Starting June 6, 2021, we will be lifting some of our protocols and guidelines which we implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic. With vaccinations on the rise, many more people are feeling comfortable in their return to worship and other church activities.
Please read through these new policies for our worship and gathering together.
It is exciting to hear that the CDC has now stated that fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks in certain settings. As such, starting in June, masks are now optional for fully vaccinated persons in our worship space. We still encourage masks for everyone, even those who are fully vaccinated, to show love and care for our neighbor, whose vaccination status is unknown. We recognize and accept that this involves a kind of honor system as to who is and who is not fully vaccinated. However, we also trust that everyone will act to respect the guidance we have received.
Seating in Worship
We will remove some of the tape which closes off pews in order to allow for more seating during worship. This will increase our capacity from 50% to about 70%. However, not all of the pews will yet be open for seating. There will be areas of our worship space where it will be easy to still be physically distanced from others. But, for those who are more comfortable, back to back pews (instead of skipping a pew) will be open in some areas.
Starting in June, we will increase the amount of singing we do in worship. Initially, we will not have our full liturgy, but we will add pieces and hymns back each month as the summer progresses.
The following procedures will stay in place for the time being.
We will not pass plates for offerings. A basket at the rear of the sanctuary will be available for those who bring an offering for the church. We also encourage the use of online giving. Visit https://www.stphiliplutheranchurchmb.com/ to give online one-time or recurring.
We will continue to commune in our seats with prepackaged communion elements. This limits common touching of items like rails and ushers’ hands.
Cleaning of door handles and pews will still occur after each worship service.
We will keep hymnals out of the pews for the time being. All music will be printed in single-use bulletins.
We worship Sundays at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. You are welcome here.
Here are a few things you may wonder about or notice when you come.
Communion. We have communion every Sunday and everyone is welcome. If you don’t feel ready to commune, don’t sweat it. Just know you are invited!
Children aren’t just welcome, they are important to our worship! Sometimes worship can be fine dining but most of the time it is a family picnic. We know kids are in worship and make noise. That’s great! It is the kind of noise we like to hear. Quiet activity bags are available; just ask an usher. If your child should need a break, there is a nursery room available for those under five.
Come as you are. You will find people in dresses and suits and others in tee shirts and shorts. Just come. We don’t care what you’re wearing; it is the beach, after all.
People will probably say “Hi” and ask where you're from. We love to make friends.