Thank you to all who provided responses to the email survey on how likely you would be to return to in-person church services in early June. The executive committee, staff, members of the communications/streaming team and head ushers met Thursday, May 21, 2020 to discuss the results and review guidance from the North Carolina Synod, the ELCA, the state of North Carolina and the CDC in regards to in-person worship services.
Phase two guidance from the North Carolina Synod and the ELCA limits many of our worship activities, such as singing of hymns, reciting the Lord’s Prayer and responsive reading to reduce exposure to COVID-19. All are essential components of our worship service.
As a team, we agreed we can continue to provide a service via online streaming with the integral parts of a Lutheran worship service while protecting the safety and health of our members. We also agreed we needed more time and data to feel comfortable about reopening for in-person worship. When we are able to gather together again at Lutheran Chapel, we want the service to be one we know and love, and unfortunately, we cannot offer that at this time.
Our committee will meet again on Thursday, June 4, 2020 in hopes of having clearer insight into reestablishing in-person worship services. Until that time, please join us for online worship via Facebook, our Lutheran Chapel YouTube channel, or directly from our church website. And please help us spread the word for these multiple viewing options!!