The Re-Open Task Team of the Session has been hard at work to determine the safest way for us to return to in-person worship as a congregation. After discussion with our local health department, reading numerous articles regarding churches re-opening, and following guidance from our Presbytery, we have come up with the following plan:
Sunday, September 20 – We will gather for an OUTDOOR worship service at 10:00 a.m. at the new Children’s Home Memorial Park at 745 East Main Street. Those who choose to attend are required to wear a mask and to bring their own chair.
Sunday, September 27 – We will gather for an INDOOR worship service at 10:00 a.m. at Second Presbyterian Church. This service will be shorter than our usual services and everyone will be required to wear a mask, maintain social distancing, and follow other guidance ushers will provide. Everyone who plans to attend will complete a health self-check list which will soon be mailed to the congregation along with a more detailed description of some of our changes to sanctuary protocols.
We understand that many people are not comfortable or ready to return to in-person worship. With that in mind, on-line services will still be available for those who need or choose to stay home. Those services will be found at www.spcnewark.org. And don’t forget that the service is broadcast on the Radio (Kate 98.7 FM) at 10:15 a.m. each Sunday morning.
At this time, worship will be the only activity that will be resumed at Second Presbyterian Church. The Re-Open Task Team and Session are continuing to work on determining when it is appropriate to begin other activities in the church. We thank you for your patience.
NOTE: This plan will continue to be evaluated based on the number of COVID-19 cases in Licking County in general and Newark in particular, and will communicate any changes to you as appropriate. Please check the church website www.spcnewark.org before attending a service to make sure you have not missed any changes.