We are back to in person worship services at 8:00 and 10:30 am on Sundays.
On Sunday, May 31, 2020, ‘the Day of Pentecost’, Zion resumed 8:00 and 10:30 am worship services in our sanctuary under the following conditions. Elders and ushers will have been trained and instructed on these protocols and be ready to assist attendees to ensure compliance.
- Face masks (coverings) should be worn to services
- Hand sanitizing will be available at each entrance to the sanctuary
- Ushers recommend at least 6 feet separation at all times, including during socializing or visiting before and after services
- Hymnals, Bibles, pens, envelopes will be removed from the sanctuary
- Weekly printed service bulletins will be provided and are to be taken home
- Bathroom access will be limited
- Offering plates will not be passed but located in the Narthex
- Ushers will wear masks and other protective gear
- At the beginning of services, ushers will direct and seat congregants starting in the front pews and working towards the rear using appropriately spaced seating and families will be seated per guidelines
- Plan to arrive 15-20 minutes early as seating will take longer
- At the conclusion of services, ushers will dismiss congregants starting with the back pews working to the front
- Other appropriate measures as deemed necessary will be implemented
Those who are over the age of 65 or with medical issues like heart disease, diabetes, cancer, or a weakened immune system are considered to be at higher risk for getting very sick or dying from COVID-19. If you are in that higher risk group, are showing symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, fever, etc., or otherwise not comfortable attending in person, we strongly encourage you to stay away from the in-person services at this point in time. We look forward to worshipping together again and encourage those who are able, to join us for worship.
We will continue to create and post devotional videos for those who are unable to attend or those who are uncomfortable being in larger groups. We invite you to click here to view devotional videos on our YouTube page.
The Service of Holy Communion will begin on June 14 at both Morning Services.
Holy Communion will be served to congregants in the pews.
After Pastor consecrates the bread and wine, Elders/Servers in two groups of three will serve the congregants from the empty pews in front of them going row by row.
Communicants will have the option to receive the Sacrament seated, standing, or kneeling. This will take place on the left and right sides of the sanctuary simultaneously. Elders/Servers will be sanitized, gloved, and masked. The first Server will hand a wafer to the congregant, the second Server will hand an individual, disposable cup to the congregant, and the third Server will carry a basket/tray for reverent disposal of the empty cup.
Congregants have the option to not commune if they are not comfortable with this plan, crossing their arms for a blessing.
---Mr. Bill Huber, Head Elder