We know and understand that some of our congregation is longing to be back to some form of in-person worship. We are thankful to update you on a few first steps we will be taking at the end of May. Some things will feel different, but we are grateful to have a starting place for returning and must take these important safety steps to keep moving us forward.
Please note that this is how we are starting to return. These are not permanent changes in the Sunday worship schedule, only a beginning for which we are grateful!
Beginning Sunday, May 30th, we will have the following options for returning to limited in-person worship. We will have two in-person worship opportunities on Sundays.
Our Saturday evening worship is being discontinued as we dedicate resources to Sunday in-person worship and our weekly online worship.
We know that being able to worship at home or wherever you may be has been a gift during the pandemic and will be the way many may choose to continue to worship with us in the future. Knowing and understanding this going forward we are committed to being a ‘hybrid’ church.
If you are choosing to come to the sanctuary for worship, please familiarize yourself with the procedure and guidelines to keep each other safe.
8:30am Parking Lot Worship
This service will be a drive-in service outdoors in our newly resurfaced parking lot. Parking attendants will direct you to where to park and give you any instruction you will need for the service. Worship leaders will be outside under the entrance overhang. No reservations are needed for the 8:30 am drive-in service. The service will last approximately 30 minutes. Fellowship time outdoors will follow the 8:30 service. Please read through the Covid symptoms Covid-19-Symptoms-Update-March-2021.pdf (sunprairieumc.org) and please do not come to worship or fellowship time if you are exhibiting symptoms or feeling ill.
10am Sanctuary Worship
This service will be inside the sanctuary, limited to 50 people, and reservations will be required to attend. The service will last approximately 45 minutes.
In Person Worship
How does social distancing work in the sanctuary?
We will use every other row and each household/bubble of people will be spaced a minimum of 6 feet apart. Seats will be assigned and an usher will seat you. Please remain in your assigned seat throughout the worship service. Thank you for your patience and understanding with this safety process.
Will Child Care and Programming Be Available?
We will be phasing in nursery care and children’s church as we move into June. Nursery care will be provided for children up to prekindergarten. Children’s Church will be available for children kindergarten to third grade. Information will come regarding registering your child and how drop off and pick up of children will happen.
What Are Your Cleaning Procedures?
Following each worship service, our custodians will be cleaning and sanitizing all areas of the building. The sanctuary has been equipped with an air purification system which is installed in the HVAC system and helps protect against viruses like Covid.
What Other Safety Measures Are Happening?
-We will not use Bibles or Hymnals during the worship service. Everything needed for worship will be on the screens.
-Offering baskets will not be passed. We encourage you to give online or mail your offering to the church or drop your offering in the baskets as you leave worship.
-Please no food or drink in the church building at this time.
-You will be seated by an usher and the congregation will be dismissed by row from the back of the sanctuary to the front. Thank you for waiting to visit with one another until you are outside.
-There are posted signs and floor stickers reminding us of proper distancing and masking practices.
-Hand sanitizing stations are located at the entrance and throughout the building