The following guidelines are being put in place to ensure a safe environment when we resume worship at the church. We are currently entering the green phase which allows for people to come together with certain restrictions in place. Council has been working on guidelines to open the church responsibly. Please take the time to read these guidelines that are in place to keep you and our brothers and sisters in Christ safe. 1.Please park in every other space in the church parking lot. 2.Please wear a mask. If you need instructions on making a no-sew homemade mask, please contact a member of council. All worshipers are required to wear a mask throughout the entire worship service and in the parking lot until you reach your vehicle. 3.Please walk from your car to the church building maintaining a 6 foot distance from those that do not live within your immediate household. 4.Please observe the marked spaces that indicate a 6 foot distance in and outside of the church. 5.Upon entry into the church, please apply hand sanitizer. This is just in case you may have touched high touch surfaces such as handrails. We are asking all to bring their own hand sanitizer at this time until a no-touch hand sanitizer dispenser can be available at the church. 6.An offering plate will be available in the back of the church for dropping off envelopes. You may also mail your offering to the church address if you would like to do so. 7.Please go straight to a pew that is open during the service you attend. You will notice that certain pews will be open and certain pews will be closed to ensure the 6 foot distance is observed. Open pews will be different during the 8am and 11am services. 6 foot distance is every 3rd pew (2 open pews between you and the person in front/behind you). The middle aisle is 5 foot. 8.Please only sit with the individuals that live within your household. 9.If you are attending church as an individual, one person may sit on one end of the pew and another individual may sit on the opposite end of the pew. This is plenty of space to ensure a 6 foot distance. Church pews are slightly less than 12 foot. 10.Please no hugs, shaking hands, fist bumps, or elbow bumps. During the Passing of the Peace, we will turn to each other and offer a wave or peace sign to let those know that we still mean “Peace Be With You”. 11.Communion is currently on hold. Council and Pastor continue to discuss the safest way to continue to receive communion in the future. We are open to your input at this time. 12.Please do not turn on the fan, light switches, nor open windows while at the church. Pastor will be available to assist with these environmental controls. We wish to minimize the number of people touching surfaces. 13.At the end of the service, we will continue to ensure social distancing by dismissing rows of people from the back of the church to the front of the church. We will also alternate sides of the church if necessary.
Things to know: 1.If you are feeling ill or have a fever, please stay home. 2.If you fall into a high risk group, you may want to stay home. 3.We will be taking attendance during each service. This is an important aspect of controlling the spread of the virus if someone would end up being positive for COVID-19. 4.Please continue to practice good hand hygiene throughout the service if you are frequently touching the pews or hymnals. Use a liquid hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol. This is the minimum amount of alcohol that is needed to kill the virus. Rub your hands together both front and back as if washing your hands until the hand sanitizer is dry. 5.Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, and mouth. 6.Upon return to your home, immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. For reference, The Lord’s Prayer takes approximately 24 seconds to recite.