The Task Force on Re-Opening and the Elders of the church have decided that it is time to resume in-person worship for those who feel safe and comfortable attending. We have selected May 30, 2021 for our “reopening” of services, though we will continue to livestream as well.

 

While many people are vaccinated, some will not yet be, including kids – who won’t be for some time, and we want to make our space and services available and safe for all. Therefore, there will still be some restrictions for meeting in person and it may not work for everyone. We take your health and safety extremely seriously and will be applying recommendations set forth by the CDC and the PA Department of Health.

While we are thrilled to once again share our space with you, we encourage anyone who prefers to join our livestream instead to do so. See below for the expectations we have for our in-person services and please let us know if you have any questions.

CDC Guidelines/Masking

For now, we will be continuing to require masks of all those in attendance, covering both your mouth and nose. We appreciate your patience as we adjust back into in-person services.

Childcare

No childcare will be offered at this time. Children must stay with you during the service and anyone aged two years or older must wear a mask. The nursery area will be closed.

Arrival

The doors will open at 10:30am. The worship service will begin promptly at 11:00am, as online worship will continue.

Entrance

Please enter through the door closest to the Forbes Ave Parking Lot. (An accessible entrance is available upon request.) Please grab a sign-in card on arrival.

Check-In

Please check in with the greeter at the entrance. They will provide information on sign-ins, bulletins, seating, and communion.

Seating

Spaces for individuals or family groups are marked on the seats of the pews by colored paper. Please sit in these marked areas, keeping distance from others. If you have a large group, select a pew with only one piece of paper.

Socializing

We will be observing the “passing of the peace” at the end of the service—save your socializing for after the service, and please be mindful that some people may not yet be comfortable touching or getting close.

Food/Beverages

We will not be providing coffee or other refreshments before or after worship. Please do not bring any food. Water fountains will not be in use, but you may bring your own beverage in a closed container—please consume it with consideration of others.

Bulletins

Bulletins will be available if necessary, though they are also available online and may be projected.

Offering

We will resume collecting offerings in person, but you may also continue making your offering by the options listed on the church website or by mailing it to the church.

Exits

We will use the door by the Forbes Ave Parking Lot for exiting the sanctuary as well. Please place your sign-in card in the basket on your way out.

Contact Tracing

If you develop symptoms or test positive after attending a service, please let us know right away so we can do contact tracing.

Self-Screening

For everyone’s safety, we ask that you please stay home from worship if you or anyone in your household has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days, or if anyone is currently experiencing or has experienced COVID-19 symptoms in the past seven (7) days, including fever, trouble breathing, shortness of breath, flu-like symptoms, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, headache, chills, or new muscle pain unrelated to exercise. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, we encourage you to see your doctor and be tested.