INDOOR WORSHIP SERVICES

PCW Autumn

In June, we are planning a major expansion of our worship offerings here at The Presbyterian Church in Westfield. We will have in-person, indoor worship on Sundays at 10am in both the Sanctuary, and Westminster Hall for our wired worship experience. We will also maintain our at-home worship packets and our weekly digital worship on YouTube and Facebook Live. This has all been made possible by rapidly changing conditions in our local area.

Governor Murphy has lifted many restrictions- following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; therefore, our lives are slowly returning to what once was.  (Please note: at some point in the future, we look forward to returning to our 8 am worship in the Chapel.)

SO WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR IN-PERSON WORSHIP AT OUR CHURCH?

We want worship to be a place that is safe and comfortable for everyone. I am grateful for the combined efforts of our Communications and Worship commissions shown below.  To respect the many different thoughts we each bring on risk and safety this is what we are asking of you.

All Your Questions Answered

I’m fully vaccinated. Do I still have to wear a mask?

Fully vaccinated members may choose to wear their masks for the safety and comfort of others. Masks must be worn for singing and/or humming.

I am not fully vaccinated. What must I do?

Unvaccinated attendees are to wear masks.

Is registration still necessary?

No, we no longer require pre registration. It is okay to just show up.

Will I have to show proof of vaccination?

No, we will not be asking for proof of vaccination.

What happens if the wired service reaches capacity before I get there? Will I be turned away?

We encourage you to join the traditional service in the sanctuary if the Wired service is full.

Do we have to socially distance?

For the safety and comfort of all members we will continue to keep social distance seating in place.  You can seat yourself.  Blue tape markers will indicate where you can sit in the Sanctuary.  Chairs will be grouped appropriately in Westminster Hall.

Can I choose my seat?

Yes, you can seat yourself.

Will there be singing?

Yes, but we can ask that those who choose to sing wear masks for the safety of others.

Will the back door be open?

We ask that people use the front doors for Westminster Hall and the sanctuary to enter.

Can I bring my children?

Yes! Everyone is welcome to join us in community and worship. To observe social distancing, children must stay with their parents.

Will this be handicap accessible?

Yes, this gathering will be handicap accessible. Please let us know in advance if you will need assistance.

Will restrooms be available?

While we would like to limit their use, bathrooms will be available for emergency use. Please reach out to one of the team leading the service for assistance if needed. The restrooms will be sanitized after each use and that may cause a delay in availability.

What are the current safety protocols?

The safety of those joining us for worship and the community is our highest priority. The seating in the sanctuary will be socially distanced; hand sanitizer will be provided for those who don’t bring their own.

Additionally, if you or anyone in your household has a fever above 100 degrees, is waiting for COVID-19 test results or, has come in contact with someone who has tested positive or is presumptive positive within the last 14 days you will be unable to join the service.

How were the safety protocols determined?

Our protocols are based on the most recent guidelines from government and health authorities, including the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, the New Jersey Departmental of Health, and the Elizabeth Presbytery. We also reviewed the best practices employed by other houses of worship.

Can non-church members attend?

Yes! Everyone is welcome to join us in community and worship.