A Plan for Returning to In-Person Worship

Updated June 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

  • We will continue to offer both the 9:00am and 10:30am services online.

  • Both the 9:00 and 10:30 services are available for in-person participation.

  • At 9:00 worship: Worship and Life will be set up at 25% capacity, which is 162 people. This spring and summer, there has been plenty of space, as we have averaged 59 people in person each Sunday. As demand increases, we will continue to monitor and implement safeguards for everyone’s best interest.

  • At 10:30 worship, there has likewise been plenty of space, as we have averaged 53 people in person each Sunday.  

2. Wearing Masks

  • Fully vaccinated people are not required to wear masks while in the building.  

  • Please note that someone is "fully vaccinated" 14 days after their final dose. 

  • Unvaccinated or less-than-fully vaccinated people will still need to remain masked during gatherings and while in the building.  

3. No pre-registering for worship

  • Instead of having people pre-register for worship, 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.

4. What about kids?

  • We will have a children’s sermon during the service.

  • 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. 

  • Our Sunday School/nursery volunteers will also be wearing masks, regardless of their vaccination status.

5. Other protection procedures

  • Seating will be distanced and is currently set up as such.

  • We will maintain a 25-30 foot distance between the speakers/singers and the congregation.

  • There will be no coffee or social gathering time before or after the service.

  • 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.

  • Further, if you aren’t able to abide by these guidelines, we ask that you also stay home and worship online.

  • 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.

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.