People are naturally social beings. We were created to be in community. In light of the re-opening of the state on Monday, May 4th, the Church Council convened on Tuesday, April 28, to discuss the return to in-person worship services. After personal and corporate prayer and much discussion, the Council has decided to begin in-person worship services on Sunday, May 10, Mother’s Day. The Council would like to share with you points of interest for consideration before our time together reconvenes.
- If you are uncomfortable with returning to in-person services at this time, are in the high risk group (those 65 years of age and older, have lung and/or heart conditions, diabetes, are pregnant), or if you don’t feel well, please stay home and worship with us online.
- We will conduct two worship services each Sunday morning. These services are scheduled for 9am and 11 am.
- In keeping with the re-opening guidelines, we will practice social distancing and ask individuals/families to maintain a six feet distance between themselves and the next individual/family.
- Both services will last between 45 minutes and one hour and will be the same. Doors will open 15 minutes before each service. At the end of each service, worshipers will be dismissed from the building so that the facilities can be sanitized before the next group comes in. If worshipers wish to visit with family and friends, we ask this take place outside of the building and that you please practice social distancing.
- In keeping with re-opening guidelines, we ask that worshipers refrain from physical contact (handshaking, hugging) with others. Please respect each other’s personal space.
- In keeping with the re-opening guidelines, we ask that worshipers wear a mask. Masks will be available at the entry ways.
- Sunday School, Nursery, Children’s/Toddler’s Church, and Wednesday evening ministries will remain suspended through the end of May.
- Ushers will not pass the offering plates during the worship services. Drop boxes will be placed at the entry/exits for you to drop your offering in. You may also give online.
Leadership understands that what we’re doing is not normal, but these are not normal times. We assure you that these measures are not permanent. Policies will be re-evaluated every two weeks as we follow the Lord’s leading and monitor developing conditions and re-opening guidelines
Please be patient with church leadership and practice kindness with one another as we continue to go through this pandemic together. The Council understands our need to be together as the people of God. We also value you and your family’s health and safety. Our promise is to be responsible and diligent in seeking the best for the congregation as a whole and as individuals. Please pray with us and for us as we go forward.
Your Church Council,
Katherine Gray, Keith Hughes, Tom Burkett, James Kreisler, Anna Roy, Heather Witt, Ashley Lind, Brian Kleffner, Pastor Zach and Pastor Don