Trinity In-Person Worship Details
Dear Trinity church family,
Grace and peace to each of you. WE HAVE VERY GOOD NEWS. TRINITY WILL BE REOPENING FOR IN-PERSON WORSHIP THIS WEEKEND, JUNE 27/28.
Based on Governor Murphy's recent announcement and approved by the Trinity Administrative Board, Trinity will resume in person worship this weekend. However, there will be restrictions on the number of persons allowed in each service. And of course, there will be appropriate protocols required.
Here is a FAQ list with details.
1. WHEN ARE THE SERVICES, AND HOW MANY PERSONS CAN COME TO EACH?
Saturdays - 5:00 in Trinity House - capacity - 45 persons
Sundays - 9:15 in the main sanctuary - capacity - 50 persons
Sundays - 11:00 in Starr Hall - capacity - 50 persons
Wednesdays - 6:30 in the parking lot - capacity - no limit (Update: Drive-In Worship Ended 9/23/2020)
2. HOW WILL WE MANAGE THE CAPACITY LIMITATIONS?
We will use a Save - a - Seat computer program which we will use for persons to ask the church to save them a seat at a specific worship service. We will open the program for "reservations" on Tuesday at 9:00 am of each week, and you may save a seat by completing the 4 questions - name, phone, email, and the number of seats you are asking to be reserved for the service of your choice.
The link to Save-A-Seat is at the bottom of this email.
Once you complete the form you will receive a confirmation email. If your plans change and you decide you will not be attending worship, you will be expected to go back to the program and cancel your reservation, so that seat is available for others.
Persons without a computer may call the church office and ask them to save the seat.
3. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE SEATING CAPACITY IS FULL?
You may place your name on the "waiting list" and you will then be on the list for attending worship in a subsequent week. That following week we will be in touch to confirm when you will attend.
4. WHY DO WE HAVE TO SAVE A SEAT TO COME TO WORSHIP?
If we did not do it this way, many more people would probably show up for worship than we are allowed to have in the spaces, and we would have to turn them away that morning. This method will prevent that.
5. HOW CAN I BE ASSURED THAT I WILL EVENTUALLY BE ABLE TO HAVE A SEAT?
This is a bit challenging. In the first weeks of this calendar year, our in-person worship attendance averaged between 400 and 500 people at all services. Now, we will be allowed 145 people in worship (which will include those who are serving as tech, musicians, pastors, etc). Perhaps one way to think about doing this (until the Governor increases the capacity limits for worship services), is to informally take turns attending worship. In other words, if you come in person to a worship service, perhaps you would then intentionally choose to worship ONLINE or at the drive in the next weekend.
6. WHAT ABOUT WALK-IN VISITORS?
Churches are not clubs - just for its members. Rather we always want to welcome visitors. Therefore, we are reserving a few seats in all in person services for visitors.
7. WHAT ABOUT ONLINE WORSHIP?
Our 9:15 worship service will continue to be live-streamed permanently. For a while, in person worshippers at 9:15 will see the cameras and screens that are needed for online worship, but eventually, we will make changes.
8. WHAT ABOUT DRIVE-IN WORSHIP? (Update: Drive-In Worship Ended 9/23/2020)
We will move drive-in worship to Wednesday evenings at 6:30 until the early fall. We cannot continue to do it on Sunday mornings with the cars that will be coming for in-person worship.
9. WHAT WILL IN PERSON WORSHIP SERVICES BE LIKE?
All services will be identical. We will not have congregational singing or choirs. You may want to hum along as hymns and songs are played. There will be instrumental music and possibly in-person soloists. Other musical selections will be on the screen. Other typical worship components such as prayers, scripture, the sermon will be included.
10. WHAT ARE THE PROTOCOLS?
All worshippers will be required to wear masks and asked to bring their own to worship. We will have masks for persons who may have forgotten theirs. All worshippers will use hand sanitizer as they enter worship. Seating will be according to social distancing, and worshipers will be guided to available seats, which will be marked.
11. WHAT ABOUT CHILDREN?
We will NOT have a nursery or creative activities at this time, nor any children's ministry during our services. Children are welcome to attend worship and will be counted as one of the total numbers of worshippers.
12. WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW BEFORE COMING TO IN-PERSON WORSHIP?
The doors will open 30 minutes before the worship service begins.
There will be parking lot servants to greet and direct you. You may park wherever you wish in the lots.
Proceed to the main entrance- the front door for Trinity House and the double glass doors by the circular drive for the main building.
As you approach the building worship servants will "check you in". As you enter you will be asked to use hand sanitizer and be reminded to keep your mask on.
You will probably not be able to sit in your "preferred" seat. Please follow the guidance of the worship servants as you are seated.
The clergy will not wear masks as they lead worship, so that they may be heard clearly. They will be at least 20 feet from all worshippers.
The offering will be received as you place your gift in a basket when you leave.
There will be no bulletins or fellowship sheets. We will not pass the peace at this time.
There will be no fellowship time before or after worship and we ask that you do not bring food or drink into the worship spaces.
Restrooms will be available for 1 person at a time.
Even though you have saved a seat please be sure to come early. This is because when worship begins, we may give empty seats to any visitor waiting.
We are of course very pleased at the re-opening of our ministries. At the same time, I encourage you to abide by all protocols and to keep vigilant as we know the COVID virus is still among us.
So we move forward, as always, by the grace of God.
Blessings and peace be yours,
Here is the reminder of how to Save-A-Seat
Step 1 - Click the link below
Step 2 - Select which service you would like to attend (if a service is already full it will not appear)
Step 3 - Fill in all information
Step 4 - Click Reserve Seat