As businesses around us slowly start to re-open, and it seems that the world is slowly beginning to turn again, we recognize the need to move with caution. Early in this pandemic, places of worship were among some well-documented and carefully studied “super-spreader” events, in which many people became ill. As a sign of our love for each other and our mutual care for each other’s health, we commit to re-opening with care.
25% capacity for now
Seating is still limited to 25% capacity, but we are back to a full-worship schedule with three services:
- traditional worship service on Sundays at 8:30am
- contemporary worship service on Sundays at 10:45am
- prayer and Communion service on Wednesdays at 6:30pm
Additionally, all worship services will continue to be live-streamed, so those who aren’t worshipping in-person can still be a part of Mt Zion’s church life.
Sign-up is no longer required
When we started in-person worship, we were concerned about reaching our 25% capacity and needing to turn people away. However, we have found that the number of people who are interested is small, so we are no longer requiring advance reservation. However, those who come to Mt Zion for in-person worship will be expected to commit to new rules to help protect themselves and others, which will be posted on the entrances as a Covenant of Care, so please read it carefully.
Attend from home
If you continue to worship from home (because you have health issues, because you’re out of town, because you are not yet comfortable in crowds, etc), refer to our Virtual Resources for up-to-date information on how to watch the live-stream.
What to expect
- Don’t come if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have recently been in contact with anyone with symptoms.
- The south entrance to the church will not be open. Please use the main entrance on the north.
- You must wear a mask (unless you’re under 2-years-old).
- Stay 6′ apart, avoiding touching each other, and avoiding blocking traffic. Look for tape marks on the floor to remind you where to stand. (People living in the same household may stay together.)
- Frequently use hand sanitizer or wash your hands, especially after touching commonly used surfaces (handrails, light switches, etc) and after touching your face or facemask. Many new hand sanitizer dispensers have been installed for your convenience.
- No common food or drink will be offered. Please bring your own cup of coffee or water bottle. Communion will be served with individual, pre-packaged wafers and cups of wine.
- Pews are marked for safe social distancing. Please choose among the marked available pews..
- There will be no congregational singing, and spoken responses will be limited. We encourage clapping, dancing, and sign language.
- If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 after having attended church in-person, you must notify the church office, so effective contact tracing can occur, and others who may have been exposed to the virus can be informed.
Our custodian will regularly clean and sanitize the sanctuary and other occupied rooms, along with daily sanitizing of high-traffic areas (entrances, bathrooms, and the administration area). If we discover that a person diagnosed with COVID-19 has been present in the building for a worship service, everyone that attended that service will be notified, and in-person worship will be suspended for 14 days.
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.