Indoor Worship Guidelines

Indoor In-Person Worship at Westover Hills UMC

Updated April 2021

With joy we greet friends, neighbors, seekers and weary travelers to worship! Here is what you can expect when you attend a worship service at WHUMC in this season:
        1. All worshippers and worship leaders will be wearing masks throughout the service.
  1. Children are welcome! Children 2 and older are asked to wear masks. Those under age 2 are welcome to attend without wearing a mask.
  2. No reservations are required. Each person attending, as well as all volunteers, will be asked to respond to standard questions listed on a COVID health poster. It is important that each adult self-monitor, and parents/guardians monitor their children, for COVID-19 symptoms (e.g., fever above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, sore throat, headache, muscle pain, gastrointestinal issues, chills, and new loss of taste and/or smell). If any
    symptoms appear, please remain at home or exit the worship service, notifying an usher.
  3. Worship capacity will be limited to 125 persons to allow for appropriate distancing while seated. Arrive a bit early to have time to answer the health questions and find a seat.
  4. When we celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion on first Sundays and other special days, we will use pre-packaged communion elements (a wafer and grape juice) that will be given to you as you enter the worship area. You will receive instructions during the service when it is time to remove your mask to receive the elements. Or you may take them with you to partake of them later in the privacy or your car or home.
  5. At this time, children will stay with their families for the entire service. A children’s message will be shared with the children while they remain in their seats. There will be no children’s Sunday School, nursery or “busy bags” available. If your child would benefit from having activities to do during the service, we encourage you to bring books, crayons and paper or a small toy for their enjoyment.
  6. Singing is allowed during the worship service for those persons who are vaccinated. We use the honor system, and do not ask anyone to reveal their vaccination status. Singing will be done while wearing masks and will be limited to two hymns during the service, during which vaccinated persons will be encouraged to sing in a low voice.  In addition, we use sanitized hand-held instruments and other creative methods of involving people in the musical offerings. 
  7. To reduce the chance of exposure to the virus, services will last approximately 45 minutes, the ventilation system will remain on. Doors will remain open so that no one has to touch a door handle. 
  8. Restrooms are available. We have four brand new, gender-neutral, handicapped accessible family-sized bathrooms (single use, not a bank of stalls). Cleaning supplies will be on hand for use in between users.