COVID-19 Updates

As we navigate the current pandemic, updates regarding in-person gatherings will be posted here. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


UPDATE – March 6, 2021
I wanted to pass along an update from the Elders regarding in-person worship gatherings.
This year we will be celebrating the Resurrection together in-person! Beginning on Easter Sunday, April 4th, we will begin worshiping together in-person once again. We will do so each week at 10:30am outside on the lot across the street from the church building and will move into the sanctuary for inclement weather. If we move inside, we will send out an email and post on social media by 8pm on Saturday. Likewise, we will have the windows open to help with ventilation and airflow, so please dress accordingly.
For the time being, we will continue with the current format and structure of our service (reflections rather than corporate singing).
We will continue to have a Zoom option for those who prefer to worship with us in that way.
Much like when we gathered in the summer and fall, please:
  • Wear a mask
  • Keep distance
  • Bring your own seating
For those joining us in-person, it will be so good to worship together in-person again with you. For those joining us on Zoom, we continue to look forward and pray for the day when we can worship together in-person again with you. And, in the meantime, we are so grateful for the gift of technology.
Friends, this past year has been a difficult one. However, I am so incredibly grateful for your flexibility and understanding as we have attempted to pivot and make decisions that help us best love and care for our neighbors and community. Thank you.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to any of our Elders or myself.
Grace and peace,
Sean
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UPDATE – November 20, 2020
An update on the in-person option for our worship services – Beginning this Sunday, November 22nd, our worship services will be online only [on Zoom] for the foreseeable future, while we continue to evaluate as things progress.
The Elders came to this decision due to a revised order on mass gatherings that was issued from our state this past week limiting group sizes to 10 or less. Likewise, the Canton Repository published an article stating that our local hospital are currently at 90% capacity. Given these two realities, plus the increased number of cases in our state, we feel this is the most responsible, safest, and best way for us to love our neighbors.
While we will certainly miss seeing one another in-person for the time being, we are grateful for the continued opportunity to gather and to be together online.
I’m grateful for you all and am looking forward to worshiping with you all on Zoom this Sunday.
Grace and peace,
Sean
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UPDATE – October 29, 2020:
In light of the cooler temperatures, the in-person option for our worship service will be moving inside our sanctuary full-time starting this Sunday, November 1st. As we move our in-person option inside, please remember our health and safety guidelines:
  • Masks (extras will be available)
  • Social Distancing (Every other pew will be open. Please maintain social distancing between households in the same pew.)
  • Hand sanitizer will be available

Likewise, please remember to dress for the weather as the windows will be open to help with airflow and ventilation. We will plan to have the furnace running during our service, but we still suggest dressing warm.

As always, we appreciate your continued flexibility. Please let any of our Elders or myself know if you have any questions. Thanks!

Grace and peace,

Sean

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UPDATE – September 10, 2020:
Beginning this Sunday, September 13th, we will decide week-to-week whether we will be gathering in-person outside or in the sanctuary. This decision will be made by 8pm Saturday evening and will be sent out by email and posted on the church Facebook page. We will still have a Zoom option for those who choose to utilize that.

As we begin to gather in the sanctuary, we will continue to use the health and safety guidelines that we have been using while gathering outside:

  • Masks (extras will be available)
  • Social Distancing (Every other pew will be open. Please maintain social distancing between households in the same pew. The Lighthouse will be open for additional seating as needed with the Zoom feed projected.)
  • Hand sanitizer will be available
  • Same order of service (continuing with reflections instead of congregational singing)

High touch surfaces will be sanitized in between any other uses of the building and our service on Sunday mornings.

For those who will be gathering with us in the sanctuary, we encourage you to dress for the weather. We will have the windows open (and, as necessary, the furnace running) to help with ventilation and airflow.

Thank you again for your continued flexibility throughout this season. We are grateful to continue to have an option to gather in-person for those choosing to do so as we head into the fall. If you have any questions, please let an of our Elders or myself know. Thanks!

Grace and peace,

Sean

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