Reopening Guidelines

Our primary goal is to keep our congregation, staff, and visitors as safe as possible from exposure to COVID-19. We cannot do that unless everyone abides by these policies and procedures. I urge all of you to view following these measures through the lens of love, honor, and respect for one another:

  • There is a capacity limitation. And the seats are “FIRST COME AND FIRST SEAT.” An usher will ask you to go back to your home and attend an online worship after the seating capacity is reached.
  • Doors will open fifteen (15) minutes before a service begins. (If you arrive earlier, please wait in your cars.)
  • Only Two Entrance Doors will be opened: the door near the church office and the front church door on Merrick Rd. Please note that the back door to Whyman Hall remains closed. Also note that the door near the church office will be locked at 9:58 am on the dot.
  • When entering, ushers will check your name, phone number, and address as well as taking your temperature. You may be asked to return home if you do not feel well.
  • Facemasks will be required at all times. If you do not have a mask for yourself, the Church will provide one for you.
  • Seating capacity within the sanctuary will be radically different. Families will be able to sit together, but we will space others to every other pew and ask that you respect social distancing with 6 feet of separation between you and others in the pew who are not of your household.
  • Sadly, there will be no handshaking or hugging until we know it is safe for this kind of close contact.
  • The orders of worship have been shortened.
  • Hymnals or Bibles will not be available in the pew racks.
  • An offering plate will be available as you exit but no offering plates will be passed. 
  • There will be no singing since vapor-mist droplets from singing can remain in the air or travel up to 30 feet. We will not take part in hymn singing at this time.
  • Children need to wear a mask throughout the service and remain seated with their parents.
  • Only windows will be opened.
  • At the end of the service, you will be dismissed by rows, followed by an usher.
  • Coffee or refreshments are not available at this time.
  • Always maintain a six-foot distance from one another and wear a mask.Monitoring your health and STAYING HOME if you feel sick or think you might be or, if you believe you were exposed to the Corona Virus.
  • Notifying the Pastor or the church office if you become sick or test positive for COVID-19. Your name will be kept confidential but, we will notify that service’s attendees of possible exposure, if necessary.
  • Using your best judgement as to whether you and your family can attend safely or should continue worshipping with us online.

                  Please click here to read “First Church Baldwin Reopening Plan.” 

                  Please click here to read “New York Annual Conference, Reopening Plan.”