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Fall 2020 Update: Worship with Us 4 Ways

  1. Indoor 11 AM worship for up to 50 people begins October 25th (see details below)
  2. Listen to the FM Broadcast (106.7) in the church parking lot – and visit with others outside after the service
  3. Watch the Live 11 AM Broadcast from your home on our YouTube Channel.
  4. Watch the recorded service from any week on our YouTube Channel

The session believes that we can responsibly worship indoors if we follow strict safety protocols. That does NOT mean that everyone should participate in person. If you or anyone in your household falls into a high-risk category, if you are uncomfortable with the idea of public gatherings, if you are not feeling well, you should stay away and use one of the alternate methods to worship.

If you do choose to participate in person inside the Sanctuary, here is what you can expect:

  • To enter one door and exit the other (unless you need to use the handicap entrance and elevator)
  • To have your temperature taken with a touchless thermometer. If your temperature is higher than 99.1 degrees, you will not be allowed inside and will be encouraged to use one of the other means of worship.
  • To be required to wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose at all times. Regrettably, medical exceptions will not be allowed because others could be exposed by any asymptomatic unmasked person. Other means of worship are available for those who cannot or choose not to wear a mask.
  • To be escorted to your seat by a masked and gloved usher who will hand you a bulletin so that you do not touch anything handled by an ungloved person.
  • To be turned away if you are the 51st person to arrive.
  • To be required to maintain a safe distance (minimum of 6 feet) between you and other worshipers at all times. Those who share a household need not space from one another, but they MUST maintain space from other worshipers.
  • Not to use hymnbooks or pass the Friendship Register. They have been removed as a precaution.
  • You may choose to sing “quietly” behind your mask, following the words in the bulletin. Soloists may offer anthems occasionally from a suitably isolated location.
  • To be dismissed row by row by ushers at the close of worship in order to maintain appropriate distance and avoid “bunching up” at the exit.
  • Not to have a receiving line for the same reasons.
  • To be invited to leave your offering in a basket near the door upon entry or exit in order to avoid passing anything from hand to hand.

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