LIVE WORSHIP START-UP!!!! Phase 1 starts at 10am this coming Sunday, July 19.
- We will re-start live worship in two phases.
- Phase One will be outdoor worship in our parking lot, using a limited-range FM signal (106.7). It begins July 19th at 10AM. Note time change.
- Phase Two will add a second service indoors at 8:30AM, with social distancing and limited seating. It will begin when conditions permit.
- Virtual online worship will continue.
Phase One – Drive-in Service in the Parking Lot
Start date and time: July 19th at 10AM
At long last we will have the opportunity safely to worship and connect face-to-face with people we may not have seen in person for months! It will not be ideal, but it’s a start. Worshipers can worship inside their cars, safely removed from others but with the ability to participate in the prayers, responses, and even singing, with the wider congregation. If you prefer, you may bring a folding chair and sit outside your car (masked and spaced from others outside your household).
To help things go smoothly, we will be using the following procedure:
- Flow in and out will be one-way, entering from the curb-cut nearest the church building (the uphill entrance) and exiting from the other. Signs and cones will be set up with directions.
- Tables will be set up at the entrance and exit with printed bulletins (entrance) and an offering basket (exit) within reach of the driver.
- “Ushers” (masked and gloved) will answer questions and assist with parking as needed to ensure sight lines.
- The pastor and musician(s) will be under a tent near the middle opening to the parking lot. (You might consider backing into the parking space in order to be facing the lectern. Or you may want to park facing the beautiful view of the town and God’s creation and not look at Deck. He will understand.)
- Tune your radio to FM 106.7 to hear pre-service music and be sure that you have the right station. Note: Some cars, particularly those with pushbutton start, may not allow the radio to run after shutting down the engine. Sometimes, after shutting down, pushing “start” with your foot off the brake will turn on the radio. Check your owner’s manual beforehand.)
- Worship in person with your faith community in real time!
- After the service, “ushers” will assist with an orderly exit of the parking lot.
- You may make your offering on the way out.
- If you stay to visit with friends, please keep a safe distance and wear a mask outside of your car.
- Please bring your own mask and chair. If you forget your mask, we will have a limited number available. We will not provide chairs.
Phase Two – Service in the Sanctuary
Start date and time: at 8:30AM when conditions permit
- Seating will be limited to 50 people, reservations required. Details of how to make reservations will be provided closer to the start date, including how to cancel.
- Doors will be propped open to avoid unnecessary touching of surfaces.
- Flow in and out will be one-way. Enter through the door nearest the parking lot. Exit the door nearest the bell tower. Signs will be posted.
- Ushers will wear masks and gloves.
- Touchless temperature checks are required of every worshiper. Ushers will administer them at the door.
- Masks will be required of everyone, no exceptions for any reason. Drive-in and virtual services are available for those unable or unwilling to wear masks. If you forget yours, a limited number will be available.
- Social distancing will be maintained. Pews available for worshipers will be marked.
- Regrettably, there will be no congregational or choral singing, even though hymns will be played and there will be special music or solos from time to time.
- Bulletins and offering plates will be placed on tables at entrance and exit, respectively, to meet social-distancing requirements.
- At the close of the service, ushers will dismiss worshipers pew by pew from the back to the front to preserve social distance.
- Whatever social interactions worshipers have with one another must happen outdoors at an appropriate distance.
- There will be no “receiving line.”
- Rest rooms will be open but users will be asked to sanitize them after use with the materials provided.
- The sanctuary will be sanitized
Continuation of Virtual Service
Some people, rightly, will not want to risk returning even to moderate crowds until after an effective vaccine for covid-19 is developed and widely available. Our virtual service will continue for their benefit and that of others not able to attend for other reasons.
Our plan is to move from pre-recording to live-streaming of the indoor service so that even those at home will be able to worship in real time with the wider congregation. A recorded version of that service will be uploaded for viewing by those not able to join in “live.” We intend to keep doing this even after things return to something resembling “normal.”