in person worship
Registration Link: https://reopen.church/r/CXszi5tn
We are tremendously excited to be able to host in-person worship services in our newly completed building. Because of the lingering dangers of the current pandemic, we know that are many different opinions about how to safely gather for worship. Our recent parking lot services made it clear that our church members are committed both to renewing our connections by worshiping together and also to taking all the necessary steps to gather as safely as possible. Thank you so much for your partnership in helping our church be a safe place - spiritually and physically!
In order for you to make the best decision for your family as to when and how to attend in-person worship services, we want you to be informed of all the steps we are taking to hold safe worship services. [We trust that you know how much we would all love to be able to gather just like we were doing 6 months ago. We hope you also know that our commitment to the well-being of one another means we will always choose to lean towards the side of safety. Your health and well being matter deeply to us.]
Here are the steps we are taking:
- All worship services will be limited to a maximum of 50 people in attendance (including band, staff, and tech team.)
- To make worship accessible to as many people as possible, we will have three different worship services: Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. and Sundays at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
- We will offer an in-person live streamed service Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. in our multi-purpose room, which is called “The Creek.”
- We will continue to offer our normal live stream church experience online, Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m.
Please note - the Thursday 7:00 p.m. service is designed to be a kid-free service for adults and teens in middle school and older.
First thing, please preregister each week for the worship service you want to attend. This will allow us to ensure that each service time meets our attendance threshold. The services times will "refresh" each week on Monday morning and we'll send out a reminder on our Facebook page or group and our church-wide email. Here is the link to register: https://reopen.church/r/CXszi5tn
When you arrive, a greeter will ask you the standard health screening questions and remind you that face masks are required inside the building. Inside the lobby, a second greeter will check your names on the preregistration list and provide a mask for anyone who doesn’t have one. There will also be touch-less hand sanitizer stations at the entrance.
As you enter the sanctuary, you find chairs already set out in groups of 2 to 4 chairs. Each group of chairs will be at least 6 feet away from other chairs. Pick a group of chairs that more or less fits the size of your household.
Here’s the hard part - based on the advice of public health officials, we are asking you not to sing out loud during the songs. Singing (even singing with masks) produces a large number of potentially virus carrying particles, and seems to be capable of creating conditions ripe for community spread. Trust us, none of us want to forego singing. But there are far too many cases of virus outbreaks directly associated with church gatherings and group singing for us to risk it. There is a flip side, though. This will give us all a chance to understand in a new way how the Biblical notion of worship is so much bigger than music. We’ll talk about that as we go!
After each service, we will ask you not to linger in the building but to instead head directly out to the parking lot. This will allow us to clean and disinfect all high touch surfaces efficiently and effectively after each worship service.
This isn’t the way that any of us thought we would be kicking off life in our new church building. We know there is a shared sense of grief at all the things we cannot yet do. We share that grief. But after 4 months of only being able to do church online, we can’t wait to welcome you into our new home! This is awfully exciting! And as always, thank you so much for patience and your flexibility as we strive to create a worship experience that is truly as safe and comfortable as possible, especially for those who are at risk and vulnerable.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to any of the elders on Session or to the staff.
We look forward to seeing you in worship!