The church will be opening on June 28th for a 8AM Service and 9:30AM Service. Starting in July there will be walk thru communion on the 1st, and 3rd Sundays of the month. For those who choose to stay home we will be doing Facebook Live at our 9:30AM service and on the 1st and 3rd Sundays there will be a Drive thru communion From 7PM to 7:30PM at Apostles.
As we meet again in person at Apostles for worship, I would like to review some precautions to take that are safety steps to reduce the risk of the spread of the COVID-19 virus. These precautions are a change for us. We are following these guidelines to show love and respect for each other in preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We know the virus spreads in droplets from the respiratory tract during breathing, talking, coughing, sneezing and singing. Everything we are putting in place is done to minimize the spread of the virus. The church is clean, safe and prepared for service mindful of the health needs of everyone. Frequently touched surfaces will be wiped down between each service.
Please be patient and give lots of grace as we all deal with these changes. This will only be for a “season”. Where we start will not be where we end up.
Here are the guidelines for us to follow:
To begin there will be two worship services 8:00 AM and 9:30 AM. The 9:30 AM service will be broadcast on our Facebook page then uploaded to our Youtube channel.
- If you are sick or in the high-risk group, please stay home and participate in the live online broadcasts of the service.
- High risk group individuals include the elderly, people with underlying medical conditions, family members who live with elderly people or those who are high risk, people who have access to those at risk in nursing institutions, people who have upper respiratory or flulike symptoms, people with COVID-19 or live with someone with COVID-19, people who have been exposed to someone with COVOID-19. If you have small children, consider staying home and watching online.
- Signs of illness include cough, fever, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell. If someone has any of the following emergency signs, seek emergency medical care immediately: trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, bluish lips or face.
- Please call the church office (623) 979-3497 by Thursday noon each week and let us know which service you are coming to and how many are coming with you. We need to know so we have enough room, enough single use bulletins, and (for the 1st and 3rd Sundays) communion supplies
- Please wear a face mask or bandana over nose and mouth at all times during your time at church. Remember you are wearing a face mask to protect your fellow worshippers, not just yourself. As Christians we are in fact, “our brother’s keeper” (Genesis 4: 9b) and the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) traveling down the road finding our neighbor in need. Also City of Peoria and Maricopa County regulations require the use of facemasks (unless you meet one of the exceptions).
- Use the hand sanitizer located at the entrance when you arrive and when you leave.
- Do not stand during service, do not hug, shake hands, elbow or fist bump. Keep a minimum 6 feet from others. Still smile and wave to one another.
- Seating will be with 6 feet of separation; family groups may sit together. Every other pew is blocked off. Please do not mingle indoors, please visit when outside of the church building, still maintaining the six-foot distances and wearing a mask.
- The Sunday bulletin will be on a table in the narthex. Take the bulletin home with you as you leave. Also, do not be alarmed to see all hymnals, sign-in books, pencils, envelopes and papers are temporarily removed from the pews. They will return when it is safe to do so.
- The offering plate will not be passed in the pews, there will be a box in the narthex at the back of the church for you to drop your offering into.
- During communion, (1st and 3rd Sunday of the month) follow the pastor’s directions and maintain the six-foot distance guidance. We will be using disposable cups, do not leave your cup on communion railing, take with you and dispose in bin that will be provided at front of church.
When the service is over the ushers will dismiss each row beginning at the back, so we avoid crowding in the aisle.
Let us come together with thanksgiving to our Lord who is sustaining our faith through this unsettling time we have found ourselves in. Hopefully, this time of precautions will pass soon. If you are interested in helping to usher or wipe down between services or set up communion, please contact me. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.