Public Worship to Resume June 14 – Livestream Continues on Facebook

Posted by on Sep 30, 2019 in Featured

The church intends to resume public services of worship on Sunday, June 14th. The service will also be livestreamed on our Facebook page. Please read the following announcement regarding safety measures:

Dear Church Friends,

We are planning to resume in-person worship on Sunday, June 14, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. The elders met and have made the following common-sense recommendations to help us navigate the summer months in light of COVID-19:

First, if you are sick, or experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home and don’t risk spreading infection. If you are immune-compromised, or in a high risk group, and would rather stay at home, you may do so. We will be live-streaming the service on our Facebook page for the foreseeable future, and you are encouraged to connect with us in that capacity.

For those of you who come to the church, masks are encouraged but not required. Please enter through the Lincoln St. doors, which will be propped open ahead of the service to reduce handling. Bulletins will be placed on a stand as you enter the sanctuary. Hand sanitizer will be nearby; use it frequently.

We encourage folks to spread out in the sanctuary and to maintain social distancing. To make that easier, we will mark off every other pew, indicating areas not open for seating. Please sit with your families for now, and keep your children with you. The nursery area will be temporarily closed.

Bibles and hymnals have been removed from the pews. Please use this as an opportunity to develop a new habit of bringing your own Bible to church! Songs will be printed in the bulletin. The acolytes’ duties will be suspended temporarily and candles will be lit ahead of the service.

The worship service itself will be streamlined; we will be suspending the passing of the peace and the children’s sermon. Rather than passing offering plates, an offering box will be placed in the rear of the sanctuary. Please deposit your offerings there either on your way in or way out. We will also be experimenting with a new way to handle the joys and concerns prayer time—not for COVID reasons, but due to the loss of my hearing in one ear. More information about this will be forthcoming.

When the service is over, please avoid crowding as you leave the building. Weather permitting, make your way outside to greet one another rather than congregating in the fellowship hall.
To help facilitate this, I will stand outside at the Lincoln St. doors to say hello as you exit. Food and coffee will be temporarily on hold during the summer.

I look forward to seeing you in person again soon!

Blessings in Christ,

Patrick