COVID-19 Information

We have implemented changes to our services to protect our members and the community. We will limit the number of people attending services in person to allow for social distancing. Advance signup is required to attend in person at our Gorham or Sanford locations. This will continue until we receive further direction from Maine CDC. We will continue to provide live and recorded online services.

Changes you will notice

  • Entry: The door will be held open so you do not have to touch it. A greeter will direct you to use a mask and use hand sanitizer. An usher will direct you to a seat.
     
  • Masks: Wearing a mask is required to enter the building. If you do not have a mask, we have a free one for you. Masks must be worn at all times during the service and while inside the building.
     
  • Sanitizer: Convenient dispensers are positioned about the church. Ushers will also be ready to provide sanitizer as needed (e.g., when entering the building). Any time you enter the Sanctuary, please sanitize.
     
  • Seating: Arrangements are based on social distancing of at least 6 feet between family units. People living in the same household (under the same roof or in regular close contact) may sit together as a family unit.
     
  • Collection: We will not be doing a collection during the service – a plate is available at the back of the Church if you would like to make an offering.
     
  • Communion: Wait for usher to direct you. Please wear your mask while walking up to and returning from the altar. As you approach the altar, please find sanitizer stations around the first pew. Please use sanitizer before receiving communion.
     
  • Dismissal: Wait for users to dismiss you.
     
  • Fellowship: There will be no organized after-service fellowship activities until further notice. If you choose to socialize outside before or after the service, please wear a mask and practice social distancing.

 

 

It is recommended by the CDC that anyone at high-risk for COVID-19 continue to attend our online services. High-risk individuals include:

  • People 65 or older
  • People of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, including:
    • People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
    • People who have serious heart conditions
    • People who are immunocompromised: Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune system weakening medications
    • People with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher)
    • People with diabetes
    • People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
    • People with liver disease

 

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