Covid-19

Click below for the cleaning procedures we will implement between worship services

We will continue meeting in the three separate locations throughout the church; the Sanctuary, the Fellowship Hall and the Adult Sunday School room with the following procedures we have been doing for the past 7 months. Please take a moment to review this list as a few changes have been instituted. 

 

Some of the changes:

 

  • Arrive a bit earlier. Please plan an arriving a little earlier than usual in order to keep social distancing possible

  • 50-person limit. We are limited to 50 in each location throughout the building.  About a third of our body that have decided to continue to refrain from attending due to Covid concerns. Please be praying for them. 

  • Livestream. The Livestream will continue for the foreseeable future. It will be available for the 10:30 service only on YouTube (See link on homepage)

  • Sign in. There will be a sign in sheet. Please place a check mark next to your family as you arrive. This information is only being kept for the information and safety of our Congregation. In case you, or somebody else contracts the Covid-19 virus who has been in the building, your family would be notified. These records will NOT be shared with government authorities. They are for internal purposes only.  They will be shredded after three weeks.

  • Masks. Due to the recent mandate from Governor Mills (dated November 4th, 2020), we will be required to wear masks not only entering and exiting, but also throughout the entire worship service. Masks continue to be mandatory in the Adult Sunday School room per usual.

  • Singing. We will continue singing in both the Sanctuary and the Fellowship Hall. The Adult Sunday School will continue to be a no singing room. Please worship along with the singing in that location.

  • Social Distancing. Every other pew will continue to be taped off in order to encourage social distancing. Please sit in an open pew and be aware of 6-foot social distancing. Families can sit together. Larger families may remove tape and sit in adjacent pews. Feel free to move chairs in both the Fellowship Hall and the Adult Sunday School room so that families may sit together, but keep social distancing with others in mind.

  • Physical Contact. Because of the social distancing guidelines, we would ask that no hugging or handshaking take place within the church building. I know for some this is an easy guideline to keep, but for others it is difficult. Please consider others above yourself. 😊

  • Hand Sanitizing stations. There will be plenty of pump hand sanitizers throughout the Sanctuary in Fellowship Hall and in the Adult Sunday School room. Please utilize them as necessary. 

  • Entering and Exiting. Please only enter and exit through the same door. The Sanctuary will utilize the Green front doors; the Fellowship Hall will utilize the left side entrance and the Adult Sunday School room the entrance to the right of the church.

  • Restrooms. Please use the restroom assigned to your area. Adult Sunday School room will use the bathroom upstairs. The sanctuary will use the bathroom on the right downstairs. The Fellowship Hall will use the bathroom to the left downstairs.

  • Bulletins.  We have begun producing bulletins again. They will be available on the tables as you enter each location. They will not be handed out.

  • Communion. We have begun celebrating Communion once again. This will be offered on a monthly basis beginning in October. We will celebrate it again only after the elders have served each of the families that have not returned and desire it have been served. This is to preserve the unity of the body so that those in attendance do not move ahead of those at home. For that reason Communion will only be served on Sundays after all those who desire it at home have been served as well.

  • The Offering. The offering can be collected in one of three ways. A Deacon will accept the offering during the service. The plate will not be passed, but you can place it in as the usher passes your row. Also there will be a plate in the back of the sanctuary for those wishing to place it there. lastly, there is an online option on the homepage of our website.

  • Please dress warmly. The doors and a few windows will be open to improve air circulation and fans will be utilized so please dress accordingly.

  • No nursery or childcare. For those families with children under the age of 5, there will be no child care during the service.  We have also created a little play area for young children in the corner of fellowship hall to help you.

  • Supplies. Since all supplies have been removed from the sanctuary, please bring things you might need. E.G Personal Bibles, distractions for small children, Kleenex, note pads, etc.

  • Dismissal. At the end of the service please be aware of social distancing as you exit.

  • Coffee Fellowship. There will be no coffee fellowship after the service during the fall and winter months.

  • Stay home if ill. At this time of heightened awareness, we would ask that you self-monitor and if you are not feeling well, please stay home as a way of loving the body.

  • Those wishing to return to worship. We understand that some have decided to stay home for a while and return to worship at a later date for safety concerns or quarantine reasons. We completely understand. Return when you feel safe. We love you! For you, the Livestream will continue at the 10:30 service hour only.

 

The elders would like to encourage you, if your conscience will allow, to come to worship and not lean too heavily on the Livestream as a substitute. Gathering in person is a critical component of your spiritual life as well as growth! For us to be together, to praise and worship God, to give Him glory as His chosen body is spiritually nourishing. Worship is what we are called to and all long to do again as a body. 

 

If you have any thoughts or comments please contact one of the elders. 

 

The Jews in diaspora would often say, "Next year in Jerusalem!" as a way to encourage one another that eventually they would return to their homeland. Let us begin to say, "Next week @ SWHCC!" as a way to encourage one another that eventually we will gather again and celebrate as we are called to...together as one body.

The Elder’s 

WORSHIP SCHEDULE

Worship Service

Adult Sunday School

Children Sunday School

10:30 AM Sunday

09:00 AM Sunday

09:00 AM Sunday

ADDRESS

207.244.4300

 

29 High Road, P.O. Box 727
Southwest Harbor, ME 04679

 

office@swhcc.com

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