Because we know singing in person adds an additional element to living in Covidtide, we will not be having congregational singing or choir singing. For the next few months, musical leadership for Sunday morning sanctuary worship will be with soloists, ensembles, and instrumentalists. When choir rehearsals resume they will be in the sanctuary to support distancing.
September communion is moving
We are moving this month’s communion service from September 5 to August 29. This is due to the logistics of returning to the building and working out how we can share the meal. Communion is a joyous celebration and we want to take the time to plan carefully! Our Covid-19 Action Team says that unmasking briefly to share communion is low risk for Covid transmission.
“Where can I sit in the sanctuary?”
- The Sanctuary will be open for watch parties on September 5, 12, and 19 at 10:00 am. Worship will be led in the sanctuary beginning September 26. We encourage social distanced seating by family groups.
- The Scheyer Library will be a strict social distancing space for adults watching worship, with extra air filtration and circulation for added safety.
- The Turner Lounge will be a family-friendly space to watch worship together. This is not a “drop off” zone but a place for families and kids to be together, for those who want to be in-person but aren’t comfortable being in the sanctuary.
“What else can I expect in-person?”
We ask that everyone be masked while inside the building. We will not be serving coffee, cookies, or Sunday morning breakfast. Along with communion, current data says touching stuff isn’t how coronavirus is transmitted. We will be able to pass plates for offering, sign-in on the pew pads to track attendance, and distribute bulletins. We will have colored cards for each nametag to help communicate comfort with distance: green for “please ask me, but I’m okay giving hugs and handshakes,” yellow for more distanced greetings (elbows or fist-bumps), and red for “I am keeping my distance.” Please respect everyone’s boundaries!
Sunday evenings at 5:00 pm
Digital worship is here to stay. Along with in-person worship at 10:00 am in the building, we will be recording elements from that service along with pre-produced pieces for a later broadcast on Facebook and YouTube. We know for some, this is too early for an evening worship and the gift of the digital service is that it can be viewed any time after 5:00 pm.
We’re very excited that CC4LA (Creativity Council for Liturgical Arts) and our artist in residence Nadine
Santo Pietro have created a prayer station in the Turner Commons to help us transition back to the building and our life (physically) together. For more info, see the article on page 3.
Greeters, ushers, and liturgists
As we return to Sundays in the sanctuary we will need to restart some of the opportunities to serve that accompany worship. We need greeters, ushers, liturgists, and communion servers. Reach out to ministry leads or Vicki Farmer at email@example.com if you would like to help.