What to Expect in Worship During the COVID-19 Pandemic
In March of 2020, when COVID-19 reached our community, we made the difficult decision to close our church building and to suspend all in-person congregation activities until such a time as we could reopen safely and responsibly.
Fortunately, we were soon able to resume our worship gatherings virtually, using Zoom as our worship platform. We continue to meet at 10 AM every Sunday morning for worship and fellowship.
UPDATE: As of September 26, 2021, we are reopening for hybrid worship services (in-person and broadcast on Zoom) alternating with Zoom-only services. Please be sure to check the description of each service for which format we will be using!
- For hybrid services, all attendees are required to wear a mask covering their mouth and nose while inside the building.
- Worship leaders will be able to remove their masks when presenting if they maintain the appropriate social distance.
- Seating will be socially distanced.
- There will be no congregational singing (though we will still be able to enjoy the musical talents of our pianist Ray Savastano!)
- No food or drink will be served inside the building. We will be offering an outdoor coffee hour, weather permitting.
For security reasons, we don’t post the links to our Zoom services publicly. This is to protect the safety and privacy of all who attend our services. However, all are still welcome to attend our services! We send out the Zoom link every week via our email list, usually on Friday or Saturday. If you’d like to be added to our mailing list to receive the weekly Zoom link, please send us a note via our contact page. We would love to have you!
Our basic service format remains the same, but the virtual format does come with some changes. We are grateful to enjoy a variety of music, both from our regular pianist Ray Savastano, and from members of our congregation. Instead of singing in unison for all to hear at once (which doesn’t work very well on Zoom due to everyone having a different amount of lag!) we enjoy one musician at a time and may sing along in the comfort of our own home while muted. We also enjoy recorded music from a variety of sources.
The Community and Connections portion of our service, where attendees may share announcements relevant to the congregation, is conducted by the meeting host. Attendees will be asked to raise their hands to indicate they have something to share, and unmute themselves to speak. Joys and Concerns is conducted similarly.
Following the service, we enjoy a “coffee hour” time to chat.