UPDATED DECEMBER 14, 2021
Reopening our church to more ‘normal’ activity is a fluid situation with all the change of guidelines and rebuilding of ministry teams. We ask everyone to please be understanding and patient with us as we reopen, acknowledging service times and locations, indoors or out, may all be affected at a ‘moments notice’. We will do our best to send out clear communications.
Here are some of our current plans to help us all set our expectations.
Regarding Vaccinations. We will never ask if one has been vaccinated nor require proof of vaccination to attend or serve at Mariners Church. We respect everyone’s privacy and decision process. We ask each person to show mutual respect regarding choices made and to follow your own convictions in making decisions on your level of engagement.
Regarding Masks. We will not take the position of policing masks but do ask all to follow recommended CDC guidelines and/or mandates of the county of San Mateo and/or the State of California. Again, please respect everyone whether one wears them or not and follow your own convictions in making decisions on your level of engagement.
Regarding In Person Worship Service. We are currently meeting indoors at both 9:15 and 10:45am with seats placed for some level of physical spacing. We won’t pack our services as tightly as pre-pandemic levels could allow. We are also offering out door services at the same time (weather permitting) by streaming the service to a large television in our plaza.
Regarding Online Worship Service. We will continue to provide a full worship live-streaming of our 9:15 service at our YouTube/MarinersHMB channel, Facebook, and our website.
Regarding Children’s Programs. We currently are offering full kid’s programming at our 10:45 am service and are following all guidelines for masks and distancing protocols, as well as, using enhanced cleaning on toys and surfaces. To accommodate this, our age groups will be using temporary or different spaces throughout the building. This may cause some disruption in our worship center as the older children will be directly above in the Café. We appreciate your understanding. Parents, look for more detailed communication from Kaitlin, our Children’s Ministry Director.
Regarding Coffee and Donut Holes. Full coffee service has resumed. If you would like to be part of this team, please contact Len. Donut holes and other snacks are back but are portioned in individually wrapped packages. This presentation of snacks will remain in effect indefinitely.
Things that will be DIFFERENT for now and may NOT return:
Offering Buckets. To minimize shared touching of surfaces, we will not be passing around a bucket for offerings. Please give through our phone app and website OR place checks in the free-standing offering box near the back of the worship center and at the box mounted on the wall at the bottom of the stairs.
Programs. In an effort to save resources, we are experimenting with not producing programs. All event info and more is on our phone app. Next Step/Prayer Request Cards are in newly installed seat pockets (or can be submitted on the phone app as well).
Communion. Due to safety and sanitation, we use prepackaged communion cups. Gluten free bread is available upon request.
Recorded Services on CDs. In an effort to save resources, we no longer produce CDs. All services are posted on our website both in audio for the message and full worship in video. They can be accessed on our phone app, our website, or our YouTube channel.
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