Common questions and answers for in-person worship

Do I need a reservation?

No. Since Illinois has entered into phase 5 with no restrictions on the size of gathering, reservations to attend a service are no longer required.

Should I arrive earlier at church than usual?

No, you do not need to arrive earlier than usual.

Should I wear a mask?

Due to a local mask mandate, masks are now required on Sunday mornings. Staff and volunteers will continue to wear masks and gloves when handling food.

Will I still need to social distance?

We have socially distanced seating and non-socially distanced seating available in our sanctuary. The CDC guidelines now state that those who are vaccinated do not need to social distance. You are welcome to choose the seating area which you are most comfortable with.

Will bathrooms be available?

Bathrooms are available for use. A hospitality team member will be happy to direct you if needed.

What should I do if I do not feel well?

Stay home if you do not feel well. Specifically stay home if you or anyone in your household are experiencing ANY of the following symptoms: Shortness of breath, fever, cough, headache, sore throat, muscle weakness or pain, headache, sudden loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. In fact, you will be asked about these symptoms upon arrival and if you are experiencing any of them you will be asked to go home and call your physician for direction for your care.

Will someone take my temperature upon arrival?

Temperatures will no longer be taken in our building.

How will I know where to sit?

We have social distanced and non-socially distanced seating indicated with signage to help guide you to the area you are most comfortable sitting in. If you need assistance, please ask one of our volunteers or Elders.

Will an offering be taken?

If you bring an offering to church there will be a large box at the entrance to church where you can place your offering. 

What is the exit strategy for the end of the service?

The pastor will dismiss everyone to exit. Since social distancing is no longer required, there are no special procedures to exit. Our café is open with coffee and donuts.

What is the cleaning procedure for the building?

We are currently scaling back the intensity of the cleaning between services based on information from the CDC. Cleanings are done during the week prior to the next weekend's service.