COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Updated Jan. 5, 2022

In-Person Worship, Classes and Activities

As Christians, the highest ethic that Jesus calls us to is to love our neighbor as ourselves. We are also committed to providing a safe environment, especially while COVID-19 is still active in our community. In that spirit, we ask all who enter the First Presbyterian Church campus to abide by the SAFETY PROTOCOLS below.

Basic Safety Protocols
MASKS REQUIRIED

Out of an abundance of love for others:

While on Church Grounds

MASKS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL PEOPLE AGE 2 AND UP WHILE IN THE CHURCH BUILDING, whether fully vaccinated or not.

Please wear a mask that covers from your nose to your chin, and keep it on at all times. If you forget your mask, masks will be available for you.

In addition:

  • Maintain at least six feet distance between family groups.
  • Make liberal use of our hand sanitizing stations.
  • Do not consume food or drink, with the exception of communion during worship.
  • If you do not feel well, please stay home for your own and other’s comfort and safety.
  • Sanitizing wipes will be in all restrooms, so those who wish may wipe down touchpoints before using.

Worship Services
MASKS REQUIRED

  • Volunteers will greet you at either the East Entrance (off 18th St.) or the West Sanctuary Entrance (off 17th St.)
  • Please keep 3-4 seats between you and the next family group.
  • Soloists or instrumentalists provide special music for the service.  We are not singing congregational hymns at this time.
  • Offerings can be given by text, online, or deposited in locked boxes at each exit from the sanctuary.

EVERY OTHER PEW IS OPEN FOR SEATING.  The other pews are closed to maintain social distancing.

HIGH RISK INDIVIDUALS OR THOSE NEEDING EXTRA SPACE

All three balconies are reserved for people at high risk for getting Covid or those who for their own reasons wish more space around them.  Ushers can direct you to them – just ask when you arrive.

 

COMMUNION will be offered on the first Sundays of the month.

  • Pre-packaged, individual Communion elements will be provided for you.
  • When we take communion you may lower your mask to partake of the bread and juice.  Please put your mask back on after you have partaken of the elements.

CARING VISITS

Due to the concerning rise in the Omicron variant and even the number of breakthrough cases among the fully vaccinated, we are pausing for the most part in person caring visits.  We realize that not seeing people face to face is difficult, however we do this for the safety of all involved.

We continue to reach out by email, phone and zoom.

If you would like a caring visit, please contact us and we will be in touch to arrange a visit with one of our caring ministers.

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