Church Reopening Guidelines

The following guidelines were voted by the church board in consultation with the local conference. The purpose of these guidelines is to provide the best possible conditions for people to gather for the worship of God. It is our desire that everyone remain protected during this pandemic while they worship with us. Thank you for doing your best to abide by these safety measures for the good of all.

  1. For everyone's peace of mind, the church will be cleaned and sanitized (door knobs, bathrooms, etc.) before opening.
  2. All materials (hymnals, Bibles, pens, pencils, etc.) will be removed from pews.
  3. Every other pew will be marked for seating to maintain social distancing during worship. Families can sit together, but all others are asked to sit 6 feet apart.
  4. Signs are posted emphasizing – social distancing (no physical contact such as shaking hands, hugs, etc.). The only exception will be family members who live in the same household.
  5. Everyone will be required to sanitize their hands when entering the church. This will be the first thing everyone is being asked to do.
  6. The wearing of a mask is mandatory, except for children 11 years old or younger and those speaking from the front. Please bring your own mask. If you should need one, we have a limited supply on hand.
  7. Bulletins will be provided, but each person will be asked to take them home when they leave.
  8. When we have Communion service, prepackaged emblems will be given at the door. Foot washing will only be encouraged between family members.
  9. Congregational singing will be encouraged using a mask.
  10. Everyone is asked to use a envelope to return their Tithe and Offerings. You will then placed in a drop box near the doors of the sanctuary. Online giving is also available for those who would prefer that option.
  11. Once the service is over, you will be dismissed one row at a time in order to maintain social distancing.
  12. The restrooms will be open, but they are to be used by one person at a time unless it is a child accompanied by an adult in the family.
  13. Fellowship dinners will be postponed until further notice.
  14. We are asking that no one open the front door, but rather allow a greeters to open it for you. They will then provide instructions to all attendees on these procedures.
  15. We are asking that everyone check their temperature at home before coming to church.
  16. Sabbath School Classes will be conducted but only where social distancing can be maintained.
  17. Individuals who are considered "high risk" (65 and older, individuals with serious underlying health conditions, including high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma, and those whose immune system is compromised such as by chemotherapy for cancer and other conditions requiring such therapy, are encouraged to stay home, but are not required to do so. Should they decide to come, it will be at their own risk.
  18. All other church meetings will be conducted through video conferencing. Should these meetings pertain to you, you will be notified by phone or email or both.