Worship Protocols during COVID-19

UPDATED: 9/13/2021

Below is important information in regard to our in-person worship offerings. On behalf of the Council, I ask that you comply with the requests below. We understand that you may not agree with a specific protocol(s), but we ask that you respect and follow them for the safety of others and the responsibility of AGLC. We thank you in advance! – Pastor Nick

Pastor Nick leads Worship outside during COVID-19

Outdoor Worship:

  • Time: Sundays at 9:00am.
  • Attendees:
    • Bring a mask, a lawn chair, and your own bread and wine/grape juice for communion.
    • While we cannot require you to wear a mask, we ask that you do, especially if you plan on singing. If you choose not to wear a mask, please double the normal distance between you and other members. Children who are not wearing a mask must remain with their family.
    • Family groups will set up their chairs 10 feet apart from other families to maintain a safe distance. Physical distancing must be practiced by everyone, including children.
    • Dress comfortably.
    • Anyone who is not feeling well, is coughing, or experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 is asked to stay home.
  • Volunteer Opportunity: assist staff in moving musical equipment inside for the 11am service.
  • Weather Permitting: If we need to cancel or adjust worship, we will communicate this information as quickly as possible via email, social media, and the church website.

A Socially Distanced Sunday Worship Service at Abiding Grace during COVID-19

Indoor & Live-Stream Worship:

  • Time: Sundays at 11:00am.
  • Attendees:
    • For those unvaccinated, masks are required for everyone over the age of 2. Please be aware that the updated CDC guidelines released on July 27th recommend masks for all, including vaccinated persons.
    • Our nursery will remain closed.
    • Seating will be configured so that social distancing will be the only option. Chairs will be placed in rows, skipping every other row.
    • The peace will be shared by waving or bowing.
    • We encourage online giving. The “Tithes & Offering Box” in the back of the Sanctuary and the passing of the offering plate are additional options.
    • There are a variety of options offered for communion, including gluten free wafers. The common cup is available for intinction only at this time. Pre-packaged Communion kits will continue to be available in the back of the Sanctuary if you are not comfortable receiving communication from Pastor Nick and the Communion Assistants.
    • Once worship concludes, members are encouraged leave the sanctuary without lingering for conversation.
    • No food or drink will be provided.
    • Anyone who is not feeling well, is coughing, or experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 is asked to stay home.

Thank you to all of you, our members, who are devoted to our church and remain open and flexible to new ways of worship and fellowship during a very difficult time. As Jesus taught us, let us continue to love one another and serve one another regardless of our physical location and how we choose to worship.