Our Session’s Plan for the Phased Reopening of our Church Building
Our building remains closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, except for activities explicitly approved by the Session. As recommended, we are carefully phasing in our re-opening to ensure that we are able to use our facilities in the safest way possible. (Please click on the blue button below to read our Reopening Plan.)
We are utilizing a hybrid approach to Worship, offering two different worship experiences each week:
• Online Worship via Zoom will continue indefinitely but will move to 10:30 a.m. on September 27 using the same Zoom login and phone numbers and passcodes. The services will continue as they have been these last months with hymns, the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, etc. Please click on the newsletter button below for the information you will need to join us for Online worship either by computer or telephone.
• In-person Worship in the Sanctuary begins at 9:30 a.m. We follow current pandemic best practices for church services held in an enclosed spaces: We use limited entrances wearing masks at all times and maintain social distancing; names and contact info are recorded; we hear the Liturgist raise readings and prayers; we hear the pastor preach; we are able to offer silent prayers in our own ways in a space that is precious to us and with others from our church family. However, the service is shorter than before; we do not have a choir or sing hymns; announcements and Joys & Concerns must be sent in ahead of time for the pastor to read; we do not rise and Pass the Peace; instead of passing offering plates, we use a beautiful new Offering Box, as we enter the sanctuary; we enter and leave in one order without lingering in the hallways or Parlor for conversation. We can only accommodate a maximum of 39 people in the sanctuary.
Our Twelve Corners Nursery School is in session utilizing a hybrid plan consisting of very small groups of children who come to school on Mondays/Tuesdays for 4 year olds and Thursdays/Fridays for 3 and 4 year olds with Wednesdays reserved for cleaning rooms, toys, and equipment. Ongoing school operation will be dependent upon NYS health guidelines through the fall and winter.
All meetings remain online. Office Staff continue to work predominantly from home. At each Session meeting, Session reviews what has been happening across the community and makes decisions for building use for upcoming weeks. When we are able to allow community groups to utilize our building again, it will be in the Fellowship Hall with an attendance maximum of 23 with all present wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.
Walk through our doors and experience a place where: God is encountered in worship, work and fellowship, dialogue and experiential learning occur, spiritual renewal is nurtured and all are welcome as God’s children.
Our Church has always been active in the Brighton community. In fact, our church houses many community events and organizations including: Twelve Corners Nursery School, Lilac Children’s Garden, Golden Link Folksingers, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, many support groups, Adirondack Mountain club, Rochester Dance Network, and Rochester Philatelic Association.