This coming Sunday morning—October 25—Northside Presbyterian Church will hold its worship service INSIDE the sanctuary, at 10 am. For the first time since March, our congregation will be indoors. We will continue to broadcast our services on Facebook Live, so if you cannot attend, or are uncomfortable doing so, you will still be able to participate from home.
Here’s how we plan to do it, to keep each of us as safe as possible:
- Please wear a mask. (If you don’t have one, or forget to bring one, we will have masks available for you.)
- We will have hand sanitizer for your use as you enter the narthex.
- Entrance into the building will be through the “middle” front doors or through a door off the driveway between our building and Normal Park Elementary. Ushers will guide you.
- You will leave the building through the “side” front doors. Again, ushers will guide you.
- Once inside the sanctuary, an usher will help you find a seat. We will be socially distant from each other, alternating pews, etc.
- As you might imagine, there will be no coffee or cookies, no hugging or handshaking, and we have not yet determined how or when communion might be served.
- An usher will take down your name as you enter, so that we can contact you should we discover a possible exposure to coronavirus.
- We will not have a nursery or church school classes or children’s church; at least not yet.
- We will have our “air handlers” turned on and windows and doors open, weather permitting.
Once our worship service begins, this is what you can expect:
- A full complement of “service” music: doxology, Gloria, etc.
- Organ music, as well as piano. We are lining up various stringed instruments for future special music.
- Two scripture readings and a call and response liturgy from pulpit and lecture.
- However, due to being inside, there will be no congregational singing.
- Offering plates will not be passed but will be available in the sanctuary.
- There might even be a sermon!
- And you will see each other and be comforted by the sights and sounds of our sanctuary. It’s still there. It will feel good to be there. Life goes on! God bless you—and see you on Sunday morning (at 10 am)!
If you have any questions about Sunday, or anything else pertaining to Northside Church, do not hesitate to contact me about it.
Paul Rader, Pastor