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|Frequently Asked Questions during Pandemic |
When will "in person" worship start in 2020..during the Pandemic?
From Pastor Mike: Our Re-Launch Team met this past Monday to discuss the possibility of restarting worship at First Church.
The team has made the decision to restart "in-person" worship on October 11 AND
decision to use the West Virginia Department of Education school re-entry metric color code map as a guide for us to use that would determine if worship, on any particular Sunday, would be "in-person" or live-streamed through our Facebook Page and YouTube Channel. In other words, the State Department of Education announces that Harrison County is green, yellow, or gold in their report on Saturday evening (October 10), we will worship "in-person". If, however, the State Department of Education announces that Harrison County is orange or red, worship will be live- streamed via our Facebook Page and YouTube Chanel. In short, our worship services each week will be contingent upon the metrics used for our county schools.
What steps will be taken to Worship safely?
From Pastor Mike: Because we need to gather as safely as possible, allow me to share with you a few things:
1. Everyone entering the building will be required to wear a mask throughout the entire worship
experience. Bring your mask with you. If you need a mask, we will do our best to provide you with
2. Everyone will enter the building through the main entrance facing 2nd street with the
exception of those who have mobility issues. The elevator will be available only for individuals
who have difficulty with stairs.
3. As you approach the sanctuary, you will be greeted by an usher who will then direct you to a
specific seat. To maintain safe distancing practices, family units (Groups of 1,2,3, etc.) will be
seated from the front of the sanctuary to the rear of the sanctuary. In short, you will more than
likely not be able to sit in your typical pew or seat.
4. Once worship is over, you will be dismissed by row from the back of the sanctuary.
5. Acts of worship and typical church rituals will be different:
a. No bulletins or offering plates will be passed to individuals before or during worship. Our offering plates will be located at the entrance of the sanctuary and bulletins will be placed on pews to designate specific seating.
b. We are not permitted to gather for fellowship before or after worship and we must refrain from physical contact with one another (no hugs, handshakes, fist pumps, etc)
c. The children will remain seated with their family during the children's time.
d. We are not permitted to engage in congregational singing.
e. We will have restrooms available for emergency use and hand sanitizing stations will be located throughout the sanctuary entrances and hallways.
Again, these practices are in place to ensure your safety. Following these guidelines will enable us to continue to gather as the body of Christ in ways that provide for your well-being.
Finally, I realize that some or you may want to wait until the "all clear" is given before you are comfortable with attending church. Others of you may feel more than comfortable attending worship. However, we do not know where many of you stand! To that end, we need your help!!! We need to know your thoughts. Here is what we need to know from you to help us plan and to keep you safe:
Will you still be offering Facebook & YouTube Live Streaming of Worship Services?
From Pastor Mike: First, let me say, that each live-stream will be recorded and saved to our Facebook Page and YouTube Chanel. We will continue to provide a link by email so those who are not able to participate in the live-stream can still participate at a later time. Secondly, worshiping at home honors God! If you feel uncomfortable being around others, for whatever reason, that is okay. Worship with us as you are able from home. Of course, if you are ill, are at-risk, or are showing any symptoms of a cold or fever, stay home!