The Family of God at EPPC,
We have exciting news for you! After much discussion, prayer, and discernment with our committees, the Session has approved a return to in-person worship. We will begin outdoors for now. We will return to worship in the parking lot on Sundays at 10:30 am on March 21, April 4, and April 18. These worship services are a chance for us to reconnect safely with one another. All church members will receive in the mail and by email detailed instructions as to the setup for outdoor worship to allow for social distancing as well as outdoor congregational singing and online access to worship for those who choose to remain at home.
We will worship from home on March 28, April 11, and April 25. The Session will reassess our worship schedule at our April 12 meeting in accordance with any adjusted local health guidelines and input from the congregation. Although this is exciting, please be mindful that this does not mean the health precautions are absent. Due to warmer weather, we can now return to safely worship outdoors with face coverings and social distancing.
Worship every week will still be available online. Starting March 21 worship will be livestreamed on Facebook only, which means broadcast live on the internet, at 10:30 am. After the live broadcast, worship will be available to be viewed as a rebroadcast on our Facebook page at approximately 11:30 am each Sunday. It will also be available on our YouTube channel and church website starting on Monday morning. Please be patient with us as we learn how to navigate these technological offerings to best support your access to our ministry. All videos remain on these three internet-based platforms for future viewing. Detailed instructions for viewing the live broadcasts have been mailed out to all our church members. Please share this information with friends and family.
We will celebrate Holy Week a little differently than usual this year. We are also planning several exciting upcoming in-person events while still abiding by local health guidelines. Please see the recently mailed event listing for more detailed information and mark your calendars.
We are all eager to see one another again but also cautiously optimistic and wise enough to still adhere to local health guidelines. Please join us in-person or online as you are comfortable. If you have any questions, please reach out to the church office or Pastor Cynthia. Continue to practice social distancing, wear your face covering, and wash your hands. If you desire a vaccine, please attempt to get vaccinated. We hope that by the summer life starts to feel normal again if we all continue to be respectful and health conscious now.
In Christ’s love,
The Session of the Elkins Park Presbyterian Church