In compliance with city mandates, CDC directives, and the advice of church physicians, we require masks of all those (age 2 and older) in attendance in worship and any other indoor church activity. Masks are also expected to be worn outdoors on the church premises by those not actively eating or drinking. We continually review our health and safety protocols to ensure that we are doing all we can to help keep one another safe at church. Thank you for doing your part!
Your Questions Answered
What do Sunday morning services look like now?
The 8:30 service has returned to the Chapel where weekly communion is served. We have resumed the use of printed bulletins, Bibles, friendship pads, and offering plates. At the 10:30 service, children may now come down to front of the Sanctuary for the Children's Message. All pews are available for seating. The Phifer Library, where the service audio is projected, is open for anyone who prefers a more distanced seat. Acolyte processions are temporarily suspended.
How is communion served?
Communion bread is individually pieced and served by gloved elders. Drink is served, as always, in individual disposable glasses.
How about service music?
The congregation is invited to sing all hymns. The full chancel choir has not resumed however service music continues to be performed by Steven Blackmon, organist, and the Chancel Choir Chamber Ensemble.
Is childcare available?
Following the children's message at the 10:30 service, children 1st grade and younger are dismissed for a time of play, while older children remain with their families. While children of all ages are welcome to worship in the Sanctuary, we have also set up a “Pray-Ground” in Frampton Fellowship Hall where families with young children can experience worship together. Services are live-streamed to the large screen and coloring sheets, puzzles, and books are available for children to enjoy. Parents must remain with their children while they are in the pray-ground. The nursery is open from 8:15-11:45 a.m. for ages 0-3.
Are there special protocols for childcare and Sunday school?
All sitters in the nursery and volunteer Sunday school teachers are fully vaccinated. Masks are worn by all those working with children under 12. Sunday school classes of all ages require participants to sign in each Sunday. Any class participant testing positive for COVID-19 in the week following class must report to Michele Murphy so that the class may be notified and contact tracing may be done.
In children's Sunday school classes, children are in small sized classes according to grade/age and spread out in their classrooms. Upon entering their classrooms, children are given hand sanitizer. All surfaces, toys, and other supplies are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized before and after class.
Coffee and lemonade are now being served outside on State Street, weather permitting, following the 10:30 service (only). We invite all to come visit with your friends but to please keep drinks outside. Cookies and other snacks have been temporarily suspended.
How are church meetings being handled?
Decisions as to whether to meet in-person, via video conference, or in a hybrid format are left up to each group’s leader.
Do we have Wednesday Night Out?
Wednesday Night Out and other congregation-wide indoor meals have been temporarily suspended.
Is the church office open to members?
Yes. We welcome any members who have church business to come to the church office.