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 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 services (Saturday 6:30pm with soloist and Sunday 9am) 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 with modified distribution of Holy Communion (1st , 3rd , and 5th Sundays). A soloist sings all hymns. Elders and ushers will wear masks. Masks are strongly encouraged for the duration of the service, and are provided for those in need. Social distancing is every third pew. 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, and Bible Study Classes are now meeting.
RISK 4 – Future? All services will be held with no restrictions.
Here are things you should expect: 1. Seating will be limited due to social distancing. 2. The offering will be at the door and not collected. 3. Masks are recommended, and strongly encouraged 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