Short of gathering while everyone is wearing bio-hazard suits, it is impossible to promise a 100% virus free environment for our church meetings. What we can do is follow the guidelines of our area’s public health and medical professionals to minimize the risk of gathering as a church. All we can do is trust in God’s provision and be responsible stewards of the information health officials have provided us. We trust our practices will slowly return us to a more normal routine as we learn more about how to best cope with this pandemic. We must be patient and thoughtful. Finally, we must respect anyone who feels their personal health challenges require them to adopt a more cautious routine for re-entering public settings.
- We will meet for worship at 10:15am on Sundays (children’s worship and Bible classes will not return until later in the summer). There will be a nursery available but not staffed, so parents may use the nursery for their children if they wish to do so. We ask adults to wear a mask if there will be other adults present in the nursery.
- Greeters will open the building doors for everyone entering and leaving to minimize those who have to touch these surfaces.
- We ask all to sanitize their hands as they enter the building (hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the building).
- We will practice social distancing as much as possible (asking individual family units to space themselves out in the pews at least six feet from others and to be responsive to ushers trying to assist this process).
- We ask everyone to wear a mask when social distancing is NOT possible and/or they will be likely to pass within 6 feet from other people. (You may NOT think you need a mask, but we wear masks not for ourselves, but out of respect to others and their safety).
- We discourage people from physical contact with each other (no handshaking or hugging for a while, even though we know this will be a challenge for most).
- In taking communion together, we will use the sealed wafers of bread and juice for safety and health purposes. People may pick up these communion items as they enter the building.
- There will be several offering stations where those willing to give to the Lord may leave their gift.
If you have any questions about our plan for resuming our church gatherings, then please call the church office. Those calling each member of our congregation from time to time, will be trying to get a general sense of the number we might expect on May 31st to further assist our preparations. May God bless us all and may we never grow weary of asking for His wisdom in how we live out the gift of each day.