As many of you know, there is much concern over COVID19 aka Coronavirus and many precautions are being taken to limit its spread.
We have been looking forward to gathering together again ever since the stay-at-home orders began. So as we move to resume our in-person services, we will need to incorporate some changes for the time being, in order to safely resume. These changes may transition out over time, but we as a church want to conduct our gatherings in love for one another, and respect for the Lord.
We are asking that masks be worn as you enter and leave the building. while seated for service masks are not required.
As a church, we are asking if you decide to join us in-person, that you are mindful of your proximity to others. Each person coming into the church is coming from a different place with regards to their concern. We want to be respectful and loving toward one another, and still have church services. We have sectioned off every other pew to provide space between those attending. We will be setting up a section for anyone who thinks they might be at a higher risk. (Please see the FAQ’s for more information)
We are asking, if you or anyone in your home is experiencing any symptoms, (cough, runny nose, fever...) that you would not attend until the symptoms are gone, and watch the service from our YouTube channel. We will continue to post links to our live service through the church newsletter and Facebook, and also the audio only version on our church website.
We will have greeters at the doors, but they will not be initiating hugs or handshakes. We know that some are not concerned, but we do not want to make someone feel obligated to do so.
Children's Ministry and Youth Ministries
For the first month or so there will be no children's ministry classes. We are inviting the whole family to worship with us in the main sanctuary. We will be providing coloring sheets, clip boards, and bags of crayons for those attending with young children. We ask that your children and youth remain with the parents and not with friends.
Fellowship and Hospitality
We will not be serving any snacks or beverages for the time being. Weather permitting, please fellowship outside at the front of the church, and at a safe distance. The back yard and play equipment will not be available for the interim.
General Church Cleaning
We have a great group of people that keep our church tidy and ready for services, but moving forward we are looking for others who may wish to help in the frequent sanitizing of the church. If you are interested, please email us. We will wipe down contact points with disinfectant wipes or spray. (Before and after each service) We will also make available hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the building.
Q: Are face mask’s required?
A: We are asking that masks be worn as you enter and leave the building. while seated for service masks are not required.
Q: How will you maintain separation between people in church?
A: We’ve taped off every other row. You may enter open rows from either the center aisle or the side aisles. Several rows at the back of the church are completely closed off but may be opened at the discretion of the ushers, if large families arrive and seating isn’t located for a family to sit together within an existing row. The lower floor will remain closed. Attendees and visitors are free to fellowship after the service, and may do so by remaining in the sanctuary or by forming small groups in the foyer or outside the front doors.
Q: Will there be children’s classes?
A: No. Children should sit with their families in the sanctuary. Papers will be provided to small children so they may color during the service.
Q: Will communion be served?
A: Communion will be served at the normally scheduled week but we will be placing prepackaged communion cups (bread and juice) at the back of the sanctuary for easy pick up as people enter.
Q: Will food or coffee be available?
A: Not at this time.
Q: Will the clothes closet be open anytime soon?
A: A have resumed opening the clothing closet each month, following social distancing practices.
Q: When will Wednesday services begin again?
A: We are currently holding our Wednesday service via Zoom.
Q: When will Children’s classes be available?
Thank you all for your understanding as we seek to serve you and do all that we can to keep everyone well during this season.