In-person Worship Reservations
During the pandemic, we have set keeping people safe as one of our community’s priorities. During the early days of the pandemic, that meant cancelling gatherings for in-person worship and fellowship and thinking of innovative ways to gather and worship online.
Today those technical innovations are here to stay, and that commitment to safety continues. We are beginning to regather in the sanctuary for worship, and we are currently able to welcome 35 church members and friends into the building to worship together in person as we livestream for the whole church. We will need to utilize masks and social distance to make this possible, and we are so glad to be able to take this step toward one another.
This webpage will be updated monthly on the last Wednesday of the month to allow you to sign up to attend worship in the coming month. Each week’s sign up form will close on the Friday before at 12pm.
In order to accommodate everyone, we ask that you sign up to attend worship no more than twice each month.
|October 4, 2020||2020.10.4 Sign Up Form|
|October 11, 2020||2020.10.11 Sign Up Form|
|October 18, 2020||2020.10.18 Sign Up Form|
|October 25, 2020||2020.10.25 Sign Up Form|
Guidelines for Attending Worship in Person
- If you are feeling ill or live with someone who is not feeling well, please stay home. Symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever (over 99.4) or chills
- New loss of taste or smell
- Congestion or runny nose
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Sore throat
- Nausea or vomiting
- Muscle or body aches
- If you are a person at high risk from the virus, we encourage you to stay home.
- For your safety, the bathrooms, sanctuary, and frequently touched surfaces will all be cleaned and sanitized.
- Drinking fountains will not be available for use.
- Bulletins with hymns printed in them will be available. Please bring your own Bible if you’d like. There will be neither hymnals nor Bibles in the pew racks.
When You Get to Church
- Please enter through the south doors near the playground. There will be an usher to greet you at those doors and welcome you to worship. They will do a brief check of your temperature, ask you a couple of questions, and make sure we have your name and contact information available to us for the purpose of contact tracing.
- There will be a limit of two people in the elevator at a time, unless they are from the same household.
- You must wear a mask for the duration of your time in the church building. If you come without a mask, we will have disposable masks available.
- Hand sanitizer will be readily available, as well, and we encourage you to use it amply.
In the Sanctuary
- Please follow the signage in the sanctuary so we are all socially distanced from one another. Families/households may sit in close proximity to one another, and those areas are marked on the pews. Your pew will be marked with your name.
- We will be singing congregational songs together WITH OUR MASKS ON! (It may not be beautiful to our ears, but God will smile.)
- Children must stay with their parents during worship. There will be no childcare.
- The offering basket will be centrally located in the sanctuary. If you have brought your offering with you, please put it in the basket when you enter worship.
- Communion will be done differently in these months. On communion Sundays, we will provide each congregant with a pre-packaged cup and wafer. We will hold our elements until all are served, and commune together.
- If you need to use the restroom while you are at church, we will have limited and well-cleaned facilities available.
When Worship Is Over
- Please wait to be dismissed by an usher. They will be dismissing one pew at a time.
- We all are anxious to hug each other and catch up with one another face-to-face, but we just can’t do that yet. When the postlude is over, we ask you to exit the sanctuary through the same south doors as you are dismissed by ushers. Again, if you are in need of the elevator, there will be someone posted there to help in any way necessary. If you would like to stand outside on the sidewalk and chat at a safe distance, you are welcome—even encouraged—to do so. (There will be no coffee hour.)