Resuming Worship at WPC

Below is a copy of the letter sent to Westminster members and participants regarding the resumption of in-house worhsip at WPC.

 

 

July 23, 2020

Greetings Members and Participants at Westminster:

Westminster’s Session has now approved a plan for holding in-person worship, here at the church, beginning Sunday, Aug. 2. We know that at first, worship is going to be different from what you remember, so we are sharing the details of the plan the Session approved so you can have a better understanding of what to expect.

 

Principles for When and How to Conduct In-Person at Westminster.

Our target for beginning in-person worship is Sunday, August 2, 2020. The first set of information describes what it means to be the church in a time of pandemic. The second set of information provides health guidelines that will help you decide when to gather again. Above all, our calling as the body of Christ is to demonstrate love and care for the total well-being and health of the neighbor.

What it means to be the church in a time of pandemic.

 

The church has a calling to act in a way that promotes the health and well-being of those who gather, and of the wider community, too. As the body of Christ, and servants of God, we do not assume privilege, or an exception when it comes to gathering, but the church acts within guidelines that others must abide, to affirm our shared humanity and common cause. Jesus called the church not to run away from crosses and challenges. As followers of Christ, we are called to be more patient, show greater resilience, and display stronger fortitude in dealing with the frustrations and challenges of this pandemic. Above all, we act in a way that shows primary concern for the well-being of others, especially mindful of those who are most vulnerable to the virus.

 

Health Guidelines that have informed our decision of when and how to gather again.

  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the State of Iowa and the Cleveland Clinic.

  • Guidance from the Presbytery and other religious leaders.

  • Guidance from local health officials regarding local rates of infection.

Guidelines for Fathering for In-Person Worship Beginning on Aug. 2, 2020

  • When and where worship will be offered:

    • 9 a.m. worship in the Family Life Center (FLC)

    • 11 a.m. worship in the Sanctuary.

  • Outline of the worship spaces:

    • FLC: To practice safe distancing of 6 feet, chairs will be set up six feet apart, enabling a capacity of approximately 40 people.

    • We will, however, make available three tables in the back of the FLC for families with children who dwell in the same household.

    • Sanctuary: We will only be using every other pew, asking individuals/family units to maintain a six-foot distance from other individuals or family units.

    • Offering plates will be placed at the entrance and exit for both services.

    • No nursery service at this time.

Specific Guidance for those who Plan on Attending​

  • All congregants will be asked to wear a mask. If you forget or do not have one, we will have some available. We wear masks for the sake of protecting our neighbors.

  • Until such a time when it is deemed safe, Holy Communion will be offered through streaming worship online once a month.

  • No food or beverages will be allowed to be brought into the building, nor will any be served either before or after the service.

  • With social distancing and the wearing of masks, worshipers will be able to engage in congregational singing. Those leading the singing will be social distancing, but not using masks.

  • We will encourage those who have health risk factors, and those who are older, to consider not gathering for in-person worship, but utilize the online live streaming option. We’ll send out details on that via e-mail announcements. We will also encourage people to talk with children and family members before coming to worship.

Outside Groups

It should be noted that, at this point in time, the groups that use the church for various meetings will not be meeting at Westminster. This is a step that will be determined after in-person worship is established.

 

Parting Thoughts

We want you to know that much thought and discussion have gone into these principles and recommendations. This is an extraordinary time. We all feel both a sense of loss and frustration. Through Christ’s love and guidance, we will begin to come together, whether in worship at the church or online.

May the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. - Pastor Roger Grandia

 

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5th Sundays at 10 a.m. only.

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