A Plan for Returning to In-Person Worship
Updated April 2021
As we continue to navigate the complexities of being the Church in a pandemic-world—and as our region continues to progress in its mitigation efforts—we will continue to offer both in-person and online worship.
In an effort to provide a meaningful worship experience while honoring one another’s safety, we are working hard to ensure the safety of all who enter the building. We also acknowledge that returning to an in-person format is not for everyone, so we will continue to live-stream worship on our website and Facebook pages.
In all of this, let’s not lose sight of the goal—growing in love for one another and for God, becoming more like the people God created us to be, and worshipping the Lord of Lords. Below are some details on what this will look like:
1. Worship service details
a. We will continue to offer both the 9:00am and 10:30am services online.
b. As of Easter Sunday, both the 9:00 and 10:30 services will be available for in-person participation.
c. At 9:00: Worship and Life will be set up at 25% capacity, which is 162 people. This winter and spring, there has been plenty of space as we have averaged 40-50 people in-person each Sunday. As demand increases, we will continue to monitor and implement safeguards for everyone’s best interest.
d. At 10:30: The North Sanctuary will also be set up at 25% capacity, which is 100 people. Pews are strategically blocked off in order to keep people distanced as well.
2. No pre-registering for worship
a. Good news! At this time, we’re not asking anyone to pre-register for worship.
Instead, we will have contact info cards on each chair/pew at worship. For
contact tracing purposes and everyone’s safety, we simply ask that all who attend
worship fill out a card.
3. Protection procedures
a. Seating will be distanced and is currently set up as such.
b. Masks will be required (and provided if need be).
c. Corporate singing and recitation are now allowable—provided that you are wearing a properly fitted mask and sing cautiously.
d. We will maintain a 25-30 foot distance between the speakers/singers and the congregation.
e. There will be no coffee or social gathering time before or after the service.
f. If you’re are not feeling well or have been in close contact with someone who has been ill, please stay home and worship online.
g. Further, if you aren’t able to abide by these guidelines, we ask that you also stay home and worship online.
h. Please note that this list is not exhaustive and that the staff and volunteers will continue to plan for a variety of other details regarding safety and sanitation.
4. What about kids?
a. We will have a children’s sermon during the service.
b. We will also offer Sunday School (for kids over 5) and the nursery (for kids 5 and under). Children are asked to wear masks and distance while in the building, and our Sunday School/nursery volunteers will do the same.
Lastly, we want to thank you for making Faith a wonderful community of Christ. We are in an extraordinary time, and you have excelled in caring for one another. Further, thank you for your trust in us as we seek to be good stewards of everyone’s health and wellness as well as meet people’s needs.
Should you have any questions about the above plan, don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our pastors at 217-359-3631.