From: Donn Brammer :
As we have announced, we are hoping to begin offering ‘Worship At The Church’ on Sunday, Aug. 2. Obviously this is a fluid situation, I’m writing this in June, and there is a possibility that some things may change, but right now, we will proceed as if Aug. 2 is a good date to open.
As we have also announced, when we gather for worship it will be important that we respect and adhere to the guidelines that will be put forth including but not limited to:
- If you are sick or are uncomfortable being in a group, stay home.
- Face coverings will be required, if you have a health condition that prevents you from wearing a face coverings then you should stay home.
- We will practice social distancing of at least 6 feet (not applicable to family groups), this means no hugging, no handshakes, and at least 2 empty pews separation if you are sitting behind someone, this means there has to be 2 empty pews between you and the person sitting in front of you.
- We will not be handing or passing out any materials, this includes bulletins and friendship register pads. We will use the projector and screen to facilitate worship.
- We will not have a choir, Children’s Sermon, Worship and Wonder, Fellowship Table, Bible Study (either on Sunday or Wednesday).
- We will come forward for communion and offering, staying 6 feet apart when in line. I will be masked and gloved when sharing communion and will tear a piece of bread, dip it into the cup, and place it on a paper plate (actually they are Styrofoam because we have a gazillion and need to use them up). Those receiving communion will partake while up front and drop their plate in the wastebaskets by the table. Offering plates will be by the table and participants will be able to place their offerings in the plate before taking their seat, again practicing social distancing.
I realize this is a new way for us to worship, but we want to make sure we are keeping people safe.
We also want to make sure we are being faithful in our ministry to the whole person. Physical health is one part, but mental, emotional, and spiritual health are also important and I thank you for your patience and understanding.
There have been inquiries as to if we will continue to post worship services online. We will try but it will be different. Currently I’m worshiping in the Sanctuary by myself, so the camera location is able to be up front and center, but that will not work for ‘In Person Worship’ so we will be making adjustments. We are also working on improving our internet connection (current speed is between 1-3, most homes are close to 40 and many closer to 80). Because of our weak internet, my attempts at Zoom meetings with the Region only work with audio and even then there is buffering involved. Again, your patience and understanding is appreciated.
On another note, I am hoping to be on vacation July 13 – July 27 and during that time it will be important for you to contact your Elder or Deacon for any pastoral concerns. As chairperson of the Elders, Marilyn Ivory will take care of all Prayer Requests during my vacation.
Thank you always for your faithfulness and support, not only to the church, but to all people. I trust the Fireside Chats have affirmed and encouraged you and the importance of your ministry.
You are a blessing!