At their Session meeting on Monday, the Session voted to begin re-opening for in-person worship services again on Sunday, March 14. This gives another month for numbers to continue to decrease in our area and for additional people to receive vaccinations. We will resume a similar pattern to what we were doing in the fall…services will be at 8:30 and 11am with cleaning in between, participants in services will need to wear masks, remain distanced from each other, and register to attend worship in advance just as before. The full details of the proposal they approved is attached, which is nearly identical to the ways we reopened in the fall. Fellowship Hall will have a capacity for gatherings of up to 40 people again as well.
Registration for that first in-person service will begin on Monday, March 8, and can be accessed through the website as it was before.
We will continue to hold in-person worship in the safest ways possible, and we are so grateful for all of the ways you have adapted and abided all of these new restrictions. I can’t wait to be with you all on Sunday mornings again!
Phase III: Resuming in-person worship
The Health Advisory Task Force proposes resuming in-person worship services on March 14, 2021. The Health Advisory Task Force and Session will be monitoring Covid-19 data actively as we approach that date, and all plans for in-person worship are subject to change in light of that data.
Two shorter Sunday worship services at 8:30am and 11am in the Sanctuary with a smaller attendance capacity to accommodate needs for distancing between households.
Cleaning of the Sanctuary will take place between services.
Participants must register to attend worship by Friday using a link on the church website or calling the church office if you are unable to access the website.
Masks will be required for all who attend, including children over the age of 2, even if participants have been vaccinated.
Seating will be designated in order to maintain social distancing while seated in the pews.
Ushers will greet people at the door to make sure they are registered to attend and remind them that masks are required for worship.
Ushers will seat people as they arrive beginning with the pews closest to the front of the Sanctuary and moving back toward the rear of the Sanctuary as they fill up the pews.
Signage will be posted at the entrances in accordance with government mandates reminding people of mask-wearing, distancing, not to enter if experiencing symptoms, etc.
Offering will be collected using a stationary offering plate in the Narthex for people to utilize while entering or exiting, but no offering will be taken up during the service. Ushers will wear gloves for counting the offering following worship.
No hymns will be sung by the congregation, but a soloist will be recorded singing the hymns and that recording will be projected on the screen.
Some spaces will be held for visitors or others who failed to register who might arrive.
There will also be seating available in the Courtyard when weather cooperates for those who would prefer to worship outside.
No nursery care will be offered initially.
All other gatherings beyond worship will follow the Rules of Phase II, with groups of up to 40 people accommodated in the Fellowship Hall and Courtyard by request.