Wabash Church of the Brethren
Continuing the work of Jesus. Peacefully. Simply. Together.
Service Times: 9:30am Sunday School, 10:30 Worship (Sundays)
645 Bond Street Wabash, IN 46992
Call us at +1.260-563-5291
April 15, 2021
At our Executive Committee meeting on Wednesday, April 7, and then at the Board meeting on April 14, we reviewed and discussed the previously adopted plans around re-opening for in-person services.Click the phased reopening plan button next to here for more information. As you can see in looking through this document, we have outlined four phases in re-opening for in-person worship services. Currently, we are in Phase 1. We are currently planning on moving into Phase 2, which will include in-person services, on Sunday, May 16, 2021. We are hoping then to move forward into Phase 3 on June 6, 2021.
As we move into Phase 2 on May 16, here is a summary of the changes from our regular practice that will be in place:
Requiring a mask while in the building.
Encouraging social distancing.
Refraining from congregational singing. We are planning to have fully vaccinated song leaders sharing during this phase.
Encouraging people to visit with one another outside, after the service, as the weather permits.
Our offering will be collected in the back, in a marked box
Moving forward into Phase 3, currently planned for June 6, 2021, will mark some further changes:
Recommending but not requiring a face mask while in the building.
Continuing to encourage social distancing.
Returning to congregational singing.
Offering plates will be passed again.
We recognize that this will still mark a change in how we are used to worshiping together but are also seeking ways to lower the risk of spreading COVID-19 in our congregation. As vaccination rates rise, and case counts fall, in our local area, we will re-visit these mitigation practices.
Our practices together are ways to help minimize that risk. One of the most important ways to minimize the risk of COVID-19 is through vaccination. We are aware that many in our congregation have already begun, and some have finished their vaccinations. If you have not been vaccinated, we highly recommend that you do so as soon as possible. Pastor Doug will be completing his vaccination process later this month. Pastor Doug is glad to discuss his experience of the vaccination process with anyone who has questions or concerns.
For our first two Sundays back, May 16 and May 23, we are planning to offer coffee and juice after the worship service outside under the tree, weather permitting. This will allow us an opportunity to visit and fellowship with one another outdoors. For this time outside, we will not require face masks to be worn but will continue to recommend that you wear them unless actively drinking.
We want to emphasize that our worship time is important to our life as a congregation, while also acknowledging that there continues to be a risk in gathering together. We will CONTINUE TO OFFER A STREAMING OPTION for those who are not yet ready to return to in-person services, as well as continuing to provide a weekly written worship guide.
It is our hope and prayer, that whether returning to in-person services, streaming our service online, or using the written worship guide, that all members and attenders of our congregation will be able to continue worshiping God together, continue to share in the message of Jesus Christ, and continue to work together to share the message of God’s transforming love to our community, our nation, and our world.
If you have questions or concerns about our plans for re-opening for in-person worship, please be in touch with Pastor Doug.
On behalf of the Wabash Church of the Brethren Church Board:
Dennis Horn, Board Chair