Covid-19 Information

Preliminary information

  • In an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, we are respectfully requesting congregation members voluntarily follow safe social distancing practices.

  • The online worship resources on the website; Facebook at 9 am each Sunday. 

  • If you are sick, please stay home and participate using the online worship resources.

  • If you have concerns about your own health or vulnerability, we encourage you to participate using the online worship resources.

  • Minimize close physical contact with those outside of your household. Please refrain from shaking hands and giving hugs.

  • A face mask is encouraged but not mandatory.

  • Maintain a 6-foot distance with others whenever possible.

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, utilize hand sanitizer and avoid touching your face.

  • We are instituting a number of new practices. Your patience, understanding and willingness to adjust are greatly appreciated.

  • In-person worship - one worship time at 9 am on Sunday.

Preparations before worship

  • Attendance will be limited to recommended guidelines of 25% of our seating capacity (about 50 people) with seating in every other pew so that we can maintain social distance.

  • Signage will be posted in the building reminding people to social distance.

  • Hand sanitizer will be available at entrances and exits.

During worship

  • In an effort to reduce exposure, only essential persons needed to assist with worship will be serving – greeter, ushers, 1 technology/sound, and 1 communion assistant. Those with close contact with congregants are encouraged to wear a mask.

  • The greeters will serve as door opener and the inner entrance doors will be propped open.

  • Those who prepare communion elements should carefully wash their hands prior to touching any of the elements. A facemask and gloves are recommended.

  • Offering baskets will not be passed during worship. Baskets will be in the back of the sanctuary for people to place their envelopes. Online giving and Text-to-Give are also available.

  • Communion will be offered for those who feel comfortable coming forward to receive it. To allow for social distancing we will serve one pew at a time alternating sides of the room. Empty cups will be deposited into the baskets located near the front pews.

  • The pastor is available in the entry prior to and following worship to talk with. 

After worship

  • Frequently touched surfaces (door handles, pews, pew tops, light switches, restrooms, etc.) will be cleaned and sanitized per the CDC recommendations after every worship service. Volunteers are needed to help with this each week.

This is a lot of information and this is new territory for all of us. We are learning and discovering as we go. There is so much to consider and so many different points of view.  Thank you for your patience, understanding, and willingness to adjust so that we can care for all our members. May we all practice love and charity towards one another.