Brothers and Sister in Christ,
Greetings from Zion United Church of Christ.
On September 1st, the Official Board formed a re-opening task force to address concerns and prepare to re-gather for in-person worship as safely as possible. The task force has met several times to prepare to re-open.
We realize that members and friends of Zion have many different feelings and emotions regarding the Covid-19 pandemic. We ceased in-person worship on March 16 for your safety and health.
Some of you have wanted to begin in-person worship for some time. We will do this starting October 11th, 2020. We hope many of you will join us that Sunday and following. Attached is an information sheet to facilitate our worship time together. We also realize many of you will not feel safe returning at this time. Please know that we offer you our support and we hope you will continue to watch the service live-streamed or recorded. When you are ready, we welcome you back.
We also realize some of you may be attending other religious services and wish to continue to do so. Although we hope you will return to Zion, we will continue to support you and hold you in our prayers, regardless of your decision.
Please remember, if you chose to join us in-person, the format of worship will be similar to what we have been doing since May. Certain areas of the building will be closed for general usage.
As with everything since March 16thwe ask for your patience and your willingness to be flexible. As time proceeds we will be monitoring and adjusting recommendations and guidelines to continue to guarantee the safety of everyone who enters Zion and to continue providing the most meaningful worship experience possible.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support of Zion United Church of Christ.
In Peace and Love,
In-person services will begin again Sunday, October 11at 10 a.m.
The following guidelines have been developed by a task force from the Official Board for the purpose of allowing us to have services in person. The safety and health of all our church family is our only concern and we understand the worship experience will be quite different in these difficult times. We have consulted CDC and Indiana-Kentucky Conference recommendations in developing these guidelines:
No one over age 2 will be allowed in without a mask. If you are unable or unwilling to wear one for the duration of the service, please do not come to services. Live stream version of the service will continue for those who are not able or do not wish to attend in person.
Use Third Street entrance ONLY. Please do not use your key to enter by the back door. Extra parking spaces will be maintained close to the door for those who need a handicap spot. The elevator will not be unlocked. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Please allow extra time for everyone to get settled. Please remain in your pew once you are seated. An usher will assist anyone needing help with the lift chair.
Hand sanitizer will be available to use as you come into the sanctuary. Social distancing will be required.
We have purchased sanitizing equipment from Aquablast which will allow us to sanitize the sanctuary after each service. This equipment is being used by the school systems to sanitize buses. This allows us to sanitize both hard and soft surfaces without damage.
Your presence here will be recorded in the event contact tracing is required due to exposure to the virus, either here at church or elsewhere in the community.
All Bibles, hymnals, ritual of friendship books, writing materials, etc. in the pews will be removed. Please bring a Bible of your own if you wish.
The offering plate will not be passed. It will be located on a table as you come in so you may drop your offering in. Offerings may still be mailed to the church office.
If you must use the restroom, please use the one in the upper hallway by the Sunday School rooms or the one in the lower hallway across from the lounge so that Kacie does not have to clean and sanitize all of the restrooms.
For the time being, there will be no Sunday School, no Fellowship Hour, no nursery, no congregating after church on the sidewalk or parking lots, and no choirs. We look forward to adding these activities back into the worship experience as soon as it is safely possible to do so. Please be patient and considerate of others.
There will be ushers to assist you. There will not be greeters. Ushers will dismiss worshipers after the service.
This is a fluid situation which is continuously changing. Additional changes may be needed. We are anxious to reduce these restrictions as soon as it is safe to do so. Please be patient as we endeavor to adapt.