The City of New Orleans has reinstated the indoor mask mandate. To keep in line with the city’s mandate, we require that masks be worn during worship services and events on the church campus regardless of vaccination status.
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 the 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 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.