Regathering at Immanuel Church, Highlands
Come to Jesus, a living stone, precious in God’s sight,
and like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house,
to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. – 1 Peter 2:5
Dear Parish Family,
Immanuel Highlands begins public worship this Sunday, October 4, at 9:30 am. Below are the protocols for a safe regathering. Please know that we come together through a careful process of discussion and discernment, with caution and concern for those who are most vulnerable. We return upon consideration of the best scientific knowledge, in a spirit of prayer, and trusting the grace of Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit.
Along the way, there may be awkward moments adjusting to new protocols. There will be times of frustration, joy, grief and celebration. We will have countless opportunities to exercise the spiritual gifts of patience, kindness, gentleness, and self-control. There will be blessings. There will be wonderful surprises and moments of deep satisfaction. We will see a new thing God is doing, even now. We will have opportunities to savor the spiritual gifts of love, joy, peace, generosity, and faithfulness.
Let us be faithful, then—to God and to one another—as we receive the gifts and work through the challenges of this time in the life of our congregation and world. Remember that nothing separates us from God’s love in Christ Jesus.
Immanuel Highlands Regathering Guidelines
- There will be one service at 9:30 am, both in-person and live-streamed.
- Proper face coverings/masks are required to attend public worship.
- Masks will be available to those who are without.
- Immanuel Church Highlands is a community of love. Our love, in action, means that we will each wear face masks to protect one another other before, during and following our in-person worship service throughout this season of coronavirus and other easily contracted viruses.
- There will be hand-sanitizing stations, as well as sanitizer in each pew.
- The restroom will be available for emergencies.
- Childcare will not be available until further notice. (all ages are welcome in the sanctuary)
- Congregants will keep a minimum six-foot (6) distance from each other.
- While we will enjoy music from the organ and choir, there can be no congregational singing.
- Holy Eucharist will be prepared and consecrated under coverings. Following the consecration, the clergy will wash their hands, put on a mask and bring the host to the congregants.
- Please pay attention to posted directional and safety signs.
Before you arrive:
- If you are not feeling well, or exhibit any COVID-19 symptoms, please stay at home.
- Via the signup link below *, please let us know you plan to attend and complete the online waiver. This applies to every public worship service, not just October 4.
- For visitors, we will have waivers available in the lobby.
- If it is necessary, please call the office during business hours and let us know you plan to attend.
- Arrive early to allow time for processing people into the church.
When you arrive:
- With your mask already on, please enter through the main office doors.
- After an Usher greets you, someone will take your temperature with a digital scanning thermometer.
- An usher will escort you to the nave and help you find a seat.
- Bulletins will be available before you enter the sanctuary.
- Designated pews are open for seating. Those roped off are not available.
- Those who need special assistance will be given the necessary accommodations.
- Once seated, please remain there until the service is over.
- At the time of the Peace, please extend your kindness and love without physical contact.
- As mentioned above, at the time of Communion, the priest will bring the host to you.
- Please exit through the rear church door nearest your pew. Those with limited mobility may exit through the front parish hall door to access the elevator.
*Registration is available at EVENTBRIGHT, found here: