As we continue to look forward to resuming indoor, in-person worship on April 18, I’m glad to share a few important details about our indoor precautions and related registration requirements. To best provide a safe and hospitable environment, our indoor worship service will follow all our COVID-19 precautions including masking, social distancing, and a maximum attendance limit of 40 persons. To maintain these precautions and track attendance, we have implemented a required registration process for all those planning on worshipping in-person.
To register for worship: fill out our online form or contact the church office (734-428-8495). This form will also be used for upcoming services in future weeks and we will provide updates as new worship services open for registration.
While COVID-19 rates remain tenuous in our area even as vaccination rates continue to increase, our choices about where to go and what to do have grown increasingly complex. As a part of our continued witness to our faith, I encourage us all to care for our neighbors by receiving the COVID-19 vaccine when available, following public health precautions including masking and social distancing, and carefully deciding which activities can be safely attended in person. As before, we remain committed to our online presence and will continue streaming worship to YouTube, posting at-home worship guides, and updating our sermon by phone line at 734-206-1531.
As the pandemic continues and our steps back toward normalcy are measured and slow, I am encouraged by the words of Psalm 31: “All you who wait for the Lord, be strong and let your heart take courage.” We are a people of waiting, a people whose comfort and fortitude has never been found in the present moment. Let us look to the future with hope as we endure in the present, our faith firmly in the One who walks with us into tomorrow.
However you join us this week, I’m glad to have you in worship with us!
What impact will resuming in-person worship have on our online worship options? None! Our live-stream worship, at-home worship guides, sermon-by-phone line, and virtual coffee hour will all continue throughout the coming weeks.
What public health guidelines are being used to make in-person worship and building use decisions? We will continue to use the statewide restrictions set by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services as our primary guideline for determining the best practices of all in-person activities at the church. We recognize that the decision whether to attend in-person worship is directly related to an individual’s personal risk and health, and so are committed to maintaining our online presence and ensuring that all in-person activities are as safe as possible by following best practices for public health.
What precautions are being followed for all indoor in-person gatherings at the church? We will continue adhering to all previously maintained precautions including the use of pre-screening questions, wearing masks, maintaining physical distancing of six feet, and thorough cleaning practices. A detailed description of all the church’s COVID-19 precautions can be read on our website at any time.
What worship-specific precautions are being followed? In addition to the basic transmission precautions listed above, we will refrain from congregational singing, limit shared surfaces including offering plates and hymnals, and designate specific seating areas on the pews to best maintain physical distancing.
Why are there fewer than forty remaining seats listed on the registration form? The online form automatically updates to show the current number of available seats and removes the service option when our maximum worship capacity is reached. If you have any questions or difficulty registering, please call the church office at 734-428-8495.
Are there any differences in precautions for those who have received a COVID-19 vaccination? We celebrate all those caring for their neighbor and our community health by receiving the COVID-19 vaccine! While we know the vaccine helps prevent individuals from contracting the virus, the CDC says that “we’re still learning how well COVID-19 vaccines keep people from spreading the disease.” As part of our Christian duty to care for those around us, all precautions including masking and social distancing will remain in place for everyone.