Worship Protocols during COVID-19

The church council members at Abiding Grace Lutheran Church have decided to expand our worship offerings at this time. Please read and adhere to the following protocols, as handed down by our Council President and church leadership. UPDATED: 3/8/2021


While returning to pre-COVID-19 worship and fellowship in our Sanctuary is not safe at this time, your Church Council has heard your opinions, needs, and fears. We have expanded our worship offerings and make virtual and in-person options available to you. 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!

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

Indoor & Live-Stream Worship:

  • Time: Sundays at 11:00am.
  • Capacity: Reservations are no longer required. Please keep a safe distance between you and other members.
  • Attendees:
    • Our nursery will remain closed.
    • Because singing is both an essential part of worship, and a way that germs are quickly spread, masks will be required for everyone over the age of 2.
    • Seating will be configured so that social distancing will be the only option. Chairs will be placed in rows, skipping every other row.
    • Pre-packaged Communion kits will be placed on chairs before members arrive.
    • Once worship concludes, members must leave the sanctuary without lingering for conversation.
    • No food or drink will be provided.

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.

For All Indoor AND Outdoor Worship Services:

  • Attendees will always stay at least ten feet away from the staff and other members unless instructed otherwise.
  • In-person giving will be made by “Tithes & Offering Box” only.
  • The peace will be shared by waving or bowing.
  • Members, especially indoors, will be asked to keep the force of their singing to a minimum.
  • Our nursery will be closed.
  • Anyone who is not feeling well, is coughing, or experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 is asked to stay home.

Finally, we ask you to continue to give as you are able. Your offering can be mailed to our new PO Box, an electronic check can be sent from your bank, or please consider signing up for online giving.

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’s continue to love one another and serve one another regardless of our physical location and how we choose to worship.