LOGISTICS OF WORSHIPPING INSIDE
There are LOTS of logistics and details that have to be figured out in order for us to return to worshipping inside the building. Thankfully, we have a dedicated team of volunteers who are handling many of these items, but PLEASE remember to extend grace and understanding in regards to the decisions and requirements. We know many are anxious to be back in the building, but be patient as we figure out some details as we gather (some of which we won’t discover until we have actually started back inside). THANKS for your understanding!
Please be aware that worship in the building WILL NOT be the same as it was pre-pandemic.
For the health of ourselves and others, while in the building, we will continue to require face masks to be worn and physical distancing to be observed. We are doing this so that we can continue to care for our neighbors (because that is what Jesus wants) as we gather for worship.
Attendance – In order to attend worship in the building, you MUST have a reservation. Reservations can be scheduled either online (through the church website) or by calling the church office. Reservations WILL NOT be taken until the Tuesday preceding the following Sunday (i.e., for Sunday, May 16, reservations will open on Tuesday, May 11th) in an effort to provide equitable access.
Entry / Exit – (See the map on page 4) In order to maintain safe protocols, we are asking everyone to enter and exit through specific doors. To enter and exit the sanctuary building, use the ramp door (on the courtyard side) and use the double glass doors by the office (on the opposite side of the building). To enter the Fellowship Hall, use the single glass door at the bottom of the ramp and to exit the Fellowship Hall, use the double doors leading onto the courtyard.
Communion Kits – We will have the disposable communion kits (like we have been using in the parking lot) set out on a table as you enter the Sanctuary and the Fellowship Hall. Baskets will be placed on the pews / chairs for disposing trash.
Offering – Offering plates will be located near the doors for the Sanctuary and the Fellowship Hall so you can leave your offering as you enter or exit (according to your preference).
Seating – You will be seated in the order in which you arrive, starting in the front and working toward the back. You won’t be able to sit in your favorite / preferred spot. Every other pew has been blocked off and we have “spacers” to slide between each family / individual to help maintain the appropriate distances. Ushers will also dismiss from the back to the front and pew by pew in order to keep safe distances.
Singing – For the first few weeks (at least), we will not be singing hymns. We will have instrumental music and songs being offered by song leaders. You can hum along but we ask that you don’t sing.
Bulletins – We will NOT be printing bulletins to hand out at worship to limit exposure and because we will be utilizing the new video system. Bulletins will be published and available on our website and through email. If you would like a printed bulletin, please contact the church office and one can be mailed to you.
Restrooms – Restrooms will be available but we ask that ALL restrooms be considered SINGLE OCCUPANT; meaning only one person in the restroom at a time. The wheelchair accessible restroom by the office is already a single occupant restroom. For the restrooms by the water fountain, please knock and await an answer before entering.
Water Fountains – At this time, we have covered the water fountains so they cannot be used.
Our custodial staff will be cleaning the worship space before worship on Sunday and after worship each week. We now also offer contactless hand sanitizers and soap dispensers throughout our facilities to allow for your use while here.
Consistent with our calling to love and care for one another and for the health of our neighbors, any person attending in-person worship must wear a mask and maintain social distancing at all times. Those who are ill, have tested positive for COVID-19, or who are in vulnerable populations should refrain from attending in-person worship. Persons exposed to COVID-19, or who have previously tested positive for COVID-19, must refrain from attending in-person worship until at least two weeks have passed or after ten days if they have tested negative for the presence of the virus.
Persons who choose to attend in-person worship agree to inform the church promptly if they learn they have been exposed to COVID-19. Notice of COVID-19 exposure should be made by calling Margaret Vogt at the church office, 210-658-2254 and should inform us of the relevant date(s) of
The church will then make appropriate, anonymous notifications to others who may have been in attendance on the same date, so they may take appropriate steps to protect their health and safety. The church office will also notify public health authorities and will assist them in any efforts to undertake contact tracing.