After discussion with our church leadership, St. Matthew’s will reopen for worship this coming weekend - Saturday, June 27 at 5:00 PM and Sunday, June 28 at 9:30 AM. Of course we are going to follow all the protocols laid out by our government officials to reopen our church for indoor worship. That means we have implemented some changes to our gatherings that will keep us all safe. Of those changes:
Seating capacity inside church is limited to 31.
You need to sign in. Everyone attending worship at St. Matthew’s will sign in after entering the church. This rule is being implemented just in case someone is diagnosed with the virus, we need to contact you so you can go to the doctors and get tested.
Your temperature will be checked as you enter church.
Masks and hand sanitizer will be available. On the table when you enter the sanctuary, if you did not bring your mask to church, then you can pick one up. Additionally, hand sanitizer will be available.
Families that live together can sit together in pews. If you do not live together, then please physically distance yourself. Families can share a pew if they do not live together as long as they stay at a physical-distance of 6 feet.
Please sit with one pew separating you from others. Take, for instance, that you sit in the first pew. The next person or persons are required to sit with an empty pew between them.
When singing or speaking, please keep your mask on. When we have speaking or singing portions in our worship service, please keep your mask on.
Individual cups will be used for communion. The Lord’s Supper will be distributed on the floor of the sanctuary. All involved in the distribution of communion will wear masks and use hand sanitizer before the start of the distribution.
Coffee will be available in the Upper Classroom. Even though we are practicing physical distancing, you will still be able to get coffee or tea before and after the worship service in the Upper Classroom. You can drink your coffee or tea in the sanctuary during worship.
It has now been more than 3 months since we have been together in church. While we’ve done online worship for most of this time, to me, we were missing something. That something is each other.
As we go through the summer, we will tweak the entrance process as government officials allow. However, we will put your safety above all.
If you have any questions, please contact me via text or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for reading.
Pastor Anthony J. Iovine
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