Below you will find information related to the COVID-19 pandemic including our reopening plan and resources to help you stay healthy during this difficult time.
EXCERPTS FROM OUR REOPENING PLAN
With the re-opening of the church, we have had to redesign how to worship in our Sanctuary in order to provide a safe environment under the Department of Health guidelines. We must all do our best to ensure that all may have a meaningful and safe worship experience. The most vulnerable among us are encouraged to use their best judgement in deciding to attend or not. Please choose what is best for you. All who choose to attend must be committed to maintaining social distance and keep everyone's safety in mind. The following procedures have been adopted by Consistory for Sunday worship:
ENTERING THE CHURCH - Enter using the East Entrance doors (parking lot side). A greeter will be there to direct you to the Sanctuary using only the stairs on that side. The Narthex will be closed. If you need the elevator, an usher will assist you. Face masks are required and there will be a table with hand sanitizer for your use.
ENTERING THE SANCTUARY - You will be given a bulletin containing everything necessary for worship, which you will be asked to take with you at the end of the service. You will be directed to sit in a pew that is marked with tape to provide for social distancing. Family groups may sit together and the Balcony will be opened if necessary.
DURING THE SERVICE - We will sing during the service, but be mindful of how close you are to others. No hymnals will be used. We will pass the peace by alternate "no-touch" means. There will be an offering plate at the exit of the Sanctuary where you may place your offering when you leave.
LEAVING THE SANCTUARY - At the end of the service, you will be directed row by row to the West Stairwell (organ side) to exit the Sanctuary while maintaining proper distancing, and proceed down the stairs and directly out the West Entrance doors. Please do not congregate inside the building.
There is a plan in place for cleaning and disinfecting after every service. Holy Communion will resume later in the Fall and will be conducted in a safe manner according to recommended guidelines. No other activities will be scheduled until the Fall, at which time the Consistory will review the current situation regarding COVID-19 and the prevailing guidelines.
Please note: These precautions have been put into place for everyone’s health and safety. We thank you for your understanding in all of this—and let us be thankful we can be together once again, even in this “different” way.