Small Group Communion Guidelines

Small Group Communion Guidelines
As restrictions loosen on the Wisconsin “Safer At Home” mandate, the pastors will once again be offering communion at church.  We are going to start with groups of 5 or less. If your household has more than 5 communicants, you would all be welcome to come at the same time!
 
To promote safety and respect generally accepted protocols, we will observe the following practices:

 
  1. Those receiving communion will stand in front of the church.  We ask members not to use the church pews, so we can avoid having to sanitize them after each group.  Those who cannot stand for 10 minutes can use their own walkers or will be asked to use one of our wheelchairs.  Non-communicant children may accompany their parents, but should be able to stand quietly, or be held.

  2. If more than one household is present, we will ask you to keep an appropriate separation.

  3. If you as an individual or couple feel uncomfortable having anyone else present with you in church, please fill in all five places in your time slot.  (You could repeat your own name until filled)

  4. The pastors will sanitize their hands immediately before the “Words of Institution.”  They will give you the wafer with sanitized hands.  You will take the cup from the tray yourself, as is our normal practice.  No common cup will be offered unless specifically requested by those who cannot handle the individual cup themselves.

  5. There will be no printed “order of service.”   The communion service will be simple, consisting of the invocation, a devotional thought, the confession of sins and absolution, the Words of Institution, the distribution of the sacrament, prayer, and benediction.

  6. You can’t take communion with your face covered, so no facial coverings will be required.

  7. Please do not come to church for communion if you have a fever or any other symptoms of illness.  Call one of the pastors for private arrangements.

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