We are so glad you found us here and hope you will visit us some Sunday morning for worship. We will return to in person worship on May 16, 2021 at 11am. please review our in person worship guidelines below. Worship is Also online (Website and FB-Live) at 11am each Sunday morning. We have activities for all ages from young children to teens and adults. Our congregation has a huge heart for mission and outreach in our community and beyond. Please come for a visit in beautiful downtown Taylorsville. See you soon!
TPC Family Day Gathering, June 2019
Dear TPC Family, Our church Session and Reopening Team have been working on plans for us to be able to safely resume in-person worship in the near future. We are extremely grateful for the understanding, patience and support that you have given our church and leadership over this year long ordeal of COVID-19. While our local infection numbers are still concerning, they continue to trend in the right direction. Also, our local vaccination rates continue to increase. These two data points, in addition to our congregation’s data, give us the ability to envision worshiping together in a new, yet familiar manner. Based on our own survey results, our responding TPC family has a vaccination rate of 82%. This is excellent news and is the kind of action on our parts that really help “move the needle” on getting past the pandemic.
With all of this in mind, we’re making tentative plans for May 16, 2021 to be our first in-person, indoor worship service. In order for us to be safe and respectful of our entire church family, we will be following these practices and procedures, as listed below. These are not merely suggestions, but must be followed by all who attend worship in order for us to truly be the body of Christ with and for one another coming out of the pandemic. If anyone is uncomfortable with in-person worship at this time or unable to practice these guidelines, we will continue to offer online worship that is a livestream of the in-person service on our church website and Facebook. We encourage anyone to make use of this option going forward as you need.
Please know that our worship service is going to look and feel different from what we were used to prior to the pandemic. As the pandemic conditions continue to improve, we will be adapting and making changes as we go along, but our main priority is to provide a healthy environment for those desiring to worship in person.
The following guidelines will be in place and followed by all present:
In order to maintain 6ft of social distancing and accommodate our congregation, our initial services will be held in the Fellowship Hall. This will result in us not needing to limit our attendance, which we do not intend to do.
Masks worn to cover mouth and nose are required. (exception may be made for younger than school-aged children if they cannot wear one) Masks are required for entry and during the service. We ask those with a health condition preventing masks being worn to please participate in worship online. Masks will be available at entrances to the church for anyone needing one.
Temperatures will be checked at the door (handsfree). Fever of 100.4 is the CDC cutoff for admission. Anyone with a fever of 100.4 and above will not worship in-person that day, but be encouraged to seek appropriate care as we pray that they feel better soon. If you feel poorly, please get well before coming to worship.
Families that live together will need to sit together during worship
Friends who regularly spend time together may sit together during worship.
Other than family groups, there will be no more than 3 seats per table location. No moving of chairs or tables, as they have been placed for proper distancing.
Entry doors will be propped for no-contact passage.
What to expect during worship services:
Worshipers will be encouraged to maintain social distancing as much as possible while entering and exiting the building.
Services will be shorter in duration.
There will not be any singing by the congregation for the time being.
Music will be provided by instrumentalists and vocalists (greater than 6ft from congregation while using microphones)
Offering will be received in offering plates at the door, either upon entering or as we exit.
There will be hand sanitizer available at all of the doors.
At the end of the service, we ask that people continue to maintain social distancing as we move outdoors to greet one another. If standing closer than 6ft outdoors, please keep your mask on.
At this time, we will follow a new commandment: Thou shalt not hug thy neighbor, because this is part of how we love our neighbor as ourselves.
Positive fresh air flow will be practiced with the use of windows and powered ventilation.
Thank you for your prayers and patience as we work through this process together. This is our plan based on current understanding and will remain contingent upon state and federal best practices and infection rates as we near May 16th. Also, please know that we will keep the plan flexible and make improvements as we go through the months ahead with the goal of normalizing worship in our sanctuary as soon as is practical and safe. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. Peace, The Session Laura Jamison, Clerk Paul Sink, Pastor