To sign up to attend in-person worship at 11:00, click here. Registration and a printed ticket are required to attend.
Phase 1 of reopening the facilities will include an in-person 11:00 traditional service in our Spirit Center. In order to be safe, to care for our congregation (66% of whom have indicated they are moderate to high risk for the virus) and to limit possibilities of spreading the virus, this service will have numerous requirements for attendance. All the service protocol was endorsed by more than 50% of the congregation in the recent Covid survey. They include:
- Every person attending must register in advance to attend. The service will have a capacity of 75 attenders, and no one will be admitted without prior reservation and printed confirmation. You can visit foleyumc.org/worship to register for services. When you register, you can register each person in your household at the same time. If you do not have access to internet but want to attend the service, please ask a friend to assist in registering you or contact the church office for assistance. It is crucial that we have a record of each person in the building in case of someone becoming infected with the virus, and it is crucial that we not exceed the safe capacity for the service.
- Every person will be required to wear a mask the entire time they are in the building. (The only exception will be for persons on the stage actively leading worship.) If you do not have a mask, one will be provided to you when you arrive. Masks stop the spread of the virus, and we do not want to become the reason that Foley must go into lockdown again. Wearing a mask is a demonstration of serving those around us and makes it possible for others to attend the service.
- Every person will be required to use hand sanitizer as they enter the building. The church has made hand sanitizer stations to put throughout the facilities.
- People attending the service will be required to practice social distancing and sit in a socially distanced configuration. Ushers will assist with seating people to ensure that social distancing is practiced. (Members of the same household are not required to sit socially distanced.) We will refrain from handshakes, hugs, and other contact while in the building.
- All people will enter and exit through the main Spirit Center doors. Doors will be propped open before and after the service to avoid contact, and all other rooms and doors will be closed. This is to limit surfaces and door handles that people contact and to limit the amount of sanitation that must be done after each service. The main Spirit Center restrooms will be available.
To create a safe but worshipful environment, the service will be little shorter than normal (about 45 minutes), will have some congregational singing, and will include prayer time, sermon, and special music. We will not distribute a bulletin or use hymnals. All aspects of the service will be projected on the screen in the Great Hall.
To limit the length of time people are in the facility, we will open the doors to the Spirit Center for people to begin entering at 10:45 a.m. If you arrive before 10:45, we invite you to visit in the parking lot or remain in your car until the doors open. We will not have communal coffee pots, beverages, or food available. If you would like to bring your own beverage, please bring it in a cup that has a lid and plan to dispose of your trash or take your cup with you. We will primarily be using metal folding chairs; if you want a cushion, please bring one and plan to take it with you each week after the service.
During Phase 1 of reopening, we will not offer KidsQuest children’s ministry or nursery (or any other Sunday morning adult activities). Children are welcome to attend the service, but each child will need to be registered and follow the guidelines established by the Covid Response Team. If you bring a child and a tablet or device for them (KidsQuest videos are available via Facebook), please bring headphones so they won’t disrupt other people in worship.
While it will take effort and be quite different when we gather for worship, it will be a wonderful chance to gather and worship in person. Other churches that have already gathered indicate that it is vastly different than worship pre-Covid, but it is worth the effort.
Our Covid Team continues to recommend that if you are over 65 years old, susceptible to the virus, or have had any symptoms of illness in the prior 14 days that you not attend in-person worship at this time. If you, for health reasons or personal reasons, cannot comply with the guidelines that we will be using in Phase 1, we ask you to continue worshiping online or to worship at 8:00 at Heritage Park at the Community Outdoor Worship Service. Hopefully, in Phase 2, the requirements for attending will be relaxed and you will be able to attend in-person worship then.
We are now hosting a community outdoor worship service at Heritage Park on Sundays at 8:00 a.m. We believe this is a very safe worship option, and there are far less guidelines to follow here. We will also continue to offer our online services at both 9:30 (contemporary) and 11:00 (live streaming of the service in the Spirit Center). Due to the limited safe capacity of The Well, at this point, we will not open that venue to the public for in-person worship. Family members of persons serving in the 9:30 service will be permitted to worship in The Well (following all the above guidelines). Hopefully, in Phase 2, we will be able to utilize that space for broader in-person worship.