PLEASE - though it pains us to say it, DO NOT PLAN TO ATTEND THE SERVICE IF:
You are showing any of the below symptoms of COVID-19:
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
New loss of taste or smell
(less common) nausea/vomiting/diarrhea
If you are in an “high risk” health category (due to age and/or pre-existing medical condition), we would ask you to carefully consider whether or not it would be wise for you to attend, though we leave that to your conscience.
FOR INDIVIDUALS/FAMILIES PLANING TO ATTEND:
Please take the temperature of everyone who is coming to church - anyone having a fever of any kind should stay home.
There will be no Children’s Ministry - no Nursery, and no Children’s Church. There are simply too many risks.
Please ensure everyone coming has his/her own mask - including children age 6 and older - as masks will be required to be admitted into the building.
Children aged 5 and under do not need to wear a mask to be present inside the building.
The main parking lot entrance will be available for entrance and exit, as usual.
Make sure everyone entering who is age 6 or above is wearing a mask.
Maintain appropriate social distancing as you near the doorway, to help prevent clustering around the front door.
During any “meet and greet” time prior to service, please continue to maintain social distancing.
Next door to our Main Building is the Fellowship Hall - inside that building we have provided 20 folding chair seats with a much greater distance between them, for those who would be more comfortable with more space. The livestream of the service (with audio) will be projected on the wall and will be easy to view.
WHILE IN THE BUILDING:
Every other row of pews will be taped off, to help maintain social distance.
Please proceed forward towards the pulpit end of the room, and seat yourself in the front-most seat available - this will make it far simpler for those arriving after you to find available seats.
If you are alone or with only one other person -- please sit at either end of a pew, not in the middle In order to maintain proper 6-foot social distancing, a pew can have one or two persons at each end, but no more.
In this situation, please do not “step over” anyone else to get to a seat - simply enter whichever end of the row happens to be open, through either the middle aisle or the side aisle.
If you are with a group of three or more people -- feel free to take up an entire row, as there’s no way to then maintain the 6-foot social distance to the left and right.
If you need help finding a seat, there will be one or two ushers on the lobby side of the Sanctuary doors to help you find available seats.
There are a few seats available against the back wall, which are socially distanced from one another - we would like to reserve those few seats for folks who are particularly concerned with maintaining distance, so if that’s not you, please leave those seats for others.
Generally, please be as conscious as possible to keep your hands to yourself, to touch only what's necessary (e.g., hymnals, your personal belongings, etc.), and to wash your hands often.
Parents - please, keep your children at your side at all times - under no circumstances should they be permitted to run about in the building.
Because of the importance of social distancing, for the time being, hard as it will be for many of us, please refrain from handshakes, hugs, etc.
WHEN THE SERVICE ENDS:
During any “meet and greet” time after the service, please continue to maintain social distancing.
Please maintain appropriate social distancing as you exit the doorway on your way out of the building.
Once outside the building, you are of course welcome to stay as long as you like, to catch up with one another and to care for each other!