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Return to Church Transition Update...June 28,2020

June 24, 2020
By First Reformed Church

On Monday, June 22, 2020, our Administrative Team met once again and decided that we will continue in Phase 1a which means keeping things like they are when it comes to worship.  We however are going to move to Phase 2b for other church activities.  This means, beginning Sunday, June 28th, we will allow small groups (10 people or fewer) to meet in the church. We ask that groups who meet in church abide by the social distancing guidelines of a 6-foot distance.  If you would like to meet in the church you need to contact Jamie in the office, so we are aware when you are here.  That will allow us to make sure we disinfect and clean the area you use after you are done.

We are asking all meetings to be held in the Fireside Room only.  You can arrange the room according to your needs.  Again, please inform Jamie if you will be needing the use of that room.  The youth group will also be able to begin meeting. Josh will inform all students and parents of the guidelines he will have as they meet together.

When a church activity or meeting is not in the church, groups of more than 10 can meet if they are outdoors and again are social distancing.  Our community has done a great job of keeping COVID-19 numbers down. As we begin to meet face to face with more people, we want to continue to keep those numbers low.


 

June 2020 Return to Church Update

June 10, 2020
By Jamie Hulstein

Our Return to Church Info...updated June 2020

Sunday is coming!   I am excited that after almost 100 days we have the opportunity to once again gather together for worship.   As we come back I again want to remind you of what you will encounter.

We are in Phase 1 of our return.   Please look at this information on our Facebook page or church website.  Here are some of those highlights:

We will hold two services.  One is at 9:00 am (traditional) the other at 11:00 (contemporary)

Entrance/Exit into the church will be only through the doors on the east and west side of the sanctuary.  The spaces that can be occupied on Sunday will only the sanctuary, bathrooms, and the narthex. Everything else will be closed off.

Church doors will open ½ hour before our service time.  Please remain in your car or outside until we open the doors. Someone will greet you and open the door for you. Please be seated in the sanctuary as soon as possible as you enter the building.

There will be no social hour following the first service and before the second. This includes no coffee or refreshments.  We are asking everyone attending to be in the building only for worship. Be patient, cookies and coffee will come! J

Bring your own Bible!   All the hymn books and Bibles have been removed from the pews during phase 1.

Masks are optional.  We will provide masks for anyone wishing to wear one or please bring your own if you choose to wear a mask.

We will not be shaking hands.  We desire you keep the safe, please use the 6 foot distance rule between you and people you haven’t seen in a while.

Nursery will not be offered during Phase 1 and Phase 2.

We will not have communion until Phase 2

There will be spaced seating in the sanctuary.  Every other pew is masked off so please don’t sit in those pews.   Family units can sit next to each other.

Seating will be in the sanctuary only unless we exceed our spaced seating capacity.

Offering plates will be by the back doors of the sanctuary.  Please drop your offering off in one of the plates.

If you use the bathroom please be meticulous about hand washing before you leave.

The water fountains will not be accessible in Phase 1.

Mailboxes will not be accessible during Phase 1.

There will be no bulletins handed out on Sundays.   If you desire a bulletin you may come during the week to pick one up or you can find it on our church website.

Following the service you will be excused from the back pews to the front.   We ask you to immediately head outside.  If you choose to fellowship outside it’s up to you.  This also allows us to deep clean before the next service.

IF YOU ARE SICK , ELDERLY, OR UNCOMFORTABLE, PLEASE STAY HOME.  WE WILL CONTINUE TO DO FACEBOOK LIVE FOR BOTH SERVICES UNTIL YOU ARE HEALTHY OR COMFORTABLE RETURNING.   BE SMART AND BE MINDFUL OF THOSE AROUND YOU.  WE WANT YOU TO BE SAFE AS WE MOVE FORWARD!

As we transition to Phase 2 and then Phase 3 things will move to our new normal.  We also want to remind you to please continue to give with these three options:  Electronically, dropping of your offering at the church office or dropping your offering in the plates provided in the back of church.  We thank you for your generous support as we have gone through this unique time but also as we move forward with future ministry.
 
We Are Currently In Phase 1 of our 3 Phase Return Plan

 

We are all in different places when it comes to moving forward with our lives after COVID. We thought the below image was a great representation of where we all might be in this transition.

 

 

 

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