Join Us For Worship

 

IN-PERSON WORSHIP

The Session approved re-opening worship in the sanctuary on a limited basis starting Sunday, Palm Sunday, March 28, 2021.

We will be practicing all of the CDC guidelines for gatherings, and everyone must register in order to enter the building. We will limit the number in the sanctuary to fifty people per service, including the choir, production team, ushers, and all who are serving. Therefore, everyone will need to register in order to attend the service.

As we enter this new phase, we stress two things: we are offering a service that is designed for both the limited number of people who will worship in-person and those who continue to worship online; and we will continue to offer both so that individuals can make the choice that is best for them and their household, based on health considerations (mental, physical, and spiritual), their tolerance for ongoing risks, or personal preference.

We welcome all who worship – whether in-person or online, and we respect your choices.

 

BEFORE YOU ATTEND

 

Determine Your Participation

Westminster has carefully reviewed federal, state, and local health agency guidelines and has put in place preventative measures to help reduce the risk of infection from the coronavirus, which causes the illness COVID-19. Prior to attending a service, determine:

Whether you, or anyone in your immediate household who is or is not attending, are exhibiting COVID-19-like symptoms, such as fever, loss of taste or smell, chest tightness, fatigue, cough, nausea or vomiting, sore throat, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing, etc.

Whether you have had contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 14 days.

If the answer is yes to either of those questions, continue to worship with us online or on YouTube.

 

Reserve Seats

Westminster has adjusted seating in the sanctuary to maintain physical distancing between households throughout the service. Be sure to register all who will be attending. You will receive a copy of your reservation by email.

Attendance for each service is currently limited to 50 persons including all volunteers; a reservation is required. Please make your reservation by Friday noon to give the office time to prepare.

 

AT THE CHURCH AND DURING THE SERVICE

Wear a Mask

Masks are required for all persons ages 2 and older while on church property (indoors and outdoors). Properly wear your mask over your nose and mouth. Please bring your own face covering with you. If you forget your mask or do not have one, we will have a mask for you.

 

Maintain Physical Distancing

Physical distancing (maintaining a 6-foot separation from another person not in your immediate household) is required while on church property, both outdoors and indoors. This includes the restrooms; they are limited to one person or one household at a time. The restrooms on the main floor, next to the elevator are open to public use.

 

Worship Together

A greeter will meet you as you arrive, confirm your reservation, take your temperature (optional) and direct you to the sanctuary entrance. An usher will greet you at the sanctuary entrance and direct you to your seat. Please follow the directions of the ushers and the posted signage throughout the church.

Bulletin

Printed bulletins will be available in the Narthex. Online bulletins will still be available on the website under the “Resource” tab. Visit the online bulletin page to print or bookmark the order of worship prior to arriving, or scan (with your phone camera) the QR code in the sanctuary entrance to access the online bulletin on your phone. All hymnals, Bibles, and brochures have been removed from the pews.

Offering

Offerings will not be collected during the service. Please give online or drop your offering in the designated offering plates located in the narthex.

Congregational Participation

Feel free to recite the response to the scripture reading, the Apostles’ Creed, and the Lord’s Prayer, while keeping your mask on. Please feel free to quietly engage in singing. On communion Sundays, pre-packed, pre-filled communion cups will be available to those who want to partake.  These can be found in a basket, on a table, in the Narthex. You may also bring your own elements from home if you prefer.

 

AFTER THE SERVICE

Exit the Building

Please remain seated after the service has ended.  An usher will dismiss, beginning from the back, by signaling that you may leave down the window-side aisle and out the back side door, moving outside through the coatroom out the doors facing Moss Avenue.  Follow any posted exit signage directions. As you exit, please save any conversation or greeting of your fellow congregants for outside.