At this time, you do not need to pre-register for Sunday Worship.
- You will be able to register only for the upcoming Sunday.
- Sunday worship registration is due by end of day the Friday before the upcoming Sunday worship (so that we may assign appropriate distanced seating).
- When you register you may choose either Sanctuary seating (maximum of 50) or Fellowship Hall (maximum of 37).
- You may additionally select your preferred seating in the Sanctuary (see diagram/photo with section a, b, c, d or no preference).
- We will make every effort to accommodate attendee preferences on sanctuary seating, but may rearrange as needed based on all attendees preferences.
- You will enter your 'pod' information - including the total number of people who are coming.
- You will receive an email with your seating assignment the day before the worship which you have signed up.
Limited In-Person Worship Beginning Ash Wednesday, February 17, 2021
We believe that we are in a position to provide an effective combination of in-person and online options for worship services, so that our entire church can be served while following CDC and governmental recommendations for church gatherings.
Continue Excellent Online Service Options
- For those who cannot, should not, or choose not to attend in-person, we will continue to provide an excellent live-stream of the in-person service. On the website Potomacpresbyterian.org
Service Times and Plans
- We will meet at 11:00am on Sunday mornings.
- On-line registration will be required and capped at 50 people in the Sanctuary with 37 overflow in Fellowship Hall, including staff and volunteers.
- Services will run no more than one hour.
- Services will include prayer, sermon, and prerecorded singing.
- There will be no singing in the sanctuary or Fellowship Hall. We will use the prerecorded music as a time for prayer & reflect on the words and images.
- Communion elements will be placed on the pews in sealed containers.
- We will require a seven-foot minimum distance between all families. (Health experts have typically used six-feet as the minimum distance. However, out of an abundance of caution, both state and federal guidelines for religious services use seven feet.)
- People will sit in every other row, with at least seven feet between families.
- Everyone will enter through and exit through the narthex doors, except in an evacuation.
- Wearing face masks will be required per Montgomery County requirements.
- Worship leaders will remove their masks when speaking.
- High-risk individuals and anyone who is sick should worship online. People most at risk for complications from COVID-19 are: Older adults (those over 60 years old); and those with serious underlying medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and lung disease.
- The church will request that everyone answer the following questions to themselves each time they attend. Anyone who answers yes to one of the following questions should not attend.
- Have you been diagnosed with COVID-19 and are not fully recovered per CDC guidelines?
- Have you been exposed to anyone who has been positively diagnosed with COVID-19?
- Are you displaying symptoms such as fever or chills, dry cough, shortness of breath, fatigue or body aches?
- Have you experienced any cold or flu-like symptoms in the last 48 hours that cannot be attributed to an existing health condition?
- Have you traveled internationally or to a high-risk area of the US in the last 14 days?
- All doors will be propped open or opened by greeters.
- Greeters will offer enthusiastic smiles and waves, but not shake hands or hug.
- We will receive the offering electronically and in offering plates placed outside the sanctuary.
- We will not distribute bulletins.
- The liturgy and hymns will be on the screens.
Cleaning and Hygiene
- Hand sanitizer will be available in the narthex.
- Greeters/Ushers will have sanitizing wipes available to disinfect any surfaces that get touched.
- All hard surfaces will be thoroughly cleaned before and after any service.