What In-Person Worship Is Like

We are thrilled to once again share our space with you, and we encourage anyone who prefers to join our livestream instead to continue to do so.

Everyone involved in making this decision—Staff, Session, Worship Committee, Reopening Task Force—have been looking to this happy day, and we hope that it will be meaningful for you, even with the few restrictions that make it possible. Worship will continue as outlined below throughout the summer, and we will continue to monitor changing rates of community spread as well as Allegheny County restrictions.

Arrival
The doors open at 9:45 am. The worship service begins promptly at 10 am. We ask that, as the weather allows, you wait outside. The Chapel is also be available as a gathering place.

CDC Guidelines/Masking
EVERYONE is being asked to wear a mask, whether vaccinated or not. Please make sure your mask covers both your nose and your mouth. We have masks available for those who forget to bring one.

Childcare
No childcare is being offered at this time. Children must stay with their families during the service and anyone aged two years or older must wear a mask. The nursery area is closed.

Entrance
Please enter through the Murray Avenue door or the door connected to the ramp. There is no entry or exit (except in an emergency) through the Forbes Avenue doors.

Registration
We ask that everyone please fill out the friendship pad and leave it in the pew. We will use that information for contact tracing as needed.

Seating
While distancing is not required, we do encourage people to leave space as attendance allows and to be mindful of people’s continued need for distance.

Worship
You are able to participate in unison prayers, affirmations, and responsive readings. You are able to sing the hymns! Only those who are presenting aspects of the service (Pastor Vincent, the liturgist) will be unmasked while they are speaking.

What is different? There are not be any individual prayers or sharing of celebrations and concerns. Remember that the service is available to anyone who wants to watch it, and there are privacy issues involved with regard to specifics. Also, understand that you are there as part of a “studio audience.”

Socializing
Clearly, everyone is very anxious to share greetings and news with friends who we have not seen in months. But when the chimes ring three times, it means that the livestream has begun, and those worshipping live will need to switch to respectful silence.

You are welcome to socialize after the service, and please be mindful that some people may not yet be comfortable touching or getting close.

Food/Beverages
We are not providing coffee or other refreshments after worship at this time.

Offering
We are collecting the offering via donation boxes placed at the entrances to the sanctuary.

Contact Tracing
If you test positive after attending a service, please let us know right away so we can do contact tracing.

Self-Screening
For everyone’s safety, we ask that you please stay home from worship if you or anyone in your household has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days, or if anyone is currently experiencing or has experienced COVID-19 symptoms in the past seven days, including fever, trouble breathing, shortness of breath, flu-like symptoms, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, headache, chills, or muscle pain. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, we encourage you to talk your doctor and be tested.

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