In-person worship services at Church of Our Saviour will “tentatively” resume on Sunday, September 20th according to the revised reopening plan that the Reopening Task Force recommended, and the Church Council approved at the Aug. 17 meeting.
We will begin by holding one service at 9:00 a.m. and add a second service if and when attendance exceeds capacity. The service will be be streamed live on Facebook and also available for viewing later on Facebook, YouTube and church website.
Worshippers are asked to register by the Thursday evening prior to Sunday worship, in order to monitor capacity and allow for contact tracing if needed. You may register in one of three ways:
· Call the Church Office (920-922-0020)
· Email the Church Office (firstname.lastname@example.org)
· Text Office Administrator Kay Salzman (920-517-9024)
Walk-ins will be admitted ONLY if space limitations allow, so pre-registration is highly recommended. Facial masks or coverings will be mandatory, and attendance will be limited to 25% of capacity (approximately 40 people) to allow for social distancing. Attendees will be required to sign liability waivers, acknowledging the risk of being exposed to or infected by Covid-19 and accepting sole responsibility for any and all consequences. A copy of the waiver is available by clicking here.
Anyone who is experiencing Covid symptoms (fever, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath) and those who may have been exposed to Covid should not attend worship. Responsible individual choices will help make the return to church safe for all who choose to participate.
Our revised reopening plan also allows for groups of less than 10 to meet at church with a Zoom option. It will be up to each group to decide on their format going forward.
While we are aware that many of our members are eager to return to church, many others will choose to remain worshipping at home. The risks of the Covid-19 virus will not lessen until better treatments and/or a vaccine are developed. Those over the age of 65 and/or with pre-existing conditions are still encouraged by the CDC, health departments, WCC and our Synod to “remain at home and limit interactions with other people as much as possible.”
*While reopening on 9/20 is our goal, we are aware that our county went back to Phase I status as of 8/24. We will continue to monitor and adjust our plans as needed.