ZION WORSHIP SERVICES during this current pandemic
MANY OPTIONS AVAILABLE TO MEMBERS
The Elders and the Pastors continue to evaluate and modify services according to the needs of our members and mandates from local and state officials. We met this Thursday specifically to discuss and evaluate the impact on current worship practices at Zion in light of the Governor’s “mask requirement” for the state of Ohio. We are not making any major modifications to the practices we already have in place, mainly because of the different risk levels already in place. We again would like you to consider our services not so much on the time and date they occur, but rather consider them according to the risk you are willing to take at this time.
The following options are available to you at this time: RISK 0 – Stay home. View our live-stream service or listen to an audio of the sermon online. Those who have cold symptoms or fever should take advantage of this plan. If you are at a high risk, you should consider this plan also. Stay home for another couple of weeks. Don’t take any chances.
RISK 1 – Saturday-6:30 p.m. This live service here at Zion will include Word, prayer, and Holy Communion (1st , 3rd , and 5th Sundays). A soloist sings all hymns. Elders and ushers will wear masks. If you are a high risk person, this service would represent the least amount of risk in a live service setting.
RISK 2 – These services will include singing, but at this time, it will be limited to two hymns/songs. Word, prayer, and sacrament will also be included. Currently, none of our services are at this level.
RISK 3 – Both Sunday services (9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.) will be held in their regular fashion with spaced seating and Communion modifications to allow social distancing. Sunday School, coffee hours, and Bible Study will not be held.
RISK 4 – Future? All services will be held with no restrictions. Sunday School and Bible Study resume.
Here are things you should expect: 1. Seating will be limited because we are observing the six-foot social distance recommendation. 2. The offering will be at the door and not collected. 3. Masks are recommended, especially at the Saturday service, but not required. We will have some masks available by request. 4. Communion will be administered in a way which will minimize close human contact and cross contamination (except that of THE Cross). We will not use the common cup until further notice. 5. We will not use hymnals. All parts of the service will be included in a bulletin.
We again consider these temporary measures. We will continue to evaluate the situation weekly. In the meantime, take advantage of all the opportunities available to you whether in person or online.
God's peace - you are loved, Pastors and Elders of Zion