Guidelines for In-Person Worship
- Written by Lon Lorton Lon Lorton
Our Session has voted to resume in-person worship on Sunday, May 24th. Obviously, the services will be a bit different from those pre-Covid-19. Here are the guidelines we will be following as we reopen our doors for worship.
CHURCH GUIDELINES FOR WORSHIP IN A COVID-19 ENVIRONMENT
We have to assume that simply because we have a date to begin worshiping again that it does not mean we simply go back to the way it was, or that the way it was will even be available to us for quite some time. We need to deal compassionately and carefully with those already in the church family and with those in the community we would want to reach. Attending an in-person worship experience should not be seen as a test of our faith. It is not God’s will that we endanger ourselves or the community in order to maintain our previous faith practices and traditions. By adapting to serve in new ways we may actually be able to better honor both God and neighbor. Attending to the needs of anyone uncomfortable with or unable to attend worship is an important shepherding task as we discern which activities we can and should designate as in-person.