October: Regathering for In-Person Worship

Posted on October 22, 2021
by Stacey Simpson Duke

On October 10, we gathered for in-person worship in our sanctuary for the first time since March 2020. It has been a happy time of reconnecting while also doing all we can to keep each other and our wider community safe. Inside our building, we require masks and physical distancing between households, regardless of vaccination status. This is part of how we nurture a culture of care and inclusion. After worship, we have a brief time of fellowship outside. Once outside, people may make their own choices regarding masks and physical distancing; we are working to build a culture of consent by offering stickers for people to indicate to each other the level of physical contact or distance with which they are comfortable (red for no contact and 6 feet of distance; yellow for minimal contact – handshake or high five – and at least 3 feet of distance; green for appropriate physical contact and no distance).

You can read our full guidelines here.

We will continue to offer some form of online worship for those who will not be joining us in person. If you feel vulnerable or uncomfortable with in-person attendance, we do hope you will worship with us online on Facebook or YouTube. Additionally, if you feel sick or have had a known close-contact COVID exposure, we ask you to stay home and worship with us online. We remain committed to doing all we can to make our worship accessible and inclusive. For now, until we have the technology in place for a true hybrid worship service, we continue to offer a pre-recorded online service similar to what we’ve been doing throughout the pandemic. We also post an audio recording of our in-person worship services on our website. If you scroll down this page on our site, you will find audio recordings of our in-person worship service and of just the sermon.

We hope you will join us online or in person soon!