FAQs: Weekend Worship Services

What are the service options for the weekend?

  • Saturday Service at 7 PM (Indoors)
  • Sunday Service at 9 AM (Outdoors)
  • Sunday Service at 10 AM (Streaming Online Here)
  • Sunday Service at 11 AM (Indoors)

Why do you require a service registration?

In joyful submission to Governor Lamont's Executive Order to not exceed 25% of our sanctuary capacity, the Saturday night service will be limited to 65 people. Also, given the limited size of our outdoors tent and the number of chairs we can fit under it at a socially-acceptable distance, we will need to limit the size of our Sunday morning services to 75 people under the tent (you are welcome to bring your own lawn chair and/or blanket and sit outside the tent). As a result of these limited numbers, you will need to register each week for the service you plan on attending. This will enable our staff and volunteers to best serve you.

How do I register for a service?

We will include a registration for in our Proclamation Updates email each Thursday at 2 PM. If you are not signed up to receive our Proclamation Updates email, please contact Tyler Clark at tclark@christproclamation.org

What's the plan for inclement weather?

In the event that there is inclement weather forecasted for our outdoor services on Sunday mornings, we will proceed in accordance with the following protocol:

  • We will email you at 7 PM on Saturday evening to inform you that we are aware of the potential for inclement weather and are monitoring the situation closely.
  • We will send a follow-up email at 7 AM on Sunday morning to confirm whether or not we will be able to meet outdoors for the morning services.
  • If we are unable to meet outdoors fo rthe Sunday morning services, we will move BOTH the 9 AM service AND the 11 AM service inside to the sanctuary.
    • We will take a number of additional precautionary measures as a means of doing our best to ensure you and your family's safety:
      • We will sanitize all bathrooms and surfaces before you arrive and between services.
      • We will request that you wear a mask as you enter and exit the building. We will block off every other row to maintain 6-foot social distancing. 
      • We will reserve the back rows in the sanctuary to be mask-mandatory rows. All other rows will be mask-optional rows.
      • At the end of the service, we will dismiss the rows in order, beginning with the last rows in the sanctuary and working our way towards the front.
    • In joyful submission to Governor Lamont's Executive Order to not exceed 25% of our sanctuary's capacity, both services will be limited to 65 people. As a result: 
      • You will need to complete a new registration form (included in the 7 AM email on Sunday morning) in order to attend one of the indoor services. PLEASE NOTE: You will need to complete this new registration form even if you completed a registration form for the outdoor services earlier in the week. 
      • Unfortunately, this means that if you have not registered for the indoor service, you will not be permitted in the sanctuary. Instead, you will need to sit in the overflow seating in the Fellowship Hall downstairs where we will livestream the service.
  • If you or someone you know is not signed up to receive emails from Proclamation, please contact Tyler Clark at tclark@christproclamation.org. Moreover, we recently purchased new database software that allows us to send mass text message updates. All information from the 2020 Church Directory has been copied over to this database and is currently set to receive text messages. If your information is not in the church directory or if you would like to update your cell phone number to receive text updates from the church, please contact Tyler Clark. 

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. We will also sanitize all outdoor chairs before and after use. All bathrooms will be open and available on both levels of the church building. 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 of the tent - complete with hand-sanitizer, masks, and tissues.

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 this Saturday night or Sunday morning, 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 our own mask with you (extras will be available at the sanitation station near the entrance to the tent).
  • Please wear your mask if you are in a mask-mandatory row.
  • 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
  • Sermon
  • Closing Song
  • Benediction

We will not take the Lord's Supper and children must remain with their parents during the duration of the service. The following resources will be made available as both physical copies and online:

  • Bulletin
  • Song Sheet
  • Sermon Outline

What will the seating look like?

In order to accommodate everyone's preferences, the back rows will be designated as mask-mandatory rows. These rows are further away from the preacher and the music team, who are not wearing masks, and behind the people who are singing without masks. The other rows will be designated as mask-optional rows; you are free to wear a mask or not wear a mask during the different portions of the service when you sit in these rows. You are also free to bring your own blanket or chairs and sit outside the tent.

What is the plan for children?

All children are encouraged to join us for worship. 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. Therefore, we completely support your decision to bring your child to our Sunday morning outdoor worship service. We are also happy to provide the following resources, along with crayons: 

  • Younger Kids Coloring Activity
  • Older Kids Service Bulletin
  • Older Kids Sermon Outline

How about young children and infants?

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 recorded service from Saturday evening will be playing on the televisions in these rooms.

Will there be a fellowship time after the service?

At the conclusion fo 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 wish to attend the Sunday morning outdoor service at 9 AM, we ask that you not linger for too long after the service, as we will need to sanitize the chairs and prepare for the 11 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, and sanitizing. If you are willing and able to serve in any of these areas, please contact Tyler Clark at tclark@christproclamation.org.

Final Encouragement

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!