Salem Outdoor Worship In-Person Live Launch FAQs

 

Due to the constantly-changing nature of our current circumstances,

these details may change at any time due to factors beyond our control.


 

When will Salem begin having on-campus worship services again?

  • We will gather as one church body for a united Outdoor Worship service on the field on Sunday, June 28th at 9:30am.

  • When appropriate, we will hold both a Traditional Service in the Sanctuary chapel at 8:30am and a Contemporary Service in the Salem Center at 10:30am as we continue to monitor our services and assess State and County guidelines.

How will services be different?

  • Service will be shorter (approximately 40-45 minutes in length) due to current State and County recommendations to hold shorter services.

  • Holy Communion will be served at the end of the service on first & third Sundays.

  • Offering plates will not be passed and collected during the service. We encourage you to give using our online platforms. Cash and check offerings will be able to be received in a donation location before, during, or after Worship. 

  • We will not have childcare or Sunday School due to County recommendations that children remain with their families. Please know the Worship services will be shorter in duration.

 

Are we asking you to RSVP to attend?

  • Yes. We are asking you to RSVP so we can plan for seating areas and for appropriate distribution of Holy Communion. A link will be published to sign up. 

 

Is this going to be our worship plan and schedule for the rest of the summer?

  • Guidelines are changing frequently so it’s impossible for us to plan too far ahead, yet we are exploring this as an option. Updates will be published as soon as possible.

 

Will online services continue for those who are unable to attend on-campus worship services?

  • Yes! This is a priority for us. Our plan is to continue to offer online services from here on out, as we are able to provide.

 

Are we requiring on-campus worshipers to wear masks? 

  • Current California Department of Public Health order states:

    • “People in California must wear face coverings when they are in the high-risk situations”.

    • “While outdoors in public spaces when maintaining a physical distance of 6 feet from persons who are not members of the same household or residence is not feasible”.

  • While transitioning to and from your vehicle to your seating area, please wear a mask.  

  • If you are unable to maintain a 6 foot distance from those who are not members of the same household or residence, please wear a mask as required by state law.

  • Our Outdoor Worship setting will provide stated physical distancing protocols. Seating has been marked to follow current guidelines. We encourage you to take every reasonable step you can to protect one another, our church family, and our community.

  • Salem is following the current California Department of Public Health guidelines.  (www.cdph.ca.gov Face-Coverings)

 

What will the service at 9:30am on June 28th look like?

  • Worshipers will be seated in marked sections to ensure appropriate physical distancing. (See picture below)

  • Please bring your own lawn chairs or blankets for seating. Chairs will not be provided. 

  • If you would like to bring an umbrella for shade, we have reserved a designated area in the outfield for umbrellas. 

  • Communion will be served at the conclusion of Worship. 

  • We ask that you depart to your vehicle after receiving Communion.

 

What are we doing to distribute communion safely?

  • Communion servers will be wearing masks and gloves.

  • Worshipers will be asked to present an open palm. The consecrated wafer host bread will be dropped without hand-to-hand contact by the Communion server from a short distance.

  • Communion servers will hand individual cups of wine to each worshiper (i.e. worshipers will not reach into the tray to grab their own cup)

 

Will bathrooms be available for use during the service?

  • Yes. The bathrooms along the lockers will be available. Please adhere to the signs posted.

 

Who should NOT attend on-campus worship services?

  • If you are not feeling well or not comfortable with the outdoor service, please worship with us via our on-line service platforms.

Per CDC guidelines, anyone who has a fever of 100.4 or higher or experiences any symptoms related to Covid-19 should NOT attend. Click here for the list of symptoms.

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