A Message From Your Calvary Council & Pastors
The Process of How to Return to Worship

May 9, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As things start to reopen, we are thinking through the process of how to return to worship in the sanctuary and wanted to keep you informed.

We have not set a date for reopening, but we are hopeful that we could return by the first Sunday in June. The deciding factor will be a daily decrease in the positive cases of Covid-19 for fourteen consecutive days. That means we have no firm opening date. The church council will meet by Zoom on May 18th to reevaluate.

Before returning we will have our cleaning service do a deep clean of the building. The following is a list of what we will be doing to maintain social distancing and stay safe.

Safety precautions for worship

  • Members who are immune-compromised or in the most vulnerable age group and health group should stay home and watch the live stream.
  • Use every other pew and have six feet separation for non-family members.
  • We strongly encourage the wearing of masks. Some studies suggest that singing can transmit the virus beyond six feet.
  • Disinfect the public spaces before people arrive, and between each service/gathering.
  • Print hymns in the bulletin and have bulletins on the pews before the service. No hymnals.
  • Offering plates will be at the doors of the sanctuary.
  • Prop open inside and outside doors so no one touches a doorknob or handle.
  • Pass the peace with a wave or peace sign to those on your right and left.
  • We will use individual cups and wafers Communion. The Pastors will wash their hands during the offering and distribute the host. The individual cups will be in every other space to avoid contact and people will serve themselves.
  • No coffee in the narthex
  • Maintain social distancing by having pastors dismiss people by rows.

We know that it will not be the same worship experience as you had before the pandemic, but we hope that by some point we will not have to take these precautions.

Grace and peace,

The CLC Council and Pastors