On June 6, 2021, we resume worship, with full liturgy, at 10:00 a.m. Well-fitting face masks will still be required. 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. We will sing, but congregational singing will be limited, 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, using alternating rows more than three feet apart. Please remain at your marked seat until dismissed at the end of the gathering. Those who do not feel comfortable singing a closing hymn may leave early as they wish.
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 open rows. 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 Sundays, not to continue these services (in the sanctuary or outdoors), if the risk to our members or staff feels too great. However, our expectation is that these restrictions will be further reduced as the summer of 2021 progresses.
Note also that services will be recorded for later broadcast or for livestreaming. If you do not wish to be seen, please sit behind the camera positions or in the balcony.
We hope you understand the need for heightened safety. 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.