SAFETY GUIDELINES

Safety is a priority for us. Please keep up to date with the latest safety guidelines for our services.


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OUR COMMUNION POLICY

The Bible teaches us that...

...we are sinners who were born dead in sin.

...we need God's forgiveness and salvation.

...we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus alone. 

...Jesus is truly present in, with, and under the bread and wine of the Lord's Supper (Holy Communion).

...Jesus' body and blood are given and shed for us for the forgiveness of our sins.


If you are baptized and believe what we believe, we welcome you to come to receive Christ's body and blood for the forgiveness of your sins. 


If you are unsure about the Christian faith, what we believe, or have questions, you're probably not ready to commune...and that's OK. God still loves you and still wants you to come to know Him more closely. 

THE LORD'S SUPPER

We will be celebrating the Lord’s Supper at both the indoor and outdoor services with the use of pre-filled Communion cups that contain unleavened bread and a sip of wine. It won’t look or feel like the particular elements you are used to receiving, but it is God’s Word of promise combined with the elements of unleavened bread and wine that make the Lord’s Supper what it is. As Luther writes in the Small Catechism, “These words [‘Given and shed for you for the forgiveness of sins’], along with the bodily eating and drinking, are the main thing in the Sacrament. Whoever believes these words has exactly what they say: ‘forgiveness of sins.’” Even if the elements are presented in a slightly different way, God promises to forgive our sins. These pre-filled Communion cups will also give us the chance to do something we’ve never done before: receive the Lord’s Supper simultaneously! We will receive the Body and Blood at the same time. That’s exciting!

HOW TO RSVP

Please RSVP for any of our worship services. When you RSVP, please let us know how many are going to be in your family/group, and how many are planning on receiving Holy Communion. To RSVP, please call the office (516-742-5858) from 9:00am-Noon the preceding Thursday.


If you are RSVP'ing for an indoor service, please let us know if you need to use the elevator.

HEALTH ScREENING

If you have developed any symptoms of COVID-19 in the last two weeks (including cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell) or if you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please stay at home. Those who are at higher risk from COVID-19 (i.e. those who are older or who have underlying health conditions) must understand that there are risks. You may still want to stay at home, and that's OK given the circumstances.

SAFETY GUIDELINES FOR DRIVE-IN SERVICES

• A mask or face covering will only be needed for the opened car window interactions (i.e. receiving bulletins, pre-packaged Communion cups, etc.).

• Please roll down your car window just enough to receive a bulletin and Communion cups for those in your vehicle.

• Pre-packaged Communion cups will be sealed in little sandwich baggies days before they are distributed.

• Please take your bulletin and Communion cups home with you. Before discarding your Communion cup, please rinse them out.

• At this time, we would ask that group conversations not take place outside of your vehicle.

DRIVE-IN SERVICES

Sundays, 10:15AM

Current cases continue to rise, hospitals are getting closer to capacity, and a new highly contagious strain has been found. Due to these factors, some sister churches have decided to go remote or increase restrictions. In order to continue to love and serve one another, especially the most vulnerable among us, we will be holding drive-in services in the parking lot on Sunday mornings at 10:15am. Drive-in services will allow us to safely worship and celebrate the Lord's Supper together during this time. We will also be able to sing in our cars! To attend, simply drive in to the parking lot, tune your radio to 91.9FM and wait for someone to hand you a bulletin and a pre-packaged Communion cup through a small opening in your car door window. Please still RSVP for these services by calling the office (516.742.5858) on Thursdays from 9am-Noon so we know how many to prepare for.

SAFETY GUIDELINES FOR THE INDOOR SERVICE

• A mask or face covering will be needed for the duration of the service. If you do not have a mask or happen to forget it, we will have one on hand. Please do not put anyone in an awkward position by showing up and refusing to wear one.

• A distance of at least 6 feet must be kept while walking up to the building and while waiting to enter (if there is a line to get in).

• The door will be propped open for easy, contact-less entry.

• Congregants will be instructed upon entry to sanitize their hands. We will provide a large pump bottle of hand sanitizer for this purpose.

• Seating assignments will be given and you will be instructed where to sit. Only one individual, couple, or family will be seated at a time.

• In order to maintain safe distances, only a select number of pews are available.

• Windows will remain open for the duration of the service.

• Bottles of hand sanitizer are available in the pews.

• Offerings can be dropped off in a designated spot in the Narthex.

• The liturgy will be projected onto the screen in the Sanctuary.

• Singing will not take place in this initial phase. Pre-service and post-service music will be played.

• Upon dismissal, congregants will exit in an orderly, distanced fashion. I will not be able to make myself available for greetings before or after the service, but please know that I’m available by phone or email.

• Group chats will not take place inside the building before or after the service.

SAFETY GUIDELINES FOR THE OUTDOOR SERVICE

  • A mask or face covering will be needed for the duration of the service. If you do not have a mask or happen to forget it, we will have one on hand. Please do not put anyone in an awkward position by showing up and refusing to wear one.
  • Congregants will need to bring their own lawn chairs. Lawn chairs must be set-up at a distance of 6 feet from other congregants. We may have to get creative to accommodate everyone if there is a large enough gathering.
  • The Lord’s Supper will be celebrated through pre-filled Communion cups that look like little chalices. Each cup holds a piece of unleavened bread and a sip of wine. These elements will be consecrated during the service, allowing us to safely and effectively celebrate the Lord’s Supper together. I would ask that you hold on to your empty receptacle and rinse it out at home before discarding it.
  • A table will be set up somewhere off to the side. It will have a large pump bottle of hand sanitizer, the pre-filled Communion cups, and an offering plate. After setting up your chair, please sanitize your hands, grab a pre-filled Communion cup, and place your offering in the offering plate. Keep a safe distance if you are waiting for others.
  • I will email the bulletin for the service as I have been doing every week. You may print your own at home and bring it or use the PDF on your phone/tablet. Otherwise, if you desire a bulletin to follow along, an usher with sanitized hands will hand them out by the table. Please take your bulletin home with you.
  • Please take only one pre-filled Communion cup per communicant. We are using them only for the purpose of celebrating the Lord’s Supper together in this particular worship setting under these unique circumstances. They are not to be used at home or shared with others. Please also do not take one if you have not yet been instructed on receiving the Lord’s Supper or are in any way uncomfortable. No one should feel forced to take Communion. You and I can certainly speak privately.
  • Upon dismissal, please exit in an orderly, distanced fashion.

IN-PERSON WORSHIP

We are currently offering a rotating schedule of indoor and outdoor worship. Please check the calendar to know which service is being offered on a given Sunday. Both services will consist of a shortened Divine Service with Holy Communion. Due to limited seating for the indoor service, you will need to RSVP (see below). Seats will be assigned based on availability and proper distancing. We may run out of seats. Please also RSVP for the outdoor service, though the seating capacity is higher.


If weather conditions are too severe for an outdoor service, the congregation will be notified, and we will simply cancel in-person worship that week and look forward to the next opportunity. Due to appropriate spacing and preparation, we won’t be able to move the service indoors. If the outdoor service is cancelled, we will still have the opportunity to worship together online through our online service on YouTube.