Dear Members and Friends of Saint Michael’s,
Continuing for all future worship services until notified otherwise, Saint Michael’s will allow those who are comfortable returning to worship services in the sanctuary to do so while still making accommodations for those who would prefer to participate from their vehicles in the parking lot.
Pastor Nate will conduct the worship service from inside the sanctuary rather than from outside in the parking lot.
For those who would like to participate in the service inside the sanctuary, we ask that you monitor your health and only participate inside if you are free of any COVID-19 related symptoms and have not been exposed to anyone with COVID-19. The wearing of a mask or face covering is also required at this time for those participating in the sanctuary. Every other pew will be marked off to allow spacing between groups. Family groups are allowed to be seated together, but we ask that you leave at least 6 feet of space in each pew between groups. At the end of the service those who plan on participating in the Adult Bible Study may remain in their places while those leaving the sanctuary will be ushered out row-by-row. The offering and attendance sheets will be collected in a basket as you exit the sanctuary and Pastor will not be shaking hands at the door of the church.
For those who would prefer to continue to participate in the service from their vehicles, you will be able to do so. You will be directed to park on the east side of the church building and will be provided with a bulletin. You will be able to fully participate in the service as we have been doing in previous weeks with the only difference being that you will not be able to see Pastor Nate who will be inside. The offering and attendance sheets will be collected from you during the final hymn.
On communion Sundays, those participating in the service from their vehicles will be served first and will be communed in their vehicle by Pastor Nate and two Elders. If you will be communing today, please roll your window all the way down as a sign for us to come to you. If you will not be Communing today, please crack your window about an inch as a sign for Pastor Nate to give you a verbal blessing. Following the outdoor distribution, those participating in the service in the sanctuary will come forward to receive communion in a continuous distribution style leaving physical space between each family group.
We also ask that you monitor your own health situation for the following new or worsening signs or symptoms of possible COVID-19:
If you are exhibiting any of these signs or symptoms, we ask that you not participate in our in-person Bible Studies or in the Lord’s Supper at this time.
I commend our congregation for your commitment to faithfully hearing God’s Word and participating in Worship during this trying time. Thank you for being willing to adapt to different practices for the sake of the wellbeing of your neighbors.
Please contact me at any time if you have questions or if you would just like to talk. I am available 24/7 at my cell number listed below.