Worshipers are always encouraged to participate, or not, according to their comfort, conscience, and condition.
If you are ill, please refrain from attending worship, other public events and keep a safe distance from others to limit contagion.
Even if you believe you are not sick but are coughing or sneezing, be mindful of the anxiety this may cause in others around you.
Our cleaners have been especially diligent in cleaning and disinfecting our building, including those “high touch” but overlooked articles – like doorknobs and switches.
We have sufficient hand soap at the church, but hand sanitizer is in short supply. While handwashing is the preferred method of cleansing, sometimes hand sanitizer is considerably more convenient. If you have hand sanitizer you can spare, please consider donating it to the church.
Maintaining 3 to 6 feet of distance between people is the recommended distancing to avoid contamination. We encourage you – though it will be awkward – to maintain sufficient distance during worship and Sunday school.
Refrain from hugging and shaking hands, even during the passing of the peace.
We have made provisions for all services – including traditional – to use media for congregational singing. Please refrain from handling the hymnals and bibles, which we are not able to sanitize and are highly susceptible to cross-contamination.
We will not pass the offering plate in any service. A plate or basket will be centrally located at the entrance to the sanctuary, to receive your tithes and offerings. This eliminates passing the plate from hand to hand.
The Lord’s Supper is suspended until Sunday, April 5 at Dinner Church. We hope we may come to the Lord’s Table on the second Sunday of next month, April 5, which is Easter!
If your living community requires you to remain home – as many senior centers are – or you are not allowed visitors, please consider informing the church.
We will be reaching out in the coming weeks but providing the information to us will speed up our connection process.
We don’t want to create situations where those who are ill also feel lonely, isolated or outcast. We want to pray for you and provide other forms of assistance and care as needed.
Let us be faithful and vigilant in our prayer for those nations, communities, families, and individuals most affected by this outbreak, and for the medical personnel and government officials seeking to respond.
Above all, let us remember and rejoice that “nothing in life or in death can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Brief Statement of Faith; 8:38–39).