COVID-19 Precautions for In-Person Worship & Groups

June 18, 2021 Update & What to Expect

In-Person Worship, Classes and Activities

We are committed to providing a safe environment, especially while COVID-19 is still active in our community.

Below you will find BASIC SAFETY protocols, as well as safety protocols for:

WORSHIP, COMMUNION, and SMALL GROUPS AND CLASSES.

Basic Safety Protocols

Out of an abundance of love for others:

While on Church Grounds

FULLY VACCINATED PEOPLE may enter the building without a mask, unless participating in small groups (see information below)

UNVACCINATED PEOPLE:  Masks are required by all persons ages 5 and older.  Please wear a mask that covers from your nose to your chin. If you forget your mask, masks will be available for you.

  • 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 or in a small group setting. (See below for more info)
  • 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

FULLY VACCINATED persons are welcome to worship without wearing masks.

UNVACCINATED PEOPLE:  Masks are required by all persons ages 5 and older.  Please wear a mask that covers from your nose to your chin. If you forget your mask, masks will be available for you.

  • Volunteers will greet you at either the East Entrance (off 18th St.) or the West Sanctuary Entrance (off 17th St.)
  • Worship bulletins will be in the pews.  Please sit only where there is a bulletin, as they are placed to maintain six foot distancing between family groups.  When in doubt, please keep 2-3 seats between you and the next family group.
  • We are going to sing one hymn together; soloists or instrumentalists will provide special music for the service.
  • Offerings can be given online or deposited in locked boxes at each exit from the sanctuary.

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

  • Pre-packaged, individual Communion elements will be provided for you.
  • Unvaccinated persons:  When we take communion you may remove your mask.  Please put your mask back on after you have partaken of the elements.

Small Groups and Sunday School Classes

MASKS:

If everyone in the group is FULLY VACCINATED, small groups may make their own choice about whether or not to wear masks.  If any in the group are UNVACCINATED, everyone is asked to wear a mask.

We ask that if even one member of a group requests that the entire group wear masks, then the entire group should wear masks.  We may not always know someone’s reasons for requesting that – it could be physical health, it could be mental health – either way, it is one way we show caring for each other.

If the group decides to forego masks, individuals are of course still free to wear masks if they wish.

FOOD:

Groups may now enjoy food while they meet; however, we ask that food not be shared.  So, you may bring your own food and drink if you wish.  We do ask that you maintain a six foot distance from others not in your household while eating & drinking.

Caring Visits

We are resuming in person pastoral and caring visits for those who would wish them.  Please contact the office to request a visit.

  • If all involved are fully vaccinated, no masks are are required, UNLESS one of those being visited or the visitor requests that all wear masks.
  • If someone is not fully vaccinated, masks are required for in-person visits.

We continue to reach out by email, phone and zoom, for those who are more comfortable with that format for a visit.

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