- Medical experts say it is much less likely to spread the virus outdoors than it is within a building and much easier to maintain the proper social distancing. Although the Narthex has been a wonderful place in the past to socialize, it is currently inappropriate because of the difficulty of maintaining the proper social distancing. When you enter the Narthex, you should proceed directly to the Sanctuary and be seated. We realize that this is not at all what we are all used to, but these, as we know, are challenging times. We must remember the three important things that we must all do to keep ourselves and others safe: (1) Wear a mask whenever you are with others. (2) Maintain proper social distancing and (3) Frequently wash or sanitize your hands. We know that our Heavenly Father is with us every moment and will be pleased that we can once again gather together to worship in His Church.
- There will be some noticeable differences in seating: Every other pew in the Sanctuary will be used. One or two people – family members – will sit at one end of a pew and one or two other folks – again family members – will sit at the other end (unless a family of more than two want to sit together; they then may take up a greater portion of a single pew. Places available for seating will be clearly labeled.
- Everyone must wear a face mask covering their nose and mouth at all times while they are in the church building. If someone comes without a face mask, we will have some available on a table in the Narthex to loan to them. If someone comes and says that they refuse to wear a facemask, we are not allowed by government regulations to let them enter the church.
- You will find that there will be no printed programs and that all of the bibles and hymnals have been removed from the pews. The program will be projected on the screen.
- There will be special music. However, for the time being, we will not be singing hymns together. If you would like, you are encouraged to bring your own bible.
(13) There will be no “meet and greet” and you should not shake hands, elbow bump or hug one another. A head nod and holding your hands together as in a symbol of prayer would convey a warm greeting to each other as we “pass the peace”.
- There will be no offering taken in the usual manner. There will be a small church in the Narthex where we encourage you to place your tithes and offerings.
- There will be communion on appropriate Sundays. Pastor Leanne has a plan to accomplish this in a meaningful way without compromising anyone’s safety.
- The folks in the Sanctuary who wish to use a bathroom will use the one in the Mother’s Room – one person in at a time with a couple of exceptions (parent and child) or someone who is physically unable to use the bathroom without the help of a family member).
- We plan to dismiss everyone from the Sanctuary a few pews at a time starting in the back and asking everyone to leave the building directly and not stop in the Narthex to visit or socialize.