In Person Worship 

On Monday, June 14, Session approved the updates recommended by SSER based on CDC recommendations and Illinois state guidelines for Phase 5 Reopening. 

We are glad to announce a more open in-person worship!   

Please review the following guidelines since those attending in-person worship services may include both fully vaccinated and unvaccinated people. Some adults may not have received a vaccination and children under the age of 12 are not currently eligible for vaccination.

Worship will also continue to be livestreamed at

Things You'll Want to Know Before Attending

General Information:

  • Those who are not fully vaccinated must keep face coverings on that cover both nose and mouth at all times and maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet.

  • Those who are fully vaccinated may choose not to wear a face covering and/or social distance.​

  • If you have any COVID-like symptoms, been around anyone with COVID or feel ill in any way, please worship from home

  • Beginning Sunday, June 20,

    • No reservations required

    • No capacity limits on the number welcome to attend

    • Hymnals and bibles will be in the pews.

    • Congregational singing and participation in liturgy will resume

    • Seating in the sanctuary will be unrestricted. As a courtesy for those wishing to maintain social distancing, a section with alternate pew ends roped off will be set up without any implication of vaccination status.


  • No one should attend in person worship if they have recently tested positive for COVID-19, have been in close contact with someone known to have tested positive, or are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 including fever, cough, muscle aches, or stomach upset.

  • Entry will be permitted through all doors.

  • No temperature checks.

  • There will be no staffed Nursery in operation.

  • Following the conclusion of worship, congregants can leave by either door and fellowship time will be outside, weather permitting. 

Conduct of the Service

  • Those leading the service, including the pastor(s) and liturgist do not need to wear a face covering if they are fully vaccinated. The leader presenting the time for youngest disciples will wear a mask as these children are not yet vaccinated.

  • Music can be provided by an accompanist on the organ or piano. A fully vaccinated soloist or choir can perform without face coverings.

  • Congregational singing, group recitation of opening sentences, prayers, responsive reading, or other parts of the liturgy is allowed.

  • During the sharing of the peace, congregants will be advised to follow their comfort level about hand shaking.

  • Communion can be served in ways that reduce multiple contacts with the elements. Hand sanitizer will be located at the end of each pew and can be passed before distribution.

It is important to keep in mind that the pandemic is not yet over and some precautions are still needed.

  • If you have any COVID-like symptoms, been around anyone with COVID or feel ill in any way, please worship remotely.

  • People who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear a face covering and maintain 6-foot social distancing.

  • People who are fully vaccinated may choose to continue wearing a face covering and maintaining social distance. ​

  • Those who are in high risk groups (e.g., with underlying illness, unable to wear a face covering) are encouraged to participate in the service remotely via live streaming. 

As always feel free to contact Pete Hanlon, Chair of Worship & Music Committee,

 Pastor Beth or Pastor Susan.

Worship will also continue to be livestreamed at