What are worship services at Proclamation?
Our corporate worship services are the highlight of the week for us. Each service is an opportunity for the people of God to meet together to worship the Lord Jesus Christ through singing, sharing, fellowship, prayer, and hearing the Word of God faithfully preached.
What are the service options for the weekend?
Presently, we offer multiple service options at the our Windsor campus, and a single service at our Manchester campus. All services are mask-mandatory. Please click on each campus to see service times and details.
Should I stay home?
Hebrews 10:24-25 exhorts us to not neglect our meeting together as is the habit of some. That being said, we understand and appreciate that there are valid reasons to temporarily refrain from joining us in person. Please love one another well by considering the following reasons to stay home for a particular week:
- Stay home if you feel sick or are running fever.
- Stay home if you are under quarantine restrictions.
- Stay home if you are in a high-risk category.
- Stay home if you do not feel comfortable with attending large-group gatherings.
What kind of safety precautions are in place for the services?
The entire building is cleaned and sanitized each week. All bathrooms will be open and available in the church buildings. We will have sanitation wipes inside all bathrooms. Our request is that you wipe down the bathroom before and after it is used, including the door handles, leaving it sanitized for the next person. We will have one sanitation station located near the entrace to the sanctuary - complete with hand-sanitizer, masks, and tissues.
In submission to Executive Order 9K, all services are mask-mandatory. This means that you will be required to wear your mask during the entire service, including when you are entering and exiting the building, singing, engaging in the share time, moving around the building, and listening to the sermon. The worship team members will not wear their masks while leading us in worship, and the preacher will not wear his mask while preaching. Other than that, masks are mandatory. Additionally, we will block off every-other-row of chairs in the sanctuary to allow for proper social distancing.
How can I serve others during the service?
During our first phase of gathering together again, our worship service will be slightly modified. As you consider attending one of our in-person services, please love one another well by exercising the following COVID-19 etiquette:
- Please make it a habit to wash your hands and use the available hand sanitizer.
- Please refrain from hugging or shaking hands. A pleasant smile and a welcoming word is always appreciated and completely understandable during this specific season.
- Please maintain the six-foot social distancing recommendation.
- Please bring your own mask with you (extras will be available at the sanitation station near the entrance to the sanctuary).
- Please put your mask on before approaching and talking with a person who is already wearing their mask. Assume that will make them feel more comfortable.
What will the worship service look like?
During our first phase of gathering together again, our worship service will be slightly modified. Our order of service will include the following components:
- Call to Worship
- Congregational Singing (3 songs)
- Congregational Sharing & Prayer
- Closing Song
*We will take the Lord's Supper once a month. To keep it as safe as possible, masks and gloves will be used during the preparation of the elements, the elements will remain covered during the service, and everyone will wear masks while the individual cups are distributed.
What is the plan for children?
All children ages 6 and above must remain with their parents for the duration of the service. This is an excellent opportunity to train your child on how to sit quietly and attentively during a corporate worship service. We completely understand that this training is an ongoing process. We are also happy to provide the following resources, along with crayons:
- Children's Service Bulletin
- Children's Sermon Outline
How about young children and infants?
We will provide both nursery (Birth - 2 years) and Kinder Kids (3 - 5 years) for each Sunday service. Additionally, the Conference Room will be available for moms with young children and the Pastor's Office will be available for nursing mothers with babies. The service will be livestreamed on the televisions in these rooms.
What kind of safety precautions are in place for the nursery and Kinder Kids?
- Childcare workers will wear masks for the entire duration of service.
- Classrooms will be sanitized before and after each class.
- Parents will check in their child[ren] at the Proclamation Kids table located in the foyer.
- All children will receive a touchless temperature screen by a childcare coordinator.
- Any child with a temperature above 100 degrees Fahrenheit will not be permitted in Proclamation Kids.
- Children with temperatures lower than 100 degrees Fahrenheit will be given a wristband that will permit them entrance into the Proclamation Kids classroom.
- We will provide separate toy bins for the 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM services at the Windsor campus. All toys from the 9:00 AM service will be removed from the room prior to the arrival of children for the 11:00 AM service. These toys will be sanitized prior to the following week's service. A new bin of toys will be provided for children at the 11:00 AM service.
Will there be a fellowship time after the service?
At the conclusion of the service, please feel free to visit with others while being mindful of the recommended COVID-19 etiquette. We will not serve coffee or snacks before or after the service, and children under the age of 12 should be closely monitored by their parents. If you are in attendance for Windsor's Sunday morning service at 9:00 AM, we ask that you not linger in the building (outside is perfectly fine - weather permitting) for too long after the service, as we will need to sanitize and prepare for the 11:00 AM service. Thank you for your understanding!
Are there opportunities to serve at the services?
Yes! There are currently opportunities to serve with setup, tear down, cleaning, sanitizing and with Proclamation Kids. If you are willing and able to serve in any of these areas, please email the church office at email@example.com.
As a final encouragement, we are aware that while we are all facing challenges related to COVID-19, we are doing so in a variety of ways. There are varying challenges, convictions, comforts, and concerns. As we see so clearly in the life of Christ, we must be careful to consider the interests of others as more important than ourselves (Philippians 2:3). This worldwide pandemic and the implications for gathering together in the midst of it bring us an opportunity to exercise the particularly beautiful Christian virtues of love, humility, and forbearance. We have a chance to demonstrate in such a practical way that our identity is not in ourselves, our preferences, or our comforts, but in the Lord Jesus Christ. So, let us live out what we proclaim to believe, that our hope, joy, and peace are not primarily in this world, but in Jesus Christ and the salvation that is ours in Him!