Worship’s “New Normal”

  • We recognize the need to be extremely cautious in this start-up and we will take numerous precautions to create a safe environment in which we can worship.  Moreover, we realize that some of you are more at risk and may not feel comfortable attending a worship service at this point.  If that is the case with you, we encourage you to remain at home and continue to worship with us online.  We will continue to live stream our worship service on YouTube. 
  • We would also encourage you to stay home and worship online if….
    • You or someone in your family is not feeling well – have any symptoms such as temperature, cough, etc.
    • You have been around anyone who is sick
  • Because of the steps we are taking to ensure a safe environment, our worship service will have a little different feel – perhaps, not quite as warm and friendly because we will continue to encourage social distancing.  But be patient.  This will pass and hopefully, we will soon be able to hug and shake hands and enjoy a closeness with each other.
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NOW FOR THE SPECIFICS:
  • We will have 2 limited capacity worship services – one at 9:00 am and the other at 10:45 am.  Please plan on arriving 10 minutes early.  To meet social distancing guidelines, we will remove every other row from the auditorium so we will only be able to accommodate 70-80 people in each service.  
  • We are not requiring people to wear a mask, BUT if you feel more comfortable wearing one, please do so. 
  • We will ask everyone to enter only through the front door of the building and move straight into the auditorium and be seated.  We encourage you to leave 2 seats between you/your family and others who may come.  Inside each bulletin, there will be two red pieces of paper/markers.  Once you sit down, you can place these red markers on the seats adjacent to you and your family.  If you’re comfortable with only 1 seat between you and others, just use one of the markers. DO NOT SIT IN A SEAT WITH A RED MARKER
  • After the service we will let one side of the church leave through the front door and the other side will leave through the side door.  (We will provide directions after the benediction) We ask you to leave the auditorium as soon as the service is over, and then once you are outside, you can visit as much as you would like. 
  • We will be cleaning and sanitizing surfaces between the two services.
  • We will NOT have a nursery or Kids’ Worship for our worship services.  Children are welcome in the worship services, and should they become restless or noisy, we will have space where a parent can take their child and continue to listen/watch the service online.
 
We are so looking forward to being together for worship – even if our fellowship will be divided into two services for a time! But the day is coming – and we can’t wait! – when we will be able to forget about social distancing and just be able to enjoy close communion and vibrant worship together.

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