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Guidelines for in house Worship

Recommendations from Bethlehem’s Covid 19 Planning Team to our Church Council

 Updated on 7/20/2020

We welcome you back to Bethlehem on August 2.

Our team recommends that we begin in-person worship services on August 2nd with the following guidelines:

1.  If you aren’t feeling well, we encourage you to stay home and watch the service from home.  If you or a family member is experiencing symptoms compatible with COVID-19, or are at an increased risk, please stay home.  If you don’t feel comfortable gathering yet, please stay home.

2.  We will follow proper Social Distancing of at least 6 feet between families while entering, leaving, and during the service.  Every other pew will be taped-off so you’ll know which pews will be used.  Stay Safe MN recommends we limit our attendance to 50% capacity.

3.  Masks are required and will be provided (both fabric and paper) if you need one.

4.  Hand sanitizer will be made available at the entrance and throughout the sanctuary.  The church has been sanitized, and will be sanitized on a regular basis.

5.  Offering plates will be set on a table at the entrance to the sanctuary and will not be passed around.

6.  Bulletins will be available in the pews that we are using, which is every other pew.

7.  We will be using only the main part of the church and the overflow for now.  The church basement and balcony (except for the videographer) won’t be used.

8.  Since singing is not advised (even with masks on), hymnals will not be available.  There will still be music in the form of a prelude, prerecorded songs, and/or special music shared from the recommended distance of 12 feet away from the first pew.

9. CDC guidelines allow us to offer the sacrament of Holy Communion if Social Distancing rules are strictly adhered to and person-to-person contact is kept to a bare minimum. At this time, we plan to offer Holy Communion on the first and third Sundays of each month for those present who are comfortable receiving the meal – if you are not, it’s okay! We trust that God’s grace and mercy are extended to us in many ways through the Holy Spirit – and remembering our baptism is one way of acknowledging this truth.

10.  For now, we will not be having coffee or fellowship after the service.

 

Thank you for continuing to be an active member of our Bethlehem family.  You are welcome here! 

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