Here are the details describing how we intend to keep everyone safe from the coronavirus (as of 5/24/20)
- Please wear face masks. If you have your own mask, please put it on before entering the building. Cloth masks will also be available at the door for those who do not have a mask.
- Everyone’s temperature will be checked as we enter, using a non-touch thermometer. If you have an elevated temperature, you will be advised to return to your home and get well.
- Rest room doors will remain propped open.
- Please maintain physical distance when entering, leaving, or when seated in the pew. Please be seated where bulletins have been placed in order to maintain adequate physical distancing during the service.
- Offering plates will not be passed. A plate will be placed on a table in the narthex for those who bring an offering.
- We will not have Holy Communion at this time.
- We will not have social gathering in the Bethany Room or narthex for the time being. (Coffee and doughnuts will not be available.) When it’s determined that you don’t have a fever, please find a seat in the pew.
- Services will be briefer than usual.
- The Praise Team will lead us in song. They will be located in the chancel area at a safe distance from the worshipers in the pews. Please be advised that the COVID-19 virus is transferred in the droplets of moisture emitted as we breathe, so if you wish to sing along, please be sure you have your mask in place and sing softly. It has been scientifically demonstrated that when we sing those droplets are propelled farther than 6 feet, and we tend to inhale more deeply as well. Lyrics to the hymns will be printed in the bulletin so that hymnals will not be needed.
- We will not be shaking hands in the narthex after the service. At the close of the service, please be seated and wait for an usher to dismiss you.
- The pastor will remain in the front of the church before and after the service. Please know that you are more than welcome to step up and speak with him, but please follow the same precautions with him as you would with others, so that he can continue to carry on his ministry as the needs arise.
- The Church Council will continue to evaluate these procedures and make further recommendations to guide us through this difficult time.
We are by nature a friendly faith family, and therefore it may not be easy for us to follow these guidelines as we come back together again. Some may even feel that these procedures are not at all necessary. We should all be aware, however, that the person in front of us or next to us may not feel as we do. At this time we need to be patient and understanding, for this is new territory for us all. So let us try our best to be respectful of one another, especially toward those who may feel insecure or afraid. It’s wonderful that we can come back to church for services once more, but let us do our best to follow these guidelines as a way that we can love one another.
Peace and blessings to all,