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Chancel Choir Web Connection


 

The chancel choir web site can be accessed through the following link:

https://sites.google.com/view/rrumcchoir/home




Restarting Church - June 14, 2020


 

We are happy to announce that we will be returning to church on Sunday, June 14, 2020.  Here are a few items to note:

         Pray for our return to worship

·         Register which service you are planning on attending at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/D86L2VZ

·         If you are not feeling well, please stay home

·         Social distancing remains important

·         Respect the guidance of your usher for entrance and exit into the sanctuary and for where you will sit

·         Face coverings are encourage but not required




More details about restarting church - 06/14/2020

  • Be intentional in your preparation for our wonderful return to worship through prayer!  Remember that while our service and building may look a little different, our God is still the same God.
  • We plan to resume two services on June 14th at 9 am and 11 am
  • This information is a guide to assist you and our other worshipers in a safe environment; if you have questions, feel free to contact Beth VanOrsdale at 864-415-6104, the church office at 864-574-4554,  or Pastor Danny Wiley at 864-431-3137.
  • These guidelines were developed through best practices from the UMC, science, and the experiences of other churches who have already opened.  Remember that these guidelines are fluid and will change based on our experiences as we scale up our church activities.  Our plan was developed with the idea of ‘starting simple’ in that we want to return to corporate worship,  enjoy being together safely,  and then add-in previous and new activities as conditions and our ability to adapt dictate. Right now, our service will follow a simple order of worship similar to our online format. We are not having Sunday School or refreshments in our initial scale-up.
  • If you are not feeling well, please stay at home, particularly if you have a fever, respiratory or flu-like symptoms. Remember you can still access our service through our website or Facebook. And, let us know you are not feeling well so we can remember you in prayer.  Factor in your attendance if pre-existing conditions such as age 65 and older and underlying medical conditions such as lung disease, asthma, heart conditions, immunocompromised, severe obesity, diabetes, dialysis, and liver disease exist. 
  • Social distancing/physical distancing is a key strategy that we ask you to kindly follow.  You may be well and have no pre-existing conditions that put you at risk, but your fellow worshiper may. Even avoid “fist bumps and elbow shakes” because to do so would violate recommended social distancing.
  • Cleaning with attention to high-touch services has been completed. High touch areas and bathrooms will be cleaned after each service.
  • Register which service you are planning on attending at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/D86L2VZ   so that we can be prepared. Members and regular attendees, please understand that we will make visitors a priority.  Even if you have registered, we may need you to return for a different service.
  • Face coverings are encouraged but not required. A facemask will be available to anyone who wishes to wear one and does not have one.
  • Wash your hands before you leave your home. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer is available for use. Please supervise children using hand sanitizer.
  • Plan on arriving  early to the service as we want to take care and safety in you entering the building.  Ushers will be watching for your arrival and will assist you so that we can maintain social distancing and avoid ‘the mingle’ in the narthex.  We ask that families come in together and stay together. Only the lobby and Sanctuary will be accessible. The remainder of the building will be closed off to minimize cleaning and for safety reasons.
  • Please follow the directions of the usher respectfully and carefully.  Your usher will guide you to your seat. We will fill in rows from the front.  So, be prepared to sit in a different row and have a different view! For safety, every other row is taped off to allow for social distancing.  Remember church is not the building or where we sit. We are here to worship our God. And we are all participating together in God’s Sanctuary!
  • Consider not bringing non-essential items into the building such as bags, purses, etc.
  • The restrooms will be open and available for use one person at a time to maintain social distancing.  Please use the ‘occupied’ sign to signal the restroom is in use.
  • Refrain from shaking hands, hugging, or any physical contact with those outside your family.  Maintain a social distance of 6 feet. Families should sit and remain together. “Holy His” are a great way to express our love for each other and for God.
  • Please cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Children of all ages are welcome!  Please note that we will not have childcare or Children’s Church.  Miss Christy is anxious to see our children in person and will continue Children’s Church from the lectern; although children will not gather on the steps.
  • Thank you for your continued support of our church with your financial gifts during this time.  Offering plates will be located on the tall tables as you enter the sanctuary. You can continue to give online or mail in your offering too.
  • The service will be short 45 minutes to one hour, which allows time for the Sanctuary to clear and high-touch areas be cleaned prior to the next service.
  • When we dismiss, exit the Sanctuary as directed by the usher while maintaining social distancing so that exits remain uncrowded.  If you need to access your car with fewer steps, such as to handicapped parking, please remain seated until the Sanctuary has cleared, and the usher will let you know when the lobby is clear for you to exit.
  • Of course, you will want to see and talk your church family!  Please do so safely outside of the building. Avoid clogging walkways and sidewalks, and maintain social distancing for safety.