The next milestone concerns the worship service plan. The church is responsible to define, prepare, and communicate the changes to worship service in order to ready members to return.
What is our objective with this milestone?
Our objective with this milestone is to have a safe, meaningful, and God-honoring in-person worship service. The service will comply with county guidelines and we plan for it to remain accessible online through live-stream.
We must also effectively inform the congregation of changes to the worship format in advance. This will contribute to awareness and observance for those who return.
What has the church done or planned in order to meet this milestone?
Planning toward this milestone has focused on two areas: liturgy and logistics.
Liturgy – The church has identified changes to the order of service to promote safety while worshiping. Baptism will be pre-recorded off-site and shared and celebrated in service. Singing will also be pre-recorded, in compliance with state guidance for places of worship to “discontinue indoor singing and chanting activities.”
Logistics – The in-person worship service is being engineered for minimal contact. There will be changes to bulletin distribution, offering collection, and communion sharing to minimize touching common surfaces and objects. We will also maintain physical distancing of 6 feet for seating in the service. Related to logistics, the church has purchased live-stream equipment in in order to improve the quality of online viewing.
What else should members know about this effort?
We seek to comply with present state and local guidelines. If and when these guidelines change, we will adapt to meet them. As a result, the items above may be amended in the future.