SHEPHERD OF THE HILLS

Reopening Guidelines

After being closed due to the recent Coronavirus outbreak, we have opened our doors for public worship at all three times of 8:00 am, 9:30 am, and 11:00 am. Church capacity will be limited for now, and for that reason, we are asking people to register online. For those who are not ready to worship in person at this time, we will continue to live-stream our 9:30 am worship service. Whether in person or online, we praise God for the opportunity to worship together! 


We are regularly monitoring the COVID-19 situation during our re-opening process. At this time we remain at 25% capacity (~100 people) for our Sunday worship services and are continuing with online registration for those who desire to join us in person. Please note that in order to better reflect the total number of people one can expect to see at any given worship service, we are now including staff and volunteer counts in the total numbers on our registration page. For that reason, the total number of online signups has increased from 80 to 100 spots to include staff and volunteers. As has been our practice already during this time, volunteers who are serving on Sunday morning do not need to register, as the church will register all of our Sunday volunteers. We do still continue to ask that family members of our volunteers sign up. 


We are pleased to announce that the entire church building has recently been disinfected and treated for long lasting results. For added confidence, we will be disinfecting the Sanctuary and Entryway between services. Also, hand sanitizing stations will be available. Due to the process of cleaning the church between services, we ask that you not enter the building earlier than 15 minutes prior to the start of the service. Also, as we anticipate seeing old friends and catching up with our church family, we encourage conversations to take place outside.  

There may be a few things you’re wondering about regarding our reopening. Masks are not required, but if you feel more comfortable wearing a mask, please wear one. Each household will be allowed to sit together, but households are required to maintain social distancing of 6-feet from others. Also, in case you’re curious, there will be singing during our worship services. To help maintain social distancing, however, there will not be a “Time of Friendship” during our time together. To assist with social distancing, the offering plate will not be passed, but instead offering boxes will remain near the back of the Sanctuary.


You might also be interested in some of the additional changes that will be in place as you return. Because of our desire to limit the possible spread of the Coronavirus, there will be no refreshments (coffee and donuts) at this time, nor will there be nursery services or Busy Bags available. Additionally, hearing assisted devices will not be provided by the church. We encourage you to bring your own Bible to worship, as there will be no pew Bibles available.


Many people have indicated they are looking forward to receiving the Lord’s Supper again. There will not be Holy Communion offered on May 31. However, we are planning to offer Holy Communion on Sunday, June 7, during our three morning worship services, and on Wednesday, June 10, in the afternoon/evening at several small and brief Services of Communion.


God's Peace,

Pastor Aaron