Vincent United Methodist Church

Guideline for returning to in-person worship

The safety of our parishioners is our greatest concern.  Although we cannot eliminate all risks, we can help reduce the risk of contracting Covid- 19 by following the guidelines listed below.

 If you feel sick or have had exposure to someone who is sick, please stay home.

Plan for resuming in-person Sunday worship services:

*Services will be held on Sunday morning and will be streamed online.  Saturday services will be suspended until further notice

*Coffee and fellowship before and after services will be suspended until further notice

*Nursery care services will be suspended until further notice

*Access to the church will be limited to the South and Southeast entrances to the narthex

*ND Smart informational posters will be displayed on all doors stressing the need to maintain social distancing of 6 feet and good hand hygiene

* Hand sanitizer will be located by the entrances.  We do recommend that each member wears their own protective face mask.

* Doors will be propped open so parishioners will not have to touch them

* Lingering in the narthex will be discouraged.  All parishioners will be encouraged to immediately proceed to the sanctuary.

*Access to pews will be strategically marked in order to maintain social distancing between family units.

*Ushers will be available to help with seating

*The pastor will use the Northeast entrance from the office to the sanctuary before and after the service. The congregation will be greeted by the pastor at the beginning of the service as a group instead of shaking individual hands before and after services

*No bulletins will be used.  Information will be on the overhead projector only.

*All Bibles and hymnals have been removed from the sanctuary.  Parishioners may bring their own Bibles for their individual use during worship

*A drop box for offering will be provided to avoid passing the offering bags.

*For the immediate future, Communion will be offered online only. This is to avoid having individuals remove their masks and to avoid hand to mouth contact

*The congregation will be encouraged to go straight out to the front lawn/parking to reduce time in the narthex.

*Offering will be collected and counted by the ushers after services have ended and the sanctuary has emptied.  Gloves and hand sanitizer will be made available for those individuals

Online worshiping will continue to be made available. If you are an individual over 60 years old and/or have an underlying medical condition, we encourage you to continue participating in our church community by worshiping online.