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In-person Guidelines for Visiting PCM
The health questionnaire is no longer required. The Safety Committee is drafting up new, more generalized guidelines for moving forward. Open Path permission are returned to their pre-pandemic settings – the buildings are essentially re-opened, with some restrictions on in-person meeting group sizes.
The Latest from the Re-Entry Taskforce
Who We Are
We are members of Session representing multiple committees, meeting regularly to organize and safely launch in-person worship at PCM.
Task Force Members: Christy Allison – Co-chair, Ken Clark – Co-chair, David Darcy, Wendy Doidge, Lisa Fraebel, Kevin Hubbard, Jenny Tooley, Susan Wood, and the Rev. Leslie Dobbs-Allsopp.
June 8, 2021
“… If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together
with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and individually members of it.” (Paul, I Corinthians 12:26-27)
“Let the little children come to me…” (Jesus, in Mark 10)
Grace and peace to you!
I am delighted to share information about what to expect when we return to worship in the sanctuary this
Sunday, June 13th, at 10am. It will be glorious to be together in our historic space. We will continue to
pre-record worship services until live-streaming is available. We want to stay connected to the community
that finds grace and solace in worshiping with us online.
What to Expect as we Return to the Sanctuary
The Safety Team and the Re-Entry Task Force are capping worship attendance at 140 for now, per spacing
guidelines laid out last fall. The Safety Team has discontinued use of the COVID Questionnaire (hallelujah!),
however we still need to collect information for contact tracing, should it be necessary. We must have a daily
record of who has entered our buildings, including Sundays. Therefore, if you plan to come to worship in the
sanctuary, please reserve your spots ahead of time at rsvp.church, or by calling the church office. On Sunday mornings, the Greeters will welcome you and check you in. There will be a few bulletins printed out, but our hope is that you will continue to download the bulletin onto your tablet/phone ahead of time. Bulletins will be available each week by Thursday afternoon.
As you walk into the sanctuary it will be clear which pews are available for seating. There will be offering
plates available in the narthex, but there will not be a collection taken during the worship service. After the
benediction and postlude, the ushers will dismiss us a pew at a time, beginning with the rear of the sanctuary,
to limit crowding the aisles. The ushers will encourage folks to step outside to enjoy catching up with their
For now, we ask that everyone continue wearing masks inside all of our buildings, including the sanctuary. As
you know, children are not yet eligible for vaccination, and we want to keep them safe. As the Apostle Paul
writes in I Corinthians 12, we are all members of the body of Christ, and “the members of the body that seem
to be weaker are indispensable” (v. 22). It would be strange and a little scary for our children to be the only
ones wearing masks in our buildings. By wearing our masks indoors we continue to incarnate “community
that matters” as we protect children and immunocompromised members.
For now, there will be no congregational singing, though the hymns will be available at the back of the online
bulletin for you to read and hum along. Our gifted keyboardists, singers, and instrumentalists will share music
with us throughout the summer. The Safety Team is working with members of the music staff to review
current data regarding singing and safety. There is a lot of data, and it is not always clear. The plan is to begin
with masked soloists singing from the chancel. I look forward to the time when we can all sing together.
I have missed that so much!
We have implemented these protocols to keep our community as safe as possible. When an issue is somewhat
muddied or unclear, we want to err on the side of protection. COVID has taught us to be patient, to take
things a step at a time, and to revisit protocols regularly.
Thank you for your patience and your commitment to this community. Let us worship God together!
Interim Pastor Leslie Dobbs-Allsopp
May 27, 2021
In-person worship returns to the Sanctuary on Sunday, June 13 at 10 AM! Sign up here.
February 25, 2021
Members of the Staff and the Worship and Music Committee have come to the Re-Entry Task Force (RETF) with a proposed change in approach for our on-line presence as we continue to plan for our return to in-person worship. Originally we had planned to continue our pre-recorded virtual worship services with the goal of eventually transitioning to “live-streaming” on an on-going basis. The thought was that it would be too difficult to go directly to high-quality “live-streaming” that we’d want for those unable to attend in person. However, the pandemic has taught us that we can accomplish more than we might think!
At last week’s RETF meeting, Matt Webb and Sheldon Rajkumar reviewed a proposal that they had requested that would allow for a multi-camera system, covering all areas of the Chancel, Sanctuary and Narthex. Using this set-up, “live streaming” to our website, Facebook and other social media would be available for our worship services, weddings, memorial services, concerts and other events held in our sanctuary. The Task Force agreed that this is the direction that we want to go for our future – why not plan for it now rather than take a temporary approach.
With support from the RETF, Matt and Sheldon made the same presentation at last week’s Session meeting. Session agreed that requests for additional proposals and bids would be sent out over the next month with the goal of having a vote on a recommended proposal at the March Session meeting. A key factor in weighing each proposal will be the timing of a potential installation – our May goal to start in-person worship remains the same.