Is it safe to return to worship? Please consider your individual circumstances prior to engaging in any of our live/on-site offerings. While we are taking steps to ensure a safe worship experience, we cannot guarantee your personal safety.
When should I stay home? We kindly ask that you stay at home if you are sick or if you have been exposed to a family member or individual who is sick.
Is a face covering required? A cloth face covering is required to be worn over the nose and mouth at all times, indoors and out of doors. Please provide your own face covering. We do have a limited supply of face coverings.
How will you ensure social distancing? We have removed every other row of seating in the sanctuary. Family groups may sit together. We ask that family groups leave two empty chairs between them and other family groups or individuals.
How long are live worship services? Live worship services will be condensed to 45 minutes.
What if I cannot safely attend live worship services? We will continue to offer weekly worship videos, which can be accessed on our website at www.columbiapresbyterian.org.
Will there be a congregational singing? The safety of singing is being thoroughly researched by scientists and universities. We will make a decision based on the current wisdom at the time we move inside for worship. The choir will continue its ministry when it is safe to do so. Update as of 09/25/2020: Based on the latest scientific research, along with Washington State Guidelines, we will be singing at our indoor worship services. Face coverings/masks are required to be worn at all times. Update as of 12/02/2020: Current guidelines prohibit singing during worship services. We will broadcast prerecorded music during the worship services.
How will I be able to pass the peace? We ask that you refrain from shaking hands, and do not physically embrace others as you pass the peace.
Will there be a time of offering? Baskets will be placed at entrances to the sanctuary. You may drop your offering in the basket if you are not utilizing online giving or mailing your offering to the church.
Will there be Nursery and Childcare? We have temporarily paused nursery and childcare. The nursery will be available for a limited number of parents/caretakers who are with their infant/toddler.
When will I be able to enter the building? We will open doors 10 minutes prior to worship or programs. We ask that you wait in your vehicle until the doors are open. When services are finished please promptly exit the building.
Will there be changes to building access? Please observe signage and indicators in regards to designated pathways. We will enter and exit the building (and rooms when possible) through separate doors.
Will there be Communion? Communion will be celebrated monthly. We ask that you bring your own bread and wine/juice in a portable container on communion Sunday.
Will there be Sunday school for children? Children, pre-school through 5th grade, will begin worship with their parents, and will move to Sunday school following the Time with Young Disciples during the 10:30 service. We will only be offering children’s Sunday school at the Sunday morning service. Update as of 12/02/2020: We have suspended in-person Sunday School classes.
Will K2 be meeting? K2 will remain on Wednesday nights, 6:00-7:30pm.
Will there be High School/Middle School Sunday school? There will be Sunday school, on Sunday mornings, beginning Oct. 4, at 9:30am. HS students will meet in the Chapel; MS students will meet in the Youth Center. Update as of 12/02/2020: Sunday School Classes have been suspended.
Will there be High School/Middle School Youth Groups? Middle School youth group will move to Thursday nights, 6:00-7:30pm. High School youth group will remain on Sunday nights, 6:00-7:30pm. Update as of 12/02/2020: Large scale youth groups have been suspended. Contact Lydia Tombarelli if you are interested in alternative bible studies.
Will there be Adult Classes? In addition to the Wednesday evening Zoom class and the Sunday morning class, there are several bible studies meeting. Please check out our website for offerings.
Will there be hand sanitizer available? Hand sanitizer is available at entrance and exit points. We encourage you to utilize it as you enter and exit the building
Will I have access to a restroom? Restrooms will be available. We ask that no more than 2 people be present in a restroom at the same time.
Will coffee be available? We have temporarily paused coffee/snack service. You are welcome to bring a beverage with you to worship and programs.
What about cleaning and sanitation? We follow the recommendations of the CDC regarding cleaning and sanitation. Frequently touched surfaces will be cleaned between gatherings.
What about airborne transmission of viruses? We have worked with our HVAC contractor to install ionizers in the frequently used rooms, which kill bacteria and viruses in the air ducts. Unlike earlier versions of this technology, the model we installed does not produce ozone as a byproduct of the process. It does take several hours for all the air to cycle through the system for treatment.
Why are we spreading events across multiple days of the week? We are allowing ample time between events for cleaning and fresh air exchanges. Generally, we will not schedule more than one event per day for any of our gathering spaces.