“The Lord protects him and keeps him alive; he is called blessed in the land; you do not give him up to the will of his enemies. The Lord sustains him on his sickbed; in his illness you restore him to full health. As for me, I said, “O Lord, be gracious to me; heal me, for I have sinned against you!” ~Psalm 41:2-4
We will begin meeting again at church on Sunday June 14, 2020. We will have one service at 10:45. No doubt you have many questions. Below are some of the more common, but please, if your question is not answered below, email or call 570-871-0322.
SOME FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS REGARDING REOPENING:
WHEN WILL CORPORATE WORSHIP BEGIN?
We will begin corporate worship with a 10:45 service on June 14th. Ushers will begin seating in the sanctuary shortly after 10:15.
DO I NEED TO REGISTER IN ORDER TO ATTEND?
Yes, we will begin taking registration to attend service on Monday and will request that you be registered by Thursday morning. This will allow us to plan seating for the worship service.
THE MORE PEOPLE REGISTER, THE BETTER WE CAN PLAN.
TO REGISTER… PLEASE FILL OUT THIS FORM.
WILL I BE TURNED AWAY IF I DON’T REGISTER?
We never want to turn people away from worship. However, we have very limited seating in the sanctuary because of social distancing guidelines. THE MORE PEOPLE THAT REGISTER, THE BETTER WE CAN PLAN.
WHAT KIND OF CHANGES CAN I EXPECT FROM WHAT WE ARE USED TO ON SUNDAY MORNING?
- We will currently only do corporate worship.
- The following events/services will be suspended for now:
- Nursery or children’s church
- Adult Sunday school (Done via Zoom on Wednesday evenings)
- Youth Sunday school (Done via Zoom on Tuesday Evenings)
- Coffee service
- There will be an offering box placed at the exit of the sanctuary. The procedures for collecting the tithes and offerings will be explained near the end of our service. As always online giving, and mail-in giving are still options.
- Seating will incorporate recommended distancing and will therefore be reduced (seating instructions are below),
HOW LONG WILL THESE CHANGES BE IN EFFECT?
Expect these changes to continue until there is an appropriately reduced health hazard.
DO I NEED A MASK?
All adults shall wear masks once they enter the church. Greeters will have extras available for those who forgot them. Masks shall be worn, especially when speaking or singing. Children from 3 years upward should wear a mask. If you have younger children who cannot reliably cover their sneezes/coughs or are not able to wear a mask, please consider watching remotely until restrictions are lifted.
WHAT PRECAUTIONS IS THE CHURCH TAKING?
- Only the narthex entrances will be used.
- Greeters and Ushers will wear masks and gloves.
- Greeters will open doors to minimize the frequent touching of communal surfaces.
- Frequently touched surfaces (door handles, counter tops, faucet/toilet handles) will be sanitized prior to the service. Also ushers will be available to clean on-going.
- All volunteers will be screened prior to assuming duties
- Hand sanitizer and wipes will be placed throughout high traffic areas
- Music and scripture passages will all be in the bulletin. No need to handle hymnals or pew bibles.
- Masks will be required once entering the church building.
HOW WILL WE BE SEATED GOING IN?
- Ushers will seat you by families as you enter the sanctuary, filling the sanctuary from front to rear. We will not be able to save “your spot.” Consider this a great opportunity to sit near people you don’t normally see in worship.
- Ushers will hand you your bulletin as you take your seat.
- Social distancing guidelines must be met in the narthex, and outside while waiting to be seated. Spacing is marked on the floor. PLEASE: ushers will be required to space people, and are trying to fit as many people as possible into our spacing while maintaining distancing guidelines. We beseech you… please make the ushers’ task as easy as possible.
HOW WILL WE EXIT THE BUILDING?
Following the benediction, ushers will dismiss people by rows, starting from the front of the church. Please exit as you are directed as expeditiously as possible. Once out of and away from the building you are free to gather in groups. Please be considerate of others who may want to maintain social distancing..
WHO SHOULD WATCH FROM HOME FOR NOW?
There are many cases where it would be advised that you watch from home. We will be live streaming the service and will absolutely do our best to present the most worshipful program possible. Here are some examples of times when it will be better to watch the service remotely:
- If you are unable or unwilling to wear a mask or face covering such as a bandanna.
- If you are concerned about being around non-mask wearing people (musicians and speakers will not be masked). Per Lackawanna CO. COVID guidelines, please stay at home if you or anyone in your family:
- Have had close contact in the past 14 days with a person diagnosed with COVID
- Have traveled out of the United States in the last 14 days
- Are feeling ill
- Have a fever of 100.4 degrees or more
- Have an unexplained new or worsened cough
- Have shortness of breath or trouble breathing
- Have muscle aches, or chills
- Have sore throat and new loss of taste or smell
- If you are immunocompromised (taking chemotherapy or immunosuppressant medication) or have any condition which leaves you with a weakened immune system
- If you are 65 or older with an underlying condition (asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, heart disease, etc.)
- If you are in any other high risk population
- If you are uncomfortable going out FOR ANY REASON WE WANT TO STRESS: Coming to live service is not a sign of spiritual valor. Watching from home is not a sign of spiritual weakness. We love each other and deeply desire the best from and for each other. Please, please pray for unity of spirit among us, and a wonderful worship service and that Jesus would be glorified in all we do. Thank you so much.