What to Expect

Greetings!

 

We have all been missing the contact that comes with sharing and worshiping together, and look forward to narrowing the physical distance between us! The real church is not the building but the people: your congregational friends who share your Christian faith. We are one people who continue to share your joys and concerns, and care for you as we care for one another.

Of course, we will need to adhere to state guidelines as we begin to meet again, both for the safety of the weakest who gather with us, and to avoid any threat of re-closure. So if you choose to join us in person, expect things to be a little different for a time.

And if you would prefer to continue sheltering at home, we intend to continue recording our services — now in the sanctuary — for viewing on our video page each Sunday evening.

 

Policies for Worship Under COVID-19 Alert

While the last few months have been long and strange, we are excited to begin to gather together for worship in our beautiful sanctuary again, beginning on July 12th at 9:30am.

In order to keep everyone as safe as possible while we do so, the session has put the following policies in place for worship.

 

  • Masks must be worn at all times by all people with no exceptions. Masks will be offered to anyone who needs one, but they must be worn inside the building.

  • If you are unable to wear a mask for any reason, we encourage you to view the worship service on our video page each Sunday evening.

  • To ensure that masks will be worn, only the 6th Street door will be open for worship service.

  • The doors will open 15 minutes before the worship service only, to limit time inside the sanctuary.

  • A greeter will be at the door to offer out masks, and an usher will direct people to their seats.

  • There will be a log to keep track of phone numbers and/or emails for everyone who attends worship in case we need to contact people in the event of a positive case.

  • Rather than greeters passing out bulletins, they will be placed on the pews at physically distant locations. We ask that household groups sit together only where there are bulletins to maintain distance. To aid in this, pews will be taped off to enforce distancing.

  • Announcements and prayer requests can be written down before worship and left on the table in the back of the sanctuary, as we will not be passing around a mike. Pastor Cara will collect them as worship begins to share them.

  • Offering will not be collected, but instead plates will be available by the doors to the sanctuary.

  • Music will be offered through the organ and piano or recorded music. Singing will not be offered as it spreads the virus far too rapidly.

  • The services will be recorded and placed on the website Sunday evenings so that those who cannot attend services in person, can still worship.

  • As the longer people are in a building, the higher the risk gets, worship services will be shorter than normal, running between 30 and 40 minutes.

  • Following worship, we would love for people to socialize, but request that they move outdoors to do so where it is much safer to converse.

  • We ask that anyone who is running a fever or exhibiting other symptoms stay home for their safety as well as the health of others.


While we recognize that worship may not look the way we remember it, we also know that we are doing our best to keep safe those who are at the most risk around us. None of us wish to be accidentally responsible for the illness or demise of anyone else. Let us always be mindful of our relationship to one another. We are called to be the Body of Christ; and as a body, we are called to show God’s love in all we do.


We are to protect our more sensitive members from harm and to show them greater deference. We are to serve one another with grace and patience. It isn't ideal, but we know that this situation will not last forever. We look forward to seeing you all again soon!

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