelines are followed.
We are thrilled to be able to take this important step toward gathering together in person once more. We can’t wait to greet you on October 4th!