We are planning to open for in house worship on September 13th. Because we want everyone to be safe from COVID exposure, our worship together will be different. Most importantly, masks will be required and as someone who has brought a coffee cup to his lips with a mask on, I realize how awkward it can be. Nevertheless, we know that being together is important, and our church Executive Committee has established a protocol to keep us safe.
First Congregational Church of Derby
Plan to resume Sunday Worship Services
Services will resume on Sunday September 13, 2020 with the following conditions:
• Masks or face coverings are required and must be worn during the entirety of the service
• Masks will be made available for those who do not have one
• Congregants are requested to enter/exit the church via the main doors on Derby Ave. if possible. Travel through the kitchen and Fellowship Hall is discouraged
• Hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes will be purchased by the church and made available to attendees
• To maintain proper social distancing, every other pew will be taped off
• A list of those in attendance will be kept each week so contact tracing can be done, if needed
• Windows and doors will be kept open, weather permitting
• Music will be provided by Paul who will be posted in the balcony
• Weekly offerings may be placed in the collection plates which will be located at the front and rear of the sanctuary
• Those who need to use the bathroom should use the bathrooms in the pastor’s office. The wheelchair accessible bathroom in the Fellowship Hall will also be available if needed.
• For Communion Sunday, the church will purchase a package which includes a wafer and prefilled communion cup in lieu of the normal juice. You may choose not to partake if you are uncomfortable with this
• Please exit immediately after service concludes. If you must congregate, please do so in the parking lot
These precautions may be modified from time to time as conditions warrant
We invite you to join us for worship on Sunday at 10:00 am. In our worship, we pray and sing together, we read and listen to God's word as our pastor and teacher helps us to understand the Bible as it speaks to our daily lives in our modern world. Although we are a small church, we are focused on the things that matter: worship, faithful teaching, prayer, outreach and sharing bread together in communion and in fellowship.
In our time of worship together, we pray for family, loved ones and friends who are having a difficult time as well as for our troubled world and we pray for ourselves.
Our church is important to us and we work hard to make it a vehicle of God's grace in our personal lives, in our community and in our world.
Our Church is handicapped accessible. If you have questions, give us a call or contact us through EMAIL or our Website.
The Rev. Dr. James Tudesco, Minister. 203-735-6570
Organist and Soloist: Paul Elkin
Send email to: Rev. Dr. James Tudesco: email@example.com