We’re happy to announce that the NDPC Session voted this week to return to indoor, in-person worship on Sunday May, 30th.
It’s exciting. Apparently, enough of you complained about the 8:30am summer worship time that we changed it! Kidding. This process was thoughtfully undertaken. We want to thank Alice Hickox, Erika Meyer, Lee Nichols, Virginia Pribbenow, Carol Morgan, David Root and Jill Jacques for their service on our COVID Task Force. They have kept your safety and the church’s overall health in mind for more than a year now.
So, do you remember worship that’s not on a screen? Here’s some information to jog your memory. Come to the big building shaped like an “A” or a canned ham. Walk inside. Sing. Pray. Listen. It’s awesome.
There will be a couple of big differences. We will be masked. It’s the best practice, for now, so wear them.
We will be socially distant. That means we will sit every other pew, two family units per pew. We have space for 42 family units in the sanctuary. We are not taking reservations, but if you are an individual and you want to “partner up” with another individual whom you know is vaccinated, we encourage you to do that.
Also, don’t expect to sit in “your pew.” We’re gonna fill the space from the front. It will really help us get everyone in safely. Listen to your usher about where to sit.
Lastly, we’re not going to hug. I KNOW you want to. We will soon enough. But we’re encouraging people to take a couple of weeks to be back before we let all the love out.
Kids aren’t vaccinated. So, we are planning an outdoor kids church every Sunday at 10. We’d love to see your kiddos here. Bring them! Have them wear masks. We aren’t yet able to offer nursery care for our babies, but we hope to, soon. Kids are welcome to stay with their parents during worship, but no free range kids, at least for a while.
Finally, if you’re not ready to come back in person, that’s OK. We’ll still be livestreaming at 10am on the NDPC website. The services will be recorded so you can watch at your convenience later in the week.
We’re going to work through this with your patience, and good humor.
Looking forward to seeing you soon—in person.
Revs. David & Beth