Before the Covid-19 pandemic, we offered several options for worship depending on individual circumstances: radio, internet (Livestream/Facebook), and in-auditorium services. During the height of this pandemic, the in-auditorium services were eliminated based on recommendations by medical experts. Since the coronavirus situation has improved somewhat, next Sunday, May 24th, we will make the option of in-auditorium services available again. This option is not recommended for everyone – it depends on your individual circumstances. If you are in an at-risk group, or you have symptoms of an illness, or you simply do not feel comfortable coming into such a gathering, we encourage you to stay home and worship as we have been doing via radio, Livestream, or Facebook. Some of our Elders and Deacons will not be present due to their individual circumstances. So, please do not feel that you have to be here.
For those that do come to the building next Sunday, we have the following details and guidelines:
1. We will only have one service each week. There will be no classes on Sunday morning and no worship on Sunday evening. Also, our Wednesday evening service will be postponed until further notice. However, please continue to participate on Wednesday at 6pm by watching the lesson on Livestream or Facebook or listening on the radio.
2. The building will be cleaned and sanitized before opening it on May 24th. It will also be sanitized each week after use. We are asking that everyone please enter the building by using the two doors that go into the foyer from the circle drive, or the west entrance (preschool door) in the front of the building. Please do not use the back entrance to the building (east entrance) and do not go into any part of the building except the foyer and auditorium. That will greatly reduce the amount of work needed each week to sanitize for the next Sunday. The only exceptions to this will be the restrooms nearest the auditorium and the nursery. The nursery will not be attended; however, mothers are welcome to use the nursery if needed. These areas will also be sanitized.
3. As you enter the auditorium through the main doors from the foyer, you will be given a communion packet. No trays will be passed. Boxes have been placed on the wall inside the auditorium doors as a convenient place for you to make your contribution as you enter or exit the auditorium.
4. In order to maintain social distancing, we will need to use every other pew. The pews to be used will be marked with a sign. Please sit in family groups as much as possible. We will also need to maintain a distance of 6 feet between family groups or individuals. The balcony will also be open to increase our capacity. In order to help with this procedure, ushers will be at the doors and in the aisles to help everyone find available seating.
5. Our worship will begin at 9:30am. The doors will open at 9am, so please plan to come early so that we will have enough time to get everyone seated by 9:30am.
6. When our worship time is finished, in order to avoid crowding in the aisles and foyer, the ushers will dismiss everyone by sections or rows. We are asking that you deposit your used communion packets in the trash cans provided at the auditorium doors.
7. Masks are strongly encouraged especially during singing. This will provide peace of mind and protection for everyone present. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided for you at the doors.
8. Men leading worship will not be wearing masks as they will be standing behind a Plexiglas shield while speaking or singing. We want to thank Ryan and Lisa Bohannon for the shield and the new contribution boxes.
9. The elders would also like to re-emphasize that if you are in an at-risk group for contracting the virus, or feeling sick, or simply do not feel comfortable with the proposed format, please feel good about staying home and participating in worship via Livestream, Facebook, or radio until this pandemic is clearly under control. We want everyone to stay healthy.
If you have questions, please feel free to contact one of the elders.
This has been a difficult time for the Elders as we struggle to make choices that will honor each of you individually and keep our church family healthy while worshipping God acceptably. We appreciate the cards and words of encouragement we have received and ask that you continue to pray for us.