What to Expect on Sunday
• We will gather in our Fellowship Hall for worship.
We believe (our amazingly remodeled) Fellowship Hall gives us the best ability to provide for air ventilation and physical distancing. Depending on how many people choose to participate in Fellowship Hall worship we can also spread people out in different parts of the building.
• We will be wearing face coverings / masks (that cover our mouths and noses).
SPCC has worked really hard to be a congregation where everyone is welcome. We represent a wide range of political, theological, and personal health convictions. We do not want to divide people based on vaccination status or COVID opinions and we want to be aware of and look out for those among us who do not have a choice in receiving or not receiving a COVID vaccine (those with allergies, and kids under 12). Wearing masks gives us the best shot to gather together for worship and look out for each other’s well being. We also want to do everything we can to avoid the possible hardship of having to quarantine our worshiping community because of exposure to a positive COVID case. CDPHE’s recommendations for masking in schools seems helpful in this regard — “CDPHE recommends that unvaccinated students not be required to quarantine following a typical classroom exposure if both the infected individual and the exposed student(s) were wearing well-fitting masks correctly and consistently over the mouth and nose during the exposure” (https://covid19.colorado.gov/practical-guide-for-operationalizing-cdc-school-guidance).
• Worship will be shorter.
It is recommended that indoor worship services be shorter and smaller. Expect our worship service to last around 45 minutes and to include less congregational singing. We will sing opening and closing hymns together and find other meaningful ways to incorporate instrumental music and different parts of our Christian tradition into worship.
• Visiting before and after worship.
As we continue to figure out how to make inside worship as safe and meaningful as possible, one of the greatest challenges we need to navigate will be fellowship. We enjoy visiting with each other before and after worship but for now, (this will be adjusted as we go) we ask that people visit outside the building observing physical distancing. We also ask you all to be mindful of different people’s comfort of physical contact. Some people are comfortable with hugs and handshakes while others are not. Please respect each other's comfort levels with physical contact.
*I (Kenny) don’t want to offend anyone, so I am saying this now, I will do my best to greet everyone without shaking hands or hugging (though, I’m not much for hugging anyway).
• We will not have a fellowship meal or coffee hour.
We will continue to evaluate our situation and how the service goes. This is one of the things we all really miss, but we are working on a plan to do this safely.
• Worship will continue to be live-streamed and posted online for those who are unable or uncomfortable gathering in the Fellowship Hall.
Our live-stream is here to stay. It has been awesome to be able to be connected with our part-time residents and friends who have moved away. Because of generous gifts from many of you all we have been able to learn more about live-streaming and upgrade our live-streaming equipment.