Categories: Worship Services

Messiah Regathering Plan: Phase Two

WORSHIP

Welcome back to in-person worship at Messiah! Although for the foreseeable future our services of worship will look and feel different from the past, we will, in good Lutheran fashion, gather to hear the Word of God, receive the sacraments, fellowship with one another, and be energized in a life of service in the world.

SUMMARY OF CURRENT GUIDELINES

In compliance with State of Washington Faith-Based Organizations COVID-19 requirements dated May 23, 2021, Messiah may hold indoor worship services with up to 50% of room capacity, excluding organization staff, so long as six feet of physical distance can be maintained in all directions. 50% of Messiah’s Sanctuary capacity is 60 individuals. This total must include all volunteers assisting with service.

WHAT MESSIAH IS DOING TO KEEP YOU SAFE

  • All Messiah Staff and Volunteers have been properly trained on the prevention of virus spread and all COVID-19 state-mandated guidelines. There will be designated and trained COVID Supervisors present to ensure compliance with all guidelines for the duration of worship.

  • Sanitizing and disinfecting efforts have been increased throughout all common spaces in the building. High touch areas and pews are being sanitized after each use.

  • Hand sanitizer will be available at the Church entry. Soap is available at bathroom sinks.

  • Tissue and trash cans are readily available.

  • Water fountains have been closed to avoid shared use.

  • All people entering the building will be required to check-in and pass a health screening before entry.

  • Staff, music performers, and all volunteers will always wear a mask before, during, and after worship.

  • Signage has been increased to remind everyone of safety measures and social distancing requirements.

  • Building capacity is being limited to ensure ample space for everyone to maintain six feet in all directions between those not in your immediate household. Reservations to attend worship will be required.

  • Building access will be limited to one entry and one exit. Entry and exit doors will be clearly marked.

  • Doors and/or windows will be propped open to increase ventilation. Please dress appropriately.

  • Worship will continue to be live-streamed so that everyone can safely engage with worship at their comfort level.

WHAT IS EXPECTED FROM YOU TO KEEP OUR CONGREGATION SAFE

  • In-Person Worship attendance must be reserved prior to arriving for worship.

  • Before departing your home, please self-assess for any COVID-related symptoms. If you or anyone in your household have a fever over 100.4 or are exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms, please stay home and enjoy our worship live-stream.

  • Masks are required while attending worship at Messiah and must remain covering your nose and mouth and all times. This does apply to all those who are vaccinated. Messiah is choosing to continue enforcing a mask requirement in the building. Masks are available at Messiah if you forget yours.

  • Please remain six feet apart from anyone outside of your immediate household.

  • Please obey all health and safety restrictions in effect here at Messiah. Signs have been posted throughout the building as reminders.

WHEN YOU ARRIVE

  • All worship attendees will enter the building through the main southwest entry. We encourage you to utilize parking in the two adjacent school parking lots or on the nearby streets.

  • All attendees will need to check in and pass a health screening before entering. This includes screening for COVID-related symptoms and recording your current temperature. This process may create a line at our entry, please be patient and continue to stay 6 feet apart while waiting to enter the building.

  • Please use hand sanitizer before entering the Sanctuary. Soap is also available in the bathroom and frequent handwashing is encouraged.

  • A volunteer will show you and your family to your seat. We ask that you please remain in your designated area for the duration of worship.

  • Bathrooms are open and available but limited to 2 occupants at a time.

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING WORSHIP SERVICE

  • Staff and music performers will wear their masks for the duration of worship. The only exception is for wind instrumentalists, who will remove their masks only for the duration of their performance. Wind instruments will have appropriate bell covers secured in place.

  • Congregation singing is now allowed so long as masks remain covering the mouth and nose.

  • No offering plate will be passed. An offering basket will be made available near the entrance to the sanctuary.

  • Holy Communion will be celebrated in a manner consistent with current health and safety guidelines.

  • When worship concludes, rows will be dismissed in an orderly fashion.

  • No fellowship gathering is permitted after service. We ask that all attendees immediately depart through the designated exit door.

WE ARE ALL ASKED TO KEEP ONE ANOTHER SAFE

At each service of worship you will be asked to sign-in. Your signing-in is both to keep a record of those in the building and an acknowledgement that you agree to follow the posted guidelines for gathering. It is also your further acknowledgement that

- you are COVID-19 symptom free

- that you have not been in close contact with anyone the previous 14 days with COVID-19 or COVID-like symptoms

- that you have not had a positive COVID-19 test within the past 10 days or are not awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test, and

- that you have not within the past 14 days been told by a public health or medical professional to self-monitor, self-isolate, or self-quarantine because of concerns about a COVID-19 infection.

 

If you come down with COVID-19 symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of attending a small group meeting or in-person worship at Messiah, we ask that you please contact our Church Office immediately so that we can properly trace and contain any virus spread. If you have tested positive for COVID-19 but have not attended a small group meeting or worship, we would still like to hear from you so that we can pray for you.

 

Finally, we recognize that every Messiah member and friend will be at a different place in regard to their comfort level for regathering in-person. These guidelines are in place to help everyone feel safe as we regather as an in-person community of faith. May God bless us all as we make this new journey together.

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