At this time, on campus meetings are limited. Seating is limited to 150 people at each service. Face coverings are required and social distancing is enforced. While we had hoped to begin meeting together without restrictions, we are looking forward to the increased fellowship this new format will allow.
Out of love and protection for the rest of the church family, we still believe it is wise for those who are 65 and older, immune-compromised, or otherwise at high risk for infection to continue to participate online for now. Of course, if you have had any COVID-19 related symptoms in the past two weeks we ask that you stay home.
Here are the details regarding our reopening at Cabot Church of Christ:
When do we gather?
Services are offered at 8:30 am and 10:45 am. Please enter the building at the north or south atrium entrances. The auditorium and atrium are cleaned and disinfected between services. All other parts of the building (education building, family center, etc.) are closed.
There are no Sunday morning Bible class and no attended nursery/toddler room at this time. We do have Children's Bible Hour during the 8:30 and 10:45 services. Sunday morning worship service is also offered in the online format. Sunday night and Wednesday night are online only at this time.
Other opportunities for the safe gathering of teens and children will be provided and communicated separately as they are planned.
Where do I sit?
To ensure proper social distancing guidelines are followed, ushers are in place to help you find a seat. Every other row has been removed and we ask that you skip three seats between family units to maintain six feet of distance.
What precautions can I expect to see?
- The use of face coverings are mandatory for all attendees ages 10 and above while on our campus. The only exceptions are individuals leading worship from the pulpit and during the partaking of communion. If you do not have a face covering, one will be provided to you when you arrive.
- Please honor social distancing guidelines (six feet between each family unit) during the entirety of your time on campus, both indoor and outdoor.
- Hand sanitizer will be provided at entrances and other key locations.
- Pre-packaged communion emblems can be picked up at the entrances to the auditorium. Offerings may be placed in baskets at the same location or given online. Communion emblems will continue to be given away on Fridays 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 to11:00 a.m. for those worshipping at home.
- To create a “touchless” environment, all doors are opened for you or propped open. Bibles, hymnals, and pens have been removed from pews.
- At the close of service, we ask attendees to exit the building promptly so that all shared spaces can be disinfected. We encourage fellowship to take place in outdoor spaces.
- No food or drinks are available on our campus. Drinking fountains are covered.
We know these steps are inconvenient, but we feel they are necessary for us to meet together safely. While we are taking every precaution possible to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19, we cannot guarantee that attendees will not become infected.
When will we “return to normal?”
The short answer is that we do not know. Rest assured knowing that the Shepherds and Ministers wish for the whole family to be under one roof as soon as possible. However, we are taking seriously the guidance given to us by national, state, and local officials (Romans 13:1). As the situation changes, we will inform the congregation about adjustments we are making toward our goal of worshipping all together once again. Please be in prayer that God will bless us with wisdom, guidance, and protection as we resume in-person worship services.
“I urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love.” (Ephesians 4:1–2)
We love and miss you all,
The Shepherds and Ministers