In-Person Worship Communication

November 22, 2020

Risen Christ Lutheran Church in Fairport, NY has been able to hold in-person worship for several months with both the Traditional (8:00 am) and Contemporary (10:30 am) services.  We have been able to corporately worship in meaningful services with the health and safety of everyone in mind.

Health and Safety Guidelines

We continue to adhere to the guidelines set forth by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) in effect at the time.  The governing parameters are:

Social Distancing: Remain six (6) feet apart from others

Face masks are required

Please refrain from physical contact of any kind

On October 21, 2020, New York state instituted the Cluster Action Initiative:  https://forward.ny.gov/cluster-action-initiative.

The church will react to the zones in the following manner:

Yellow: Operate at 50% capacity in-person worship with communion.

Orange & Red: Switch to one virtual worship via Facebook livestream on Sunday mornings at 10:30 am.

Please watch email announcements to stay up to date on worship services.

Congregation Responsibilities

DO NOT ATTEND if you are feeling ill, have a temperature above 100°F, have been exposed to COVID-19, have a compromised immune system or are at risk of exposing others.  If you have traveled out of New York State, please refer to the New York State Travel Advisory website before returning to in-person worship.  https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory 

You are welcome to participate in our worship service online on the Risen Christ Church-Fairport, New York Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/RCLCMinistry/ 

What to Expect Upon Arrival

Parking as usual.  Try to maintain social distancing in the parking lot.

Lobby, Sanctuary, Bathrooms, and Coffee Bar have been disinfected.  These areas will be cleaned and disinfected each week with special attention to high-touch surfaces like handles and switches.  High touch surfaces will be disinfected between services each Sunday.  *Please refrain from travel down hallway to Fellowship Hall and Kitchen and downstairs to the Preschool area as they will remain closed. 

Entrance doors to church and sanctuary will be propped open

Masks – please arrive with your own mask, we do have disposable masks available, but encourage you to bring your own.  Masks are to be worn at all times in the church except while drinking and eating at tables in the lobby and during communion.

Hand Sanitizer is available at many locations:  at the entrance doors, Welcome Center, Usher’s Station, Coffee Bar, and Mail Folder cabinet.

Coffee Bar will be open.  It will be full service.  Please note special signage for instructions at the coffee bar for traffic flow and maintenance of 6 feet social distancing.  Tables and chairs in the lobby will be open and will be disinfected between uses.

Bathrooms are open to one family group at a time.  Please use the provided disinfecting wipes to cleanse handles, faucets, and switches after use.

Printed material (bulletins/flyers) will be limited.  Please see church website https://www.risenchristfamily.com/news , pre- and post-service slideshows, and emails for announcements.

Hymnals may be signed out for you to take home and return for use in services.

Chairs have been arranged into groups at 6 foot distances.  Couples and families may sit together in these groupings.  Please consult with ushers if you need assistance with seating.  Chairs used at the early service are disinfected and are indicated with a red card.

Nursery is open on a limited basis.

Busy Bags are not available for children’s use.

The Worship Service

Music:  Traditional Service will have an organist.  We ask for congregational singing at a conversational level.  Singing at full level produces up to 10 times the number of water droplets as conversational speaking.

Contemporary Service will have Praise Band performing without masks.  They will be on the altar/stage area at least 12 feet from the closest chair grouping and 6 feet apart from each other.

Offering to be collected in the offering plate on a table near the sanctuary entrance doors.  We will not pass the plate for tithe and offering collection.

Prayer Requests may be submitted to Pastor Steven Braun or Secretary Linda Brombacher.  Our prayer list may be found online at https://www.risenchristfamily.com/prayer-needs

Communion will be served in a continuous flow.  Ushers will direct family groups to line up at 6 foot intervals in the center aisle.  The people serving communion will use masks and gloves.  The Altar Guild follows safety guidelines when preparing communion.  Please follow these steps when receiving communion.

Remove mask at hand sanitizing station in center aisle

Sanitize hands.

Receive wafer.

Proceed to table and pick up communion wine cup.

Dispose of cup in receptacle.

Replace mask and return to seat.

After the Service

Please exit the church maintaining 6 feet of social distancing and keeping safety guidelines in mind.

Great care is being taken with the above resources and precautions, so that we are able to gather as a congregation.  At the same time, your individual thoughts and personal position on health and safety are respected.  We honor your decision if it is to not return to in-person worship at this time.

Online services will continue to be offered.  We are sensitive to the concerns of families regarding online streaming, therefore, congregational members outside of officiants, assistants, and the praise band will not be included within camera framing.

I Corinthians 12:25b-27 states “

All of them will take care of one another. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it.  If one part is honored, every part shares in its joy.  27 You are the body of Christ. Each one of you is a part of it.

”  Whether we are together in person, or in our separate homes worshiping together online, we are the body of Christ, working together to bring Him glory.

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