by: Wendy Ambrefe
June 21 -- yes, Father's Day -- marks the date of our re-gathering for worship. Is there a more appropriate day to honor our Father? Phase One Worship -- will be outdoors until future notification (weather permitting). In the case of inclement weather, worship will be held on FaceBook Live.
Awnings will be set up for shade, but you are encouraged to bring your own lawn chairs to make set-up and disinfecting easier on our team. If you don't have a lawn chair -- no worries, we will have metal folding chairs available. In addition to this new outdoor format, other steps for overall health and safety have been decided upon as follows:
- Thermal (no-touch) temperature screening for all attendees. Temp must be below 100.5, per CDC guidelines.
- Masks are mandatory throughout your time on the grounds. If you are opposed to wearing a mask, you are encouraged to continue to worship via FaceBook Live.
- Social Distancing is a must. Children must stay with their parents at all times. Observing 6' distancing is mandatory, except between those living under the same roof. No hugs. No handshakes.
- Follow capacity guidelines for each awning.
- Offerings will be received via "dropbox"
- Bulletins/song sheets will be placed in receptacle for self-serve.
- Volunteers for cleaning/disinfecting chairs and bringing them inside after the service are needed.
- The building will be closed to public use, with the exception of restrooms. Restrooms inside the building will be available for "essential use only", following posted "one-way" signage.
- Hand-sanitizing stations will be located throughout the worship area.
- Bring your own Bibles. Guidelines require no sharing of "common materials" such as Bibles, Hymnals, etc.
I know this seems like a lot of precaution, but -- the task force would rather err on the side of caution, keeping everyone safe and "at ease" when they come to worship. Remember, some of these guidelines are not just about us personally -- they are also about showing love for those who are vulnerable, nervous, not sure about being in a public gathering, or health-compromised. Let's love well as we gather again for worship!