The church council has decided together that in addition to our weekly online worship option at 9:00 am, we will again begin (on Sunday, February 14th) offering one in-person worship option weekly at 9:00 am. We know that the safest option for worship continues to be online, but we offer this in-person option with specific regard for those who are unable to worship in that manner. The choice, of course, for how you will worship is yours–we will continue to work to maintain the safest environment possible in our sanctuary for public worship. Whether you choose to attend in-person or not at this time, Faith United is still your church, a community that is here to support you and your faith, that is reaching into homes all across Lancaster County.
As mentioned, we will continue to worship together online on Sunday mornings at 9:00 am. Our services will continue to be live streamed from the sanctuary, and the video remains available on our site to watch later as well.
We will also continue to offer the opportunity to regularly receive the sacrament of Holy Communion. Holy Communion is God’s gift of grace given to us to offer healing and wholeness, and we are committed to continuing to make this available to all who wish to receive it. During this time period we will continue to host a drive-thru communion station in the parking lot of Faith United from 10:30 am-11:30 am each Sunday for those who continue to worship online and wish to receive the sacrament of Holy Communion. If you are not yet comfortable with participating in this way, we understand. Jesus’ love and blessing still are yours.
Other Notes on In-Person Worship:
- These indoor services are currently limited to 21 households. There is no sign-up.
- The only entrance to worship will be the ramp door on the side parking lot.
- Doors will only open 15 minutes prior to worship. Please do not arrive earlier than this. Upon arrival, please wait in line to enter by standing at the marked spots outside the ramp door. An usher will greet you and guide you through the process of getting a bulletin and getting to your seat.
- Please wear a mask OVER YOUR MOUTH AND NOSE to these gatherings. There will be some masks available for those who need access to one. We will be taking care to enforce this for the safety of our community. We know that this is uncomfortable, but that it is a concrete step we can take to protect and preserve the life of our neighbor and that it enables our return to worship. Thank you for your compliance.
- We will maintain a distance of 6 feet from one another at these services. It is such a joy to see one another in person, and we give thanks that this will provide that opportunity to us. However, please maintain safe social distancing and refrain from touching one another. We will pass the peace by waving to one another. Ushers will guide you to your seat.
- If you are not feeling well, have a cough, fever, or sore throat or have had one in the past 14 days, or have been exposed to COVID-19 in the past 14 days, please worship from home. We are still one body of Christ, even when we aren’t physically gathered.
- Single-use paper bulletins will be available. Everything you need for worship will be in these bulletins. We will also have large print copies available. We will not sing during these services.
- The offering will be collected in a plate next to the bulletins on your way in and out of the sanctuary, in lieu of passing the plate.
- We will distribute Holy Communion as an optional part of these worship services. If you do not wish to receive Holy Communion during the service, you may receive it upon exiting. One household will come forward together at a time, maintaining safe distance from other congregants. Hand sanitizer will be available to use prior to removing your mask and again prior to replacing your mask. Pastor Marissa will distribute wafers with tongs in a contact-free manner while wearing a mask. We will be using port wine until further notice, as the slightly higher alcohol content reduces the risk of bacteria spread. Wine will be distributed in single use pre-filled cups that congregants will pick up and dispose of themselves.
- The nursery, classrooms, fellowship hall, and other public spaces remain closed at this time.