Updated July 6
- the building is still closed with exceptions by appointment
- pastoral care and small groups will take place by phone or online where reasonable
- in person visits are available if needed (outside where possible)
- small groups can meet in person outside (registration required & follow any group rules)
- services will still be broadcast live
- Holy Communion will still be available each week outside at the end of the service
- drive-thru Holy Communion is available
- in-person Holy Communion is also available, served in the parking lot
- socializing outside is now an option (social distancing measures must be followed: masks required, 6’ in between you & those who are not part of your household. Families with children are asked to keep them close so that we can follow social distancing measures for everyone’s safety.)
Instructions for Receiving Holy Communion
If you want to receive Holy Communion please worship online first and come over to church at the end of the broadcast. Receiving Holy Communion is the culmination of a carefully crafted service and we are keeping the first part online so that you can hear the word, confess your sins, and be assured of God’s grace, before coming here in person.
We will still serve Communion safely in factory-sealed containers of bread and wine. There are now two options for receiving:
- stay in your vehicle and drive-thru as before
- park, receive communion & worship together in the parking lot
If you are comfortable with option 2, please park in the first parking lot by the playground. If it gets very full, you can park on the exit driveway (the steep road at the end of the second parking lot.) Currently, masks are required.
We’ll gather in the second parking lot (the one past the church entrances) for some social time. Holy Communion will be served throughout this time under the blue tent. Feel free to bring a drink but please note we don’t have bathrooms available at the moment and won’t be serving refreshments yet. Children should stay with their families so that social distancing measures are upheld.
The clergy will do their best to chat with everyone. If you have greater pastoral needs, we are available by phone and now in person if needed.
Obviously, worshiping outside exposes us to the vagaries of the Pennsylvania weather. If it’s raining, Holy Communion will still be available, but we’ll be serving drive-thru only, at the front door like we did at Level II.
We’ll try to let people know what’s happening via notifications on our app, but whatever the case, there will always be something physically here after the live broadcast, and hopefully most weeks we’ll be able to gather outside.
Instructions for Taking Communion to Someone Else
If you want to take Communion to a member of our church who cannot be here, please speak to Rev. Ben Wulpi first and he can remind you of things we’ve published before about home Communion and our Lending iPads for those who need it.
I know that our plan might seem intricate and unusual, but it enables us to serve Holy Communion in both kinds to every member of our church safely and to ensure that no one is excluded simply because they are vulnerable. It also means that when the weather permits, we can gather to worship as a congregation for the first time in several months.
Instructions for Making Donations
The safest and easiest way to give is to mail in checks or ask your bank to take care for that for you on a regular basis. Our new app also enables electronic giving and it is quick and easy to use.
If giving something in person is a really important part of your pattern of worship, we won’t be passing a plate or handling things you give, but there will be a donations box available at the door when you receive Communion.