Worship During Covid

SPW has been meeting safely since reopening May 31st.  It's been a great joy to worship together - even just see each other! - in person.  Thank you to everyone attending for honoring our worship safety standards.

After worshipping outdoors for a couple of months, November is bringing us back indoors.  We will be worshipping at two services:

8:30am - A Blended Service with both Traditional and Modern elements
10:00am - Our regular Modern service with live webstream
* Children's Church occurs during our 10am service

We will alternate rows that can be used between services; therefore, nobody in the 2nd service will be sitting where anyone sat in the 1st service.

Mutual Expectations

Each person who attends a worship meeting at SPW agrees that he/she feels in excellent health and displays no symptoms of any contagious illness.  Known symptoms of COVID-19 are a fever, tiredness, dry cough, aches & pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat and diarrhea.  If a person has one of these symptoms mildly, our mutual expectation is that the person will stay home and not potentially infect anyone at SPW.

Short-Range Expectations

SPW worship gatherings will look different than we’re accustomed to during the transitional season, which is the season between not meeting at SPW and meeting “like we used to” at SPW.  Some of the differences we can expect in the short-term:

Registering for Attendance – There is currently NO registration needed for worship.  With two services and being able to go up to 65 people in a service, we are able to participate without registration.  This is a change from earlier in the summer when we held one service.  We will monitor our numbers, and if we are approaching the 60s in at least one service we will reconsider this.

Building Usage – During this transitional season we will be relegating our building usage to the worship center, fellowship hall and entry way.  As long as the weather is favorable, we ask you to enter through the main doors.  The fellowship hall may be entered if a person needs to use the restroom.  The downstairs is not accessible during this time.

Nursery & Children’s Church – Initially we will not be opening the Nursery.  This will be re-visited as soon as we feel it’s safe to do so.  Children’s Church will occur in the Fellowship Hall during the 10am service.

Wearing Masks – Each person who enters the facility will wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth.  The mask is required to remain on the person during the duration of the person’s time in the building.  The notable exceptions to this are the musicians (while they play/sing) and the pastor (while he speaks).

Interacting with Others – There are two simple rules we agree to abide by:  1) We do not touch; 2) We do not get within 6’ of a person from a different household.

Seating – There will be circles on the pews that measure 6’ from each other.  Each household must sit a full circle away from the nearest occupied circle.  Every other row is left empty.

Communion – We will be offering the Lord’s Supper during this season.  However, there are changes.  Upon entering the worship center/sanctuary, each communing person will take a pre-packaged Communion set (bread and grape juice or wine).  At the time of Communing, the pastor will lead each person to do so from their seats.  No one will come forward to the altar.  At the end of the service, we ask you to kindly bring your disposable wrapper with you and toss in the trash can as you exit.

Offering – Offering baskets will be set in the rear of the worship center at the end of the service.  You may put your offering in the basket as you exit.  Online giving is a permanent feature of SPW at Giving.

Fellowship – During this transitional season we will not be hosting a coffee fellowship time.  When the service is over, you may speak to people in the worship center abiding by our two simple rules: no touching and 6’ apart.

Sunday Morning Bible Studies – We will continue to have our “9am” Bible Studies meeting online and utilizing Zoom.  However, to accommodate people who participate in Bible Study and in the worship gathering, these Zoom meetings are being adjusted and will meet from 8:30am-9:30am.  This allows time to drive to SPW for worship beginning at 10am.  This is in effect for Men’s, Women’s & Children’s Zoom Bible studies.  Email Pam at to be connected to any of these studies.

Long-Range Expectations

One of the key questions we’ll ask for this season is How might the Lord be leveraging our strengths as a church to impact our community with the Gospel?  Several of our strengths are we are a Bible-believing church that prays big prayers, and we are an incredibly caring family.  As we strive to forecast the long-range expectations we don’t simply want to be what we were pre-Covid.  We want to be the SPW family that the Lord is calling us to be in the new season to impact others.