Session, under the guidance of the Reopening Task Force, has agreed that we will hold our short "Prayers on the Steps" service indoors, in the sanctuary.
On June 6, 2021, this service will be discontinued for summer worship, with full liturgy, at 10:00 a.m. We hope to begin livestreaming the worship service at that time.
There must, of course, be rules for worshiping safely. The church will do its part, providing sanitized services, setting seating at appropriate distances, and ushering people to those seats, in particular. Ushers and leaders will wear masks, except when speaking from the chancel. Do not expect congregational singing, until scientific data indicate it is safe to do so.
For your part, the first rule is: Stay home if you have recently tested positive for coronavirus, have been exposed to anyone with COVID-19, or are experiencing any of the symptoms of COVID-19. Second, you must wear a properly-fitting mask while inside the church, even if you have been vaccinated. We will have a supply of disposable masks, if you need one. You must do your best to maintain social distancing from others, whether indoors or outdoors. Third, you should make use of the hand sanitizer station(s) before being seated in the pews. In summary, see the poster below, which will be displayed at the entrance.
Important: attendees will enter the sanctuary through the narthex, using the accessible side door (11th Street). Come a little early to line up. Those being seated together will enter the narthex one group at a time, to be ushered to a seat. Seats are currently spaced more than six feet apart, to allow seating of pairs of people. Larger groups should use two spaces, as appropriate. Please remain at your marked seat until dismissed at the end of the gathering.
Sunday in-person worship
Ushers will take attendance for contact tracing purposes, so please volunteer your name and contact number if asked. Seating location is at the discretion of the ushers, using well-marked spaces; do not shift from your space, so that proper distancing is maintained. At the conclusion of the service, you may depart by any door, but please maintain your distance from others, and refrain from conversation indoors if that causes any congestion. The restrooms will be open; please make use of the sanitizing wipes.
Note that the Session or the task force may decide, after one or more trial Sundays, not to continue these services (in the sanctuary or outdoors), if the risk to our members or staff feels too great.
We hope you understand the need for heightened safety. If you haven’t been attending our indoor prayer services, please know that you are welcome, but we hope you won’t all rush back at once (maybe send us an email, using the Contact page). And if you choose not to attend indoors, we understand. These are not easy decisions for any of us, but the task force and Session feel that we need to be prepared (and trained) for what will come throughout 2021.