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JerryBobCoJerryBobCo Senior MemberPosts: 8,227 Senior Member
for the first time since the lockdown.  We had been watching sermons that were streamed, but this was actually attending in person.  It was great.

There were some restrictions, though.  The main worship center is a large building that can hold 700-1000 people, and is often full.  Each Sunday there are three different sessions.  We usually go to the 10:30 one, and it is usually full.  However, for yesterday, and for a while to come, seating is at less than half capacity.

All seats are rows of padded chairs.  For yesterday, every other row was removed.  Family units could sit together, but there had to be at least two seats between each family unit.  Because of this, we had to reserve our place in advance, and bring a ticket with a bar code printed on it.

The offering plate was not passed.  Instead, there were drop boxes along the wall that one could drop their offering/tithe into.

When the sermon was over, we were asked to file out in an orderly manner, by row, and not until given the green light by church volunteers.

Masks were not required, but social distancing was enforced.  Sort of.  Hand sanitizer was provided for those who wanted it.

When we got there, we were not allowed to enter until we had checked in and everyone from the previous session had left the building.

All in all, it was a very enjoyable experience.  We are grateful to attend live services.  And, I believe that what I have posted above demonstrates that it is possible for folks to attend church services and stay safe.
Jerry

Gun control laws make about as much sense as taking ex-lax to cure a cough.

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  • RugerFanRugerFan Senior Member Posts: 2,698 Senior Member
    Ours starts back next Sunday with 2 services. 
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 14,291 Senior Member
    Sounds about like the procedure we will be following for church soon, they are still working out the details.
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • 10canyon5310canyon53 Member Posts: 2,122 Senior Member
    Ours starts back June 7th but I will likely be attending from home a bit longer since I am considered "higher risk" by the CDC.  Got word this week that my company will continue to restrict business travel through the end of June.  Normally I am on the road more than I am home but have not traveled since the end of February......I am about to go stir crazy.
  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 8,531 Senior Member
    We started services on the 17th.  It was good
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • DrawbarFlatsDrawbarFlats Posts: 788 Senior Member
    Ours is just a small nondenominational Church and we were very lucky that our Pastor started having small impromptu services every other week near his property for those that wished to attend. He laid down some guidelines to prevent any spread but only a few showed up anyway. We all used good judgement. I went a couple of times and it was quite nice having services in the shade of the woods. Don't mean to turn it political but when our governor declared churches off limits and the media started vilifying worshippers, that didn't set well, and that's when he decided to hold services. 
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