~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~COVID 19 INFORMATION and TIMELINE~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
FEELING OVERWHELMED? Call the BGEA Prayer Line 24/7 at 888-388-2683 A special 24 hour phone number that will connect you to someone from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. This has been an unprecedented time in our history with fear and frustration being very real for many. Here is a link to his page: where you can click on https://billygraham.org/story/franklin-grahams-message-for-such-a-time-as-this/ “Get real resources for such a time as this.”
Our services in church meet NYS and Federal guidelines. Please use hand sanitizer (provided) and if not vaccinated, please wear your mask upon entering. You make take your mask off once seated at your pew. Wear it again upon exiting your pew. If you choose to sit in the sanctuary, please sit closest to the end of a pew with green paper marking the end. This will give 6′ between you and the person in the next pew. Please speak up politely if someone sits too close to you! Some larger families may need to use the ends of two separate pews to be able to sit together. If you bring a guest, make sure they are safely seated.
Coffee fellowship has been reinstated with pre-packaged items for self service, and treats that the bringer may SERVE. You are encouraged to “meet and greet” downstairs if you are comfortable doing so.
Our church is cleaned on a weekly basis and common areas/items are disinfected at that time.
Current worship services are recorded and posted on the home page. Previous weeks and prayer meetings from our early days during COVID restrictions are also available by clicking on “Most Recent Services.” Many older sermons are available by clicking on “Older Services”
We will continue Facebook LIVE for the Sunday Service and it will still be recorded and a link to it in the Announcements on the Home Page. Why not share our homepage with a friend? Our mid-week Bible Study and Prayer Meeting is no longer being uploaded to our website but the Bible Study time will be offered on Facebook LIVE Wednesday evenings at 6:45. People who have provided an address will be receiving the prayer list via email. Paper copies are available here at church.
@RiSE, our youth group is on summer break right now, we hope to meet again with no restrictions when school starts up in September.
6-7-21 We made it through the winter and early spring! Very few in our congregation have had the virus and those who did were able to recover in a timely fashion. We are very thankful for God’s grace during this time!
NYS guidelines seem to change weekly… we are still practicing 50% occupancy with the overflow area designated for those who are not quite comfortable in the sanctuary. Six feet of separation is our plan for sitting in the sanctuary. Pews are marked green and red. Please sit closest to the green end of each pew. Sunday School has resumed with the children meeting downstairs and 2 adult classes, upstairs. There is no nursery service at this time, though families are welcome to use the nursery at their convenience. Our Sunday Service and Wednesday night Bible Study are also on Facebook LIVE with the Sunday Service being recorded and uploaded to our webpage. Our coffee fellowship has been reinstated. Information and signup is on the bulletin board in the lobby. Youth group resumed inside for the winter and spring, with no illnesses reported. June 3rd was their final meeting for this school year. They will resume regular meetings in September, the first Wednesday after school has started.
11-29-20 We are finally able to meet at 50%. Please continue to follow the guidelines. Remember that when YOU wear a mask, you are protecting the other person more than yourself. If we all wear masks, we are protecting each other. It’s the least we can do! We have changed the overflow area somewhat to safely accommodate more people. This will be temporary. In the sanctuary, please sit closest to the ends of pews where they are marked with green paper. This will keep everyone 6 feet away from the people in front and behind. There is room for only 3 or 4 people at the end of every other pew. Larger families will have to split between the green ends of two pews.
6-28-20 Our NYS Governor said we are in Phase 4 and can now have 33% of our legal capacity in attendance. Therefore our worship service can now serve over 60 people (includes the overflow.) However, an interesting article here: https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/judge-blocks-25-capacity-rule-religious-services-ny-71480425 may make some changes in the future.
6-7-20 NY State’s governor announced yesterday afternoon that churches can meet at 25% of their legal capacity. Our legal “chapel” capacity is 204 so we can hold 51 people! An email was sent out that evening and word was spread so that we had 28 people in attendance this morning!! Social distancing guidelines are still in effect. Drive-In church will still be available for tomorrow’s service. Please read the Current Schedule on the left. (of the home page)
Many thanks to our volunteers who initially cleaned and disinfected the sanctuary, overflow room and lobby (including restrooms.) The Trustees have appointed Rhonda to head up this weekly project.
6-2-20 Youth Group RISE will begin meeting in the church parking lot next Tuesday evening at 6:30. Social distancing is required as are masks. If you don’t have one, one will be supplied. Individual refreshments will be served.
5-28-20 The word is out! We are now able to meet in our parking lot for church for Sunday Worship. Masks and hand sanitizer are required if you need the rest rooms in the building. All other areas are off limits. Please read all signs and follow all directions for parking.
4-19-20: Youth Group will begin ZOOM meeting on Tuesday night this week.
3-20-20: Due to COVID 19, we have had to suspend meeting at the church until given the all clear by the County and/or State. All meetings will be on Facebook LIVE. You may access the live session even if you don’t have a Facebook account by going to this website and clicking on the Facebook logo. Ignore the request for “Log In” and “Create Account”, then scroll down to the LIVE video. These recordings will be available by link on this page and in Email shortly after we conclude each service. If you would like to be on our Email list, you can contact Pastor Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org