April 1, 2021

In-Person Worship Sundays at 10 AM – Guidelines

  • Mask requirement lifted
    • The mask requirement for outdoor and indoor activities at Chapel by the Sea is lifted, beginning March 13, 2022. 
    • For some, the risk level is too high to go without masks. For those persons, a “safer zone” is reserved, with enhanced ventilation and distanced seating. Those not wearing masks will be seated elsewhere. The comfort and protection of high-risk persons remains important to us.
    • N95 masks will be available at the church, if you need one.
  • Small groups
    • Each small group or event leader will determine the best mask policy for their particular group. If this is of concern to you, contact the event leader or church office for more information. 
  • Health Concerns
    • If you are ill, please stay home.
    • If you have been exposed to Covid, please stay home.
    • Wash and sanitize hands frequently.

Indoor Worship services

We are hungry to worship together in the sanctuary but many of us are vulnerable to the serious health risks of Covid-19, and the health of our community is important to us.  In a prayerful effort to balance these factors, we invite those who are at low risk of harm to join in Sunday worship in the sanctuary, with or without masks.

For those at higher risk, wear a protective N95 type mask (some are available at church).

On-line worship options will continue. You can find the link here.

For the time being:

Seating will remain more distanced.

We will refrain from activities with close or high contact: passing of the peace, passing the offering plate, shared elements during communion. Offerings will be collected in a plate at the back of the sanctuary. Communion will be celebrated with special “no contact” sharing.

After worship fellowship and shared food will be phased in during the months ahead. (visiting can happen outside)

THIS is how we will speak love to one another.  We must put on the mind of Christ and not think more highly of ourselves than of each other.   To that end, we ask that you pray for the safety and nurture of each person in the church, those who chose to attend in person, and those who do not. 

Each person is encouraged to make the choice that is right for your situation and that is comfortable for you.  Some will join in person.  Others will stay home.  As sisters and brothers in Christ, we will respect and protect each person.  There will be no pressure applied or shaming for the choices each person makes.

Worship will continue to be offered online for those who choose to stay home. You can view the recorded service at the church website (chapelbysea.org)

The Session takes its responsibility very seriously and will monitor the situation, in the congregation and in the community.  There will be times in the future when adjustments are needed. 

Please contact the church office, one of the Elders or Pastors if you have any questions or would like to talk or pray about any of this.

Chapel by the Sea

Grateful for God’s saving grace

Joyfully alive in Jesus Christ! We are grateful to be a congregation of the Presbyterian Church (USA) denomination with its focus on inclusion, spirituality, mission, education and justice work.
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