June 4, 2020
We will be reopening for Worship on June 7, with two worship services. The 9:30 a.m. service will require everyone to wear a mask. The 11 a.m. service will be mask optional. Here is our plan:
1. We will hold two services so we can observe social distancing, seating every other row in family groups, with two seats between families.
2. So as to not bind people's consciences about the masks, the 9:30 a.m. service will require that everyone wears a mask. The 11 a.m. service will now be mask optional for all who want to attend. We are reserving the seats in the left section (near the kitchen) for those who want to wear a mask, which will free up the center and right hand sections for those who choose not to wear a mask. Masks will be provided to any and all who need one.
The Session still believes wearing a mask is the best way to protect others, since most people are contagious before displaying any symptoms, if they ever have them at all.
Once again, we remind everyone that this is not a issue on which we are not to pass judgment on one another, even as we are not be a stumbling block to others (Romans 12:1-2, Romans 14, I Corinthians 8:9)?
3. The entire service will be in the bulletin, so there will be no need for using hymnals. We ask that you take your bulletin with you as you leave (there will be garbage cans at each exit).
4. We ask that you refrain from singing out loud for the safety of all. Instead will be led in singing by a few people, socially distanced from the congregation, from the front of the sanctuary. This is a necessary loss to once again protect those who are vulnerable in our midst.
5. Instead of passing the plates for the offering, a box is mounted on the wall as you enter the sanctuary for your tithes and offerings.
6. We will be celebrating the Lord’s Supper at every service, but it will be a little different. Instead of passing the trays, the elder will go down the empty row and serve each person. There will be two cups stacked together, please take both. The bottom one will have a cracker in it, and the top will be the wine or grape juice as your conscience leads. Please take them with you as you leave the sanctuary and dispose of them in the trash cans by the door.
7. Hand sanitizer will be available as you enter and exit the church. All hard surfaces will be cleaned between services.
8. We ask that you refrain—for now—from handshaking or hugs. Regularly wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching your face, and cover coughs and sneezes.
9. Bathrooms are available as needed, but we would remind you they are places where the virus can be easily passed, and would ask that you only use when necessary. They will be sanitized between services.
10. We are asking everyone to assess yourself out of love for others and stay home if you have a cough, or are sneezing. If you have shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, muscle aches, headaches, sore throat, fever, or have been exposed to someone who does, please quarantine yourself and seek appropriate medical care.
11. And for those for whom it would not be wise to attend public worship, or choose not to, we will continue to broadcast the service by Zoom, with our new and improved equipment.
Sunday School 9:30 AM
Sunday Worship 10:45 AM