Worship In-person

Updated 12/16/20

In-person Worship Suspended

All in-person worship services at Northwest Hills UMC are being suspended due to a surge in COVID cases and hospitalizations in our area.  This was a difficult decision, but circumstances leave us little choice.  If we hold in-person worship we might inadvertently allow for the spread of COVID among parishioners.
We all want to be together for worship again, but for now, we must practice patience.  Once we are safely on the other side of this pandemic, we will have even more reason to gather for worship and celebration.  Until then, we would love to see you worship with us online. 

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Safety Guidelines

Our church family is comprised of low to high risk and vulnerable populations. As a community, we agree to take care of our most vulnerable members and to help stop the spread of Covid-19 by practicing science-informed recommendations.

1. Stay home if you’re sick, if you have been around someone who is sick, or if you have been in large gathers recently. If you’re not sure, take your temperature and/or err on the side of caution.
2. If you are over 60 or have a chronic health condition or are caretaking a vulnerable individual consider worshiping online and joining a small group to connect with others.
3. Seating is limited to allow for social distancing.
4. Sit only in designated pews.
5. Practice social distancing. Please stay 6-feet apart at all times, indoors and outdoors.
6. Use sanitizing hand gel when you enter the sanctuary and again before you depart from the sanctuary.
7. Refrain from approaching other members, volunteers, staff, or pastors.
8. Wear masks properly – covering mouth and nose, at all times.
9. Please note that we will not engage in congregational singing.
10. Bring your own Bible. Pew Bibles have been removed.

What to Expect

General
In-person worship has resumed for both services.
Attendees must wear a mask completely covering their nose and mouth the entire time.
For now, there will be no nursery services. Children are invited to remain in the sanctuary with their parents.
Once you are seated in your pew, please remain there for the duration of the service.

During Worship
To limit hand-to-hand contact, there will be no bulletins, pew Bibles, hymnals, or passing the plate. You are invited to bring your own printed bulletins and Bible.
We will not sing or engage in responsive prayers. We invite you to hum to yourself or just enjoy the music.

After Worship
Pastors will direct attendees to leave in a way that will provide the best social distancing. We will dismiss from back to front, slowly so as not to crowd the doors.
Consider using the side doors to minimize clumping.
Please use hand sanitizer on your way out of the sanctuary.

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