Public Service Restart 

General Information

  • Public services will begin on the weekend of May 14-17.

  • We will offer our regular service times: Thursday at 7:00 pm and Sunday at 8:00 and 10:30.

  • More services may be added if needed.

  • The 8:00 Sunday service will continue to be live streamed.

  • We will ensure proper distancing and cleanliness to the best of our ability.

 

Encouragements

  • Those who have any of the symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home.

  • Those who are at high risk of serious illness are encouraged to stay home.

  • Those who are uncomfortable attending services at this time are encouraged to stay home.

  • You are welcome to wear a mask, but they are not required.

  • Everyone should practice distancing and good hygiene.

 

Distancing

  • Every other pew (or row of chairs in the balcony) will be closed, ensuring six feet of distance between members.

  • One household will be allowed per pew (or two in longer pews, with six feet between them).

  • Households are required to register online to ensure that the appropriate number of people are in attendance for each service.

  • Following these guidelines, 50 households will be permitted to attend each service. 

 

Cleanliness

  • High contact surfaces (like pews and door handles) will be disinfected after every service.

  • A deeper cleaning will be done after each weekend.

  • The fellowship hall will not be used, except for passing through. 

  • Hymnals and Bibles will be removed from the pews.

  • The entire service will be shown on the screens as usual.

  • Those who are accustomed to following along in Bibles and hymnals are encouraged to bring their own.

  • Service folders will be made available on tables in the narthex, not distributed by ushers. They will be discarded after one use, not reused.

  • Baskets will be available in the narthex for offerings.

  • The elements for Holy Communion will be prepared by the pastors. This will reduce the number of people in the building and the number of people touching the elements.

 

Before the Service

  • Hand sanitizer will be available at the doors.

  • There will be no hand shaking before the service.

  • The doors from the narthex to the sanctuary will remain open at all times. 

  • A pastor or other member will be present in the narthex to guide people in these new procedures.

Communion

  • Since we will not immediately have the capacity for all of regular attenders to come each weekend, meaning that some people will be able to attend only every other week or so, we will offer the Sacrament of Holy Communion in each service, giving everyone the ability to partake when they attend.

  • Those who do not wish to commune or are not comfortable communing at this time will be free not to do so, with absolutely no stigma.

  • Following the sermon and prayers will be a blessing, announcements, and a hymn. This will give those who choose not to commune the opportunity to leave the sanctuary if they wish.

  • Those who are distributing the Sacrament will clean their hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer immediately before distribution.

  • Households will be directed to approach the chancel one at a time to receive the Sacrament. 

  • Communicants will receive the wafer in an open palm. 

  • The common cup will not be used for a time.

  • Individual cups will be spaced out in the trays.

 

After the Service

  • Pastors will not shake hands with people as they exit the sanctuary.

  • Members are encouraged not to stay and socialize in the narthex or fellowship hall. This is something that can be done more safely outside, if desired. 

 

Other Items

  • A twenty minute Bible study will continue to be presented after the 8:00 service. Those attending that service are welcome to stay for it.

  • Regular Bible studies and Sunday school classes will not resume at this time.

(605) 886-2928

1200 2nd St NE
Watertown, SD 57201

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