Church & Covid-19 Updates

The building may be closed but our church family and faith are still here!

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU ARRIVE FOR WORSHIP

Our County is now under the GREEN PHASE of reopening in PA. This allows up to 250 people to be gathered together.  However, there are still rules and guidelines for how we are to gather.  Here are some procedures and information you need to know for when in-person worship begins.

SIGN-IN AND SANITIZE

a.) There is a hand soap dispenser at the door as well as sanitizer throughout the church to use coming in and going out of the church. Remember to sanitize your hands before and after coming into the church.

b.) Please sign-in on the sheet provided in the lobby before heading up to the sanctuary. This provides us with a contact list in case we discover someone who has been here contracts COVID-19. 

c.) You only need to sign-in once.  No need to sign-in every time you come to church. If your contact information changes, please inform the office so we have an up-to-date email and phone number for you.

d.) Email address is preferred. Email makes it much easier to get the word out to you than by phone.  Please include your daytime phone number if you don’t have an email address. Make sure to include proper capitalization and any punctuation when writing your email as email addresses are case sensitive. Emails might not arrive if written incorrectly.

TECH & TOUCH-LESS WORSHIP

We are minimizing the amount of personal contact and the number of surfaces in the church to be touched to avoid any risk of “contact exposure”. Please do not touch any additional objects or surfaces you do not need to.

a.) All churchgoers should enter through the ramp door, other church doors will remain locked to ensure one entrance in and out of the building.  We will have a volunteer Greeter stay at the door to wipe down the door handles and greet churchgoers.

b.) There will be an offering plate in the back of the sanctuary for you to place your offering in before or after worship. You can also continue dropping off/mailing your offering envelopes or give online.

c.) All music and scripture will be projected.  We hope to include music and words for songs from the hymnal.  Please refrain from touching and using the hymnals and Bibles in the pews.

d.) No bulletins will be handed out.  Any Church updates and announcements will be emailed each week. If you are not already signed up to receive our email updates please send your email address to [email protected] and request to be added to our email list.

e.) Fellowship time before and after worship will not be offered to avoid congregating in closed areas. Please talk with folks outside the church building at an appropriate social distance.

f.) The infant/toddler nursery is on hold until September.  It’s impossible to social distance with kids.

g.) Please avoid handshaking, passing the peace, or hugging others to avoid spreading any possible germs.

MUST WEAR MASKS

Masks are required when you come to church even as part of the GREEN PHASE. Please bring a face covering it with you. We realize masks have become controversial and some people prefer not to wear a mask.  Please remember that it is possible to have COVID-19 asymptomatically, feel fine, and pass it on to someone else.  While you may feel fine, you could unknowingly have and give the disease to someone else who may not be fine or who could pass it on to others. We wear masks to reduce the other person’s chances of getting it. Please observe the practice of wearing a mask out of respect for our congregation, staff, volunteers, and the people around us.

SOCIAL DISTANCING

Please practice social distancing of about 6 feet between people other than your own family members when able. Keep a 6 ft. distance between yourself and others in gathering areas such as the Welcome Lobby, on the steps to the Sanctuary, in the Sanctuary when you sit in church and other places there may be groups.

LIVESTREAMING

We will be livestreaming worship for people who are unable to attend in person. If you or a family member feel sick or were recently sick we are asking that you stay home and join the online livestream option. Starting June 28th we will be livestreaming worship to Facebook. This means you will be able to watch worship online on your smartphone or computer.

a.) Worship will be simultaneously broadcast on Facebook while we are worshiping in-person. You can go to the church Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/salemchurchorwigsburg/ and view worship while it is happening.  

b.) Worship will be recorded. We will upload a recording of service to YouTube later in the week so persons without Facebook can also view the service. You do not need an account to view these videos and its free.

CHURCH CLEANING 

We need a group of volunteers to come in and clean the church after Internet installation and before starting in-person worship.  We will clean and disinfect the entire church. Consider volunteering! Church cleaning scheduled for Saturday morning June 27th, 2020 from 9:00 AM – 12 NOON.  A reminder that masks are still required in the church buildings. We are also recommending that you bring a set of gloves to wear while cleaning as well.  We appreciate your help in stepping up to keep our church clean and safe for all. Please contact us in advance so we know who to expect at [email protected] Thank you!

LIVESTREAMING WORSHIP: PHASE 2 IN PROGRESS

We are putting on the finishing touches as we continue to renovate the church building to be able to livestream our worship services.  Phase 2 equipment has been ordered. Additional wiring is being run.  Equipment will be installed this coming week just in time for June 28th! Livestreaming will only work if we are able to recruit volunteers from both services to operate the video camera during the service.  Training will be provided.  Please contact Pastor Warner or the church office if you would like to be part of this live-stream ministry team ([email protected] or [email protected]). We are also excited that Phase 1 costs of $2,033 have been fully funded by donations from two families.  Phase 1 cost came in about $540 less than the original estimate.  And Phase 2 estimated cost of $4,664 has already received a $1,000 donation from another family.  Funds not covered by donations will be covered by the Memorial Fund.  Contact Pastor Warner if you are interested in helping fund Phase 2. Livestreaming is a new ministry for us and there are bound to be glitches as we startup.  We are excited about this new opportunity for ministry and we ask for patience as we spend the summer learning how to livestream well. This will be a wonderful ministry that helps us reach existing and new people once we get the hang of it.  We give thanks to God for the generosity of donors and the forward-thinking of church leadership as we move in this new and exciting direction.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: RECORD & STREAM SERVICES

If you are considering attending in-person worship – why not volunteer at church to help! This setup will require volunteers to run the camera and record worship.  If you are able to help operate a video camera to help with the process of livestreaming consider signing up! We are also looking for someone who is tech-savvy with editing and uploading videos. Current plans are to edit and upload videos from the church office – But it would be wonderful if someone who enjoys editing video would volunteer their services to edit/upload videos to the website each week. Contact either Pastor Warner or the church office at [email protected]