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In-Person Corporate Worship – Resumed June 7, 2020
 
The Session & Deacons are deeply grateful to the Westminster church family for your prayers, patience, and support as we have sought wisdom in applying the recommendations of governing authorities. Orders from various government officials, which closed many businesses, did not mandate that churches close. However, we did discern that it was right and good to honor such authorities when that doesn’t cause us to sin and does help us to protect the health of members and the community (cf. Romans 13:1-7). Therefore, the Session did suspend in-person Worship and other in-person gatherings over the past several months, while providing live-stream teaching times to support your personal & family worship and growth in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ.
 
The Session & Deacons have discerned that we may now resume in-person corporate worship, along with some other in-person activities, with certain restrictions in place.  We have targeted June 7 to resume worshiping together in the sanctuary on the Lord’s Day, with enhanced live-stream of that worship service for those who cannot or should not attend.  For those who have high risk factors for COVID-19, those who do not feel comfortable attending for various reasons, or those who may have an illness, we urge you to stay at home and participate through the live stream.
 
For those who do attend in person, please adhere to the following guidelines:
 
  • Only the front, Main Street entrance doors will be unlocked.  Please enter there and wait for an usher to seat you.
  • Wear a mask into and out of the building, and maintain distancing, as we gather and as we depart (it is your choice to remove the mask during the actual worship service); not required for children under 12.
  • Please sit where directed by the Usher Team. We will have a staggered seating arrangement that allows the congregation to maintain physical/social distancing and maintain less than 25% room capacity. This may mean sitting in places where you do not normally sit during worship. Please be respectful and supportive of our shared efforts in this. Please also arrive early, to allow extra time for all to be seated.
  • We will not have a nursery or children’s worship, but Fellowship Hall will be available if you need space to attend to your child’s needs.
  • We will not pass out bulletins, and the pew Bibles & Hymnals have been removed, to limit shared handling of items.
  • We will not pass offering plates, but an offering plate will be available as you enter or leave the sanctuary.
  • We will not celebrate the Lord’s Supper until a future date to be determined.
  • We will not have Fellowship Time or Sunday School until a future date to be determined.
  • While we continue in the “Yellow” status we urge you to limit socializing before and after worship (in & out of the building), which includes having children remain with parents.
  • We will limit the number of people to use restrooms at any one time.
  • These decisions are subject to change as conditions warrant.
 
We are genuinely eager to be together in the fellowship of the church family; and yet, even as we begin to regather, it will be wise for some to stay at home for a while longer. It is important for us to love one another well, in recognition that we have all been experiencing this season of life under God’s perfect providence. In all circumstances let us love the Lord and love one another.
 
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