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Worship Plans for Summer

At the stated meeting on April 20, 2021, the Session reviewed recommendations from the Pandemic Response Team (Chris Klein, Marilyn Sutton, Lindsey Harris, Joseph Jackson, Emma Nickel, and Kevin Ball) concerning in-person worship services and other activities in the church building. After discerning the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the Session approved the following:

  • A summer worship schedule that seeks to allow the most members and visitors to attend in-person services. Beginning June 6, Sunday worship services will be livestreamed from the sanctuary at 9 am, with a limited number of worshippers (40-50) in attendance by prior reservation. At 10:30 am, weather permitting, an outdoor service will be held with no limit on attendance. Masking and social distancing will be required at all church services.

  • Church activities for worship or ministry may take place inside the building, in coordination with the staff or other leaders, for a maximum of 10 people located in the largest space possible beginning on June 6.

  • Limited church rentals may be permitted over the summer, similar to the above provisions for church activities, for existing rental groups. Choirs and wind-instrument groups are still not permitted to use the building at this time.

What does this mean for me?

  • It means that, starting June 6, we will get to see one another more and worship God together a lot more this summer! Thanks be to God!

  • If you are hoping to worship in-person in the sanctuary, you will need to reserve a spot for you/your family during the week leading up to the service. You’ll go to www.fpcro.org and click a link in red at the top where you can register to attend in-person worship. Or call the church office during church hours to register. Seats will be assigned on a first come, first served basis, with a few seats reserved for visitors. To ensure all are able to attend during the summer, we ask that if you attend one Sunday, you wait until the following Thursday to register for the coming Sunday. This ensures all worshippers have a chance to worship in the sanctuary. More info will follow on the procedure for reservations and indoor worship.

  • If you are hoping to worship outside, outdoor services will proceed like others we’ve had this past year. Bring your own lawn chair and enjoy worshipping outside together. If bad weather is predicted, cancellation of the outdoor service will be announced by email each Saturday. When the outdoor service must be cancelled, everyone else is welcome to worship online with the livestream unless you are registered to attend worship in the sanctuary.

  • If you are hoping to worship online, the format will change slightly on June 6 as we shift to a livestream versus a pre-recorded service. You will be sent information on where to click to access the service each Sunday. You will be able to watch the service live at 9am or anytime afterward on Facebook or our Vimeo page. When we make this shift, please reach out if you need assistance locating the service online.

  • Congregational singing will still be on hold at all the services, with members of our church community and staff leading solo or small-group musical offerings.

 

Look for more information in coming weeks by email and in the Church Bell newsletter as we help each other adjust to this next phase in our life together.