In Person Worship


Considerations for Attending In Person Worship
and Group Meetings

Updated 7/28/2021

Please read the guidelines below and carefully consider your personal situation when making your choice about attending worship in person.

The following requests are made in light of recent increases in Covid infections and hospitalizations in our community, which at this time are primarily affecting non-vaccinated persons.

The wearing of masks while in our building is required.

We also request that all persons practice social distancing measures to the greatest extent possible.

We will continue to modify our recommendations in response to ongoing changes in our community.

Thank you for your patience as we strive to keep Asbury a safe place for our members and visitors to gather.

Sunday Mornings & Group Meetings

  • All are welcome at Asbury. If you are feeling ill, however, we suggest that you stay home and recover, and worship with us online.
  • We request ALL persons to wear masks at this time while in the building, whether vaccinated or not, in light of recent CDC guidance changes and the current local spike in Covid cases.  Masks are available at the entrances.
  • We also request that all persons continue social distancing measures to the greatest extent possible. The Sanctuary pews will be taped off every other pew.  Physical distancing between family units is requested.
  • For Holy Communion, pre-packaged elements will continue to be used.
  • Singing will be permitted in worship with masks.
  • Worship services will still remain at 45 minutes due to the increased risk of singing.
  • Items for worship (bulletins, communion elements) and items to be collected (green slips, prayer requests, tithes and offerings) will be placed near the entrance to the sanctuary.  Pew items (hymnals, Bibles, pens) will be available in pews.
  • The Altar rail will be open for people to come up during time of prayer. Please honor physical distancing. Family units may pray together.
  • Both the east and south entrances will be available to use.  Masks and sanitizer are still available at both entrances.
  • On Sunday morning, the Fellowship Hall will be open to congregate but only beverages will be served at this time. No food is to be served on Sunday morning.
  • Sunday School is available for children to adults from 9:15 to 10:15am. The nursery will also be available from 9:15 to 11:45am.
  • Food can be served for groups of 40 or less. Servers must wear masks and gloves. Social distancing shall be required (four to a table).  Masking shall be required except when eating.
  • All groups using the building shall abide by the above guidelines including masking, social distancing and limitation on refreshments.
  • These requests are made in light of recent increases in Covid infections and hospitalizations in our community, which at this time are primarily affecting non-vaccinated persons. We will continue to modify our recommendations in response to ongoing changes in our community. Thank you for your patience as we strive to keep Asbury a safe place for our members and visitors to gather.

Should I attend worship or group meetings In Person?

  • While measures are being put in place designed to lower the risk of virus transmission in our facility, Asbury cannot make attending worship a completely safe activity.
  • If you are in a high-risk group we invite you to continue to worship with us safely at home using Asbury Live! or Zoom.
  • If you are uncomfortable with any of the changes to in person worship, please continue to worship with us safely at home using Asbury Live! or Zoom.

In Conclusion

We appreciate your grace and understanding as we develop these guidelines with many different lifestyles, needs and perspectives involved. Providing these guidelines makes it clear what is to be expected of everyone. Please also be respectful of those who wish to stay home out of concern for their health. A lack of attendance does not equate to a lack of faith.

Friends, we are not sure how long these guidelines will be in place. There are still more issues to consider in the future, but Asbury should first focus on following these new guidelines so we can re-open well down the road. I know that this is just a season.  If we all do our part in preventing the spread, the hope is that we will eventually be able worship together like we are used to and what a glorious moment it will be.

God be with you till we meet again,

Pastor Erika