Re-Opening of CENTRALongmont Presbyterian Church

Session has made a number of decisions that we are pleased and excited to share with you.  We made these decisions based on conditions and CDC, State, and County guidelines as they exist at this time.  It may be necessary to change any or all the decisions if conditions or guidelines change.  It is also likely that, with experience, we’ll alter our practices and procedures to ensure the best, safest experience for everyone.  We urge you to read all church-related communications each week in case there are changes or new information.

 

Worship

We will return to in-person worship in the Sanctuary and Overflow room Sunday, May 23, 2021.  Fittingly, this is Pentecost Sunday.

 

In accordance with current CDC, State, and County guidelines about public meetings in enclosed spaces that limit us to using no more than 50% of our seating capacity in order to maintain social distancing, worship attendance will initially be limited to 75 people.  With experience, if it appears we can seat more people while adhering to guidelines, we will increase the maximum number of attendees. 

 

A reservation will be required to attend worship each week and, to maintain required social distancing, you’ll be asked to sit only in designated places in the pews/chairs.  You will be able to make a reservation each week online and by phone.  If you arrive to worship without a reservation, you’ll be seated on a space-available basis.

 

While everyone will be welcome to attend worship, we continue to encourage that you be vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible.  We recognize some of you cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons while others are choosing not to be vaccinated for personal reasons.  Whether you have or have not been vaccinated, you will be required to wear a mask at all times you are in the building.  The only exception to this is Lee, Shirley, and David who will remove their masks in order to lead worship.

 

The worship service itself in terms of the liturgy and Order of Worship will be similar to what it was prior to our closing but there will be some differences.  We will celebrate the Sacrament of Communion but we’ll remain seated and use sealed “communion packets” that contain juice and a wafer. There will be music, including hymns, but no choir and no congregational singing (you can hum if you like 😊).  There will be no Time With Our Children or Passing of the Peace.  We will continue our practice of projecting announcements, the liturgy, and hymn lyrics on the overhead screens.

 

Sanctuary and overflow room windows and doors will be opened a sufficient amount to meet guidelines for air circulation. Because spring temperatures can still be cool we encourage you to dress accordingly.

 

In lieu of a nursery/cry room, we anticipate that individuals with small children will be able to watch an audio/video feed of the worship service in Fellowship Hall.  This option will be available ONLY to individuals with small children.

 

There will be no fellowship time before or after worship and no in-person Christian Education offerings on Sunday mornings.  We’ll also ask that you avoid congregating in groups anywhere in the building, reserving conversations for outside.

 

Worship will be livestreamed for the benefit of those who can’t or choose not to attend in-person services.  This means you’ll be able to watch the service online as it is happening in the Sanctuary.  Recordings of the livestream feed of each service will also be posted online, likely on Monday, that you can watch at any time.  Please be aware that the livestream will utilize a single camera focused primarily on the chancel.

 

The sanctuary and overflow room will be cleaned and disinfected each week as part of the overall cleaning of the church by our professional cleaning service.

 

Please understand that as careful as we’re being, no matter how many precautions we take we cannot guarantee that attending worship will be completely safe.  If you choose to attend in-person worship you do so at your own risk. If we learn that someone attending a service subsequently tests positive for COVID, the congregation will be notified.

 

 

Group and Committee Meetings

Church groups and committee meetings and outside groups will be allowed to begin meeting at the church beginning Monday, May 24, 2021.  A reservation will be required for each meeting and, initially, all meetings must be held in Fellowship Hall.  This will permit groups to maintain social distancing and open windows for air circulation.  Masks must be worn by all meeting participants at all times.  The Fellowship Hall Kitchen will not be available.

 

More information will follow as it becomes available.  In the meantime, as always, feel free to contact any Ruling Elder (password protected contact list) or Pastor David if you have questions or concerns.

 

When we closed some 13 months ago, we never anticipated the church would be closed as long as it has.  We know this has worked a hardship on all of us and we want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your patience and understanding during this time.  From the beginning, our every decision has been made in the interest of the health and safety of you, the congregation.  The situation with COVID remains fluid, and we ask that you continue to be patient going forward as we continue to work and discern the Lord’s leading for CENTRALongmont on your behalf.

 

We are so excited this moment has arrived and look forward to being together as we appropriately can.

 

Blessings,

The Ruling Elders of CENTRALongmont Presbyterian Church

 

Lisa Bechard                            Phil Goerner                            Martha Ramos

Cheryl Bodin                            Ashley Inguagiato                   Diane Roggow

Carol Edwards                         Linda Parker                            Greg Smoot