We are delighted to announce that weekly, indoor worship has begun again at FUPC at 11 o’clock!
For time time being, masking and social distancing will still be observed by all present at 11 a.m. (At 8:30 am, when outdoors, those who are vaccinated may remove their masks when seated, except while singing.) Please feel comfortable wearing masks at any time.
We will have THREE in-person opportunities for worship each Sunday:
• Outdoors at 8:30 a.m. in the beauty of creation (indoors when inclement weather)
• Indoors at 11 a.m. in the Sanctuary
• Indoors at 11 a.m. in Fellowship Hall
The late service worship experiences will be similar as we worship together across both on-campus locations.
Each option affords us these benefits:
• An exciting opportunity for worship
• The privilege of being together
• Time for fellowship outdoors before and after worship (as weather permits)
Will the livestream service continue?
Yes! You will still be able to participate online at 11 o’clock each Sunday! FUPC services are also posted on You Tube. They can be accessed through our church website (http:www.fupcfay.org) at any time.
How may I help?
We will need everyone! Please email Rosie Haden, Office Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org), and she will include you as a registrant on the Courtyard; greeter, usher, or audiovisual support in the Sanctuary; or as a greeter, usher, liturgist, song leader, or audiovisual support in Fellowship Hall. You can also volunteer to help on another Sunday as you come to worship. Thank you!
Do I need to let the church know that I’m planning to attend worship?
No, just come. You’ll need to sign in and, at the late service, you’ll be asked whether you want to be in the Sanctuary or Fellowship Hall. Either choice is a good one. Fortunately, we have plenty of space for you to return comfortably.
What should I expect when I return?
• A warm FUPC welcome from your church family
• A quick check-in under the Courtyard canopy
• Your choice of location at late service until the Sanctuary reaches seating capacity of 75
• Admittance by a greeter to each worship space
• In-person leadership in all three Sunday services
• Soft singing under our masks and a choir, band, or bells some Sundays
• Blue-taped pews and visible adaptations for the livestream in the Sanctuary
• The joyful reminder of God’s faithfulness as we come through this pandemic
Do I need to be vaccinated to attend worship?
We strongly encourage vaccinations for all who are eligible since reaching herd immunity is of highest importance and will increase safety for everyone. Please keep in mind that vaccination opportunities haven’t been made available for children and youth under 12 years of age yet and some of them will be with us. All are welcome at FUPC.
Will there be childcare?
Not quite yet. Children of all ages are always welcome! They can be themselves. If they need to move about with their parents at the back of worship spaces or want to make their own happy or unhappy sounds, we intend to adapt, recognizing parents and grandparents have made choices to bring them and acknowledging that they are trying to raise them with faith. There will be a Time for Children at all three services just for them. The Gathering Place and the hallway by Fellowship Hall allow parents to walk or play with children while still hearing the service (if that makes a more comfortable experience).
What will the atmosphere be like in Fellowship Hall?
We anticipate that several (maybe many!) will make this their first choice as they return! Just like the Sanctuary service, there will be a greeter, an usher, a congregation, and in-person leadership. The service will be livestreamed to Fellowship Hall. We will sing joyfully and respond out loud together.
Instead of being in Fellowship Hall watching by livestream, shouldn’t I just stay home to watch it?
We hope you’ll return as soon as you’re comfortable, whether your seat on any given Sunday is in the Sanctuary or Fellowship Hall. Together, we are the Body of Christ and we miss you when you are not here. Fellowship Hall worship will be more than a livestreamed service. We’ll follow the livestream (including the sermon) and will participate “out loud” as one congregation.
If I go to Fellowship Hall for worship once, does that mean I will always be in Fellowship Hall?
No, we will be encouraging everyone to move between the two spaces from Sunday to Sunday, so each person can benefit from both experiences.
Will I be able to sit in my usual pew?
We hope you will come back with a spirit of newness and flexibility so we can experience worship differently. You will see a lot of blue social-distancing tape in the Sanctuary. Your usual pew may not be available, or another person may be sitting in it when you arrive. Even if this feels uncomfortable, please extend a measure of grace as we find a new way forward.
Will there be a bulletin?
At early service—yes, along with hymnals for those who want to read the music. At both late service locations, bulletins will be available for those who prefer them, and we will have the screens. Hymnals will be in the pew racks. Children will have brand new packets to enhance their worship experience.
Will we be standing and sitting again for parts of the worship service?
The outdoor service is more casual and occurs without these worship postures. Indoor late services, however, will include them.
Will we pass the peace?
Yes, we will keep this practice going with distanced waves, virtual hugs and care across the worship space.
Will we sing?
Yes, softly, from under our masks. The music leaders and choir will sing from the front of the worship space.
What about communion?
Communion will be served (as scheduled) at both services and in all locations. We will continue to use the prepackaged, sealed communion wafer and juice. If you are coming in person, you will not need to drive to the church to receive the communion elements. If you do not feel comfortable coming to worship yet, the elements are available during office hours. Deacons will continue to deliver to those who are unable to get out who will be watching by livestream.
How will I give my offering?
Beginning May 30, at both services and in all locations, an usher will bring the plate to you to receive your pledges and offerings. On occasion, we may encourage you to place a time and talent offering in the plates as well. You can contribute weekly through the plates, by going to our website (fupcfay.org/give), by using text to give, by automatic bank draft, or by mailing your check to the church. Please call Financial Administrator, Laura Winburn (442-4411 or email@example.com) with questions regarding contributions.
What about refreshments?
Since we are still masking, we ask that drinks and food not be brought indoors.
What if I have other questions?
Please contact Rosie Haden, Office Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org), Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., and she will help you or put you in touch with another who can respond.