After more than a year of restricted gatherings, Zoom calls and not being together for church activities, we will be returning to normal activities at the beginning of May.
Please note: recommendations for COVID-19 protective practices are constantly changing, and vary with the health of the individual and the local situation. If you do choose to attend any of our church activities, whether you are vaccinated or not, it is your responsibility to decide on which level of protective practice is appropriate for you, subject to the restrictions listed below. In addition, if you choose to attend any of our activities in person please be aware that you do so at your own risk.
Below is a summary of our plans for each type of activity:
Our last Worship in the parking lot will be on April 25th and we will move back into the Sanctuary on May 2nd. The first Sunday in May will be Communion Sunday, using pre-packaged elements, and we will celebrate it as "Reunion Sunday" not only in 2021 but in the years to come, as well.
As we return to worship in our building, Please BE PATIENT, RESPONSIBLE & RESPECTFUL OF OTHERS. Use the provided hand sanitizer, wash your hands frequently, and IF YOU FEEL SICK, PLEASE STAY HOME! If you have been fully vaccinated, it is your decision whether or not to wear a mask and practice social distancing in the Sanctuary. If you have NOT been vaccinated, for the safety of others use a mask and socially distance yourselves. For the time being, the PULPIT side of the sanctuary will be reserved for those wishing to socially distance themselves. The ORGAN side of the sanctuary will be reserved for those who do NOT wish to socially distance. We strongly encourage people to wear a mask when moving around the church premises. Please do not congregate near the main walkway, in Conklin Hall or the Narthex without masks prior to the worship service, to allow those who want to practice social distancing to have sufficient space to feel safe and comfortable. Please remember this is a work in progress which will likely be modified depending on future circumstances.
We will resume our Sunday Morning Prayer and Communion Service on May 2nd at 8:45 am in the Sanctuary.
We will resume our Fellowship Hour in Conklin Hall after Worship on May 2nd, as well. Gloria McGilloway is putting together a plan for how we can safely share refreshments but we WILL be together again.
Children's Sunday School
There will be no Sunday School for children on May 2nd to allow our Sunday School staff to join us for our reunion worship and Communion. Sunday School for children will be held via Zoom on May 9th and 16th and will not be held again until fall when it will return in person in the CE Building during worship.
All of our Bible Studies, with the exception of the Sunday Bible Study that has been held at Rev. Ralph's home, will resume, at their previous locations, the first week in May. The Sunday Bible Study at Rev. Ralph's home will be replaced by a series of Kerygma Bible studies (with a potluck dinner each week) on Mondays at 6:00 pm in the CE Building. Social distancing and mask requirements will be observed as needed.
Adult Education will also resume on Sunday, May 2nd, in the CE Building.
The choirs will resume rehearsals sometime early this summer and will be performing for us during Worship starting after Labor Day. Music Director Barbara McConnell will notify all choir members once the plan is in place.
Exercise with Rev. Ralph
Rev. Ralph's twice a week exercise classes resumed on April 20th.
The Knotty Knitters will return to Conklin Hall on May 3rd.
As we have for many years (except for 2020) we will hold our annual Worship in the Park and church picnic on May 30th at 2450 E Park. More details on that will be coming in the near future.
We look forward to being together. It's been WAY too long. As the saying goes, "See you IN church!"