The Covid-19 pandemic has been a challenge for us in many ways but we also know God has been at work in the midst of our struggles.  When our building was closed we were reminded that the church is not a building but a group of people who follow Jesus together.  We did our best to continue gathering online to worship each Sunday.  I am thankful for the fellowship we have enjoyed during our Zoom services and I hope posting the weekly sermon on Facebook and Youtube has been helpful to those who are not able to join us on Zoom.   As we prepare to re-open our building we would like you to know what steps we are taking to make our in person services safer for all of us, particularly those who are in higher risk categories. I also want you to know that we will continue our online presence for those who are not yet ready to join us in person. Starting June 7th we will once again be having Sunday morning worship services in the building at 10:30. We will also be broadcasting them on Facebook Live on our Sebago Nazarene Facebook page. Our Wednesday night Bible study will continue to be on Zoom only. Here is our plan for resuming in person services 

 

  • We will begin in person services on June 7th. This is contingent on the state allowing gatherings of up to 50 people. 

  • We will ask people to wear masks and be mindful of social distancing. (If you do not have a mask we can provide you with one.)

  • In the sanctuary you will notice every other pew roped off.  This is for social distancing purposes

  • We ask that you sit one family per pew. 

  • We will make things as touch-less as possible. Doors will be open, a dropbox will be at the back of the sanctuary for offering.  Hand sanitizer will be available in multiple locations. 

  • We have increased cleaning frequency and for now the building will only be used for Sunday services to limit the number of people in the building. 

  • If you are sick, please stay home and enjoy the service on Facebook Live.

  • If you are in a higher risk category for Covid- 19 and are not yet comfortable with returning to the building that’s ok.  Join us on Facebook on Sundays, Zoom on Wednesdays and call and ask your church family for prayer or just to talk anytime. 

  • In addition to in person services we will broadcast them on Facebook Live. (Wednesday night Bible study will continue on Zoom only)

 

* A word about masks: The primary importance of wearing a cloth mask is not to prevent the wearer from getting sick but to cut down on how far you spread the small droplets of spit we all spread when we speak or sing.  This will help decrease the chances of an asymptomatic carrier spreading a virus they do not know they have. I know this is an inconvenience but this disease does discriminate against those with other preexisting health problems as well as those who are more advanced in years. Wearing a mask in church is a way to love your neighbor and offer hospitality.