Sunday Service 7-03
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Message from Pastor Pete on Re-opening church services inside the sanctuary….
|Some members are asking when we’ll resume having worship in our sanctuary. The short answer is that we don’t know yet, but leaders of our congregation having been kicking around ideas on when and how. Leaders of our New England Annual Conference held a webinar Wednesday evening to give us all some guidance about re-opening during the current phase. |
I’ll give you the main take-aways:
Singing indoors is not safe.
We shouldn’t be running fans or AC.
It’s not safe to let people touch hymnals or offering plates.
Same goes for distributing Holy Communion.
All the surfaces that anyone might touch have to be wiped down with disinfectant between Sundays.
And of course we can’t pack people in too closely, so we have to make sure we stay within our state’s guideline, which in Massachusetts is 25% of the occupancy limit.
With regard to that last bullet point: According to our official permit from the town, the building commissioner determined that the occupancy limit for our sanctuary is 250, so if we’re looking to restrict occupancy to 25% of that, we will have to start turning people away when 62 people are already present. Something tells me we’re pretty safe there unless revival breaks out and people start pouring into churches.
With regard to AC, some will disagree; I’m just reporting what they said. People who know more about HVAC can discuss that and advise the trustees. We can’t open the windows.
Some people will say, “If we can’t even open up our hymnals and sing something, why bother being in the sanctuary at all?” And other people have wondered who has the time and energy to wipe down all the pews every week. So for the present, we’ll continue to have worship in the parking lot. If the weather gets so warm that people don’t feel comfortable staying in their cars, some can bring chairs from home and set them up in the shade provided by the bushes and the pavilion in our playground area.
And then sooner or later we’ll enter another phase of the re-opening, and we can figure out what to do then.
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We are located at 30 Carew Street, South Hadley, MA 01075
We are a reconciling congregation and all are welcome here!
We are a mission focused congregation. Please visit the missions page to learn more.
We also house the Neighbors Helping Neighbors food pantry.
Please visit their page on this website to learn more.
Regular Sunday Hours:
- Church School — 9:00am – 10:00am
- Worship Service — 10:00am – 11:00am