Resuming In-Person Gatherings

Welcome back! Our doors have reopened for limited in-person gatherings.

Reservations

We are concerned for our Wallace congregation and your health is a priority to us. Because physical distancing limits our capacity, and for contact tracing, reservations are required, and seating is limited. Doors open at 10:00 AM. Please arrive early and before 10:20 AM to avoid a large queue. There will be no access to the office wing or children’s wing. 

For Sunday morning, March 21st:

Sunday Schools for Children and Adults: Online only

Morning Worship Service:

In-person: Yes, capped at 140, registration required
Streamed Service: available
Childcare during services: not available
Temperature check: required
Masks: required
Distancing: 6 feet required between members of different households
Children’s church/Catechism: available
Singing/confession reading: permitted with masks on
Communion: not available
Giving: box available in the Narthex
Bulletins: available
Food/snacks after the service: not available
Fellowship: encouraged outdoors
Playground: available for use

Home Groups: Primarily Online – check with your home group leader
Youth Group: In person (except first Sunday of the month)
Evening Service: Online Only (first Sunday of the month)
Regular Office Hours: Not available
Tuesday Morning Prayer Meeting: Online Only

Health and Safety Guidelines

  • Please stay home if you or anyone in your household has any of the following symptoms:

    • Fever over 100°

    • Cough or sore throat

    • Shortness of breath

    • No taste or smell

    • Not feeling well

    • Any known contact with anyone confirmed to have COVID-19 or are being tested for COVID-19 (in the past 14 days)

    • If you are in one of the at-risk groups, we strongly encourage you not to come to in-person events 

  • Face masks must be worn at all times.

    • Entry without a face mask will be prohibited. 

    • Children (except those 2-years-old and younger) should wear a face mask as best as they can

  • Hand sanitizer will be available at the narthex doors

  • Temperatures will be checked prior to entry into the church building. A volunteer will quickly check your temperature with a contactless thermometer prior to entry into the church building.

 

On-site Gatherings FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions About On-Site Gatherings

Do I need to make a reservation for each Sunday?
A. Yes. You need to make a reservation for each Sunday. You need to make a reservation for each person attending, adult and child, and even a friend who is not a member.  You need to register for every onsite event you wish to attend, including the morning service, youth group, evening service (when available).

If I bring a friend will they need to have a reservation?
A. Yes. Friends and visitors need to register.  You may include guests when you register.

Can I pick where I want to sit?
A. Yes, but with some limitations. You must sit together as a household using only the designated rows for seating, and you must maintain 3 empty seats between your household and the next person from a different household, and an empty row in front and behind.

Can I have my Elder arrange my seating for me?
A. Yes. If you are unable to make a reservation yourself, your Elder can make a reservation for you.

Is there fellowship before the service starts?
A. No. We suggest you take your seat and focus your heart and mind on the Lord. Fellowship is encouraged outside after the service.

Do I have to come early?
A. Yes. It takes time to check people in and do temperature checks and the service starts promptly at 10:30.

Are bulletins available?
A. Not yet.  We hope to have bulletins available soon.

Can I sing?
A. Yes, provided you are wearing a mask (which is required) you may sing and participate in the congregational readings.

Can I bring an offering?
A. Offering plates will be available in the Narthex for you to leave your offering.  You may also mail your check, send an electronic check, or give online. Please see the Giving FAQ page for more information.

Will there be communion? 
A. We will not be celebrating communion yet.  We hope to celebrate together during Holy Week.

Are all the bathrooms closed?
A. No. The only open bathrooms are by the kitchen.  Restrooms will be limited to single-person use.  Please maintain social distancing in the hallway.

Are parts of church off-limits?
A. Yes. The church is closed, and the only open areas are the narthex, sanctuary, and bathrooms near the kitchen. Do not go where signs state the area is closed. Doing this may increase risk and causes additional cleaning to be done.

Can I fellowship with friends after the benediction?
A. Fellowship outside with physical distancing and while wearing a mask.

Please keep your children close to you, since no nursery or catechism is available and the children’s wing is closed.

Please call (301-741-2391) or email Terry Carman if you have any questions or concerns. 

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