Last Updated February 22, 2021
In order to better assure the safety of our church community, we ask that you please review the PCM COVID-19 Questionnaire on the day of your visit, before your arrival; then confirm with your meeting coordinator that you have done so prior to arriving for your meeting.
BUILDING OPENING UPDATE
January 22, 2021
When will we be able to worship in the Sanctuary? What will worship look like during the “new normal?”. The Re-Entry Task Force (RETF) has created proposals for safe in-person worship and a date to begin worship, keeping in mind that all plans are still COVID dependent!
When we are able to return to the Sanctuary, worship will look and feel a bit different. We will use a registration system to make contract tracing easier should we need it. There will be a large screen and projector to project the previously recorded music and lay scripture reading, as well as the text of the scripture being read aloud during the service (in lieu of Bibles in the pews). The pastors will have masks and gloves and stand behind a Plexiglas shield, while we in the congregation will be socially distanced and wearing masks, of course! There will be some “behind the scenes” improvements to the Sanctuary, including MERV-13 filters and UV sterilization lamps installed in the existing ductwork. Doors, windows and ceiling vents will remain open for increased natural air circulation.
The RETF is currently planning for a “dry run” worship service on April 25. This will be a chance to test our registration system and the actual flow of people in the sanctuary. The service itself will consist of the pre-taped service projected onto the new screen. If all goes well (and COVID permitting!) Session has approved our first “live” service on May 9th or 16th. We will continue with one or two services a month over the summer and hope to return to our regular schedule in September. Please note that we will need many volunteers to make in-person worship a success. New volunteer roles will include people to take temperatures and check in members of the congregation who have pre-registered. Ushers will have expanded responsibilities. We hope you will prayerfully consider volunteering!
The session in conjunction with input from the Safety Ministry team has re-opened some of the PCM facilities with limited access to staff, members and outside groups. A phased, incremental approach is being implemented that will allow us to understand the demand for access to the buildings and the procedures needed to keep visitors safe.
Meetings will be restricted to Sheffield, Erdman, & South Street Hall rooms – they may be used only once per week. Up to 10 persons may attend a meeting. The meeting coordinator will provide a health questionnaire and a full copy of the building guidelines to each attendee. Meeting requests should be made to administrative assistants or to the Director of Operations.
In brief, those guidelines are: While in the building, all visitors must keep on a face mask and maintain good social distancing. So no hugging, handshakes, holding hands. No food or drinks will be allowed by visitors in the Parish House. Bathroom use should be spaced out to a single person at a time.
Specialized disinfection equipment has been ordered to disinfect the PH & HH on a nightly basis. But until it arrives, room use is limited to ensure safe use by others following a meeting.
Individuals needing access to the PH should contact the Director of Operations.
We recommend that if you have a need for a meeting, you do it outside where convenient. Current data suggests COVID-19 is 20 times less infectious outside than inside a building. Even outside, social distancing should be practiced and masks worn.
Howard House has already re-opened to the tenants on the 2nd floor (it never closed for the Allreds on the 3rd floor!). We are in the process of securing a weekday tenant for the first floor.
The Safety Ministry Team and Church leadership will continue to monitor the situation and contingency plans are being prepared. Updates will be provided if any additional steps are required.