Guidelines for Resuming In-Person Worship

Effective June 6, 2021

Please note: The easing of restrictions announced by our Governor applies mainly to those fully vaccinated. While many of our family are in this category, some (due to health, opportunity and other concerns) are not. We present the following guidelines in trying to do what is best for all, but especially our most vulnerable.

Who Should Attend

Everyone is welcome to attend, except those with any of the following issues:

  • Those with a temperature of 100.5 degrees or higher, OR those who have experienced high temperatures in the past 48 hours.
  • Those who have been in close contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19 in the last 14 days.
  • Those who are experiencing a cough, shortness of breath, or a sore throat.
  • Those who have had a recent loss of taste or smell.
  • Those who have experienced vomiting or diarrhea in the last 48 hours.

What to Expect

Recent modification of State guidelines results in the following for us.

Things that WILL change:

  • In accordance with CDC guidelines and the Governor’s Executive Order #79, those fully vaccinated are not required to wear masks when coming to and engaging in worship. The order stipulates that unvaccinated people and children 5 and older should wear a mask unless there is some health condition or disability that prohibits wearing a mask.
  • Those fully vaccinated may sing without a mask.
  • Pews will no longer be marked differently for Bible Class and Worship.
  • The area UNDER the balcony will be open ONLY to those fully vaccinated.  (NOTE:  The return air ducts are under the balcony.  As a result, all air is being drawn back to that area for filtration.  The vulnerable should not sit there.)

Things that will NOT change (for now):

  • Our Sunday morning Bible classes will continue at 9:30 am. Bible classes will continue to be on Zoom as well.
  • Sunday morning in-person worship will continue at 10:30 am and will also be streamed live on YouTube and our website.
  • There will be no Sunday evening assembly.
  • Wednesday evening Bible classes will be on Zoom.
  • You are asked to sanitize your hands on entering the building. The sanitizing stations will continue at every entrance and in the lobby.
  • One person from each family must pick up single-serve communion elements for family members, as well as a waste bag.
  • All containers used for communion should be placed in the provided waste bag and deposited in a trash can at the exit. Please do not leave it on the pew.
  • The balcony is closed to everyone except for those working in the sound booth and their families.
  • After services are over, we will dismiss by rows from the back.
  • Extended conversations and visiting should take place on the lawns.
  • Judge for yourselves how physically distant you feel you need to be. Please be sensitive to the cautions of others. Some might not be ready for that hug quite yet.
  • Please check in.  You can fill out an attendance card and leave in the lobby, scan the QR code, or contact the office.

Worship in Spanish: 8:45 a.m.
Bible Classes: 10 a.m.
(In-person and via Zoom)

Worship in English: 11 a.m.
(In-person and streaming live on YouTube)

Evening Assembly: 6 p.m. on the first Sunday of every month
(In-person only)

Bible Classes: 7:15 p.m. (In-person and via Zoom)
Please call the church office (703-820-1346) for log-on instructions.