As of Friday, June 26th, Lackawanna County will be moving to the “green” phase of reopening Pennsylvania. This new phase eases many of the restrictions of the “red” and “yellow” phases yet still offers guidance and certain restrictions necessary to ensure the spread of the COVID-19 disease remains at a minimum. As a church, it’s our intention to adhere to these guidelines as close as possible. Below are some updated details on how we’ll be handling Sunday services for the foreseeable future:
We will continue to hold two worship services. (9am and 11am) Both services will be about an hour in length and, for the most part, will be identical in content. The only difference being at 11am service, where a small portion of the service may be geared toward children.
We continue to encourage, though not require, those who are 50 years of age and older, or who have underlying health issues, to attend the 9 am service. For those who are below the age of 50 or have young families, children, etc., we encourage you to attend the 11 am service. The auditorium will be spot-cleaned and disinfected in-between the first and second services.
Beginning Sunday, June 28th, it’s our intention to start providing nursery/toddler care during the 11am service only. Each room will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized beforehand. Please note, we will be limiting the number of children in each area. If the rooms get too full, you may be asked to care for your child in the service. We ask for your patience and understanding in this matter.
As the weeks progress, our goal is to reopen more of our children’s ministries. We will keep you updated as things change.
In compliance to the CDC guidelines and Governor's directive, we will be using the same guidelines for face masks that restaurants and other similar businesses are asked to follow while in the “green” phase. Namely, we are requesting that you wear a face mask when entering the building, when leaving the building, or when roaming the building. Once you’re in your seat, the use of a face mask is at your discretion. We will not require face masks for children (ages 12 or younger).
As a general practice, we encourage you to be sensitive to others when it comes to wearing a face mask, especially when in proximity with those who are elderly or in a higher-risk category.
We will continue to practice the same physical distancing guidelines as prescribed by the CDC. Each service will feature marked seating. For example, our pews will be labeled "First Service" and "Second Service." We ask that you sit in a pew labeled accordingly. We also ask that family's sit together and stay together. Children will not be allowed to roam around freely.
We believe that fellowship plays a critical role in the church community. When socializing in the auditorium, we respectfully ask that you follow CDC guidelines for social distancing. Likewise, we respectfully ask that prolonged fellowship take place outside in the parking lot and not in the auditorium. When the service is over, you will be dismissed by rows.
Hand sanitizer will be available at the "Welcome Center" when you arrive. We respectfully ask that you sanitize your hands before entering the auditorium.
We are working diligently to provide a service that is as "contact-free" as possible. During services, there will be no physical greeting time. We respectfully ask that you refrain from all forms of physical contact, including, but not limited to, shaking hands, hugs, etc. Instead of passing the offering plates, we will have three lock-and-key offering boxes in the back of the auditorium. On Sunday’s when we celebrate Communion, there will be pre-packaged elements provided for you in the foyer.
Limited Building Access
There will still be limited access to the church building during services. All areas of the church building will be restricted except for the auditorium, nursery areas, and the bathrooms. We will continue to have the Hub open for parents who need to tend to their child's needs during the worship service.
As always, we strongly advise those who are in a high-risk category to stay home. Also, if you're sick, stay home. Sermons will be uploaded to the website every Sunday following the 11 am service. Thank you in advance for your patience, understanding, and adherence to these new guidelines.
We cannot wait to worship the Lord Jesus with you!