Worship Protocols during COVID-19

UPDATED: 1/6/2022


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

For those who don’t feel comfortable coming to worship at this time, we are now offering communion on your porch or driveway. If you would like communion brought to you during the week, please contact Pastor Nick.

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

Indoor & Live-Stream Worship:

  • Time: Sundays at 9am.
  • Attendees:
    • For those unvaccinated, masks are required for everyone over the age of 2. We recommend masks for all vaccinated persons, as well.
    • The nursery will now be open 8:45am-11:00am.
    • 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.

Pastor Nick leads Worship outside during COVID-19

Outdoor Worship:

  • Time: Sundays at 11am.
  • Attendees:
    • We encourage you to bring a lawn chair, as bench seating may be limited.
    • 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.
    • 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 in front of the pavilion if you are not comfortable receiving communication from Pastor Nick and the Communion Assistants.
    • 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 between indoor and outdoor worship spaces.
  • 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.

In effort to maintain safety and based on input from our musicians, choir and bells will be suspended at this time. If you would like to continue singing, the Praise Ensemble will lead both services and we welcome you to join them. For more information about joining the Praise Ensemble, contact Tom or Christine.

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.