Ben Salem United Church of Christ

Lehighton, PA

Ben Salem U.C.C.

Guidelines for In-Person Worship during the Pandemic.

We will be observing CDC guidelines regarding sanitation and physical distancing:

 Upon entering the building we are requiring everyone to wear a face covering, use the hand sanitizer, and have their temperature taken with a no contact thermometer.

 If you have a temperature above 100.1 degrees you will have to either worship in your car or at home online.

 We will provide hand sanitizers in the pews for everyone’s safety.

 If using the restroom facilities please wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

 Please properly cover coughs and sneezes: this means not pulling your face covering down but still coughing or sneezing into the elbow.

 It is preferable that each person brings their own face covering, although the church will have some masks available. The covering must cover both your nose and mouth. Note: Not applicable to children younger than 2 years old.

 Anyone who has medical respiratory issues, and anyone who is otherwise unable to remove the face covering without assistance is asked to worship with us either in your car or at home on-line.

 Please know there will be no gathering and socializing in the Narthex. Ushers will escort you to a seat in the sanctuary before the service and will dismiss you after the service.

 We will be physically distancing in both the sanctuary and classrooms: Please understand there will be no physical contact (e.g. there will be no sharing of the peace - shaking hands, hugging, etc.)

 The entire worship service will be on the screens in the sanctuary. There will be no need for bulletins in the sanctuary.

 If the sanctuary fills, folks will be seated in the classrooms, where the worship service can be heard and followed over the sound system. Folks in the classrooms will be offered a bulletin. If you accept, please take the bulletin with you after the service has ended.

 Please be aware there will be no usage of frequently touched objects, such as hymnals or bibles and there will be no congregational singing.

 Offerings will be collected via a stationary collection box in the narthex.

 The areas of the church used for worship will be cleaned and disinfected prior to the next week’s service. Please know these requirements are for everyone’s safety. If you’re not feeling well or have concerns about attending the service in

person, you’re encouraged to worship from your car or to stay home and watch the service on YouTube. The service will be

livestreamed as usual and shared to our Facebook page after the service is over. 

Online Church Service

www.cdc.gov