PREPARING FOR IN-PERSON WORSHIP

There are some changes to Bethlehem’s worship schedule at this time. In-person worship limited at occur at each campus for 10:15 only. We’ll start with one service and adjust the schedule if needed. Wednesday evening worship will be suspended as we dedicate resources to Sunday livestream and in-person worship. 

We are committed to being a hybrid church.  We know that being able to worship at home or at the cabin or on the road has been a huge gift to many of you this past year.  We also know that many long to be back in our buildings. If you’re choosing to be on site for worship please familiarize yourself with protocols to keep each other safe.  Some things will feel different, but we feel these are important steps to set us up for ongoing success and safety.

  • Please plan to arrive 20 minutes before the service begins. This will allow time and space for keeping safe distance for check-in and seating. You will receive any items needed for worship at this time.  If you’re wearing a coat, please plan to keep it with you.

  • Restrooms are limited to one household at a time.  Plan ahead as best you can!

  • Ushers and volunteers will be available to help with any questions you may have.
  • Please remember to keep your mask on (over nose and mouth) at all times.
  • There is no congregational singing in the space right now. We invite you to listen to the song leaders and reflect on the lyrics.

  • Some portions of the worship experience will be live and in-person. Others will be pre-recorded and viewed by screen. Please remember that we are a congregation gathered across time and space, in the sanctuary and from homes around the country.  The service is planned with the whole of who we are in mind.

  • Please share the peace from your designated seating area.  You can wave to others worshipping and also use your phone to participate in the chat on YouTube with those worshipping online.

  • You will receive a travel cup containing both the wafer (gluten-free are available) and grape juice at check-in.  Worshippers will participate in Holy Communion from where you are seated.  You will receive instructions for opening once inside the sanctuary.

  • Please remain seated until the Postlude is complete. You will then receive instructions for leaving the sanctuary. Please head directly outside and into the parking lot. 

In-Person Worship FAQ’s

How does social distancing in the sanctuary work?

Every other row will be blocked off for social distancing and each pod will be spaced a minimum of 6 feet apart. You will receive a seating assignment when you check-in for worship. Please stay in your assigned seat throughout the worship service.

Will child care or children’s programming be provided?

Children’s programming is currently available both on Zoom and in-person. You can find details here. The nursery is unavailable.

What are your cleaning procedures?

Following every worship service, our cleaning teams will be sanitizing all areas of the building. There will also be limited building access.

Where should I park and what door should I go in?

For both campuses please park in the main/south parking lot and enter through the main/south entrance. We ask that you arrive 15-20 minutes prior to the start of worship to provide ample time for a health screening and check-in process.

What are you doing to stay safe during this time?
  • All services will be as touchless as possible and all high-volume areas will be thoroughly sanitized after each service.
  • To minimize touch points;
    • There will be no bibles or hymnals available in the pew – all content needed for worship will be available in your bulletin.
    • Offering baskets will not be passed. We encourage you to give online, but if you want to give during worship there will be an offering basket at the entrance and exit.
    • No water fountains will be open.
    • There are dedicated entry and exit points, defined traffic patterns, ongoing sanitization in all areas and an adjustable seating plan to accommodate social distancing.
    • There are posted signs reminding of proper distancing and masking practices
    • Additional hand sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the building.
What steps can I take to stay safe?
  • Continue joining us for livestream worship if you’re not ready to come back. 
  • Cover coughs and sneezes, wash hands often, wear masks.
  • Maintain a distance of six or more feet between yourself and others.
  • If you have traveled out-of-state, please consider quarantining yourself according to CDC guidelines.