Frequently Asked Questions Concerning In-Person Worship

When do in-person services take place?


As of March 7, 2021 we will begin in-person services at 9:00 am each Sunday. Wednesday Lent services will be online only. Holy Week services will be in-person (Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter).


Who can attend in-person worship services?

Anyone who is not showing known symptoms of COVID-19 is welcome to attend. We encourage people who might be more vulnerable to the virus to make prayerful and wise decisions about what is best for their personal health. That applies to those 65 and older and those with underlying health issues.

 

Do I need an online reservation in order to attend?

Not anymore. According to state regulations, registration for contact-tracing purposes is no longer required. We will continue with temperature checks, and ask that if you are sick, exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, or have family members who are ill, that you refrain from joining us. Please remember to use face coverings, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer, and practice physical distancing.

 

Are children welcome?

Yes! Children are encouraged to worship with their families!  As with all who attend worship, children should not be showing known symptoms of COVID-19. No childcare or children’s programming will be provided. Children must sit with a parent or guardian.

 

Social Distancing / How will seating be managed in the worship services?

While our sanctuary has more than enough room, seating capacity is reduced based on Alameda County guidelines, Our Savior is ensuring that proper distancing is maintained during all worship services. Designated seating areas for use will be clearly marked alternating use of seating on the ends of pews with seating in the center of pews based on the length of a given pew.   

 

Will there be specific entrance and exit plans to maintain social distancing?

Yes! We ask that you enter through the center doors through the courtyard and then exit following communion through the side doors nearest where you were seated for the service.

 

Is Our Savior following CDC and Health Department regulations and guidelines?

Yes. COVID-19 is still impacting our community, and your safety and health is important to us.  Keep in mind that any movement outside of your home does carry with it certain risks, especially where large numbers of people are gathered.  All worship venues are sanitized before and after services and restrooms are cleaned after every use.  Hand sanitizer is available for all worshipers.  And as always, individuals feeling under the weather or are considered “high -risk” are encouraged to worship with us online.

 

Are masks required?

YES, please wear a mask while on the Our Savior campus. Current guidelines require this.  All volunteers and staff members will be required to wear masks.

 

Is hand sanitizer provided?

Yes, hand sanitizer is in various locations on our campus. Attendees are encouraged to use it. You may also provide your own.

 

Are worship services still offered online?

Yes, worship services continue to be offered online each week and can be found HERE.

 

Will there be communion?


We will be offering communion as a part of our services in a socially distant and safe way with a dismissal from the service for each group following their participation in communion. We will provide gluten free and non-alcoholic options as we have traditionally done as well as pre-packaged elements for those wishing this additional precaution. Individuals desiring gluten free or non-alcoholic pre-packaged options can receive both together.

 

Will there be singing?

Current state regulations have asked us to refrain from congregational singing and chanting at this time.  We will continue to offer music as a part of our online worship and have instrumental and special music as a part of the in-person services.