With regards to Gov. Andy Beshear’s request to halt in-person worship services through Dec. 13. The Middletown Church Board met with our Pandemic Advisory Committee on Monday night and made the following decision:
We have decided to continue offering in-person church services, as well as online through our YouTube page. We do, however, want to take Gov. Beshear’s request seriously and do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
With that in mind, we will be asking all attendees to be especially mindful of following our current safety protocol for in-person worship, such as:
- Masks must be worn properly at all times in the church.
- Seating capacity in the sanctuary will be reduced, and we will be utilizing overflow rooms for additional seating.
- Attendees need to maintain six feet between households. (If there is a specific household that your family connects with outside of the church, sitting together in the sanctuary is at your discretion.)
- A touchless experience is important, so please refrain from handshakes or hugs.
- Eating food in the church is being discontinued as it would require mask removal for prolonged periods.
If you are comfortable and happy worshipping at home with us virtually, please consider doing so for the next several weeks as we go through this holiday period. If you feel a strong need to gather in person in the sanctuary for worship, you are welcome to come. Please be sure to register, and if you change your mind, cancel your registration so others on the waitlist can attend in your place. For the full requirements, and to sign up to attend in-person, go to our website: https://www.FriendlyChurch.com/Attend
We also ask that you consider others who might be attending and their level of risk comfort as you consider joining us in-person. For the safety of those attending in person, if you traveled or gathered with a large group outside of your regular circles during the Thanksgiving holiday, we request that you join us online for the next two weeks.
We understand that everyone is weary of this pandemic and eager for normalcy, but the medical professionals on our committee and board who serve on the frontlines of this pandemic want to remind our congregation that this virus is real, dangerous, and spreading at an alarming rate within the greater Louisville area. Though this was a difficult decision for us, the church board believes it will give time before and after Thanksgiving travel to hopefully assist in doing our part to see cases decrease in our city/county/state/country.
May God be with us this Thanksgiving holiday, and we look forward to the day when we can all join together in a great Thanksgiving celebration.