Evergreen has now re-opened to in-person worship on Sundays. All worshippers must enter the Sanctuary through the front narthex doors. Green dots on the floor will provide seating guidance for both individuals and families from the same household. Your temperature will be taken with a no-touch infrared thermometer and those with temps of 100F will be asked to return home or watch the service in their cars on Facebook. Network and password information will be provided. Worshippers will also be required to wear a mask. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided for you. The mask is to be worn throughout the service. Evergreen buildings and properties are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized by our custodian, Diane, as well as a professional company periodically in accordance with CDC guidelines.
During worship we will not sing hymns or do unison responses. We will not pass the Friendship Pads or the Offering Plates. Worshippers will be asked to bring their offering to the communion table during the Offertory. At this time, we have reinstated the celebration of the Lord's Supper on the first Sunday of the month with small pieces of bread in separate tiny bags as well as separate cups for the wine. We ask that families that live together approach the table as a group. However, for the forseeable future we are suspending Koinonia Luncheons. They will likely resume with more details at a date in the fall.
When the Sanctuary is at healthy distancing capacity, worshippers will be guided to Fellowship Hall with the same guidelines in place. The service there may be watched live on the screen.
For children 4 years old and younger, there WILL be childcare provided by members of the EPM (Preschool Ministry) staff who are already following EPM hygiene protocol during the school day.
In both the Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall a staggered departure process will be utilized to avoid excessive gathering at the doors.
While Facebook Live and the service on the website provided an adequate alternative to "participating" in the worship service, this lack of "where two or three are gathered in My Name" have taken a toll on morale and spiritual development. (Peter Marty, The Christian Century, June 2020, p.3).
Please be aware that further in accordance with guidelines one must wear a mask at all times on Evergreen properties. Be aware that even if you have had your COVID vaccines, you will still be required to wear a mask in services until statewide protocol is revised.
If you have had your vaccines and feel more comfortable returning to in-person worship, please do!!
We as a family need to be together for the sake of personal, spiritual, and communal health.
WE NEED EACH OTHER!!