Return to Church Update

04.22.21 | News

    New worship opportunities for in-person and online starting June 20!

    First Church values the call of Christ to love our neighbor as ourselves, to care for the most vulnerable among us and to build the beloved community of God with a place for everyone. With this in mind, we are re-gathering at the church, cautiously and inclusively! This is the plan today, but things are changing rapidly and the Task Force will make adjustments as needed. And even more reason for excitement, the church leadership is visioning and preparing for a new normal with increased worship and ministry opportunities in the fall.

     

    Starting Now

    We welcome existing small groups back to church for in-person meetings and mission work, masked and distanced, while providing opportunities for those who cannot meet in person to participate online. Contact the church office (619-297-4366)to get involved and to schedule a meeting. 

     

     June 20 - August 29

    NEW weekly SUMMER SUNDAY EVENSONG COMMUNION SERVICE for up to 200 participants in the sanctuary, registered, masked and distanced, followed by outdoor opportunities to fellowship with one another.More details

    NEW and UNIQUE ONLINE WORSHIP experience geared for an exclusively online community. More details

    The SUNDAY MORNING 9 AM WORSHIP live-streamed traditional worship continues with the opportunity for up to 200 in-person congregants, registered, masked and distanced.  More details

    These plans are the conclusion of the Return-to Church Task Force based on your feedback from the surveys and CDC guidelines. Things are changing rapidly and the Task Force will make adjustments as needed. The church leadership will continue to envision and prepare for the new normal with increased worship and ministry opportunities in the fall. For those who want to know more

     

    New Worship opportunities

    9 AM In-person Traditional Worship

    This in-person worship allows us to experience the transcendence of the divine through the architectural elegance of the sanctuary, the inherited sacred music of faith, a relevant message that connects the ancient scriptures with our current experience. We encourage participants to connect with others by greeting one another, praying for each other, and being together in the same room. As well as participating in ministry opportunities available through the church in-person and online.
    Safety Precautions: Registration is required. Maximum capacity is 200. Participants are required to wear masks and family units will be 6’ distanced from others. The service excludes community singing and liturgy. Choirs will be masked.

    9 AM Live-streamed Traditional Worship

    The live-streamed service allows people wherever they are to experience the transcendence of worship. We encourage our online community to find connection through live-chat conversations via our YouTube channel and through other online ministries such as Pastor’s Bible Study, Online Prayer Groups, Fellowship Zoom Meetings.

    New Online Worship Experience

    This new worship experience is developed keeping in mind the needs of busy people who enjoy the availability, format, and pace of online resources and who are seeking inspiration and a connection to the faith for their daily lives. As we continue to develop an online community, we invite connection through live-chat conversations via our YouTube channel, and a zoom discussion chat immediately following the initial airing, as well as other online opportunities such as Pastor’s Bible Study, Online Prayer Groups, Fellowship Zoom Meetings.

    Summer Sunday Evensong Communion Service

    This service is for those who want to a more intimate, informal, in-person experience in the sanctuary, highlighting the sacrament of Holy Communion, prayer and words of inspiration from scripture and other resources. Connection with others is enhanced with an outdoor fellowship time immediately following that includes a variety of activities designed to get to know others and our broader community.
    Safety Precautions: Registration is required. Maximum capacity is 200. Participants are required to wear masks and family units will be 6’ distanced from others.

     

    For those who want to know more

    Water’s Edge Faith Community return-to-church update

    See the Survey Results 

    Restrictions and Allowances after Inoculation 

    Timing of the State’s Reopening