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Changes For In-Person Worship



Changes to In-Person Worship


At a called meeting on April 27, on recommendation from the Worship & Music Ministry Team, the session approved the following changes/plans for in person worship, effective Sunday, May 2:
1. That pre-registration for in person worship be discontinued.
2. That temperature checks at the doors be discontinued.
3. That mask wearing in the sanctuary continue to be required.
4. That the current offering collection process (plates at each entrance; mailing to church; online giving; drop in mail slot of church office building) be continued.
5. That the current method of celebrating the Lord’s Supper (individual, pre-packaged communion sets) be continued.
6. That Friendship pads not be passed in the pews.
7. That hymnbooks, Bibles, and pew cushions be returned to the pews. (Pews are sanitized after each worship service and we have one week between worship services. People who do not wish to handle hymnbooks and Bibles can use the liturgy on the screen in the sanctuary.)
8. That worshipers continue to enter the sanctuary through the east vestibule door or the portico door.
9. That two ushers be on duty and also act as greeters. Ushers will help people find seats.
10. That worshipers be encouraged to maintain social distancing while in the sanctuary. 
11. That arrangements be made to document attendance for contact tracing purposes.
The following recommendations had already been approved:
1. That the crib nursery (0-2 years) be made available during 11:00 a.m. worship beginning May 2, 2021.
2. That the children in the sanctuary come forward for the children’s sermon and be seated on the floor in designated, social distanced spots.
3. That activity bags be made available for children in the sanctuary to use during worship.
4. That Children’s Church (3-6 years old) resume in the fall to coincide with the start-up of Sunday School classes.
5. That choir rehearsals resume in person on Wednesday nights in the Music Room. The choir will observe COVID-19 protocols. The Handbell Ensemble will practice at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings.
Thank you to the members of the Worship & Music Ministry Team (Karla Casteen, Dan Robinson, Geneva Maready, Georgia Longest, Harriet Farrior, Louis DiDomenico, Joey Fussell, and David Sanderson) for their diligent and faithful work. 
Thank you to our elders for their thoughtful and faithful guidance throughout this pandemic: Wayne Casteen, Sam Rose, Lindsay Skidmore, Fred Burroughs, Patsy Ludlum, Darleen Weller, Hayes Ludlum, Greg Maready, and Kelli Norris.