Upcoming Events

Resuming  In Person worship on  

Sunday, October 18th at 11:15 am

Please review the following for this relaunch:

Relaunch  plan, condensed

 

Our prime value in the relaunching process is to do no harm to those who are most vulnerable and to do good while providing spiritual nurturing.

 

One entrance will be used - the back entrance which is accessable from the parking lot and has ramps. This entrance will have usher(s) monitor and sign in guests. Two registration/sanitation stations in the Fireside Room will be established where hygiene supplies including masks will be available.

 

Attendees will be asked to sign an agreement at registration to follow all safety protocols while in the building or for outside worship. An attendance sheet would be completed by a designated lay person, and kept with church records in case contact tracing was needed at a later date.

 

"Traffic flow" areas will be clearly marked with yellow tape arrows. Six foot social distancing markers will be placed. Pews for individuals or family groups will be marked with attached disposable plastic table cloths.

 

We will have a fixed location or locations for offerings to be placed at the beginning of the service during an extended Introit. Envelopes for cash offerings will be available at the sign in stations.

 

The bulletins used for the service are currently being emailed and mailed to all church members, and can be brought by attendees from home.

 

Visual gestures of peace and love while remaining in our pews are encouraged such as "air hugs", folding hands and bowing heads to each other to show we are together in spirit.

 

Alternatives to singing will be provided with any of the following: instrumental only with words projected on the wall or a screen with humming encouraged; video performances projected; videos with motions for more meaningful interaction.

 

We will use pre-packaged communion elements available at the registration station. Congregants will remain in their pews for communion. Paper bags will be placed in the pews for disposal of used items following communion.

 

Hymnals, Bibles, offering envelopes, etc. have been removed from all the pews.

 

Children's activity bags will be available at registration for use during worship. When possible, parent(s) will be notified of guidelines ahead of time.

 

Two exits will be designated as the Fireside Room entrance and the main front church doors. Congregants will be encouraged to leave through either exit while practicing social distancing during the postlude music.

 

If the worship group is small, the parsonage lawn (weather permitting) may be used. Established safety protocol as listed in the full plan would be followed in the event of outdoor worship.

 

We will continue to offer virtual worship as long as needed in conjunction with a modified live worship.  The full plan once approved by the district superintendent will be available upon request to any member or visitor.

Tentative Activity Dates

 Subject to change - These will be confirmed by email to regular members and posted on the Website

 

Sunday October 4th - 1pm - Nominating Committee meeting 

                                   2 pm - Relaunch Team meeting

 

Saturday,  October 10th – 8 am – All Church workday

                 9am – short Church Council meeting –  and break from Work day  

                            activities.

 

Sunday, October 11th – 12:30 pm - Women’s fellowship meeting-          

                     Parsonage lawn -Bring mask, practice social distancing, etc. 

 

Sunday October 18th – 11:15 relaunch of In-Person Worship Service.  

                      Online service also available

                      12:30 pm Trustee and Finance Meeting  - Zoom available

 

Sunday November 1st – 4:30-7pm -  Charge Conference  on Zoom

 

Saturday November 7th – 8am to 2:30 pm - Rummage Sale –Parking lot ( behind church)

                     

 

Note: Several of these are in planning stages and subject to changes due to Covid restrictions.

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