This week, I want to answer some frequently asked questions regarding worship.
Are we really following all of the protocols?
Yes, we are. As she greets people, Linda makes sure that everyone has a mask on and sanitizes their hands. All staff wear masks as soon as we enter the building, and I sanitize my hands and put on gloves before preparing and distributing communion.
Why can’t we sing if we’re wearing our masks?
Scientific data shows that we push our breath out harder when we’re singing. It also shows that there is no safe way to sing in groups, even when people are socially distant from one another. Until science shows us otherwise or until there is a reliable, widely available, safe vaccine, we will be able to listen to beautiful music throughout Sunday worship.
If we can’t sing, can we have a soloist sing?
This falls under the line from the Lord’s Prayer, “lead us not into temptation.” I don’t know about you, but even though I’m not a singer, if someone is singing, I join in without even realizing it. It happens when we listen to the radio, go to concerts, or listen to a song on the television. Because of this, we won’t tempt anyone to sing.
Is the sanctuary set up the same way it was before?
Yes and no. Everything in front is the same, with the exception of the plexiglass shield in front of the pulpit. That’s there so that I can preach and be understood without a mask on.
The cloth chairs have been replaced with our plastic and metal ones. There is six feet between each row, and the rows are staggered from side to side, so that each side is also six feet apart. Between services on Sunday, the chairs are sprayed with sanitizer.
When can we go back to normal?
I wish I had a crystal ball. Unfortunately, we just don’t know. This is a marathon, not a sprint, and the mile markers keep getting moved further out. I’m so thankful for our scientific community who continues to work toward a vaccine and continues to update ‘best practices’ as we learn more about this virus.
I’m just not comfortable coming to in-person worship right now. What can I do?
Coming back to in-person worship is a very personal decision that only you and your family can make. However, if you are comfortable in doing so, you can sign up via Sign Up Genius or by calling the church office to have personal communion. We can meet at my office or at your house (with masks at either), depending on where you’re most comfortable.
Okay, I’m ready to come back. Now what?
Make sure you sign up for your preferred service via Sign Up Genius or by calling the church office. You’ll need to sign up EVERY week.
I’ve tested positive for Covid-19 or have been exposed to someone who has. What should I do?
First, follow the advice of your doctor regarding care and quarantine guidelines.
Second, if you have been in the church 14 days prior to your diagnosis, call me right away (734-624-3273). Your name will be kept confidential, but we will need to follow our procedures of notifying people who were in the building and follow strict quarantine and cleaning protocols.
Do you have other questions? If so, please let me know!
The council and I are ready, willing, and able to address them.
Blessed to be serving with you,