JoiN US FOR WORSHIP! NO MORE RESERVATIONS!

On Sunday, November 7, we will take the next toward in our reopening process. We are now allowing gatherings in the Sanctuary at 50% capacity, which means up to 75 people in the sanctuary together with overflow in the balcony. 

We will continue to mask in the building. 


We will continue to maintain physical distance between folks from different households. Every other row in the sanctuary will be closed to help folks spread out in our space. If you do not feel well, we ask that you stay home and join us online. We have working on air filtration systems (see more here) to remove the virus from the air. In the meantime we will be opening the windows to improve ventilation, so you may want to dress warmly. Vaccines are strongly encouraged. We find peace knowing that over 90% of our congregation is vaccinated.

We will no longer be requiring reservations for any of our services. We want you to feel the freedom to decide on Sunday morning whether you are joining us in the sanctuary that day, without being deterred by a reservation process. If we find we are reaching 50% capacity, we will open overflow rooms. If you plan to worship with us in person, I encourage you to consider joining us at 9AM even if you might prefer the later service. 9AM is currently the smaller service and you'll be making room for someone to join us at 10:30AM. 

Online worship isn't going anywhere.
We recognize that congregants will return to worshipping in the building in their own time. We encourage you to return to gathering in the building when it feels right for you and your family. We will continue to offer worship inline years to come. Online worship has become a beautiful way for folks to join us in worship from near or far! 

We will continue to refrain from congregational singing at this time.
We will have instrumental music and also music from small ensembles praise team, and vocal soloists. The current protocol from the Pacific Northwest Annual Conference restricts congregational singing until daily case rates in Spokane County fall below 5 for every 100,000 residents. You can access the PNW Conference COVID-19 Statistics Dashboard for Singing here. You can find up to date metrics for our area, including the daily case rate at covidactnow.org

We will continue to monitor local Covid-19 statistics. 
As COVID cases have declined in Spokane county, as ICU beds are no longer in short supply, and as begin receiving vaccinations, we believe this to be a safe time to further loosing pandemic restrictions. If there is a surge, we will pick up some of these restrictions again. If conditions continue to improve we will further loosen restrictions.

 

What about fellowship? We are encouraging people to gather in the church parlor to visit and connect. We're also working on ways to safely offer coffee and snacks and hope to offer this hospitality soon.  


What about communion? Another great question! During the Summer, we plan to celebrate the sacrament of Communion on the first Sunday of the month using pre-packaged communion elements. We will share in the liturgy during the service and then distribute the elements at the end of the service to be taken outside or at home. 


What about children? You can learn more about our options for children on Sunday morning here. 

What to Expect as In-Person worship resumes

As we seek to reopen safely we're limiting participation in our worship services to help us ensure physical distancing and safety. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • In Person Worship will be limited to 50 seats per service on Sundays at 9:00am & 11:00am (not including worship leadership & tech team), You can learn more about each service here. 
  • We invite you to reserve a seat for worship, to help us ensure physical distancing & safety as we reopen. Seat reservations open on Mondays at 10:00am for the following Sunday. Our registration form can be found below this list. 
  • Be mindful of other congregants & guests seeking a seat. We’ll work together to take our turn as we slowly increase capacity.
  • If all seats are reserved for a service, you’ll be placed on a waitlist with first access to the following Sunday. You could also check availability at the other in-person worship time that Sunday. If that doesn’t work for you, we’d love to see you onlineOur Online Worship will now stream live on Sundays at 11:00am.
  • Masks are still required, even if you are fully vaccinated, and we will continue to observe physical distancing as best we are able. These restrictions are an act of love and inclusivity toward our unvaccinated members, especially our children. All of those speaking or singing from the platform will be vaccinated and will wear a mask when not speaking or singing. We will periodically reevaluate these restrictions throughout the summer, with the goal of holding unmasked church activities as soon as it is safe and fair for our entire church family.
  • At this time, there will be no congregational singing, but our services will still feature music! We will have instrumental music and also music from small ensembles praise team, and vocal soloists. All those who sing from the platform during the service will be vaccinated. The scientific guidance on congregational singing is evolving and we hope to be able to sing together as a church family as soon as it is deemed safe.
  • What about fellowship? Good question! We will not be able to offer coffee or snacks at this time. The CDC has said, however, it is safe for unvaccinated and vaccinated people to mingle outdoors, so please feel free to visit with each other in the church courtyard before and after the service! Always ask permission before you shake someone’s hand or offer a hug, as everyone has different comfort levels with physical touch.
  • What about communion? Another great question! During the Summer, we plan to celebrate the sacrament of Communion on the first Sunday of the month using pre-packaged communion elements. We will share in the liturgy during the service and then distribute the elements at the end of the service to be taken outside or at home. We hope to return to weekly communion at our 2nd Sunday Morning Service in the fall.
  • What about children? You can learn more about our options for children on Sunday morning here.