In light of the rising rates of COVID infections in our area and the new recommendations released by the CDC, we ask that everyone attending worship or any other activity at the church wear a mask while inside the building, regardless of vaccination status. While we hope this is a temporary measure, we are requesting that all mask up as part of our commitment to loving our neighbors as ourselves. New data recently released suggests that vaccinated individuals who have been exposed may transmit the virus, and the risk that poses to our children and those who are medically vulnerable is something we must seriously consider. Thank you in advance for your understanding and willingness to do what we must as a community.
Frequently Asked Questions
For worship services, can I sit anywhere I like?
Yes! Feel free to choose your seat in the Sanctuary, or if you prefer a more distanced area, you can sit in the Phifer Library where the service audio will be played.
How will the worship services change?
All pews will be open for seating. We have resumed the use of Bibles, friendship pads, and offering plates. For communion, the bread is individually pieced and served by gloved elders, and the drink is served, as always, in individual glasses. Children’s messages and acolyte processions will resume in the fall.
How about service music?
The full choir will resume in the fall. Until then, service music will continue to be performed by Steven Blackmon, organist, and the Chancel Choir Chamber Ensemble.
Will childcare be available?
Childcare for ages 3 and under will continue to be available in the Bear Classroom off Frampton Fellowship Hall. 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. The service will be live-streamed to the large screen there with the option of coloring sheets, puzzles, and books for the children to use. There will be no supervised activities for children, so parents must remain with their children in the pray-ground.
Will we have after-service coffee and refreshments?
Coffee is now being served in Frampton Fellowship Hall following the 9:30 a.m. service. Beginning in the fall, both coffee and snacks will be served.
How will church meetings be 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.
Is the church office now open to members?
Yes. We welcome any members who have church business to come to the church office, however please bear in mind that due to staff vacancies, it is especially important that our staff members maximize the time they have in the office to complete their work.