In Person Worship & Covid Updates

Updated recommendations for in person worship:
The Worship Team (and the church moderator and chair of the Christian Education Team) met recently to consider loosening the restrictions we have in place to protect our community from the virus during in person worship. In our daily lives we see fully vaccinated folks have quickly become comfortable without masks in most situations.  We decided to move forward with baby steps.  We will meet again in mid August to evaluate where we are and plan for the fall, including recommendations for resuming our church choir. The Christian Education Team will also meet in mid August to develop recommendations for the resumption of our Sunday school.  
We decided:
Beginning on Sunday, July 18:

  1. Tracking attendees at worship is still important, for contact tracing if needed. The ushers will continue to use the list of those who have been attending and check off arrivals at worship.
  2. Fully vaccinated individuals may attend the service without masks, if they are comfortable doing so.
  3. Unvaccinated individuals must continue wearing their masks at all times while indoors.
  4. As of July 25, we will begin singing the last hymn indoors. Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear a mask. Unvaccinated individuals will continue wearing a mask. We will also sing outside after the service, without masks. In case of rain, at the end of the service we may add a closing song indoors. 
  5. We will keep our social distance spacing at 6’ rather than decreasing to 3’. If the open pews are at capacity, we can seat the overflow people in the blocked off rows, not directly in front of or behind someone. EXCEPTION: Fully vaccinated individuals who are not from the same household may sit with each other as desired.
  6. Passing the Peace – unmasked worshippers do not need to put on a mask.  All may walk around and greet each other. Elbow bumping is fine. No hand shaking or hugging.  
  7. Communion – continue using individual servings.
  8. Sanitizing after the service – no change.