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Coronavirus Information and indoor Worship Service Guidelines

CDC Information on the coronavirus

Maryland Department of Health

 

Mt. Airy PCA Indoor Worship Guidelines

We are now conducting Sunday worship services indoors at 9:30 am. If you plan to attend, please review the following guidelines.

Guidance for attending indoor worship services

Jesus said that others will know that we are His disciples by our love for one another (John 13:35). Our love for one another is to reflect His love for us. This means that we put others ahead of ourselves.  So, with the presence of coronavirus in our community, we take precautions out of concern for others more than out of concern for ourselves.  In this spirit, we give the following instructions:

  • Wearing masks is a requirement for individuals ages 5 and older while in the building. This means the mask must always be worn, even when we are sitting and/or singing in our places for worship. The only exception to this requirement will be the worship leader and preacher, and then only while speaking so that they may be more easily understood. Please feel free to get up at any time during the service and go outside if, for any reason, you need to remove your mask.
  • Please maintain the six foot “social distancing” while in the church building.
  • The restrooms inside the church will be available, but we ask that you use them only one family at a time.  Cleaning supplies will be available for you to disinfect surfaces.
  • We will have the chairs in the sanctuary set up in singles, pairs, and family groups in six-foot spaces. As you enter the sanctuary, please find a chair or group of chairs that applies to your situation.
  • In place of passing offering plates, there will be boxes on stands by the sanctuary doors available for you to place an offering before or after the service is over.
  • Water bottles will be available, but we will not have any coffee or other refreshments.

As an act of love, you are instructed to stay at home on Sunday if

  • You have coronavirus, or in the past two weeks you or someone in your household has been sick with the following symptoms: Fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, body aches, headache, sore throat, runny nose or nasal congestion, nausea and/or vomiting, diarrhea, new loss of sense of taste or smell; or
  • In the past two weeks you have been exposed to Coronavirus, or you or someone in your household has been tested for Coronavirus (and you are still awaiting the test results).

While at the service Sunday morning, if you begin to feel ill with any coronavirus symptom, please contact a church officer as soon as possible, for your sake and for the sake of others.