LCOOR’s Commitment to Safety as We Return to the Building
Adopted by Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer Church Council on June 9, 2020.
Expectations and commitments we ask of you:
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are unavailable, please use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your elbow.
If you are not feeling well, please stay home.
If someone in your household is not feeling well, please encourage them to stay home
If you are immunocompromised or do not feel comfortable returning to our building yet, please stay home.
Maintain a 6 foot physical distance between those people with whom you don’t share a living space.
Leave a pew between you and other worshippers.
It is your choice if you wear a mask for the safety of everyone and as a way to love your neighbor. It is your choice.
If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 and have recently been to worship or in our building for any reason, we ask that you contact the church office. We are committed to keeping your confidentiality. We are also committed to keeping all who enter our doors as safe and healthy as we can.
Expectations and commitments you can anticipate from staff and pastors.
The 10:30am Worship services will be livestreamed online. If you do not feel comfortable coming back to the building, you can still worship with us!
Throughout the summer our 9:00am outdoor lake service will continue with safe physical distancing.
The sanctuary and all public spaces of the church will be cleaned thoroughly.
Pastors and staff will keep physical distance and wear masks, yet still be present and available for conversation, questions, and pastoral care.
Hand sanitizer and tissues will be available throughout the building.
The system that handles the air flow has been adjusted to bring in more outside fresh air.
How will worship look different when we return?
Bulletins will be available. They will be placed in the pews before worship.
The liturgy will be spoken and we will not have congregational singing. Hymn books are removed. We will have special music, prayers, scripture, and preaching
We will not have Children’s sermons or Children’s Church as a way of limiting moving around in the sanctuary.
Bags with quiet activities for children will not be provided.
Offering plates will not be passed. Offering will be taken at the back of the church as you enter or leave. You can also give electronically!
Communion will be taken using only one element, bread, the body of Christ. Wafers will be placed in the pew with the bulletins.
Pastors will not shake hands after worship, but they will greet people from a safe distance outside before and after worship.
Doors will be left open, reducing surfaces people must touch.
We will not have coffee and cookies before or after worship services.
We will not host funeral lunches.
Expectations and commitments of ushers
Ushers will greet people as they come while maintaining physical distance.
Ushers will help remind folks to find physically distanced seats.
Ushers will remind folks that bulletins are in the pews.
How will group meetings look different?
Group meetings will be limited to 10-15 participants.
If you are not feeling well or are immunocompromised, please stay home.
It is expected that physical distancing will be practiced.
We ask that the church is notified to schedule in advance.
No food or drink will be provided.
Please, wipe down the area you used before you leave.
Temporary Office HoursDuring COVID-19
The Church Office will be staffed Monday—Friday 9:00am—3:00pm.
Please note, you may still contact the Church Office during regular business hours (M-F 8:30am-5:00pm) as we will have the phone line forwarded to a church staff member.
LCOOR Staff and Leaders are creatively continuing ministries as we journey together in faith through this time of COVID-19.
Please know that we are keeping you and everyone in our prayers as we go through this unusual time.