As you may have heard either through the news or via our livestream worship this past Sunday, as of Friday afternoon all levels of the government have lifted restrictions on our ability to meet together to worship. To that end, Trinity leadership has determined to reopen our facility for live worship services beginning next Saturday during our regularly scheduled times. Monday services resume June 1st.
While we are absolutely delighted by this opportunity, we are also aware that Covid-19 still poses a threat to the health and well-being of our members and to our community. Our intention is to abide by the guidelines set forth by medical professionals to mitigate, to the best of our ability, the potential to pass the virus as we gather for worship. To accomplish this, we are setting forth the following procedures until further notice:
- Hand sanitizer will be available at each available entrance and at various locations in the building. Please use it as you enter the building unless you have brought your own.
- A collection box at the entrance to the sanctuary will be utilized rather than pass an offering plate.
- The service and announcements will be on the screen. Bulletins containing announcements will be made available but we ask that only those who have no access to them online take one.
- Coffee bar will be unavailable.
- People are encouraged to move directly into the sanctuary and avoid gathering in the narthex.
- New items will not be placed into member mailboxes by church staff.
- Windows will be strategically opened and exhaust fan running to encourage proper ventilation of the building. Please dress appropriately as this will make temperature regulation difficult.
- We will use every other pew in the sanctuary during worship services. Overflow seating will be available in the lower-level fellowship hall.
- As the virus seems to be spread especially through expiration, we will keep congregational singing to a minimum.
- There will be no formal greeters.
- Will be offered in a continuous-flow format. Sanitizer will be available in the aisle as you walk up to receive the elements. (Communion will be offered May 23/24; 1st & 3rd weekends thereafter.)
- Elements will be prepared by altar guild members while wearing gloves and masks.
- Elements will be distributed by pastors and elders with freshly washed hands and wearing masks.
- There will be no formal ushering crew.
- The pastor conducting the service will usher people out of the service to ensure continued distancing.
- Entry doors will be propped open until time of worship.
- Worshipers will sit only in pews marked with blue tape.
- One usher will dismiss people from the sanctuary following worship to ensure appropriate distancing.
- One usher will be stationed at each entry to open doors for those attending.
- Worshipers will sit only in pews without blue tape.
- If you are uncomfortable attending services, do not feel pressured to come until you believe it is safe to do so. Livestream of our Sunday service will continue.
- If you have any type of cold, allergy, or flu symptoms, including fever, please do not attend.
- If you are in a high risk category due to age or health concerns, please take the safest course of action for you.
- Sunday morning Bible Study will resume June 7.
Additionally, our postponed quarterly congregational meeting will take place immediately following worship on Sunday, May 31 following the dismissal of those not wishing to attend. Passage of the budget for the 2020/2021 fiscal year is one of the main agenda items.
In Him and His Service,
We recognize that this is not the type of celebratory atmosphere you may have been anticipating when you contemplated our ability to meet again for worship. Yet, gathering even under these circumstances is a blessed opportunity. May we gain encouragement in seeing our brothers and sisters in worship, or at least rejoice in knowing some are able to do so even if some may still need to refrain from gathering.
Pastor T. McKenzie