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Dear Friends in Christ,
At our meeting on September 14, the Church Council approved reopening our sanctuary for in-person worship beginning on World Communion Sunday, October 4, at 9:30 am. Our Reopening Task Force has been busy working over this past month to prepare our sanctuary and building for reopening.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed much in our lives and that includes how we will be conducting in-person worship. You will see many changes to our service and sanctuary. You may not be able to sit in your favorite pew, sing your favorite hymn or have coffee and conversations in our building. We ask for your cooperation and patience with all the changes that are needed to provide a safe space for worship.
Below are guidelines to help us worship together while maintaining safe social distancing and following CDC recommended sanitization guidelines.
We encourage any worshipper who does not feel safe or cannot follow the guidelines as set forth to continue to worship online.
Things to know prior to attending:
· No nursery services will be available.
· No gatherings in fellowship hall or the Narthex are permitted before or after worship.
· All worshippers age 5 and older are required to wear face masks (unless a written doctor’s waiver is provided). Face masks are required as a health courtesy when in the building to protect all in attendance, especially the potentially compromised attendees. We have face masks available if you need one.
· Bottles of sanitizers will be placed at each entrance and in each pew.
· No printed bulletins will be distributed.
· No food or drinks are permitted in the building.
· We will limit attendance to 50 people.
· All worshippers are encouraged to use their restrooms at home as much as possible. There will be access to restrooms, but we ask you to maintain safe social distancing and use available wipes and hand sanitizer before and after use.
· No hymnals or bibles will be used.
· The church building, including all touch points will be sanitized prior to every worship service. This includes, but is not limited to, door handles, pews, bathrooms, Sunday School classrooms, hallways, stairwells, and Fellowship Hall.
· High risk individuals (people over 60 and those with underlying conditions) are encouraged to continue sheltering in place.
· In-person worship services will be recorded and posted online for those who are unable or choose not to attend.
Arrival at Church and Worship Seating:
· Please use safe social distancing when entering the building. If you see someone entering church, remain outside until they have entered the building. Doors will be propped open as they can.
· An usher will assist those entering the building to help maintain social distancing.
· Every other pew will be cordoned off to maintain social distancing of 6 feet.
· Only families and persons who live in the same household will be allowed to sit together. Friends and family who do not live in the same household are asked to sit separately.
· Those who are feeling sick, unwell, or show any symptoms of COVID-19 must not enter the building. Those who begin to feel sick, unwell or experience any symptoms of COVID-19 must leave the building immediately.
· There will be no passing the peace during worship.
· In order to limit movement and sharing of microphones, no Liturgists will be used.
· There will be no choir or singing.
· Collection plates will be located at each of the entry doors to the Sanctuary. Please place your offering in the plate prior to or after service.
· Worshippers will receive prefilled communion cups and wafers prior to worship on Communion Sundays and dispose of them properly as they depart after worship.
· There will be no Coffee & Conversation following worship. Worshippers will be dismissed one pew at a time starting at the rear by an usher. Those seated in the back of the sanctuary are asked to exit through the front or side entrance and those seated in the front of the sanctuary are asked to exit through the rooster door entrance.
· There will be no greeting lines at the door(s) after worship.
· If you want to speak to someone following worship, please do so outside.
· Sunday School teachers, students, and parents age 5 and older are required to wear face masks, use hand sanitizer, and practice social distancing.
· Sunday School classrooms will be cleaned prior to each gathering, but teachers are encouraged to use wipes to clean tables and other surfaces before and after each gathering.
Small Group Gatherings:
· Small group gatherings are required to wear face masks, practice social distancing, and use wipes to clean their meeting space before and after gathering.
*Volunteers and Donations Needed (contact Adam Staus or Pastor Glenn):
· Volunteers are needed to serve as Ushers/Greeters.
· Volunteers are needed to help with video recording worship services.
· Volunteers are needed to help with running the laptop and video projector during worship.
· Donations of hand sanitizer (8 oz. w/ pumps) and wipes are still needed and can be dropped off on the table outside the rooster door entrance.
We are grateful for your cooperation as we resume in-person worship. It will be so good to worship together again! If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Adam Staus or Pastor Glenn.
The Church Council & Reopening Task Force