In-Person Worship Policy – beginning June 6, 2021
Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, Abiding Presence Lutheran Church has followed all restrictions, guidelines, and recommendations by the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) and the office of Gov. Roy Cooper. In keeping with the new guidance issued on May 14, the following policies apply at Abiding Presence, effective Sunday, June 6, 2021:
- Abiding Presence will continue to offer a single worship service at 9:30 am that will offer a blend of traditional and contemporary music. This service will continue to be live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube. Worship attendance limits have been lifted, and advanced signup is not required.
- The use of masks is now optional for those who have been fully vaccinated. We will not check on vaccination status, but we ask those who are not fully vaccinated to remain masked at all times inside the building. We trust that we will all be responsible, courteous, and honest with ourselves when deciding whether or not to wear a mask for our own safety and for the safety of our neighbors who are not yet vaccinated or who cannot be vaccinated. Vaccinated individuals are welcome to remain masked if they choose to. Mask wearing is not required for children under 2 years of age.
- Congregational singing will be allowed in worship; however, in recognition that congregational singing increases the risk of virus spread due to the increased formation of droplets and aerosols, and that breakthrough infections, while unlikely, are possible in vaccinated individuals, we strongly recommend that everyone except our amplified vocal music leaders wear masks, regardless of vaccination status, while singing or humming.
- For the time being, we recommend that worshipers stay within their family or household units as much as possible during worship. Half of the sanctuary will be set aside for socially distant seating for anyone preferring more space in worship. Please reserve hugs and handshakes during the passing of the peace for those within your household and wave to or fist bump with others.
- Communion will be served as a part of worship (using wafers and trays of individual cups filled with wine or grape juice). All worshippers will be asked to sanitize their hands before coming to communion. Unvaccinated individuals may lift their masks briefly to receive communion.
- In the coming weeks, we hope to begin an unmasked fellowship hour following worship with gathering space both inside and outside (under a canopy tent) so that everyone has a space to gather for fellowship where they feel most comfortable.
- As always, if you are feeling unwell or showing symptoms of COVID-19 infection, please stay home and worship with us on Facebook or YouTube.