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“Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.” Psalm 96:9
These words, which are inscribed on the communion table that is in our beloved Plymouth sanctuary, remind us that we are a people called to worship the Lord together. 
It is hard to believe that we haven’t gathered in the sanctuary for worship since early March, which is why we are so happy to move forward with this plan.   
We announce here a two-stage process – both of course, with the type of social distancing guidelines we included in our earlier re-opening survey. Those details are included at the end of this email. Just click on the link.
  • In the first stage, starting Sunday, September 27th, while we continue to pre-record our traditional worship service and post it online at 10:00 A.M. on Sundays, in addition, on Sunday afternoons at 2:00 P.M., we begin offering a simplified half-hour worship service in the sanctuary. 
  • In the second stage, we return to traditional 10:00 A.M. worship in the sanctuary. These worship services will be live-streamed so that folks who do not attend in person can watch at home, either at 10:00 A.M. or anytime thereafter. The timing of this second stage is not yet determined. 
In both stages, it will be vital for members to comply with our social-distancing guidelines – including wearing masks at all times in the sanctuary and being seated only in authorized areas. We are counting on members to make wise and considerate decisions about whether to come to services. Most importantly, if you are in a high-risk category, or have had any symptoms or have been exposed to anyone with Covid-19 within two weeks of the given worship date, or are not feeling well in any way, you should not attend. 
Seating capacity in the sanctuary will be significantly reduced because of the need to maintain at least 6 feet of distance between worshippers. With that in mind, we will temporarily have an online (and phone) reservation system. Those details will be sent out as we get closer to September 27th.
The Re-opening Committee recognizes that worship during this pandemic, whether in the first phase or later second phase, will be different than that to which we are all accustomed. Needless to say, we are taking these precautions to ensure everyone’s health and safety. Note that, at all times, we will comply with local guidelines, which will be watched closely. And any changes to our plans will be communicated in a timely manner. 
The Re-opening Committee believes that this two-stage process gives Plymouth the flexibility to learn as we go. Please read the below guidelines and let us know of any questions or feedback. 
And please be sure to thank the members of the Re-opening Committee, who worked so closely with us and Zach - Tim Battle, David Bianchi, Dr. Bonnie Blomberg, Edith Houlihan, Celeste Miller, Rich Richards, Tony Scornavacca, and Dr. Fred Telischi. They have generously given their time and expertise in this effort to reopen our sanctuary, with everyone’s safety as the overriding priority. 
With gratitude in our hearts for all that the Lord has given to us, blessings and love,   
Pastor Al and Pastor Moira