November 1, 8, & 15
In-Person Worship Pilot
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the normalcy of the world we are accustomed to, First Presbyterian Church is taking steps to evaluate the needs of our congregation while adhering to the guidance of the CDC and the community in which we live in order to offer a controlled form of in-person worship services.
The Center for Disease Control provides guidelines and considerations for communities of faith, and First Pres is committed to abiding by these guidelines and to follow executive orders of the Governor of Pennsylvania as well as the West Chester borough, where applicable.
First Pres also hears the needs of our people and remains faithful to our members, our mission, and our community. Knowing that there are people within our congregation who have a deep desire and need to be part of in-person worship, even if limited in scope, the Pilot Opening Task Force has researched the options and prepared the following proposal for a pilot phase for in-person worship services at First Pres.
The task force reviewed the guidelines put forth by the CDC and the PA Department of Health in determining the number of attendees to include in the pilot phase. As we started this process, the guidance from the PA Department of Health was that a maximum of 25 persons should gather inside. Currently, guidance regarding holding indoor events stipulates that as of October 9, up to 20% of occupancy is allowed as long as social distancing guidelines are followed. We anticipate that the guidance will fluctuate depending on the number of COVID cases, so this requires that we be flexible and adjust as needed.
The in-person worship pilot phase will begin with 25 total individuals in the sanctuary, and will be continually evaluated and adjusted as we go forward.
The in-person worship service will be held at 8:00 a.m. in the sanctuary instead of the chapel to allow for appropriate physical distancing. It will be a modified worship service (30 minutes in length) with a focus on liturgy, worship, prayer, and limited music with fewer staff members required to conduct the service. This time also allows the service to be a completely in-person worship experience with no streaming interruptions.