Church to reopen for weekly services starting June 6
During its May meeting, the Consistory voted to open the church on Sunday, June 6, for regular weekly services, with restrictions in place. Previously, the Consistory had voted to have services only once a month.
All congregants will be asked to wear masks at all times while in the church building. Social distancing will be practiced, although families may sit together. The Consistory asks members not to gather in the aisles or the back of the church before or after services to observe social distancing guidelines.
The service will not be the same as a normal, pre-pandemic service. Pastor Tom Hartshorn will share Bible readings, a sermon and a benediction. There will be music. While Director of Music Joey DiGuglielmo will be playing hymns, there will be no singing and no choir performances. We will not have bulletins or responsive readings. There will be no ushers or greeters. Offering plates will be put at the back of the church and will not be passed.
There will be masks available for anyone who does not have one. And, anyone needing to temporarily remove his or her mask will be asked to step outside to do so.
These measures are being put in place for the safety of our congregation. We hope everyone will join us with understanding and empathy for their fellow worshipers on Sunday, June 6, at 11 a.m.