New Summer Guidelines (Updated July 18)
1. Seating will be every other pew in sanctuary for the summer months; this provides an additional level of protection and we do not expect to need extra seating until fall.
2. Masks are recommended for those who are unvaccinated, but not required. We will not ask for proof of vaccination.
3. Please do not sit next to someone wearing a mask unless invited. The mask means they are being cautious. We expect some people will wear masks for a while for their own comfort and safety.
4. Please do not come to church if you are sick. We will always have an online option.
5. We will continue to stay seated during hymns, except for “Blest Be the Tie That Binds” at the end.
6. Hymnals are now back in the pews.
7. The offering will continue to be at the back, but we will add another usher and have two offering baskets and two bulletin baskets, one at each door.
8. Use of windows, fans and AC are at the discretion of the pastor and ushers.
9. We will begin to experiment with outdoor Coffee Hours this summer (no masks required). We will start with simple snacks and drinks as we determine the comfort level of those attending.
10. We will hold off on the following until at least fall: choir, communion, baptisms, passing of the peace, holding hands and indoor Coffee Hour. When we do resume communion, it will be with individual cups rather than the common cup.
11. Indoor meetings such as Bible Studies, Garden Club and committee meetings: rules are up to the group although they must be unanimous; in other words, if one person needs others to wear masks for their protection, all must wear masks. Groups may also make their own rules regarding snacks. Group rules take effect immediately.
12. We will revisit all rules monthly, or right away if conditions change.
Thank you to the Church Council for a great discussion and for arriving at these conclusions together; thank you to the Holy Spirit for guiding us; thank you to God for helping us to get through this crisis and begin to feel safe again!
We continue to collect food on an ongoing basis. The food bin is located in the back of the church, with donations given to the Sayville Food Pantry. More people are hungry than ever before, so please give generously to your community!
The Sayville Food Pantry is open from 9:30-12 Tuesday-Thursday. In addition to food, they also have a limited amount of funds available for anyone who may need monetary assistance. The pantry is located at 47 Gillette Avenue in Sayville. They are accepting food donations as well as gas and supermarket gift cards.
Looking for help of any kind (information, health screening and more?).
Here’s a constantly updated list of community resources.