Outdoor Worship - Experts are unanimous that the risk of transmission is much lower in open-air environments. Due to capacity limitations and CT guidelines set for Houses of Worship, we have decided to have our worship service outdoors at this time, weather permitting.
Parking - Parking will continue to be available in the main lot directly across from the Mills and in the overflow lot located across from the North lot. We will have our sandwich board, cones, and a greeter/crossing attendant available.
Physical Distance and Touch - We ask that everyone please respect a 6 ft physical
distance from people outside of their household. As we come
back together, we need to remember that things will be different, and
everyone has a different take on all things COVID-19. We are asking that
we all show one another grace. And so, for the
comfort of everyone, please hold off from physical touch for now, and respect a 6 ft physical distance.
Masks - In order to ensure that everyone who attends our worship service feels safe and comfortable, and to alleviate cumbersome arrival/departure procedures, we are asking that you please wear a mask when entering and exiting the parking lot and common space. Feel free to remove your mask once you are situated and physically distant from others. If you don't have a mask, we will have some on hand.
Outdoor Seating - Since we will be meeting outside, we ask that you bring a chair or a blanket to sit on. We will have some extra chairs, but those will be limited. If you know you will need a chair in advance, please email Pastor Keith.
Restrooms - The back door of The Mill Works will be open; once inside, proceed down the hall and you will see the restrooms in the hallway where the elevator is located. Please note, you must wear a mask when inside the building.
Sickness - If you, or anyone in your family, are experiencing signs of illness or fever the few days prior to service, we are asking that you stay home from service. Christ calls us to love our neighbor, and this is one of the ways we can do that.
Online - For the foreseeable future, you will continue to be able to worship with us virtually through our Facebook Livestream, which will also be available after service on our Youtube Page. We realize that everyone is in a different place in regard to their comfort level in larger gatherings, and respect that you are using your best judgment.
Inclement Weather - While we feel this location will work out well for us, the reality is we may run into rainy days. We will treat inclement weather like a heavy snow day. Any decision to cancel service will come Saturday evening/Sunday morning, and we will notify you through e-mail, text (if you are signed up for it through your online account) and our Facebook page. If we have to cancel, we will continue to worship online as we have been the past several months.
Order of Service/Message Notes - Our service will be shorter, as we will be eliminating a few elements. We will have some message notes/announcements and worship songs printed out and available as you enter our worship space.
Communion - We will continue to celebrate communion together each Sunday. If you plan on taking communion, we will be providing single-serve communion elements as you enter.
Sunday School - We will not be holding Sunday school at this time. Please bring some quiet activities for your child(ren) if that will be helpful to pass the time.
Offering - We continue to encourage online giving or sending offerings to the church office, but will also have a means by which to donate at our in-person service.
Prayer Requests - We will not have our open prayer request time, but ask that you send in any prayer requests to Pastor Ryan or Pastor Keith by the Friday prior to service. If anything urgent comes up between that time and Sunday, please let us know and we will include it in our pastoral prayer.