Re-opening our sanctuary for worship: June 7, 2020


Re-opening our Sanctuary for Worship, Sunday, June 7, 2020

Two Services – 8:30am and 10:50am

At Risk Members and Visitors: Please park in the East Parking Lot and enter the Atrium through the East Doors. These doors are the designated entrance for those who are considered At Risk. There will also be an identified section on the main floor of the Sanctuary in which this group will be seated.

Main Entrance for Members and Visitors: Please park in the West Parking Lot and enter the Atrium through either set of West Doors. The doors that access the Education Building will not be available for entrance on Sunday morning. Seating will be available on the main floor and balcony of the Sanctuary during both services.

Hand Sanitizing Stations: There will be free-standing Hand Sanitation Stations positioned near each entrance to the Atrium for your use. Please feel free to make use of them upon entrance or prior to leaving the building.

Wearing of Masks is Encouraged: The Session of Highlands is encouraging, but not requiring, our members and visitors to wear masks while attending Worship Services. While it is always prudent to wear a mask when indoors in public, it is most important that they are worn while walking in close proximity to others. Please feel free to bring your favorite (most comfortable) mask with you. If you would like to wear a mask but are not able to bring one, you may get one at the Welcome Desk or request one from a Greeter.

Sanctuary Seating: Ushers will be on hand at all entrances to the Sanctuary to assist you finding a place to be seated. To maintain appropriate physical distancing while in the Sanctuary, we will be only using every other pew. The pews designated for non-use will be clearly marked at both ends. When selecting a seat, please maintain at least six (6) feet between family units. At this time, pew Bibles, prayer cards, and pencils have been removed. At the conclusion of the Worship Service, the Ushers will release the congregation row-by-row to avoid congestion in the aisles. 

Congregational Singing: During this first phase of reopening our Sanctuary, the congregation will not be participating in singing. Many of our national and state authorities have suggested this course of action at the present time to prevent the possible spread of the virus. Although we look forward to the time when we can sing again together as a congregation, we are taking this step to make the best provision for your health and safety.

Tithes and Offerings: We will not pass a physical offering plate during the worship service. Offering boxes have been mounted on the walls outside the main Sanctuary doors, by the Welcome Desk, and by the Balcony exit. Please feel free to place your offering in one of these boxes on your way in or out of the Sanctuary. You may also make your gift online before, during, or after the service.

Leaving the Building: At the conclusion of our worship services, we ask that you and your family not congregate in the Atrium. This will allow avoid overcrowding and our housekeeping staff to properly clean the necessary surfaces and in an enclosed space.

Online Broadcast: Highlands will continue to broadcast our 10:50am worship service. We are glad to have you join us online and we encourage those most at risk to continue to do so at this time. You can find the link on our website at highlandspca.org or on Facebook Live.

We are so looking forward to gathering in person with you beginning June 7!