Redeemer has reopened for gathered worship with two services: 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Due to expected attendance and the ongoing wisdom of social distancing that limits our capacity, we need a second service to accommodate the congregation. We also need adequate time between services to clean the building—hence a temporarily revised service schedule.
To further manage capacity, we have assigned two Redeemer parishes to each service. You’ll find the Parish assignments under the section below entitled, “Service Basics.” If you are a guest and plan to attend, we invite you to come to whichever service is most convenient.
— Info to Know —
What follows is a lot of information. Please read through it carefully as you prepare to worship God and love others on the Lord’s Day. Our elders, deacons, staff members, and volunteers will be ready to serve you throughout each service. If you have any additional questions, don’t hesitate to contact your Parish leaders.
- Because of ongoing concerns over COVID-19, we know some of you may find it wise not to attend gathered worship. We will miss you but are thankful that you can still participate via livestream on Redeemer’s YouTube channel.
- We will livestream only the 11:00 a.m. service.
Loving Our Neighbors
- At-Risk Individuals: In keeping with the government’s current counsel, we recommend, but don’t require, that “At Risk” individuals stay at home and participate via livestream. The Governor’s Office currently states, “‘At-risk’ people are those over 65 years of age, especially those with chronic lung disease; moderate to severe asthma; chronic heart disease, severe obesity; diabetes; chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis; liver disease; or weakened immune system.” Please use prudence when considering this matter.
- Masks: Because evidence indicates that face masks may reduce the spread of the virus, especially when singing, we request, but don’t require, that you wear a face mask. We understand there is a range of conscience on this matter, and, as always, we encourage “each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Phil. 2:4).
- Gloves: Those who pass out bulletins will wear gloves, as will those elders serving communion.
- Handwashing: Please make liberal use of the hand sanitizer provided throughout the building. Also, please wash your hands for at least twenty seconds after using the restroom.
- Cleaning: We have hired a specialized cleaning service to sanitize the building between services.
- Service Assignments: Parish assignments will rotate as follows:
- No Childcare: We will not have the nursery or kids' worship available.
- Entrance and Exit: Only the south entrance will be open. The doors will open fifteen minutes before worship begins.
- In the Building: Only the sanctuary and bathrooms will be accessible. Please do not linger in the hallways or restrooms longer than is necessary.
- In the Sanctuary: We have removed half of the sanctuary chairs to allow for recommended social distancing. Four open chairs (6.75 ft) should separate households on a given row.
- Arrival: Upon arrival, there may be a slight delay in receiving your bulletin and being seated as we try to avoid large clumps of people.
- Ushers: Ushers will help seat to maintain distancing. The households that arrive first will be seated closest to the front. Any family attending with young children will be seated near the back. You will likely not be able to sit in your ideal location—we thank you in advance for understanding!
- Dismissal: Following the benediction, the deacons will dismiss the congregation by sections to avoid crowding in the narthex.
Order of Worship
- Simple: To keep the services concise, we will continue to use a simplified order of service. We won’t have all of Redeemer’s traditional elements, but we will have the essential means of grace: the word, sacraments, and prayer.
- No Passing: Nothing will be passed during the service. Thus, we will not do “the passing of the peace” or our traditional offering. You can still give in person by using the offering plates at the back of the room.
- Communion: Households will be dismissed row by row to receive the Lord’s Supper at the front of the room. We have adjusted how elders administer the elements to minimize contact. The deacons will use a new strategy in releasing the households, which limits possible transfer with others during the Lord’s Supper.
- No hymnals, Psalters, or Bibles will be available. We will include all the relevant music, lyrics, and texts in the bulletin.
Please know the adjusted structure is but for a season. We pray that, sooner than later, we again worship God with one voice at 10:30 a.m. on the Lord’s Day. Until that time, let us continue to “give thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Eph. 5:20).