In-Person Worship

IN-PERSON WORSHIP HAS RESUMED

In-person worship services have resumed.   You will need to make a reservation to attend Sunday services.  Special midweek services will NOT be in-person.

We do not want anyone to feel pressured to physically attend a worship service. We will continue to record and post all worship services on our YouTube channel.

To attend worship services, you MUST make a reservation with Debbie Hall at the church office, 309-944-3389. We have an attendance limit to maintain safe physical distancing. When making a reservation, please let Debbie Hall know the names of each person in your group, complete address, contact phone number, and if you plan to use the Vertical Platform Lift (VPL).

Please be aware that because of Covid precautions, people wishing to use the Vertical Platform Lift to access the church will be asked to ride alone, or they may bring someone to ride with them.  There will be someone present to offer instruction as how to use the Vertical Platform Lift.  This will remain in effect for Sunday services until further notice.

In addition, everyone will need to wear a mask at the service.

 

In-Person Worship Guidelines

The church building will open at 8:45 a.m.

People will enter through the main door – Pearl Street - facing the park. There will be no entry through the State Street door.
Any person entering the building must be COVID-19 symptom free.

COVID-19 symptoms include but are not limited to: Muscle or body aches

     Headache
     New loss of taste or smell
     Sore throat
     Congestion or runny nose
     Nausea or vomiting
     Diarrhea
     Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing Fatigue

People will be required to check in for contact tracing due to COVID-19. Someone will be at the church entrance to check people in.

Masks must be worn while in attendance. If you forget your mask, one will be provided. The only exceptions will be for the liturgist and pastor when they lead worship.

People must !sanitize” their hands before entering the church sanctuary (sanitizer will be available). Safe social distancing must be practiced in all seating — 6 feet apart — pews and seats will be marked. Seating will also be available in the fellowship hall.

Please do not gather with friends in the narthex/vestibule or sanctuary before or after service. If you want to talk with your friends, please do so outside while maintaining adequate social distancing.

Ushers will seat each individual or family group from front to back in the sanctuary.

Ushers will dismiss the congregation from the pews after the service from back to front.

Children should remain with their family throughout the worship service. There will be no Children’s time during worship, Sunday School or nursery.

The Vertical platform lift (VPL) will be available for use.  Please be aware that because of Covid precautions, people wishing to use the Vertical Platform Lift to access the church will be asked to ride alone, or they may bring someone to ride with them.  There will be someone present to offer instruction as how to use the Vertical Platform Lift.  This will remain in effect for Sunday services until further notice.

No food or beverages are allowed in the church.

The worship service will be abbreviated. The order of the service will be modified to allow the choir to sing in-person.

There will be no congregational singing at this time.

Only, recitation of the Lord"s Prayer will be allowed.

The choir will sing while masked. The choir will remain in the choir loft throughout the service.

Communion (First Sunday of the month) will be served with pre-packaged communion elements.

The offering plate will be available at the sanctuary door.

Pew cushions, bulletins, bibles, attendance pads, and hymnals will not be available. Words to the scriptures and Lord"s Prayer will be projected on the wall.

There will not be a Time of Greeting.

Restrooms are available on an emergency basis only.

When weather conditions allow, windows will be open. Fresh, outdoor air into the sanctuary helps keep virus particles from accumulating inside.

No social gatherings or refreshments will be offered at this time.

The precautions and guidelines listed above are in place because we love you and our neighbors. We want to reduce the risk of you being exposed to COVID-19. No matter how hard we try we cannot reduce the risk of infection to zero, so you are assuming some amount of risk if you gather in-person. Please do what is best for you and your family.

The Coronavirus pandemic has taught us everything is fluid and in flux. We continue to monitor and work on the logistics for resuming in-person worship services. Be aware that we might have to cancel the in-person worship service if there is a surge of COVID-19 cases in the area. We will keep you informed if there are any changes.

If you have any questions, please contact the church office or members of the Church Council. Please be patient with us as we strive to find safe and healthy ways to worship and serve God in these times.

Blessings,
The Church Council and Pastor Bruce

 

 

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