Gathering Update

Monday, June 22, 2020

We Will See You This Sunday!

God has blessed us throughout our reopening process. It has been a joy and a privilege to gather in person at The Tabernacle.

We want to take this opportunity to share some of the new updates, operational procedures and guidelines, so you and your family are prepared for church this Sunday.

How many services will The Tabernacle have this Sunday?

The Tabernacle will be having 2 services this Sunday. 8am and 10am will be the times that we meet. 

Will there be youth, children, and preschool ministry this Sunday?

This week will be family worship. Pastor Mark and Pastor Jenn are working on a reopening plan for youth and children’s ministry. We are continuing to educate ourselves on safety and health guidelines to appropriately prepare for the care of your children. Simultaneously, Pastor Sharon is working on her reopening of preschool ministry. Preschool ministry will reopen after a successful reopening of youth and children’s ministry. There will be more information on these plans in July.

Do I need to register every week for Sunday service?

We are no longer requiring registration! 

What will I do when I arrive on Sunday?

There will be 3 entrances open when you arrive on Sunday. You may enter through the doors at the Legacy Walkway, the door nearest the Southwestern Daycare entrance and the double sided doors entering the Reid Leadership Walkway. The Family Life Center doors will remain locked and the 6 doors to the sanctuary will only be used for exiting the sanctuary. There will be a registration desk in the foyer next to the doors entering the sanctuary. You will check in at this desk before entering the sanctuary.

Masks will be required to enter the church sanctuary, so please bring your own mask with you. This rule will be enforced by our church leadership with the cooperation of our Tabernacle security team. 

Where will I sit on Sunday?

Tabernacle ushers will help you find your seat. We will be practicing social distancing by sitting every other row and 6 feet between our fellow congregation members. There will also be special seating areas designated for our immunocompromised congregation members and our church families with infant children. These sections will remain separated because some of our congregation members are not able to wear a mask.

What will worship look like?

We will not be reopening the altar at the front of the stage this week. The Tabernacle leadership and security team is discussing and creating a plan that will allow The Tabernacle to comply with social distancing requirements at the altar during worship. We appreciate your understanding of this and encourage you to use the space within the sanctuary, respecting and considering safe distance between your fellow congregation members.

What will tithes and offerings look like?

Baskets will be placed on the front of the stage and each congregation member will be able to bring their tithes and offerings forward in an appropriate manner, respecting their fellow congregation members and considering safe distance between.

What will communion look like?

Self-contained communion cups will be picked up at the registration table when you check in on Sunday morning.

When the service ends, where will I go?

You will be able to exit the sanctuary from the 6 doors at the back of the sanctuary. Please do not linger in the sanctuary and take your fellowship with friends outside because our custodial volunteers will need to clean the sanctuary in preparation for the next service and the incoming congregation members.

3210 Southwestern Blvd.
Orchard Park, NY 14127
716-675-2888

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