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Frequently Asked Questions About our Indoor Worship Services

Frequently Asked Questions About our Indoor Worship Services

A few months ago, due to a change in regulations for Montgomery County, we were able to discontinue pre-registration, check-in, and social distancing. However, based on the most recent (August 5) guidelines from the CDC and Montgomery County, we are requiring masks for all indoor activities at Spencerville Church, regardless of vaccination status. We invite you to watch Pastor Chad’s video detailing this change.

Common Questions

Do I still need to sign-up to attend?

No. There is no longer a requirement to pre-register or check-in when attending indoor worship services.

Do I need to wear a mask?

Yes. Masks are once again required for all indoor activities at Spencerville Church. This includes worship services, Sabbath Schools, meetings—as well as during congregational singing within our programs and worship services.

When are your worship services held?

Our in-person worship services will take place at 9:00 A.M. for our first worship service and at 11:30 A.M. for the second worship service. Both are presently held indoors in our sanctutary. In addition, our live-streamed online worship service has also moved to 11:30 A.M. on Saturday mornings and can be accessed on our YouTube channel or right here on the Spencerville Church website.

What will the indoor worship service be like?

It will be much the same—familiar—but also different. We’ll enjoy beautiful music, a hopeful message, and an opportunity to fellowship together. However, to ensure that everyone is safe, a few things will be different. The church has added many hand-sanitizing stations distributed throughout the building, which we encourage everyone to use. We have also reintroduced congregational singing, but we ask that you keep your mask on while you sing. Please note that masks are once again required for all indoor activities at Spencerville Church.

How many people are allowed in the building?

All capacity limits have been lifted, and we have returned to our full sanctuary capacity.

What about Sabbath School classes?

Our adult Sabbath School classes have begun to return. For the latest information on which classes are meeting, we invite you to sign up for our email newsletter, which will provide the latest information on Sabbath School classes and worship services each Friday afternoon. See the information below for more on our children’s Sabbath School classes.

Will there still be an outdoor worship service option?

No. Our 9:00 worship service has moved back into the sanctuary starting August 7, 2021.

Will the online worship service still be available?

Absolutely! We will continue to offer a high-quality streaming experience on our YouTube channel and here on the Spencerville Church website. A number of our local members, as well as many who are new to our community, have told us that they will continue to engage with our worship services online, as they’ve been doing throughout the pandemic.

What if I’m not yet comfortable with attending a worship service?

That’s okay! Many people have different comfort levels, so please do what you feel is best for you and your family. We’re happy to have you join us for worship outside, inside, or online!

Will there be congregational singing as part of the worship service?

Yes. We are now singing within the sanctuary as part of our 9:00 A.M. and 11:30 A.M. worship services. However, if you’d like to come and worship in person but would prefer not to participate in congregational singing, we’ve set aside our “South Porch” seating area for those not yet ready for congregational singing. It has its own air handler and is fully separate from the sanctuary behind glass walls and doors. When you arrive, ask a deacon or greeter to be seated in the “no-singing” area, and they will happily oblige. Please note that due to the recent change in masking regulations, you must continue to wear your mask while singing.

Can I still give my tithe and offering during the service?

Presently, we have made the decision not to pass the offering plates during the worship service. It is still our preference that all giving be done online. However, we understand that online may not be an option for everyone. Therefore, we’ve set up giving boxes, beautifully handmade by one of our members, in the church foyer. If you require tithe and offering envelopes, please contact the church office, and we will mail them to you.

Health and Safety

I’ve been vaccinated, do I still need to wear a mask?

Yes. As of August 5, 2021, the mask mandate has returned for all indoor activities at Spencerville Church—regardless of vaccination status.

What if I’m not feeling well?

If you have any signs or symptoms of COVID-19, including:

  • Coughing, difficulty breathing, loss of taste, etc.
  • Close personal contact with anyone known to have a positive COVID-19 diagnosis over the past two weeks.
  • A fever of 100.4 over the last 72 hours.

If any of the above apply to you, please stay home and worship with us online

Parking and Arrival

Where should I park?

As of May 28, 2021, we are returning to normal service, meaning that you may park wherever you’d like or is convenient within the Spencerville Church parking lot.

Will the restrooms be open?

Yes, but to be sensitive to the different needs and feelings about personal space, we ask that no more than two persons occupy a restroom at a time whenever possible.

Will the mother’s room be open?

Yes. The mother’s room will be open for a mother to change or feed her child as needed. However, due to the limited capacity in this room, please do not use it as a location for viewing the entire service.

Sabbath School

What about Sabbath School classes for our Elementary-aged children?

At this time, we are in a period of flux for our children’s classes. We are going to continue to offer outdoor children’s programs through the fall, weather permitting. For the latest information, we invite you to sign up for our Kids Ministry newsletter.

What about Sabbath School for the Middle School and Youth classes?

Our Youth and Middle School classes are meeting in person at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday mornings. There is currently no online option for either class. If you have questions about the classes, please contact Pastor Matthew Piersanti.

What about our Collegiate and Young Adult Sabbath School classes?

They are remaining online until further notice.

What’s the plan for adult Sabbath School classes?

As mentioned above, our adult Sabbath School classes have begun to return. For the latest information on which classes are meeting, we invite you to sign up for our email newsletter, which will provide the latest information on Sabbath School classes and worship services each Friday afternoon. Again, we are grateful to our Sabbath Schools and small groups, which have exhibited the hand of Jesus from week to week during the pandemic!