The health and wellbeing of our church body and community are of paramount importance to us. Therefore we will be taking multiple steps to help insure the safety of everyone involved. Here are some of the highlights of our re-connect plan.
- We will have one service at 9:30am. We have mapped out the seating in the sanctuary and will be practicing strict social distancing. If we reach our maximum seating capacity, you will be notified about other options for participating in the service.
- You must RSVP – If you plan to attend, you must RSVP through a simple web form that is posted above. This will allow the elders and deacons to set up and plan for seating. Seats will be filled based on the order RSVP’s are received. If we have a large response in attendance, we will happily consider conducting two services in the future. We are starting with one service since this will be our first attempt at in person worship with restrictions.
- Social distancing will be practiced inside the church building at all times.
- Families and individuals will be seated and dismissed by ushers.
- Every other row seating or other separated seating arrangements will be utilized.
- Please plan to arrive early, several minutes before 9:30, so we can seat everyone on an orderly fashion.
- Deep cleaning will be conducted before each service.
- Children should remain with their parents at all times. We ask parents to exercise discretion in bringing young children.
- Play ground and gaga ball pit will be closed.
- Water fountain will be turned off.
- The nursery will be closed.
- The cry room will be available for up to two families.
- We will not be passing the offering plates – they will be placed on tables near the back of the sanctuary.
- Ushers will be available during the entire service and will be able to help you if you have any specific needs.
Attendance Recommendations and Guidance
- Do not attend the service if you or members of your household are sick.
- Out of love for our congregation – We encourage individuals and their families in at-risk health groups to not attend in person but to continue to worship at home online.
- We understand and appreciate that everyone is not comfortable with in person worship at this time. If this is where you find yourselves, please do not feel pressure to attend. There is no guilt or shame in taking precautions that you feel are necessary for your situation and circumstances. This applies to the officers and staff of PHPC, as well. We will continue to provide an online version of the worship service each week.
Other Precautions and Details
- Face masks are welcomed – Feel free to wear a mask for your protection and the protection of others. Masks will be made available if you would like to wear one. Ushers will wear face masks.
- Hand Sanitizer will be available near the entrance to the sanctuary.
- Bulletins will be placed in seats before the service begins.
- Please do not congregate in the church building. Once in the parking lot, feel free to fellowship while practicing appropriate social distancing.
That’s a pretty good summary of our phase 1 plan. If you would like more details or rationale, don’t hesitate to reach out. Be on the look out for that RSVP email over the next few days. There are a few things I want to remind you of as we wrap up. Please know that even with these precautions, all risks of in person worship cannot be eliminated. It’s also important to remember that it may be a long time before worship and ministry activities are conducted without any restrictions. With any practice or policy, it’s difficult to please everyone. Some may feel we are moving too fast. Others may be convinced that these protocols are an overreaction. Wherever you fall on that spectrum, and it may change multiple times throughout the day, let me encourage you with a few things. First, be charitable, humble, and patient. We are seeking to honor God and love our neighbors in this process. We will continue to observe and evaluate as we move forward. May charity, humility, and patience from Christ be our guide. Second, please pray – for our church body, for the elders as we seek to spiritually guide the congregation, for one another, as we continue to walk down this road, and for our witness to the watching world. In all that we do and all that we are, may Jesus Christ be praised!