Every other row of chairs removed from the sanctuary. Ushers will be available to help seat families. We are asking that only family groups sit together. Seating will be via the side aisles and beginning toward the front of the worship space.
Masks are strongly recommended. You may bring your own, but their will be free disposable masks available as well. Mary Sherman has also made some that are available for purchase, should you need more anyway.
We are encouraging people to maintain social distancing guidelines. Any fellowshipping should happen in the parking lot.
On Holy Communion Sundays, the elements (bread, and wine/juice) will be available in pre-packaged containers.
Though singing and speaking will be limited during worship, we encourage you to wear your masks for these aspects of the service. Windows will be opened with air-conditioning and fans running during worship to improve airflow.
There is currently no child-care being offered. The kitchen is closed, so please feel free to bring your own refreshments.
The FM Transmitter and radio station 89.9 will still be in use for those whose preference will be for Drive-In Worship. Prior to the start of worship, ushers will distribute bulletins and Holy Communion elements for those choosing to remain in their vehicles.
The Ohio Department of Health has supplied the following information to help you ensure you protect yourself and your family. Click on the link below.
In times of uncertainty it is easy to overlook our responsibility to thoughtfully guide children through this time. Our parishes and families can model healthy responses to COVID 19. We should not be afraid to discuss the coronavirus with children. When we are accessible to our children’s questions and fears, we teach them that we are worthy of their trust. It is important for us to be factual, but age appropriate. It is often best for us to filter news reports. As adults, we set the emotional tone, knowing that children are intuitive and can sense anxiety. We can reassure children in our communities that we are doing everything we can to keep them and their community safe. It is also important for us to fold these conversations into normal healthy routines. As Peter Steineke aptly said, “good structure corrals anxiety”.
God, our peace and our strength, we pray for our nation and the world as we face new uncertainties around coronavirus. Protect the most vulnerable among us, especially all who are currently sick or in isolation. Grant wisdom, patience, and clarity to health care workers, especially as their work caring for others puts them at great risk. Guide us as we consider how best to prepare and respond in our families, congregations, workplaces, and communities. Give us courage to face these days not with fear but with compassion, concern, and acts of service, trusting that you abide with us always, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.