Special message regarding social distancing and worshiping during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dearest Faith Family,
It has been almost two months since we gathered in our worship center to praise our God for who He is, to receive from God all that He gives in Word and Sacrament. So it’s pretty exciting to be gradually moving back into our sanctuary to gather together for worship. We will be returning back to our sanctuary in a limited manner, and these limitations may be eased in the future as we monitor the pace of the spread of the coronavirus and follow the recommendations of the Governor’s Office and the CDC. We should also remind everyone that Governor Kemp still has a “shelter-in-place” recommendation for those that are most vulnerable (aged 65 and over, and/or having compromised health conditions) until June 12.
Given all that, for the time being, the following are the actions a set of circumstances. We will only have every other pew available for seating. You will be asked to sit at the ends of each row. (Families who live together are not required to observe social distancing among themselves.)
Sanitized facilities. Our facilities have been sanitized thoroughly. We will be sanitizing the worship center between services, any surfaces that may get touched including all bathrooms. Tony, who does our maintenance, will be sanitizing our facilities between services. Thanks, Tony!
- Enter Narthex doors only. Please enter the worship center through Narthex doors. Doors will be propped open to avoid the need to contact any door.
- Additional sanitizers and signs have been added to the worship center, external entrances/exits (and other places in administration building).
Communion will be offered as continuous, one row at a time, social distancing observed. Individual cups and hosts will be “self-contained.” Common cup will not be available at this time.
Collection plates will be placed at the end of the service next to the two narthex exit doors for your offerings as you leave or you may give online.
NO Coffee hour.
NO Sunday School on campus.
We hope everyone that will be comfortable attending church with these restrictions will be able to worship our Lord in the sanctuary this Sunday. But we know that many of you may not feel comfortable attending church yet, and that is fine, which is why we will continue offering online worship opportunities. We will be live-casting both services, and we will also be recording those services for people to watch at their convenience. Lastly, we certainly want to remind everyone that if you are sick, please stay home for your own safety and the safety of others.
These have been truly difficult times for all, but permit me one observation. We are so blessed. At this point, only one member in our Faith family (locally) has had the coronavirus. Also so far, no one that we know of in our school has had the coronavirus. We thank God for His hand over our homes and safeguarding our health, and we pray that continues for us, for all in our community, in our nation, and our world.
To God be the glory and His Son Jesus our praise,
As you walk in the door, our greeters will welcome you, and our ushers will hand you a bulletin with all the information about that day’s service.
Come dressed in whatever way makes you comfortable, be it jeans and a T-shirt, a suit and tie or a nice dress, or anything in between.
There are no steps at our main entrance, nor are there any leading into the sanctuary. There are some spaces at the front of our sanctuary for wheelchairs.
Children are welcome in worship or we have a staffed nursery from 9:15am – 12:15pm on Sunday morning to care for young ones. Our lobby is great place to care for a little one while still listening to the service. There are crayons and coloring sheets available in the lobby.
As the Lord’s Supper is sacred, we offer it to anyone – guest or regular – who has been baptized and confesses Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
There are Connect Cards on the seat backs in front of you. If you are willing, please let us know who you are and place the card the offering plate later in the service.
If you have any questions before, during, or after the service, feel free to ask any of our ushers.