Safely Resuming Morning Worship

On Sunday, November 8th, Southminster will resume in-person morning worship at 10:30am in the Sanctuary!

After prayerful consideration, our church leadership has approved a resumption of in-person, indoor worship! We are happy to announce that we will host in-person morning worship again beginning Sunday, November 8th at 10:30am. We will continue offering online worship, with our service being livestreamed on our homepage and YouTube page. As always, please keep in mind that this situation is fluid. We will be monitoring conditions related to Covid-19, and our policies and procedures will be modified as needed. While it is our hope and prayer to begin in-person worship on this date, we will do what we feel is best for the health of our members and guests.

Who can come?

As always, all are welcome to worship with us! However, we encourage those who are vulnerable, for any reason, to consider continuing worshiping at home via our livestream and Zoom meetings. Also, please stay home if you are experiencing any symptoms of illness, if you have been exposed to anyone with Covid-19, or if you have traveled out of the country in the last 14 days.

How many can attend?

Worship in-person will be limited to no more than 20 people (depending on family units) and will be by reservation.

How can I make a reservation?

Reservations can be made three ways, and all will be equally accepted. You may make a reservation by calling the Church Office (205-822-1124), by emailing Betsy Murphy (bets_southmin@bellsouth.net) or by filling out the Reservation Form on the homepage of our website.

For the first round of reservations we are asking that you let us know your availability for the dates of November 8th, November 15th, and November 22nd. Once we have everyone's availability, you will receive an email with your assigned date. This way we can ensure that as many of our members who want to come to in-person worship will have the chance to do so.

I'm a visitor. May I come to worship?

Absolutely! If you would like to visit our church during this time, please call the Church Office at (205) 822-1124 to check availability and make a reservation for worship. We would love to have you worship with us!

Will there be childcare?

We are not offering a nursery at this time. However, all ages are welcome to join us for worship, wiggles and all! Children's bulletins, coloring sheets, and sanitized supplies will be provided in your pew.

What safety precautions are being taken as you prepare to re-open?

Everyone entering the church will be required to have their temperature taken by an usher before being allowed in the   Sanctuary. If your temperature is over 99.5 degrees, you will not be able to enter.

Masks, or cloth face coverings, will be required while in the church building. If you do not have one, the church will have some available. Masks must be worn over the mouth and nose at all times.

Attendees must maintain a 6-foot distance between them and anyone not from their household. This includes:

  • maintaining 6-foot distance while entering and exiting the building. There will be markings to help with this.
  • no physical contact (hugs, handshakes, high-fives, etc.)
  • maintaining 6-foot distance while seated in worship.

On arrival, you will be escorted to your seat by an usher. At the end of the service you will be dismissed by row, and asked to exit the same way you entered. Please refrain from congregating in the Narthex following the service.

Southminster encourages minimal contact with "high-touch surfaces." This means we will:

  • remove hymnals, pew pads, and other shared items from the pews.
  • place "no-touch" offering plates at the entrance of the Sanctuary. We still encourage you to send your offering in by mail, or to utilize our option for online giving. (Online Giving Portal)
  • provide hand sanitizer stations throughout the building.

Southminster will follow CDC guidelines to disinfect our building. This will include:

  • regularly disinfecting high touch point areas throughout the building, including restrooms.
  • disinfecting the Sanctuary following all worship services.

Restroom use will be limited to the two restrooms in Grace Hall. Restroom use is limited to one individual or family unit at a time. If you need to use the restroom during the worship service, we ask that you exit the Sanctuary the same way you entered, and re-enter the building through the Grace Hall doors.

If you have any questions about these procedures, please contact the church office at 205-822-1124!