I am glad to let you know some of the plans for our July 5 “re-opening” of worship. We will have two services that are alike on that day as we celebrate Independence Day a day late. The services will be at 9 AM and 11 AM. Beginning on July 12 we will return to our early service being “contemporary” in tone and our late service being “traditional.” We will be sending more specific details later this week in emails, Facebook posts, the church website, and in print copies to those who don’t have email access.
As you might expect, we want safety to be a high priority as we re-gather so that we can continue to do so throughout the summer. Here is a first glance at the plans:
1) We are asking that everyone wear a mask anytime you are in the church building. There are multiple reasons for this but the greatest one comes from scripture. We want to show love to all those we encounter. Is wearing a mask a display of love? In this case, I think the answer is a resounding “yes.” Please do us a favor and wear your favorite mask your first Sunday back. As we move toward college football season we may have a “team” mask day just to show off our school colors!
2) We will have a registration system that will be announced in the next several days. We have been diligent in preparing for our worship services and have a good idea of how many people we can accommodate in each gathering. If the number of reservations gets beyond our capacity, we will have an overflow location elsewhere in the building the first week and plan for additional services going forward.
3) We will practice social distancing in a variety of methods. We will have designated entrances and we will dismiss by rows at the conclusion of the services so that we minimize the risk of spreading the virus.
4) We will not sing. In each service, Susan and/or Brent will provide special live music that they will sing. Perhaps you can cultivate a gift of “humming!” Science has shown that singing can cause germs to fly 15-20 feet. So please help us out and hum or sing in your mind! That is what I have been asked to do for years – so join me for a little while.
5) There will be restrooms available but no water fountains. Feel free to bring your bottled water with you.
As I said, we will outline the remainder of our plans in the days to come. In the meantime, we can’t wait to see you on July 5. Going forward we will still welcome groups of up to 25 on Wednesday evening or at other times during the week. Just let Patsy Morales or me know at our emails (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org).
We will “live stream” both services on our social media platforms. Those plans will be detailed in the coming days. So if you are not comfortable attending in person or you are under the weather, please continue to join our online congregation.
Thanks so much for your cooperation. We are looking forward to when things can be “normal” again but in the meantime, we want to worship God in a way that is responsible and loving.