In Person Worship

In Person Worship

 

Beginning November 29th we will be hosting two worship services

Early Service – Masks Required – 8:30am

In an effort to serve those in our church community who are in high risk categories for infection, we will begin a second worship service starting on Sunday, November 29th, 2020.  This service will begin at 8:30am.  Masks will be required for the entire service, except for worship leaders while leading.  There should also be plenty of room for folks to spread out and socially distance.  Unfortunately, we will not be able to offer nursery for this service at this time.
 

Second Service – Masks Optional – 9:45am 

Our second service will begin at 9:45am with Sunday School to follow.  Please note the time change.  This service will continue to follow the pattern we’ve used for in-person worship since May.  Masks are welcomed.  Social distanced seating will still be in place.  We ask everyone to socially distance when communicating before and after the service.  Avoid congregating in the narthex but fellowship outside the building, when possible.  
 

For planning and seating purposes we ask that you continue to register through the church website or the weekly email by Friday at noon.  We ask that you identify which service you plan to attend so we can prepare appropriately.

More details will be published in the coming days.

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.

  • 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. Starting August 16th, we will provide a toddler nursery. You must RSVP to utilize the nursery.
  • Please practice Social distancing inside the church building at all times.
  • Families and individuals will be seated by ushers.
  • Please plan to arrive early, several minutes before 9:30, so we can seat everyone on an orderly fashion.
  • Children should remain with their parents at all times.  We ask parents to exercise discretion in bringing young children.
  • Water fountain will be turned off.
  • The nursery is open. You must register.
  • 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.

    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!