Here at Good Shepherd Church of the Nazarene, we strive to put others first. Therefore, when wewere informed that in-person worship could lead to worshipers being infected by COVID 19, we quickly made the decision to suspend in-person worship and began to have drive-in church and began live streaming our services. However, since there have been few new cases in Washington County for several weeks, we have decided to re-gather for in-person worship in oursanctuary. But we will not be returning to worship as it was pre-COVID 19.

These are precautions that we are taking to safeguard the well-being of our worshipers:

  1. We have installed a state-of-the-art ‘Halo LED” Air Purification system. It purifies every square inch of airconditioned space and is designed to remove 99.9% of air born contaminants.
  2. We will practice social distancing.
    • We will be marking off every other pew for seating. Thus, each row will be 6 ft from the next.
    • Family units will be seated together. There will be a 6 ft space between non-family members on the same pew.
    • There will be no nursery or children’s church at this time.
    • Service length will be shortened to reduce potential for infection.
  3. Hand sanitizer will be available at entrances. (Touchless units are on order.)
  4. Traffic flow will be directed to maintain social distancing.
  5. Someone will be stationed at each door so that no one will need to touch a door knob.
  6. Surfaces are sanitized before each service.

Our motto is “LOVE SPOKEN HERE”. As we have worked to make re-gathering for worship safe, love for others has guided our decision-making process.

Life changed for all of us in the middle of March this year. Covid 19 came onto the scene and it was necessary to make some radical changes.