Pastor Dawn's Letter
June 2, 2021
Dear Main Street Family,
I have some more wonderful news about our safety protocols at Main Street! I know you will be celebrating with me that our time of restrictions is coming to an end.
So, first... Anyone who is fully vaccinated does not have to wear a mask to worship, meetings or small group gatherings. Those who have not been fully vaccinated are asked to continue to wear a mask. We will not require verification of vaccination and continue to trust the Main Street family to keep themselves and others safe.
Second… You no longer need to register to attend the worship service. Just come! We look forward to seeing you!
Third… The main pews will be open for you to sit anywhere. We will continue to use the left and right transepts (the side wings of the Sanctuary) as well as the balcony as socially distanced areas. They will be marked to seat every other pew and on the end of the pew only. The main section of the Sanctuary will be fully open for seating.
Fourth… We will resume congregational singing of hymns and choral responses. Everyone who is fully vaccinated is invited to praise God through singing. We will still not resume a full choir but will have small groups of singers or handbells offering the anthems.
Fifth… Sunday School classes and Small Groups can begin meeting whenever your group is ready. Please just let the church office know so we can make sure your space is clean and ready for you.
Sixth… Nursery and Children’s Church will begin in July. Until then, the children are welcome to stay in the Sanctuary with their families.
Seventh… We will continue to celebrate Holy Communion on the first Sunday of each month. Right now we will continue to use the pre-packaged elements and the congregation will come to the altar to pick up the elements and then return to their seats so we can all partake of the elements at the same time.
Eighth… We will not pass the offering plate or have a time of passing the peace right now. Tithes and offerings may still be dropped off in the offering plate as you enter or leave the service, donate through our website, through the mail or in our Washington Street drop box.
Ninth… We will not have bulletins immediately. We are working on a new version. Please be patient as we work towards something new. Announcements and worship information will be on the screens in the Sanctuary.
Tenth… We will continue to offer worship online. We will be transitioning from a pre-recorded service to livestreaming our Sunday morning service. If you are unable to attend an in-person service or feel uncomfortable with our protocols, you can still worship with Main Street online. After the service is livestreamed, it will be saved on YouTube and our website so you may worship when you are able.
If you have any questions about what we are doing or not doing, please feel free to contact the church office. We have gone a long time with many restrictions. While we are still maintaining some guidelines, we are moving so much closer to being fully open. I hope to see you at worship soon!