COVID Update


Sunday- 10AM HYBRID Worship | In-Person & Facebook Live:

COVID Guidelines and Updates for our visitors

Office Hours & visits

Our office is open for calls and visits Monday - Thursday from 9am - 2pm.  However, during the current pandemic, we request that you not visit the office in person unless absolutely necessary. If you must visit the office, please wear a proper facemask or facecovering for your own safety and the protection of our staff.

Guidelines and Procedures For Your Safety

A hybrid format of worship will begin on October 18, 2020, as we allow for in-person worship while we continue to livestream the service on Facebook as well.   

An Ad Hoc Committee was commissioned by our Session to develop a plan to safely reopen the church to in-person worship.  The end result was a Strategic Plan for Reopening the Church to In-Person Worship, which was approved by our Session in August and the guidelines of which are outlined below.  

Is the Church Clean?

Filters in the air conditioning and heating units have been cleaned and/or replaced and will be inspected on a regular basis.  Our sextons will be deep cleaning the church each week, paying particular attention to touch points (i.e. those things people touch).

Additionally, hand sanitizer stations have been installed throughout the building for your use.

What Do I Need To Know Before Attending In Person?

A number of protocols are being put in place to minimize the risk to all attending:

  • First and foremost, we are asking that if you are thinking of attending, please do not do so if you are sick, have a cough or fever, or are “at-risk”.  We also ask that you not attend if you are aware of having been in contact with someone who tested positive in the previous 14 days.
  • Please refrain from shaking hands or hugging one another while in the church.  
  • For the foreseeable future, access to the church building is restricted to the sanctuary, narthex, and vestibule unless the parlor bathroom or the chairlift is needed (see additional information below).
  • The sanctuary will only use every 3rd pew and the pews being used will be marked off to allow for 21 two-person seating sections; this means that a maximum of 42 people can be in the sanctuary during worship.
  • You will need to register to attend worship.   Registration will be open from 9:15 am on Monday through 1:45 pm on Thursday, for each week preceding that Sunday's service. To register to attend, you can call the church office at 856-547-6139 or fill out the online form for the date you want to attend located here:


  • The only entrance to the sanctuary will be through the main sanctuary doors at the corner of Seventh Avenue and Green Street.  If you are in need of the chairlift, you will need to note that when you register to attend.
  • Everyone is required to wear a mask, covering both mouth and nose, the entire time you are in the building.  If you forget your mask, we will have some available for you to use and take home.
  • We ask that you use hand sanitizer that will be provided before entering the sanctuary.
  • Your temperature will be taken. If it is above 100 degrees, you and your immediately family group will not be allowed to enter the sanctuary.
  • An offering plate will be placed in the narthex and you are requested to place your offering there as no offering plates will be passed during the service.
  • On Communion Sundays, prefilled, sealed communion cups will be on a table in the narthex.  We ask that you pick one up as you enter and that you take the empty cup with you when you leave.  Gluten-free cups will be available and clearly marked.
  • Pews will be blocked off as will spaces on the open pews to allow for social distancing.  Each space will accommodate 2 people.  You may sit in any of the open spaces.
  • Bulletins will be placed in the open seating spaces; please take the one you use during worship home with you.  Since all Bibles and hymnals will have been removed from the pew racks, we suggest you bring your own Bible with you.
  • The Joys and Concerns book will not be available; please make sure you send in your prayer concerns by Saturday night as Pastor Eliza will not be asking for those concerns on Sunday morning.
  • Please do not sing or respond out loud.  Singing and responding in your heart is more than acceptable. More information is provided in the appendix following this document on why singing and responsive readings are not permitted.
  • At the end of worship, there will be no greeting line and Pastor Eliza will not be available for greeting.  If you need to discuss anything with her, please contact her by phone, text or email.
  • Exiting from the sanctuary is only via the Green Street door between the sanctuary and the parlor.  To ensure social distancing, please exit row by row, beginning at the back of the sanctuary.
  • Please do not congregate in the sanctuary, vestibule or parlor.  Greetings and conversations should take place outside.
  • We prefer that the parlor bathroom not be used, but if it is needed, please be sure to wipe down all surfaces with the disinfecting wipes provided before exiting.

What else?

  • No nursery will be provided for the foreseeable future until it is deemed safe for both the children and nursery workers.
  • Sunday School will be virtual for the foreseeable future.
  • No singing by choirs or soloists will occur.   Instrumental music will be permitted if social distancing can be maintained.
  • During this initial phase of reopening, no gatherings other than worship, Sunday School (if and when it is resumed in person) and funerals will be permitted inside the building.  The time frame of the “initial phase” is unknown at this time.
  • Baptisms may take place outside in accordance with the guidelines of PC (USA).  If you wish to have your child baptized, please discuss the protocols with Pastor Eliza.

Singing and Responsive Readings

Virtually all of the documents reviewed by the committee indicate singing should not take place in enclosed spaces but the most comprehensive explanation comes from the Wisconsin Council of Churches (WCC).  The WCC is an inter-denominational ministry of 13 denominations in Wisconsin praying & working for the unity & renewal of the church & reconciliation of the world.  The document below outlines their advice and the standards that we are currently adhering to for maintaining a safe environment.

WCC Response to Singing/Responses During COVID