Covid-19 In Person Worship Safety Protocols

Here are some of the safety protocols we will be following:

  1. All worship leaders (ushers, musicians, Deacons, Pastor, and scripture readers) have been fully vaccinated.
  2. Arrival. It is suggested that everyone arriving for in-person worship use our provided hand sanitizer liquid or wipe before entering the sanctuary.
  3. Seating. We are asking everyone to maintain a socially distanced six foot from all other worshipers in all directions (12 foot diameter circle) when choosing a place to sit in the sanctuary.
  4. Masking. Everyone entering our facility is asked to wear a mask while here on site. A KN95 or a medical mask is requested. If you don’t have one, we can provide one to you. Because of their distance from the rest of the congregation, vaccinated worship leaders may be unmasked when speaking or playing on the chancel platform.
  5. Communion. We request everyone bring their own communion elements with them on Communion Sundays; some individual zip-top bags of communion bread or gluten-free wafers will be available for visitors and members who forget to bring their own.
  6. Offering. We will not be passing offering plates. Instead, wooden boxes have been set up in the front and the back of the sanctuary to receive contributions before or after the service.
  7. Fellowship time after worship will be on our front sidewalk, weather permitting, with cold water, iced tea, and individual prepackaged snacks. We know that being together outside is much safer than indoor gatherings.

Congregational singing will be limited to one hymn at the close of worship. Worship bulletins will include this music. Other elements of the service we’ve had when we’re all on Zoom may be cut to keep the service as close to an hour or less as possible.

We strongly encourage everyone who feels uncomfortable with the risk of in-person worship to remain worshiping with us online.