Dear SMC Family,
We are moving ahead with plans for limited in-person services at the Stoneham Memorial Seventh-day Adventist Church for this coming Sabbath. Please read through these guidelines. ONLINE SERVICES will be held for Sabbath School 9:30 am – 10:30 am and our in-person Worship Service starting at 11:15 am will be Broadcast on YouTube Live with the link being shared on Facebook. RSVP via EventBrite to save your spot: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/in-person-worship-service-tickets-110856306196
-Those who are sick, especially if they have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, should stay home and those visibly sick will be turned away. (per state guidelines)
-Those who are high risk or have severe underlying health conditions should stay home. (per state guidelines)
-Masks are required to be worn by attendees at all times and will be available if you forgot yours. For children between age 2 and 5, the wearing of a face covering, or mask is at the discretion of the child’s parent or guardian. Children under the age of 2 should not wear a face covering or mask. Those at a microphone may remove their mask to speak but are to replace it when they are done. (per state guidelines)
-Social (Physical) Distancing is required. Six feet is the suggested physical distancing. This means no hugs, handshakes, elbow taps, etc. (per state guidelines)
-Baby room is for diaper changes and feeding only (not a playroom).
-There will be no communal gathering pre or post service on the church property. (per state guidelines)
-Bringing your own lunch and eating at the church is not allowed at this time. It will be a long time before there will be potluck lunch or meals together again.
REOPENING PROCEDURES FOR STONEHAM MEMORIAL SDA CHURCH
TIMES: Our service will start at 11:30 am. Please make sure you get there in time to check in and be seated before the start of the service.
ENTERING: Use the main entrance. Note the physical distancing markings in case of a line.
NO PHYSICAL LITERATURE: There will be no physical bulletins distributed and the pew bibles and hymnals have all been removed.
NO IN-PERSON SABBATH SCHOOL: There will be no in-person Sabbath School classes, but online classes will continue.
HOUSEHOLDS TOGETHER: Sit together with members of your family or immediate household in designated areas but at least 6 ft distance from other parishioners. The church pews will be marked so that you can sit in every other row to encourage social distancing and prevent the spread of the virus.
ONLINE GIVING THE PRIORITY: Please use our online giving services as the preferred giving option. For cash or check donations, have your own offering envelopes prepared and drop in the wall mounted boxes at the rear of the sanctuary or by the office door on your way out. Greeters will have tithe envelopes available on request.
WATER: The water fountain/bubbler will not be in use during this time, please bring your own water or see a deacon for water.
EXITING: Please wait to be ushered out of the Sanctuary by rows starting from the front and exiting towards the piano side of the Sanctuary and out the side door by the offices.
SOCIALIZING: State guidelines prohibit communal gatherings per or post service. We know you enjoy talking and catching up with friends you have not seen for months, but please return to your cars and leave when worship is over. Do not stay in the church building or the parking lot chatting when worship is over.
AGREEMENT: To join our worship experience, please agree to wearing a mask, social distancing and no physical touch as well as that you will honor the recommendations of our healthcare services – no hugging, handshakes, elbow bumps, or physical contact between individuals not in the same household. Be aware that our services will be streamed for the benefit of individuals still worshiping from home.
Pastor Fredy & Pastor Kristy
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