What to Expect

What to Expect

We love to see new faces, like yours! What should you expect if you visit a worship service?

  • We offer these service times: Thursday at 6:30 pm and Sunday 9:30 am.
  • Our Thursday evening service will be recorded and available to watch online on Sunday morning.
  • We are limiting attendance to 50 worshipers per service to allow proper distancing to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
  • To ensure we maintain no more than 50 worshipers at a service, we are requesting that people sign up in advance. There are 2 ways to sign up:
    • SignUpGenius
    • Call the church office (744-9988), between 8:00 am and Noon, Monday through Thursday and have Sandy add your name to the list.

Covid-19 Considerations

Encouragements

  • Those who have any symptoms of illness should stay home.
  • Those who are at high risk are encouraged to stay home.
  • Those who are uncomfortable attending services at this time are encouraged to stay home.
  • Everyone should practice distancing and good hygiene.

Masks

Masks Are Required!  Governor Evers has mandated the use of cloth face masks while indoors at a public facility through the end of September.  Therefore, masks are required for in-person worship in accordance with the state-wide policy.  If you do not have a mask when you arrive, we have them available in the entryway.  If we see someone not wearing a mask in church, assume they have a condition or circumstance that makes wearing a mask difficult or dangerous.  While some have concerns about this mandate, it is an opportunity for us to express Christian love to our community and those at risk.

Cleanliness

  • High contact surfaces (pews and door handles) will be cleaned after each service.
  • A deeper cleaning will be done after each weekend of worship
  • Bathrooms on the main and lower levels are available. If a child needs to use the restroom, an adult must accompany them.
  • Service folders will be placed in the pews where worshipers will be sitting. They will not be reused. You can either take it home or toss it in a receptacle as you are ushered out of the church.

Entering the Church

  • The doors will be propped open to minimize contact.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at each of the doors as you enter the church.
  • Masks are available in the church entryway if you didn’t bring your own.
  • Members are asked to walk into the church and continue into the sanctuary to be seated at the direction of the usher.
  • Ushers will be present in the church entryway to offer assistance.

Seating in the Sanctuary

  • Certain rows of pews will be closed, ensuring 6-foot distancing between members.
  • You will be seated at the direction of the ushers starting at the front and moving back. (You may not get your favorite spot ☺.)
  • Households are encouraged to sit in the same pew.
  • Those not of the same household may share a pew with someone else as long as there is 6-feet in between.

Receiving the Lord’s Supper

  • The elements of the Lord’s Supper (bread and wine) have been placed in a plastic bag and can be found in the pew in front of where you are seated.
  • During the communion portion of the service, worshippers remain in the pews and participate in Christ’s body and blood at the pastor’s direction.
  • Place the empty communion containers in the plastic bag and leave it where you found it. It will be picked up after the service.
  • The Lord’s Supper will be offered at every service in the month of June.

Leaving the Sanctuary

  • You will be ushered out at the direction of the ushers moving from the back pews to front pews.
  • Offering bags will not be passed during the service. Baskets have been placed in the back row of pews for your offerings as you exit.
  • We want you to visit, but please use the sidewalk and grass areas around the church as you leave the church and front porch deck to allow our cleaning crews to start cleaning.
  • Pastor will greet people outside of the church (wearing a mask), but won’t be shaking hands.

St. Paul’s leadership will monitor the services and preventive measures we’re putting into place. Some adjustments may be necessary along the way. We thank you for your cooperation in understanding the need to put these measures into place as we reopen our church and gather for worship. We pray that the Lord will bless our efforts to meet in person again and that he will keep every member and guest of our congregation safe.

General Information

The Service

  • The worship folder will guide you through the day’s worship service and includes the songs, readings, and prayers. It also includes upcoming events and information.
  • Using the rich, historical liturgy – filled with symbolism & meaning –  we come before our Lord in a style that is also relevant and personal for God’s people living in the 21st Century. Questions about what goes on during the service or why we worship the way we do, just ask us!
  • Our worship services typically last an hour.
  • Expect to hear some law because…well let’s face it: we’re sinners. But also expect to leave overwhelmed by the amazing Gospel message that Jesus has saved you from your sins and life – a revitalized & renewed life on earth as well as eternal life in heaven – is yours.
  • If you are a guest please don’t feel obligated to give an offering. Offerings are one of the
    ways for our members to reflect their thanks to God for his amazing love in their lives and to support the mission of our church.
  • If you are willing, we’d ask that you sign the friendship register located at the end of the pew.

Bring the Kids

  • We enjoy the “worshipping family” at St. Paul’s. Children who act up are not viewed as a bother to worship. In fact, they’re welcome here! Jesus said, “Let the children come to me.”
  • We offer a new children’s bulleting each week for little ones. You’ll find them on the entryway wooden racks – or just ask an usher.
  • If you feel the need, the Little Lamb’s Lounge is located is located on the church’s lower level. These special rooms are for moms and dads with little ones. They are attached to the restrooms on the lower level. Changing tables are available in each of these rooms.

Accessibility

  • We have a restroom on the main floor for those with limited mobility. Restrooms may also be found at the bottom of the stairs located at either end of the front entry.
  • Audio headsets are available for those with hearing difficulties. Please ask an usher for assistance.