Ready To Continue In-Person Worship – Indoors?
Join Peace Lutheran on Sunday Evenings For Indoor Worship!
If you are ready to continue in-person worship service, Peace Lutheran Church has begun offering Sunday evening worship services indoors on August 23, 2020 and will continue with this service for the foreseeable future!
This service will replace the Outdoor In-Person worship service and follow the same liturgy, readings, and sermon as presented at the 10:30 a.m. Zoom worship service.
The Indoor Worship Service will be a condensed version of the Zoom service only lasting 45 minutes – our goal is to get you home safely and as early as possible on a night before school and/or work.
Peace Lutheran Church has begun Phase IV of our Return to Worship Guidelines which may be found here:
*If it is safe to meet, we will gather on Sundays beginning on August 23, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary.
*Pastor Travis and the Executive Committee will be watching reports from the local/state agencies and the CDC on a weekly basis to make sure it is safe to gather in person.
*There will not be a notice of worship status sent every week as this service will occur every Sunday depending on pandemic statistics.
If cancellation is required, an email will be sent to all members as soon as it is known and be posted on the website.
Services will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday evenings.
This service will replace the Outdoor in-person service and there will be a capacity limit of 34 family units only.
RSVP’s WILL BE REQUIRED STARTING AUGUST 30, 2020
An RSVP will be required every week to give all an opportunity to attend.
Watch for an email sent out on Monday mornings requesting RSVP’s.
We would love to see everyone attend the service; however, we can only allow the first 34 family units that complete and return the RSVP to attend due to safety precautions and social distancing.
We understand you all will be happy to see each other; however, please keep your social conversations outdoors either before or after this service so we retain proper social distancing – please do not congregate in the Narthex.
The required Safety Protocols are listed below and can also be found as a separate document at this link in case you want to print a copy: Indoor Evening Service Safety Protocols.
INDOOR EVENING SERVICE SAFETY PROTOCALS
- Do not attend in person if you have any COVID symptoms. See cdc.gov for symptoms. These include:
○ Fever or feeling feverish (chills, sweating)
○ New cough
○ Difficulty breathing
○ Sore throat
○ Muscle aches or body aches
○ Vomiting or diarrhea
○ New loss of taste or smell
● Only attend in person if
○ You have not been determined to be actively infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19
○ You do not have symptoms of COVID-19 (see cdc.gov: fever, cough, difficulty breathing, sore throat, muscle aches or body aches, vomiting or diarrhea, new loss of taste or smell)
○ You have not been in close contact with anyone known or suspected to have tested positive for COVID-19 in the previous 14 days
○ You have not returned from travel through an area with state or local travel restrictions that mandate quarantine upon arrival home in the previous 14 days.
● Everyone over the age of 2 must wear a face mask that covers your nose and mouth. Face shields do not count unless worn in addition to masks. Your mask protects others; their masks protect you.
● When indoors and wearing masks, maintain 6’ distance from other participants not in your household except for brief encounters; e.g., passing someone in the hallway or aisle.
● Sharing of materials (bulletins, hymnals, etc.) is strongly discouraged. A pdf of the bulletin will be distributed electronically prior to service. Participants are encouraged to either print it off at home or bring it on an electronic device to view during the service.
● Communion elements will not be distributed; bring your own elements.
● Clean hands are encouraged. Feel free to bring hand sanitizer, though sanitizer will be available upon entry to the sanctuary.
● Seating in the sanctuary will be by households, sitting at the right end or left end of alternating pews. Households will sit at the right end of odd numbered pews and the left end of even numbered pews. Look for blue tape.
● When entering the sanctuary, move to an unoccupied pew closest to the chancel (i.e., fill up the sanctuary from the front to the rear). Departure will begin at the rear of the sanctuary.
● Attendance of worship services in the sanctuary will be by reservation only. The first 34 households to make a reservation will have priority on seating. Should there be a sufficient number of single-member households, additional seating may be accommodated for single individuals, based on available seating that would allow 6’ distancing. Single individuals may team up with one other person at their own risk to become a household unit.
● When wearing masks and maintaining a minimum of 6’ distance, singing softly or humming along in the liturgy is permitted.
● If the sanctuary will be used for another service within the following 7 days, then volunteers will be needed to sanitize pews, doorways, and other commonly touched surfaces prior to that subsequent use.
● No more than 2 people are allowed in restrooms at any one time, and they should do whatever possible to maintain 6’ distance from each other. In the men’s room, which means using the toilets and not the urinals. Everyone should wash their hands for at least 20 seconds prior to departure.
● Water fountains will be turned off or otherwise blocked from use.
● Offering plates will be placed at all entrances/exits. Offering plates can then be secured until later in the week when tellers process the offerings.
● Duration of worship service will not exceed 45 minutes.