COVID 19 Protocol

Update From the Covid Task ForceAt our March 23rd meeting the Covid Task Force discussed a variety of topics related to our Covid protocols. Our goal, as always, is to provide the best possible worship experience for all while protecting the vulnerable among us. We will maintain both in-person and virtual worship for the foreseeable future.

Based on current CDC guidelines, community practices, and the results of our survey of the congregation, we have made some modifications to our current protocols for in-person worship. These will be in place beginning Sunday, April 3.

  1. Masking will be optional with the exception of worship leaders (including ushers and deacons)and the choir. Members of the congregation should determine your own comfort level in deciding whether to mask. KN95 masks will still be available at the entrances.
  2. Social distancing will be optional in the center seating section but will remain in place on the two sides. Additional distanced seating can be accommodated in Fellowship Hall if needed.
  3. Windows will be closed unless the weather makes opening them desirable.
  4. We will resume traditional Communion distribution. Deacons will be masked.
  5. Offering plates will be passed. Ushers will be masked.
  6. If you would like to sing along with Shalom, please wear a mask while singing.

Other aspects of our protocols remain in place.

  1. Vaccination of those eligible is still required.
  2. Masking is still required to enter the church offices.
  3. Please sign the clipboard in your pew so that we know who is in attendance.
  4. Please refrain from physical contact such as hugging or hand-holding and maintain social distancing when moving about prior to and after the service.
  5. As always, if you are feeling ill or have tested positive for Covid 19, please worship virtually and quarantine as recommended by the CDC.

The Covid Task Force will continue to monitor levels of infection or exposure both within the congregation and in the communities we serve. A decision to return to virtual worship for a period of time will be communicated to the congregation via an all-church email.