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In keeping with our COMEBACK PLAN, we will resume onsite Sunday morning services beginning on July 12!

Below are some details for how our gatherings will initially take place. We expect that changes will be necessary as we move forward, but this is what we are planning for the first few Sundays. We will continue to livestream services for those who feel more comfortable worshipping at a distance.

As you weigh these particulars, you will need to choose how soon you want to return. Just because we are reopening the building for services does not mean that everyone should rush back! We strongly encourage you to continue worshiping online from home if you are sick or vulnerable to infection.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Pastor Adam invites you to walk through the building with him to show you what to expect for our in-person gatherings:

CHOOSING TO ATTEND

Because COVID-19 can be spread by people without symptoms, please know there is a chance of becoming infected in our services. We will do all we can to minimize that risk, but we can't eliminate it all together. Therefore, we ask the following from you:
1. Consider the risk before you come
2. If you do come, make every effort to follow the guidelines that we are asking of you
3. For your own health and well-being and that of others, please continue to worship online from home instead of attending in-person if:

  • You are a senior citizen or have any of the following conditions: diabetes, hypertension, heart or lung disease, compromised immune system
  • In the past 14 days, you have been sick or diagnosed with COVID-19, or you live, work, or have been in contact with someone who has been sick or diagnosed with COVID-19
  • You have a fever or any of the following symptoms: cough, difficulty breathing, sore throat, muscle or chest pain, fatigue, headache, congestion, runny nose, digestive upset
  • For any reason, you have been counselled by a medical professional to avoid large crowds

PROTECTIVE MEASURES

The following are the measures we are taking for the health and protection of everyone who attends. We will continue to monitor conditions and will adjust our plans and approaches as circumstances warrant. As changes are made, we will do our best to communicate them ahead of time, so that you know what to expect before you attend.

REGISTRATION

  • To ensure adequate seating, please register to attend one of our services. Two service times are available: 8:30-9:30am and 11:00am-12:00pm.
  • You may register to attend in the sanctuary (live) or in the gym (live video feed from the sanctuary).
  • No Sunday morning nursery or children's/youth programming is available presently.

ENTRY & DISMISSAL

  • The main entrance will be the only means of entry on Sunday morning.
  • Following the service, ushers will dismiss you by row, and you will be directed to the exits.
  • Please move outside directly and visit with family and friends there so the building can be cleaned.

MASKS

  • Masks are expected to be worn while in the building. If you arrive without a mask, a disposable one will be available as you enter the building.
  • In consideration of others, please kindly choose to keep your mask on.

SEATING

  • After entry, you will be encouraged to move directly to the sanctuary or gym to be seated.
  • Hospitality volunteers will be available to seat you.
  • Seating location will depend on arrival/entry time. To maintain social distancing, we cannot accommodate seating preferences presently.
  • If you wish to sit near a family member or friend, please wait in the parking lot and enter with them.

GIVING

We will not be passing the offering plate during services. Options for giving include:
1. Online giving here
2. By mail | Elizabethtown BIC Church, 996 E High St, Elizabethtown PA 17022
3. In one of our drop boxes

  • Outside by the main entrance (no cash please)
  • NEW offering boxes located outside the sanctuary and in the lobby
  • DROP BOX by the church office

OTHER MEASURES

  • Exterior doors and doors to the sanctuary/gym will be kept open throughout the morning for touchless entry/exit and ventilation.
  • All restrooms will be open but will be limited to 1-2 people at a time.
  • Please do not enter any other rooms in the building, which will be closed and locked.
  • Coffee service and water fountains are closed at present. You are welcome to bring a beverage with you.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the building, pending receipt of stations. If not received in time, sanitizer squirt bottles will be available.

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