When COVID reared its ugly head last spring, little did we know that it would still be affecting our world as greatly as it is. Even though Indiana has moved to Stage 5  “Back on track” our church building remains closed except for Sunday morning in person worship. 

The Indiana Conference continues to encourage pastors to lead their churches with the “Do no harm” mindset, following state and federal guidelines: 
  • Require face coverings. (Do we like them? No. But they have been proven to lessen the spread of germs.) Have extra masks on hand just in case someone in your congregation needs one. 
  • Restrict your worship gatherings to a maximum of 250 people. (Additional restrictions may apply in specific counties or municipalities.) Consider adding additional services if needed.
  • Practice social distancing at all times. Family units must be at least 6 feet apart. Use tape to mark 6-feet increments in your sanctuary, alternating rows when possible.
  • Offer virtual services. If most of your congregation is 65 years or older, using livestream may continue to be the safest option for your church.
  • Clean the church after each service and disinfect high-contact surfaces regularly.
  • Implement no-contact greetings.
  • Avoid handing out bulletins.
  • Place hand sanitizing stations around the building.
  • Dismiss services in a way that lessens contact. 
We encourage you to continue to find healthy ways to serve and encourage your communities. Let’s work together to provide safe worship environments during this difficult time.